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Pollinator garden to be constructed in Springfield

3/20/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Springfield is getting ready for spring by creating a new pollinator garden.

At the March 13 Board of Trustees meeting, trustees accepted a $500 donation from Shirley Workman, owner of Arlington Self Storage and representing the South Akron Board of Trade, to build the new garden next to the existing community gardens on Pickle Road. The site also is close to Schrop Intermediate School and the new Springfield Community Path, as well as the Joint Economic Development District Park and several ball fields.

Summit County Master Gardener Jerry Salisbury, who is chairman of the Parks Board, said he and Summit County Master Gardener Pat Rossi were awarded a $1,000 grant from the Master Gardeners of Summit County for the project, and several local businesses are providing additional funding to develop the garden.

Rossi said they are receiving $250 in plants from The Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, and Kern’s Florist and Greenhouse, located on Canton Road, also will donate plants. Denise Ellsworth, director of the Honey Bee and Native Pollinator Education program at OARDC, also is assisting in the project.

In addition, Salisbury and Rossi are applying for a grant from the Ohio Division of Forestry for a tulip tree to attract butterflies.

“This project is a result of great collaboration,” said Rossi. “The garden will be designed to attract bees, which are on the decline, and it will also be used for education.”

The garden will contain native plants that bloom all year long, as well as pathways, a trellis with native honeysuckle, grasses and a circular bench around the tulip tree, according to Rossi. She said the garden will be used as a training center for Master Gardeners, teachers who can develop lessons for students and to teach Scouts and others in the community about the importance of pollination.

Ryan Kirby and Boy Scout Troop No. 282 will help build the garden as an Eagle Scout Project, according to Rossi.

In other business:

  • Trustees approved a Police Department resolution that allows the department to apply for a 100 percent equipment grant for vehicle mobile data terminals from the Region 5 Homeland Security Advisory Committee.
  • Linda Denton, Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police (VASP) coordinator, reported VASP now has an office located in the Police Department, along with a new phone number, 330-734-4143. Denton said anyone interested in having a senior citizen checked on may call the VASP office.
    Denton also announced VASP is working with the Fire Department to present a spaghetti dinner fundraiser tomorrow, March 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Springfield High School to raise money for the purchase of automated external defibrillators for Springfield Local Schools. The event will include a 50/50 raffle and baskets, with tickets costing $1 each or six for $5. A $5 donation is requested for those ages 6 and older for the dinner (children 5 and younger can eat for free).
  • Road Department Superintendent Ted Weinsheimer asked residents to report potholes that need patching to 330-733-3213.
  • Trustees declared properties at 2787 Lindwood Ave. and 1057 Oneida Ave. to be a nuisance and initiated abatement. Also, the following costs for abatement were forwarded to the fiscal officer to be placed as a lien on the properties: 3165 Mogadore Road and 1026 Margaret Road, $31.11; 2396 Hillstock Ave., $43.33; and 2235 Pressler Road, $1,382.69. Trustees granted a 60-day continuance for abatement to property at 656 N. Oakwood Drive.
  • Township officials announced Springfield Spartan Sparkles Cheer Team coach Terry Kyser has been named Summit County Historical Society Woman of the Year. Kyser began a program that allows children with disabilities to become cheerleaders in 2010. The program was based on the national program The Sparkle Effect, which helps students create inclusive cheerleading and dance teams in middle and high schools and colleges to bring together students with and without disabilities. Kyser will be recognized March 26 at the Akron City Woman’s Club. [For more on that, see Newsmakers below.]
  • The annual Springfield Police Department Easter Egg Hunt will take place April 12 at Schrop Intermediate School, located at 2215 Pickle Road. Children should bring their own baskets. A time will be announced at a later date.
  • A new Police Department Explorers program for Boy Scouts is being developed, and an open house is expected to take place sometime in May at Springfield High School. More details will be announced later.

The next trustees’ meeting is set for March 27 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.

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