151 attend 71st annual Coshocton SWCD meeting and banquet

| October 21, 2013

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District held its 71st annual banquet Oct. 17, at the Coshocton County Career Center. One hundred and fifty-one area residents and special guests were in attendance. A baked steak dinner served by the Fresno Methodist Church preceded the meeting.

The Ohio Soil & Water Conservation Commission held an election for two supervisors elected to the Coshocton SWCD Board of Supervisors. Kristy Leindecker and Greg Waters were elected and will each serve a three year term starting Jan. 1, 2014. Knox Porteus was also a candidate for the position.

Author Paul Stutzman from Berlin, was the evening’s guest speaker. Stutzman has written three books: “Hiking Through,” “Biking Across America” and “The Wanderers.” He shared a message of hope and inspiration with the audience.

Coshocton SWCD sponsored the Coshocton County Junior Fair Hay Show and recognized the winners at the 2013 County Fair: Alfalfa Hay – Ryan Greten, son of Mike and Kerrie Greten, This-N-That 4-H; Grass Hay – Michaela Greten, daughter of Mike and Kerrie Greten, This-N-That 4-H; Light Mixed Hay – Cameron Mizer, son of Terry and Pam Mizer, Ridgewood FFA; and Mixed Hay (Heavy) – Jenna Wyler, daughter of John and Annette Wyler, Ridgewood FFA. Winners received a Rosette and $10 cash award for attending the banquet.

Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District announced the 2013 Outstanding Conservation Farmer of the Year Award which went to Gaumer Springs Farm, Luke and Debbie Gaumer. Gaumer Spring Farm consists of 58 acres in White Eyes Township where they currently run 17 head of Angus cattle, with 10 breeding cows and a bull. Conservation practices on the farm include installing over 4,000 feet of fence, 1,823 feet of pipeline with six watering facilities, a prescribed grazing plan for 16.2 acres, one 40 foot stream crossing, and one spring development. Debbie has been part owner of the Garden Patch Greenhouse since 2000. Luke and Debbie are long time members of the Farm Bureau and the Agricultural Society. Debbie serves on the Coshocton County Fair Board and is a Coshocton is Blooming committee member. Luke and Debbie have a strong interest in educating young and old about the importance of agriculture. The Gaumers have one son Logan who is 26 and lives in Indiana.

Delbert and Linda Sechler were recognized as the winner of the Coshocton SWCD’s Big Tree Contest. The winning big tree was a red oak which measured 198.5” in circumference with a vertical height of 95’ and an average crown spread of 87’.

Leindecker from the Coshocton is Blooming Committee presented the second annual City Big Tree Contest award for anyone living in the City of Coshocton. Mark Clark was recognized for his oak tree that measured 142“in circumference with a vertical height of 99’ and an average crown spread of 95.5’.

The winner of the Mystery Photo Contest which was part of the SWCD’s display at the Coshocton County Fair was Elizabeth Miller. She was among 16 winning entries received. The mystery photo was of the Bruce and Patsy Bickle Farm in Adams Township.

The meeting adjourned after door prizes were drawn.

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