The Friends of the Crawford Park District partnered with Gannett Corporation/Bucyrus Telegraph Forum and Crawford County Economic Development Partnership Inc. to plan this year’s annual Make A Difference Day in Crawford County. It was held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 and involved projects in three of our parks. Examples of volunteer duties included invasive plant removal, boardwalk maintenance, making the Nature Center sparkle, building picnic tables and bridges, clearing new trails, applying recycled asphalt to wet trails, and prairie restoration. Through the leadership of Anthony Conchel, of the Telegraph Forum, a $5,000 grant was awarded to the Friends Of the CPD to cover volunteer day materials and other park projects that directly benefit the quality of life in Crawford County. Make a Difference Day is the nation’s largest day of community service. Approximately 100 volunteers united to improve the Crawford Park District and our deep appreciation goes out to all who contributed to the success of this event.
Purple Martin's Nesting at Unger! (6/5/2013) Just over one year ago the Crawford Park District erected a tower complex at Unger Park with the goal of establishing a Purple Martin colony. Sitting on a hill overlooking Unger’s 53 acres, the two tier, 24 gourd system – Martins prefer gourds over the traditional apartment house – has attracted 5 pairs of Purple Martins. If the new colony grows as expected, 10 – 12 pairs will take up residence next year with 20 or more pairs arriving the following spring.
The largest swallow in North America, its size and fluid, chirping calls separate the Purple Martin from the Barn Swallows and Tree Swallows which also nest at Unger Park. With the colony at only 5 pairs, observers will have to be patient – the birds are often away foraging for food. Peak activity is during the mid-morning hours.
Left -- Purple Martin: Warren Uxley; Right -- Martin complex at Unger: Bill Fisher
Youth Projects Benefit the CPD (5/25/2013) Last spring, Jessica Lohr was senior at Pioneer Career and Technology Center. As part of her College Now Program, she developed a business plan that centered on the landscape industry. Once approved, she provided landscape services for friends, family and other community members. Jessica’s business was very successful! As a business plan requirement, class members chose a non-profit organization to receive their financial gains. Jessica chose the Crawford Park District as her beneficiary. Before she graduated from Colonel Crawford High School, she stopped by the Nature Center and presented us with a check for $550! So many winners in this excellent Pioneer learning experience. Thank you, Jessica,for being a great student and someone who cares about the mission of the CPD! Emma McAdams completed a 4-H project for this year’s Crawford County Fair that included a wonderful fundraiser for the CPD. Her project,“Let’s Explore the Outdoors,” involved creating and producing environmental related stickers. She sold these at this year’s CommFest in Columbus while she accompanied her parents to the event. Her sales promotion included a salute to the Crawford Park District as the recipient of her efforts. Emma’s donation to the CPD was$164.00. Thank you, Emma!
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