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Park Board Sends Scholarship Guidelines To Village Council




Members of the Archbold Park Board reviewed guidelines for the proposed park scholarship program at its Tuesday night, Sept. 9, meeting.

The guidelines will go to Archbold Village Council in October, said Jennifer Kidder, Archbold Parks and Recreation Department director.

The scholarship program is designed to ease the burden of Parks and Recreation program registration fees on large families, or those with low incomes.

The guidelines state the awarding of scholarships will be based on participation in the Archbold Area School District free and reduced lunch and breakfast program. Those who receive reduced-price lunches at school will pay 50% of the registration fees; those who receive free lunches will pay 25% of the registration costs. Cost for additional supplies, equipment, and transportation are not covered.

For those not enrolled in the Archbold schools, family income verification will be done using the school district meal program income guidelines.

Chautauqua

Kidders said Archbold will host the Ohio Humanities Council’s Chautauqua program July 7-11, 2009.

Village officials had hoped for other dates; Kidder said July 7- 11 was the second choice.

Chautauqua is a program of costumed scholar-actors assuming the role of famous persons. The scholar-actors perform one-person shows, detailing the lives of the persons.

This year, the theme is “Inventors and Innovators,” which Kidder said should go well with the village history of invention and innovation. She particularly cited Erie Sauder, founder of Sauder Woodworking, the company which essentially created the ready-to-assemble furniture industry.

Kidder said when Archbold last hosted Chautauqua in 2002, donations were solicited from service organizations and other groups; she will seek funds from them again. Freewill donations also will help cover costs.

The Ohio Humanities Council fee for Chautauqua is $7,500; other expenses, including tent rental, stage, etc., could drive the final price as high as $10,000 to $15,000.

Other Information

Kidder told board members she met with Steve Ringenberg, executive director of the Fairlawn Haven retirement campus, about possibly offering joint programs with Fairlawn.

Fairlawn is adding a new exercise and meeting room, where such programs can be held.

She also reported new filters were installed at the Archbold swimming pool, and were operational while the pool was still open. The pool is now closed for the season.

Kidder said the fall soccer program started yesterday, Tuesday, Sept. 16. Flag football is to start today, Wednesday, Sept. 17.

The annual Punt, Pass & Kick competition is Monday, Sept. 22. The Parks and Recreation Department holds the annual Pumpkin Path, Saturday, Oct. 25. – David Pugh


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