Spring Newsletter 2015

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Maumee Valley Scenic Byway Public Meeting

Public Input is Critical

Please join the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor and the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Commission on May 5th, at 7:00pm, at the Lamb Center at Sidecut Metropark, 1025 W. River Rd. Maumee, Ohio.  The meetings will focus on a five-year management plan to promote the Byway and heritage tourism in northwestern Ohio. Reservations are not required.For more information, please contact Angie Quinn at maumeevalleyheritagecorridor@hotmail.com, or 260-450-2057.

Tour of Historic Fort Wayne and the Merchant Huxford House, May 17th.

Join MVHC for a tour of Old Fort Wayne and the historic Merchant Huxford House, Sunday, May 17th at 1pm. We’ll meet at the Old Fort and enjoy the activities, and then take a tour of the Huxford house, nearby. The Huxford House is owned and being restored by our partner organization, ARCH. It was built c. 1850 and incorporated timbers from the last buildings of the military fort into its structure. No charge, but a free-will donation will be gladly accepted. Funding in part from the Indiana Humanities with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Please rsvp to Angie at maumeevalleyheritagecorridor@hotmail.com or 260-450-2057. Space is limited.

Early Naturalists of the Maumee Valley– program and hike, June 7th

Join the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation for a family-friendly program about Indiana’s early Naturalists. Naturalist and local historian Terri Gorney will provide a program about Indiana and Ohio’s early naturalists, including Homer Price and Gene Stratton Porter, who both spent time documenting the flora and fauna of the Maumee River Watershed. Then, Angie Quinn, Lindenwood Nature Preserve’s naturalist Malorie , and some Volunteer Indiana Master Naturalists will lead hikes and provide instruction about how to keep a nature diary. Diaries, pencils, and other supplies will be provided. This program is free of charge. Please contact Amy @ 260-427-6005 to reserve your spot today! Funding in part from the Indiana Humanities with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Other News:

Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor has reached a critical point. We have been unable to secure funding to retain our Executive Director for more than a few hours per month, thus limiting our ability to provide the programs and services formerly offered.

As a result, we are working to be as financially responsible with your donations. We will be converting to an online-only newsletter, beginning with this, our April 2015, newsletter. However, because this is a free service for non-profit customers, we will be able to send a newsletter to you each month, We will also post in on our webpage atwww.maumeevalleyheritagecorridor.org, so that you can read it there as well.

Coming Events:

Mark your calendars now for our annual Regional Trails Conference, October 9th, at Oberhaus Park in Napoleon, Ohio. Constructing a “water trail” along the Maumee River will be one of the topics. Check our next newsletter for more information.

Introducing New Board Member….Dave Westrick

I was born in Napoleon, Ohio, and raised on a farm outside of Ottawa. I graduated from Miller City High School and earned a Bachelors degree in Journalism from Ohio University.  I worked as a newspaper reporter, media spokesman, ad agency copy writer and communications director before starting my own media consulting business. I am currently retired and living in Maumee with my wife Nanci.  We have two daughters and four beautiful grandchildren.  I am an avid outdoorsman and an amateur historian.  In addition to belonging to several history, preservation and nature groups I currently serve as President of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission. One of my favorite hobbies in canoeing. I spend a lot of time on the Maumee and have paddled every river in the watershed. Working with the MVHC strikes me as a natural combination of my love of history and the natural world.

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