The Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District held their 74th Annual Banquet at the Coshocton County Career Center Thursday evening, October 20, 2016.  142 area residents and special guests were in attendance.  A baked ham dinner was 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 re-elected and will serve three year terms starting January 1, 2017.  Jim McKinney was also a candidate for the position.    

            Mr. Brad Perkins was the evening’s guest speaker talking about Bald Eagles in Ohio.  Mr. Perkins highlighted his work as a volunteer for the Division of Wildlife monitoring bald eagle nests after discovering the nest at Wills Creek in 1996.  Perkins shared pictures and facts about the Bald Eagle population in Ohio.  Mr. Perkins, a native of Coshocton County spent 38 years with the former Stone Container Corporation papermill as a forest resource professional.  Brad is currently the Executive Director of The Ohio Forestry Association and he and his wife Diane live in Muskingum County.

Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District announced the 2016 Outstanding Conservation Farmer Of the Year Award which went to Rob and Sheri Stout and family.  The Stout’s farm is located in Jackson Township and consists of 110 acres where they graze a small flock of sheep and a herd of 150 recipient cattle.  Rob and Sheri have been cooperators of the Coshocton SWCD since November of 1999.  Conservation practices installed on the Stout farm include 660’ of fence, 98 acres of prescribed grazing, 2,755’ of pipeline, 1 spring development and 6 watering facilities, a rip-rap stream crossing, and a heavy use pad.  The Stout family hosted a stop on the 2007 County Officials Tour and a 2010 Teacher Workshop. 

   Rob graduated from The OSU Veterinary School in 1995 and operated practices in Coshocton until 2004 when he and Sheri established Eastern Ohio Embryo Transfer.  The Stout’s have two grown daughters; Emily who is a teacher in Hilliard, and Kristy who is a senior at OSU and recently applied to Vet School.  Congratulations to Rob and Sheri Stout and family on being named the 2016 Outstanding Conservation Farm of the Year.

            Coshocton SWCD sponsored the Coshocton County Junior Fair Hay Show and recognized the winners at the 2016 County Fair:  Four of the categories were won by the same young lady, Michaela Greten, daughter of Mike and Kerrie Greten, This-N-That 4-H won the Alfalfa, Clover, Grass, and Light Mixed Hay.  Abigail Lorenz, daughter of Steve and Malinda Lorenz, Go Getters 4-H won the Mixed Hay class.  Winners received a Rosette and $25 cash award for each class.   

Amos Mast was recognized as the winner of the Coshocton SWCD’s Big Tree Contest.  The winning “Big Tree” was a White Oak tree which measured 210” in circumference with a vertical height of 87’ and an average crown spread of 110’.

Tom Heading from Coshocton is Blooming Committee presented the fifth annual City Big Tree Contest award for anyone living in the City of Coshocton.  Jerry McKenna was recognized for his Maple tree that measured 218” in circumference with a vertical height of 97’ and average crown spread of 94.5’. 

The winner of the Mystery Photo Contest, which was part of the SWCD’s display at the Coshocton County Fair, was Eric Deibel.  Eric was among twenty-four winning entries received.  The mystery photo was of the Derr Dairy Farm in Linton Township. 

The meeting adjourned after door prizes were drawn.