Archbold, OH

Park Board Appeals For Scholarship Funds

Jennifer Kidder, director of Archbold Parks & Recreation, told the Archbold Park Board she is seeking funds for the scholarship fund and the sponsorship of summer sports.

Speaking to the board at its Monday, April 9 meeting, Kidder said she had sent letters seeking money for the scholarship fund to Archbold Rotary, Archbold Lions, and the Archbold Area Foundation.

Park board began discuss- ing the scholarship program in August 2008.

The goal of the program is to provide money for families who may not be able to afford the fees charged for some Parks and Recreation programs.

For example, some traveling teams have a fee, plus the cost of uniforms. For a family with more than one child participating, costs can add up.

One of the most popular uses for scholarship funding is for swimming pool passes.

Kidder told park board members Monday she currently is not taking scholarship applications for swimming pool passes.

She said she also has sent letters to the 50 to 60 businesses who annually sponsor summer baseball, softball, and t-ball.

Arbor Day

Kidder told the board the village will hold its 2012 Arbor Day celebration in Ruihley Park at 1 pm, Friday, April 20.

Kidder said village officials tried to find buckeye trees for the parks, but there are not a lot available. Smaller trees may be purchased, then transplanted later.

Kidder said she checked on trees in Woodland Park, and reported they are in good shape.

However, Kevin Morton, park board member, council liaison to park board, and member of the village tree committee, said oak trees planted at the west end of the village industrial park are not growing.

Egg Hunt

Kidder said the Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 31, went well.

She said she was afraid turnout would be down, because during the hunt, Ohio State University was playing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament.

Turnout did not appear to be impacted, she said.

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