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March 10, 2011 - Janet DelTurco
There isn't really much to write about until this wretched dreary weather clears off a little and we get some sun to dry up the seas of mud. I did have an hour or so in the garden one day last week when the thermometer hit the middle forties, and I scraped off some of that nasty stuff on top of the herb bed. My Lemon Meringue climbing rose on the garage wall holds on to its leaves as long as possible, and they are just now beginning to drop and make more mess. But when I cleared some of the sticks and stones and old leaves I found that the thyme is greening up nicely, and bright green shoots surround the old dead stems of last year's parsley. Parsley is a biennial so should do well this year.
The Master Gardeners and the Sandusky Valley Herb Society are having a joint trip to Mulberry Creek Herb Farm in Huron next week, and as I belong to both groups I am certainly going along. It will be so good to see all the new plants flourishing in the warmth of the greenhouses, and of course I expect to contribute to the economy and bring a few samples home. They will have to be inside for a while yet, but I can't wait to enjoy the fragrance of rosemary once again.
Yesterday was the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for the Seneca County Park District at Somerset Center. Paula and Tom Bartlett were recognized this year for their outstanding efforts, along with retired Park Director Roland Zimmerman. It is simply amazing to look back to 1966 when Garlo Preserve, the first park, was established. Our first few meetings were spent looking forward to all that we hoped to accomplish with a small group of volunteers assisting the first commissioners appointed by Judge Jerry Meier. Linda Anderson, Tom Bartlett and Tom Corner reported hopefully every month that the title to Garlo would soon be cleared so that we could get started, but it took a long time and sometimes seemed as though nothing would get done. Now we have 5 nature preserves, with the grand opening of the latest, Bowen, being celebrated this month. The Park District has buildings, equipment, trails, bridges, ponds, a lake, even a "new old" log cabin, all acquired by donations, grants and fundraising carried out by an ever-growing corps of volunteers. There were 65 active volunteers present at the dinner along with some city and county officials, and it was a joyous occasion. No public funds help with the annual budget, although the Seneca County commissioners have helped with signage and an office, but some day we all hope that a levy will pass to put us on the same footing as surrounding counties and let us ease up a little on constant fundraising.
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