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Important bird areas

 

By Ranger Steve Mueller

By Ranger Steve Mueller

By Ranger Steve Mueller

 

Important Bird Areas are surveyed and designated specifically for their importance for bird species survival. Birders visit some of these areas regularly to see many of the 233 bird species that breed in Michigan, and the areas are inventoried to identify habitats essential for bird preservation. About 115 species that do not breed in Michigan use the areas during spring and fall migration or as winter residence.

As winter was drawing to close, a couple friends and I visited the Muskegon River Channel outlet into Lake Michigan. About 85 percent of Lake Michigan was ice covered in early March, forcing waterfowl to limited open water. Winter a year ago was tough and our visit was both enjoyable and sad. We saw many ducks that normally stay away from shore, in close view. Ice cover forced large numbers into small areas, where many starved, before ice breakup provided additional feeding areas.

Early March this year was more joyous. Infrequently seen birds were active and we did not see floating corpses of starved birds among them. Many birds were likely hungry and possibly experiencing malnutrition but ice breakup hopefully arrived in time for them to replenish reserves for migration. Lakes Erie, Huron, and Superior still had nearly complete ice cover and were still closed to feeding. Lakes Ontario and Lake Michigan opened in early March.

We observed a Common Eider in the Muskegon river channel. It might be the only eider I see this year. Most eiders winter along ocean coasts but some winter in the Great Lakes before returning to breed in the arctic. The eider seems oblivious to us. Shelled mussels at the bottom of rivers and open water drive feeding behavior. The bird does not comprehend how our presence is important for improving or eliminating survival of their food survival. Many people do not understand how environmental stewardship behavior determines long-term survival for us, eiders and other species.

Many organizations work to maintain healthy habitats essential for people and other species. Michigan and National Audubon Society support inventory of critical habitats of importance for bird breeding, migration, and winter residence survival. Local Audubon chapters provide bird watching field trips, programs, and members preserve bird nature niches. Google Michigan Audubon to find local chapters for monthly programs and field trips. Spring migration has begun. Take the family outside to enjoy wondrous-feathered visitors passing northward on stops in important bird areas to refuel.

Species of excitement in the Muskegon River Channel were Black Scoters, White-winged Scoters, and Long-tailed Ducks. Other ducks rounded out our visit. We observed head banging behavior of male Common Goldeneyes. Males throw their heads on their back and bring them forward to impress the ladies somewhat like head-banging antics of some music groups and dancers. Field guides help identify these dark headed ducks with a white check patch. The females have reddish-feathered head beauty.

We found Tundra Swans in a nearby area. Horned Larks were performing breeding displays in open fields and where females will be incubating eggs. I have found lark nests in March, when snow is still on the ground. Hopefully larks will fledge young before farmers till fields.

We found Glaucous Gulls and Common Redpoles. Meteorologists predicted we are free from extreme cold until November. Lengthening days, ice breakup, and warmer air signals birds to migrate north to important bird habitats for this year’s breeding. Critically “Important Bird Areas” have been identified for bird biodiversity preservation in local and distant areas. Many areas will not be visited by people but birds produced in them will visit human population centers. If preserved in abundance, birds will provide opportunities for millions of people that support preservation to see them and for duck hunters that spend millions to preserve habitats to have sustainable fare on the winter dinner table. Preservation of Important Bird Area habitats will sustain our natural heritage for the present and future.

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at odybrook@chartermi.net Ody Brook, 13010 Northland Dr, Cedar Springs, MI 49319-8433 or call 616-696-1753.

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New hope for kids battling kidney disease

 

Researchers are optimistic that new study pinpointing some of the reasons kidney disease progresses to kidney failure in children could eventually keep many kids off dialysis and transplant lists. Photo credit: Irvin Calicut/Wikimedia Commons.

Researchers are optimistic that new study pinpointing some of the reasons kidney disease progresses to kidney failure in children could eventually keep many kids off dialysis and transplant lists. Photo credit: Irvin Calicut/Wikimedia Commons.

By Mona Shand, Michigan News Connection

New hope is on the horizon for children suffering from chronic kidney disease, thanks to the results of a study that, for the first time, identifies some of the factors that can lead to kidney failure.

Dr. Bradley Warady was the co-principal investigator on the study, which looked at nearly 500 children with chronic kidney disease over 10 years.

Warady says many people don’t realize that kidney disease can have a profound effect on a child’s growth and development.

“Not only can you develop an inability to remove waste products and fluids, but you may be very short, you may have poor nutrition, you may have poor growth,” he explains. “So it impacts the global development of the child.”

Warady adds the risk factors investigators uncovered, including high blood pressure anemia, and protein loss, are treatable, and the hope is that addressing those issues will keep kidney disease from progressing so that children can avoid having to go through dialysis or even transplants.

Warady points out chronic kidney disease is not as common in children as it is in adults, but it can be much more challenging to treat.

He says the good news is that many of the underlying issues investigators uncovered can be successfully managed.

“If we can do that, maybe, I can’t say for sure yet, but maybe we have a chance of altering the progression or the worsening of chronic kidney disease,” he says.

The study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, is published in National Kidney Foundation’s American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

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Lynch Syndrome hereditary cancer awareness week

 

From the Michigan Dept. of Community Health

For the first time, the entire week of March 22-28, 2015 has been proclaimed Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Week by Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) to promote the importance of Lynch Syndrome (LS) screening for newly-diagnosed colorectal cancer patients and their families.

Lynch syndrome, also known as hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), is an inherited disorder associated with higher risks of developing colorectal, endometrial, ovarian, pancreatic, and other types of cancer. Approximately 1 in every 35 colorectal cancer patients has LS. First-degree relatives of LS patients have a 50 percent risk of having the condition as well.

The efforts to increase LS awareness in Michigan are supported by a newly-awarded cooperative agreement between MDCH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The five-year project expands existing state resources to advance partnerships, work with policymakers, and educate health providers and the public about LS and genetic screening, with the ultimate goal of reducing overall cancer death rates in the state.

“Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Week launches our efforts to put needed focus on hereditary cancers caused by this condition,” said Matthew Davis, Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive. “One of the Healthy People 2020 genomics objectives is to increase the number of newly-diagnosed colorectal cancer patients who receive genetic counseling and evaluation for LS. Our state is already at the forefront of cancer genomics in public health, and the new agreement with the CDC helps us expand the scope of our work to achieve this goal.”

Genetic testing for LS helps determine whether a patient’s colorectal cancer is inherited and whether family members have a higher risk of developing LS-associated cancers. Having this knowledge is the first step in early intervention and cancer prevention measures that could protect the health of at-risk relatives.

“My mom had both uterine and colon cancer when she was 54; she is now 79. Thirteen of her family members died of cancer, most of which were Lynch syndrome-related,” said Sherry Berry, a Lynch Syndrome cancer survivor and advocate. “About five years ago, when I was 48, I was found to have colon cancer. My doctor asked if I wanted genetic testing, and I was found to have Lynch syndrome. If I had known I had LS earlier, my stage 3 colon cancer could have been prevented. Maybe I wouldn’t have needed chemo and wouldn’t have had complications that led to a forced retirement. If my mom’s relatives had known about LS earlier, maybe more would be alive today.”

Based on national evidence-based recommendations, LS screening should be considered for Michigan patients who are newly-diagnosed with colorectal cancer, for the benefit of family members. In addition, Michigan residents are encouraged to discuss their family health history with their healthcare providers to assess if they are at risk for hereditary cancer conditions such as Lynch syndrome.

“Know your family history and make sure your doctor knows your family history. It is of vital importance that doctors act now on critical family history information by considering referral to cancer genetic services,” added Berry. “This action can save lives! If cancer runs heavily in your family, be sure to tell your doctor and consider genetic counseling and testing.”

For more information about Lynch syndrome or hereditary cancer, visit http://www.cdc.gov/Features/LynchSyndrome or www.lynchcancers.org.

The MCGA maintains a list of Michigan clinics that provide cancer genetic counseling and test coordination. To see the directory, visit https://migrc.org/Library/MCGA/MCGADirectory.html.

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Raising of America 

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Community screening scheduled for documentary 

From the Kent County Health Dept.

We all want what is best for our children. We live in the richest country in the world. So why does child well-being in the U.S. rank 26 out of 29 rich countries? Why do we as a country allow our most vulnerable children to fall so much further behind?

The Kent County Health Department is teaming up with Strong Beginnings, First Steps, Great Start Collaborative, Family Futures, Healthy Kent, K-Connect, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, MomsBloom, and I Believe, I Become/Baby Scholars, in an effort to educate the public about the challenges of raising children in our diverse community. We are planning two screenings of “Raising of America,” a documentary that explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual learning, earning, and mental and physical health, but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous, and more equitable America.

Raising of America is an hour-long episode that “interweaves the latest discoveries from neuroscience with the stories of families and communities doing all they can to provide the nurturing environments all babies and young children need to thrive.” The documentary examines how social conditions affect childhood development.

“Issues of poverty, race, education, environment, safety and employment all have an impact on childhood development,” said Adam London, Administrative Health Officer of the Kent County Health Department. “We need to create policies across all sectors—housing, labor, transportation, health, early childhood, etc.—in order to reduce inequities and give all children a level playing field. Finding successes today can improve the quality of life for our children and future generations.”

Join us for the Raising of America Screening and Community Conversation on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Celebration! Cinema South, 1506 Eastport Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

Register for the screening and conversation going to www.eventbrite.com and searching for Raising of America. Learn more about the documentary series at www.raisingofamerica.org.

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The Dixie Swim Club 

 

April 17-19, 25-26

Opening the Flat River Community Players’ 41st season is a funny, touching story about the bonds between friends. The Dixie Swim Club is by the writing team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. The Players produced their comedy, Dearly Beloved, in 2012.

Opening at the Greenville Area Community Center, on April 17, Dixie follows five feisty gals who met years ago while members of their college swim team. They gather for a reunion at the same cottage every year and catch up on each other’s highs and lows of life. The play is kind of a mix of the heart-warming southern charm of Steel Magnolias and the sassy, fast-paced zingers of The Golden Girls. These ladies will make you laugh, inspire you, and send you home to hug your loved ones.

The FRCP production stars Patty Rockafellow as Jeri Neal McFeeley. She also has performed in the FRCP musicals Seussical, The Great American Trailer Park, and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.

Veteran Player Jessica Gilbertson takes on the role of Dinah Grayson. She was last seen as Nurse Ratchet in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Also the group’s head costumer, Jessica sees this show as a rare chance to get onstage. “I can get away without having to build many costumes from scratch,” she explains.

Roxanne Hutchinson joins the cast to play Vernadette Simms. This will be Roxanne’s first time onstage since junior high school. She was inspired to get involved after her grandson appeared in a middle school play.

Donita Coughlin returns to the FRCP stage after a four-year absence, to play Sheree Hollinger. She also performed in Cinderella, Nunsense, The Laramie Project, A Grand Night For Singing, And Sight Unseen.

Becky Tower will play the role of Lexie Richards. Her past FRCP productions include Dearly Beloved And Escanaba In Love.  She’s also appeared in a few dinner/theater plays at the Community Center.

Lyle Fales is directing, assisted by Denise Webb. Fales previously directed Dearly Departed, All My Sons, Escanaba In Da Moonlight, Eleemosynary. Hilda Sorvari is the show’s producer.

The Dixie Swim Club opens on April 17 with additional performances on April 18, 19 and 25, 26.  All curtains are 7:30 PM except for the Sunday matinee on the 19th at 2:00 PM.  Tickets are $13 adults, $11 students and senior citizens.  Order tickets in advance with VISA or Mastercard, either online at www.flatriver.showclix.com or by using the ShowClix link at the Players’ website, www.frcp.org.  Or call 1-888-71-TICKETS.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

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Fathers get support during conference in Grand Rapids

 

Fatherhood is full of excitement and joy… but it also has its share of challenges.  Healthy Kent’s Dads Count! is hoping to make being a dad a little less stressful, by offering a special educational event on Saturday, April 18, 2015.  The Focus on Fathers Fatherhood Conference will offer various topics for reinforcing positive involvement of fathers in the lives of their children.  Dads Count! is made up of multiple agencies in Kent County whose mission is to bring awareness on the importance of fathers and the crucial role fathers play in the raising of the next generations.

Keynote speaker Carlton Brewster has a great perspective on being a father in West Michigan. Brewster, a Grand Rapids native, graduated from Creston High School and went on to Ferris State University, where he was an outstanding football standout. Brewster played in the National Football League and Arena Football League. After his football career, he earned a Masters of Education in Education Leadership from Grand Valley State University. Brewster will address “Maintaining Healthy Relationships in Your Life” and “Avoiding the ‘Traps’ Fathers Fall Into.”

There will be two 45-minute breakout sessions focusing on:

  • Work and life balance for fathers
  • Custody and child support
  • Parenting teenagers
  • Mothers Supporting Fatherhood
  • Depression in Men

The conference will be held at The Salvation Army’s Kroc Community Center on Saturday, April 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $20 per person, which includes a light breakfast, hot lunch and the workshops. There will be several information booths from various programs in the community and door prizes will be provided to those who visit the booths. If you are interested in attending the event, go to www.eventbrite.com and search for 2nd Annual Dads Count. You can also contact Aaron.Toffoli@kentcountymi.gov or call 616.632.7295 for more information.

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Doily Box

 

As a new bride, Aunt Edna moved into the small home on her husband’s ranch. She put a shoebox on a shelf in her closet and asked her husband never to touch it.

For 50 years Uncle Jack left the box alone, until Aunt Edna was old and dying. One day when he was putting their affairs in order, he found the box again and thought it might hold something important.

Opening it, he found two doilies and $82,500 in cash. He took the box to her and asked about the contents. “My mother gave me that box the day we married,” she explained. “She told me to make a doily to help ease my frustrations every time I got mad at you.”

Uncle Jack was very touched that in 50 years she’d only been mad at him twice.

“What’s the $82,500 for?” he asked.

Aunt Edna smiled and said, “That’s the money I made selling the doilies.”

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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

Rummage Sale for Relay for Life

Mar. 28: The Cedar Steppers will be holding a Rummage Sale on Saturday, March 28th from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at Cedar Springs Middle School. All proceeds will be donated to Rockford  Relay for Life benefitting the American Cancer Society. We are also looking for more donations for the sale. We will accept good, clean items such as clothing, household items, toys etc. You may drop off your donations at Cedar Springs Middle Schools on Friday, March 27th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Please keep us in mind when you are doing your spring cleaning and donating your used items. The sale is for a great cause and your donations will help “celebrate more birthdays”! All items left after our sale will be donated to local charities. Thank you so much for your support of our Relay Team! #11,12p

Celebrate Spring with Butterflies

Mar. 31: Spread your wings, show your colors and help create a seasonal banner to decorate the library. For all ages. Tuesday, March 31st at 10:30 am at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KLD Branch, 88 Eighth St. #12

Good Friday Walk and Remember

Apr. 3: Come to Sand Lake and walk with us Friday, April 3rd beginning at noon at Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church and progressing to the Church of the Full Gospel, Resurrection Lutheran Church and ending at Sand Lake United Methodist Church. We will meet and listen to the stories of characters from the Bible that were involved in the Crucifixion of Jesus. Families and youth are encouraged to join us. Sponsored by Sand Lake Village Churches. #12,13p

Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Solon Center Wesleyan

Apr. 4: An Easter Egg-Stravaganza, a celebration for children will be held on Saturday, April 4th from 1 to 2:30 pm at the Solon Center Wesleyan Church. All children 10 years and under are invited to attend. There’ll be games, an Easter Egg hunt, and a special Easter presentation. Two bicycles will be given away as grand prizes. For more information go to: scwchurch.org or call the church office at 616-696-3229. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. All welcome! #11-13p

Easter Egg Hunt with Brunch

Apr. 4: Howard Christiansen Nature Center will hold it’s 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt with Brunch on Saturday, April 4th. Brunch will be served from 10 am to 2 pm. $5 per person or $20 per family of 4 or more and includes Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly at 2 pm for all ages. Easter Egg Hunting is only $1 per egg hunter. 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #12

Register Now For Free Hunter Education

Apr. 7: To register for firearm Hunter Safety Classes  at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, call Jim Pope at 231-834-5545 after 6 pm. Classes at the Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, will be Tues. April 7th from 6-9 pm,  Thurs. April 9th from 6-9pm, and Sat. April 11th from 8 am-4 pm and Tues. April 14th from 6-9 pm. Class size limited to 40 students. #12,13p

Help Promote Literacy

Apr. 7: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled and information session on Tuesday, April 7th for prospective volunteer tutors. This session is held at 6:30 pm and lasts one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to fund out more about the Center and its literacy programs. At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to sign up for tutor training. By training people to be tutors, the Center can offer one-on-one reading help to adults asking for assistance in reading or English as a Second Language (ESL). You do not need to speak another language to tutor ESL. The Center is located at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) to register. #12

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Apr. 7,14,21,28: Join us for dinner every Tuesday. God’s Kitchen – Cedar Springs welcomes families from Northern Kent County and the surrounding area to a Tuesday Evening Meal. No charge – no registration required!  Served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information, call the Church office at 616-696-3904. #12

Cedar Springs Community Night

Apr. 16: Come to the 29th Annual Cedar Springs Community Night. Free admission! There will be booths, demonstrations, performances, and more. There will be the performances and displays of CSPS Fine Arts Department. Food will be available for purchase at the Boosters concession stand. Thursday, April 16 from 6  to 8:30 pm at the Cedar Springs High School (off East Muskegon east of Main St.) Presented by the Community Action Network in cooperation with the Cedar Springs Public Schools Fine Arts Department. Proceeds will be given to community organizations. #12-14p

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Chiropractor building demolished

 

The building at 44 N. Main can be seen on the corner, with the awning. A sign on the side says “Joe’s dependable service.” This photo was taken in the 1930s, during the street paving project. Courtesy of the Cedar Springs Historical Society.

The building at 44 N. Main can be seen on the corner, with the awning. A sign on the side says “Joe’s dependable service.” This photo was taken in the 1930s, during the street paving project. Courtesy of the Cedar Springs Historical Society.

 This photo from 1977 shows 44 N. Main next to the Log Cabin restaurant. Courtesy of the Cedar Springs Historical Society.

This photo from 1977 shows 44 N. Main next to the Log Cabin restaurant. Courtesy of the Cedar Springs Historical Society.

By Judy Reed

Another building that was built in the 1880s was torn down Wednesday, after being vacant for two years.

The building at 44 N. Main, last known as Dr. Robinson’s Chiropractic office, was bought in a tax foreclosure sale by builder Duane McIntyre last August. McIntyre, who is also a member of the Community Building Development Team, said his original intention was to remodel the building. But he found it was too rotted to save. “Once we got through the gutting process, it was just too rotten—the floors, the walls, the roof, and it reeked of mold,” he said.

The building at 44 N. Main was demolished on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

The building at 44 N. Main was demolished on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

The original building on the site on the southeast corner of Elm and Main, is believed to have burned in the great Black Friday fire of 1884. This building was built sometime after that. A photo from the 1970s shows the year on the front of the building—1880-something.

According to Sharon Jett of the Cedar Springs Historical Society, it was Bradis Harness Shop in the late 1800s, and then in the early 1900s, it was a shoe cobbler shop run by Roy Marvin. Other businesses located in the building over the years include Polly Prapp’s Watch Repair, Joe’s Dependable Service (see front page photo), and a bakery and dairy bar, according to a sign on the side of the building.

McIntyre bought the building with his business, Duane McIntyre Build-Design LLC. He also built and is selling the condos behind the White Pine Medical offices. But he’s not sure yet what will happen with the lot at 44 N. Main. He said if he doesn’t sell it, he would build on it. “I just want to help make Cedar Springs look nicer,” he explained. “I’m just a residential builder trying to make Cedar Springs a better place. It’s a great town, and I’m always trying to make it better.”

Thanks to Sharon Jett and The Cedar Springs Historical Society for their photos and info on this building. They are putting together a book on the businesses on Main Street and some of the side streets, and would appreciate any info or photos residents have of the businesses that have come and gone. Call the museum at 696-3335. They are open Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Solon votes to tear down barn

Photo by Len Allington

Photo by Len Allington

sw-riconcBy Judy Reed

The Solon Township board voted 4-1 on Tuesday, March 10, to remove the old horse barn, referred to as the Stout barn, which sits behind the Township Hall, at 15185 Algoma Avenue.

Board member John Rideout made the motion to authorize and direct the Supervisor to facilitate removal of the barn, by the most economical means possible.

The barn has been a bone of contention since the Township bought the property. They originally investigated putting money into it for the new township hall, but decided to build after finding out what needed to be done.

The barn has been used for the flea market portion of the Solon farmer and flea market in the past, and this past winter was used for storage of RVs.

In 2012, Solon appointed five residents to the Solon Parks Committee, to create a master plan for the location. According to Len Allington, a member of the committee and vocal proponent of keeping the barn, the committee’s view is that “If it was sitting on anyone else’s property, it would be worth $100,000,” he said. “Their view (the board’s) is that it isn’t worth anything and they’d do anything to get rid of it.”

A survey done by the committee received 140 responses on what they would like to see in the property. 94 said they would like committee to look at potential uses for the buildings and the long term cost, and 49 said they wanted the buildings to stay and be restored and utilized.

The roof of the barn was damaged in the straight line winds that whipped through the area last April. The insurance paid them $16,000, but would pay out another $27,500 if they replaced it.

Allington said there are people that are interested in using it. He said that they could continue to use it for storage for boats and RVs without any code upgrade. He also thinks they can get the roof repaired for the amount of the insurance payout. However, he said if code upgrades are made, along with the roof being repaired, they could use the barn for other things such as indoor farmers market on bad weather days; a group has shown interest in using the barn as a site for canine agility performances, clinics and seminars; another for 4H events; an indoor archery range, indoor golf driving range, and more.

Solon Supervisor Bob Ellick was the lone no vote. But the no vote doesn’t mean he is against it. “I didn’t know the motion was coming, and I wasn’t ready to vote on it that night,” explained Ellick. “Something needs to be done with it—it needs hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of work done,” he said. “Even if gets remodeled, it’s in the wrong place. I fought that when the Township Hall was going to be built; I thought it should’ve been in a different spot. But I can’t change it. I’m not horribly opposed to the board’s decision,” he explained.

Right now he is looking at public auction to sell the barn. However, if the committee’s contractor comes through with a bid to fix the roof, they will listen to it, he said. Ellick thinks restoring the barn could cost up to $500,000. “I don’t think the majority of the people would be enthused about us putting public money into it,” he noted.

Ellick thinks they could be build something smaller, lower to the ground, more economical, and more energy efficient for the same price. He said he would probably have some more ideas on the public auction by the next meeting.

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