The 18th Annual Portage Environmental Conservation Awards Dinner will take place Saturday April 30th and will feature a reception with music, hors d’oeuvres featuring local foods, a buffet dinner, silent auction, and more. The 2016 Portage County Environmental Conservation Award Winners to be honored at the event include:
Fran Teresi—Environmental Education
The Socially Responsible Sweat Shop—Green Enterprise
Kent State University/University Architect—Green Building/Development
Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority—Green Building/Development
Charles and Marilyn Beckwith—Lifetime Achievement
Honor Roll for Land Conservation—Donald and Adriann Sampson; and Randy Bradley
Fundraising proceeds will benefit the Portage Park District Foundation, whose mission is to support the Park District’s critical work of conserving Portage County’s natural heritage.
The dinner will be held April 30th at the Kent American Legion, 1945 Mogadore Road from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Register to attend or support the dinner by visiting our page here
Join our Sky Ranger Guy Gillespie to explore all that the spring sky has to offer!
We will take a “tour” of the solar system and its many constellations.
If you have your own telescope, bring it along to learn about best viewing practices and set up.
We will also learn how to make a pocket solar system.
Dress for the weather, bring snacks and a flashlight!
ST RT 44 Shalersville
Sat. March 12, 2016 6:30pm
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The 18th Annual Portage Environmental Conservation Awards Dinner will take place Saturday April 30th and will feature a reception with live music, hors d’oeuvres featuring local foods, a silent auction, a buffet dinner and more.
The dinner steering committee is seeking nominations for potential awardees to be honored at the event. Nominations for this year’s awards will be considered based on their contributions to Portage County’s environment through education, green business, green development, stewardship or environmental activism.
Nominations should include the nominee’s name and contact information along with a paragraph describing their contribution to Portage County’s environmental conservation.
Send nominations by February 28th to Portage Park District Foundation, 705 Oakwood St. Suite G-4, Ravenna, OH 44266 or email email@example.com
Fundraising proceeds will benefit the Portage Park District Foundation’s mission to support our local parks and green spaces.
The dinner will be held April 30th at the Kent American Legion, 1945 Mogadore Road from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For additional information, contact: Portage Park District Foundation, (330) 678-9127
The Portage Park District welcomes the new year with new Commissioner appointments. Elected President for 2016 is Elizabeth Tomasko Garner, 1st Vice President Deborah Petrone and 2nd Vice President Charles Engelhart.
Elizabeth Tomasko Garner has served on the Board of Commissioners since 2007, she loves to travel and explore the outdoors. Commissioner Tomasko Garner also operates as an attorney in Portage County, specializing in estate planning & probate law.
Deborah Petrone has served on the Board of Commissioners since November of 2014. Commissioner Petrone resides in Ravenna and is a CPA, Master of Taxation and Principal with Schlabig Certified Public Accountants.
Charles Engelhart has served on the Board of Commissioners since August of 2015. Commissioner Engelhart is a lifelong resident of Portage County and is Director of Parks at Cleveland MetroParks.
Allan Orashan has served on the Board of Commissioners since 1996 and is a realtor for Century 21 Real Estate in Kent. Scott McKinney has served on the Board of Commissioners since 2014, with a prior position on the Portage Park District Foundation Board, he is currently employed with the Kent State University Foundation.
The Portage Park District is an independent government agency whose mission is to conserve Portage County’s natural heritage and provide opportunities for its appreciation and enjoyment. Commissioners serve without pay and are the governing body of the agency, responsible for hiring the Executive Director, approving budgets and contracts and setting policies and regulations. The District manages over 1,500 acres and 14 miles of hike and bike trails across the county. To learn more, visit www.portageparkdistrict.org, or call the office at 330-297-7728.
Pictured above from left-Portage Park District Commissioners Allan Orashan, 1st Vice President Deborah Petrone, President Elizabeth Tomasko Garner, 2nd Vice President Charles Engelhart, and Scott McKinney