Did you hear us on the Radio?

radio 8 15On August 14th, if you were listening to the Cincinnati Edition on WMUB or WVXU, you might have heard some familiar voices talking about a subject near and dear to our hearts – land conservation. Yup – that was us!

Did you miss it? No worries. You can listen to the interview here.

It was very exciting to get a chance to share what we do with a larger audience. Please feel free to share this link with friends and family.
Thank-you for your support, which makes our work possible!

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Scenes from our Elegant Dinner

We did it and the weather even co-operated! A little heat, but no rain – gorgeous. A big thank-you to Chef Joel Parks from Stella’s in Oxford and his sous chef for lending their talent, expertise and hard work to the cause. The meal was delicious! Thanks so much to the MetroParks of Butler County for the lovely venue, excellent wagon ride and helpful, co-operative staff both before and during the event. Thanks Tara, Claudia, Kelley and Michelle! Thank-you to all our volunteers before and after the event: Marlene, Jan, Betty, Pat, Cal, Marcia, Sandi, Mary, Karen, Syd, Erika, Donna and Steve. If I’ve forgotten anyone – please let me know! Mostly thanks to our guests who made the evening special with their presence and support for Three Valley. It was a wonderful night and we couldn’t do it without each and every one of you. Thank-you!

As we arrived, the pretty view from the back patio was just a start of the loveliness to come.

As we arrived, the pretty view from the back patio was just a start of the loveliness to come.


The tables are set beautifully and waiting for our guests to arrive.  What a lovely setting - this just couldn't get any better!  Wait... do I see chocolate?  I stand corrected.

The tables are set beautifully and waiting for our guests to arrive. What a lovely setting – this just couldn’t get any better! Wait… do I see chocolate? I stand corrected.


Joel Parks (from Stella's) and his sous chef are busy preparing dinner.

Joel Parks (from Stella’s) and his sous chef are busy preparing dinner.


Meanwhile... outside on the patio, the party was in full swing.

Meanwhile… outside on the patio, the party was in full swing.


Our "celebrity" bartender, Mary Glasmeier brought wine, beer and joy to our guests, while talking with Graham and Sharon Mitchell.

Our “celebrity” bartender, Mary Glasmeier brought wine, beer and joy to our guests, while talking with Graham and Sharon Mitchell.


Time to get onto the wagon and see some nature in style.

Time to get onto the wagon and see some nature in style.


Jim and Sarah Michael are excited and ready to go!

Jim and Sarah Michael are excited and ready to go!


We didn't have to wait to get to the top to see some utterly gorgeous scenery.

We didn’t have to wait to get to the top to see some utterly gorgeous scenery.


That's a view alright - amazing!

That’s a view alright – amazing!


Then it was time for the main event and everyone came inside, found their table and awaited the main attraction - Joel's food!

Then it was time for the main event and everyone came inside, found their table and awaited the main attraction – Joel’s food!


Steve Gordon (looking very dapper) serves the soup course to a Roger Millar and Judith Zinsser.  Ladies first, of course.

Steve Gordon (looking very dapper) serves the soup course to a Roger Millar and Judith Zinsser. Ladies first, of course.


Food, friends and conversation - just perfect!

Food, friends and conversation – just perfect!


At long last, it was time to say our farewells and head home.  Sorry Cal, but you don't get to take her with you!

At long last, it was time to say our farewells and head home. Sorry Cal, but you don’t get to take her with you!


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It was a lovely night.
We had a great time.
We hope you did too.

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An invitation to an Elegant Dinner, August 8th

Saturday, August 8th, Forest Run Metro Park  
1976 Timberman Rd, Hamilton, OH 45013

Please join us at the Forest Run MetroPark, including 2.34 acres of forever-protected parkland, for an exceptional meal at the former residence of Richard Fitton.

For more details and to register online, please go here.

Executive Chef Joel Parks was trained at The New England Culinary Institute in Vermont and has over twenty years of experience in the cooking arts. He enjoys creating fresh, flavorful food that reflects the seasons and connects to available local livestock and produce. He is currently the chef at Stella 12 Beech located in uptown Oxford, Ohio.

The protected property boasts one of the highest points in Butler County! We’ll take a very short tour and ride to experience this breathtaking view!

Grounds open at 5 pm with Hors d’oeuvres and Beverages;
Tour shortly thereafter; Seating for Dinner at 6:30 pm
$250 donation per person ($220 of which is tax deductible!)

RSVP by July 27th, 2015 to 513/524-2150 or bkretschmer@3vct.org, Please contact Bonnie Kretschmer with your RSVP if you would like Bonnie to arrange carpooling or a ride to and from the dinner

Directions to the Visitor Center:

  • From Oxford: Take 27 South through Millville, then Left onto New London Road. Take the first Right onto Timberman Ridge. The Welcome Center is the first drive on your left.
  • From Hamilton: Take 127 South. Turn Right onto 128/New London Road over the river and remain westbound on New London Road as 128 turns South. Turn Left onto Timberman Ridge. The Welcome Center is the first drive on your left.
  • From Cincinnati: Take 127 North. Turn Left onto 128/New London Road over the river and remain westbound on New London Road as 128 turns South. Turn Left onto Timberman Ridge. The Welcome Center is the first drive.
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Scenes from our Annual Picnic

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to make our Annual Picnic at the Preble County Historical Society such a wonderful success! We had a lot of fun and we hope that you did too.

Yummy food and kids with ipads... at least for now!

Yummy food and kids with ipads… at least for now!

Liz and Amy B talk with Megan and Karen under a wonderfully shady tree.

Liz and Amy B talk with Megan and Karen under a wonderfully shady tree.

I think a few people knew I was taking a picture....  It was good food in a shady spot on a sunny day.  Perfect!

I think a few people knew I was taking a picture…. It was good food in a shady spot on a sunny day. Perfect!

Shady conversations around the plentiful potluck buffet table.

Shady conversations around the plentiful potluck buffet table.

Kids climbing trees and collecting crab apples.

Kids climbing trees and collecting crab apples.

Of course... girls climb trees too!

Of course… girls climb trees too!

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No Rain – the Picnic is Officially On!

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It looks like the weather is forecast to be 77 degrees with only a 10% chance of rain. We like those odds, so it’s totally on! Here are the facts:

When? June 6th, 11 to 1pm

Where? The Preble County Historical Society

For directions to the picnic and/or other details (like what to bring), either scroll down to the Picnic Post or click here.

Come join us for our Annual Picnic! We’re excited to have delicious food, see great conservation at work and have fun with our friends.

P.S. We’re shopping today and we will have some gluten-free buns available. Also, Bonnie’s making sloppy lentils for any other veggies out there….
P.P.S. While we will have some disposable plates and such, remember that bringing your own washable table service keeps waste out of the landfill!

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Connect to Conservation in a new (and muddy) way!

VernalPoolMarch2015-croppedHelp MetroParks of Butler County, Audubon Miami Valley and the Three Valley Conservation Trust at a wetland planting event. Coordinators and volunteers are needed at Salamander Run Preserve on June 12th and 13th. Volunteers and coordinators will be working in teams to plant deep plugs of wetland species including: Sweet flag, Arrowhead, Bulrush, and Buttonbush. Plugs will be planted in and around an existing pond as well as in several new vernal pools that have been constructed on the site.

There will be three planting sessions as well as an orientation for those who wish to volunteer as coordinators.

Planting sessions will take place:

  • 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, June 12th
  • 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 13th
  • 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturday, June 13th
  • Orientation for coordinators will be from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Friday, June 12th. Please specify whether you would prefer to be a coordinator or volunteer. (This is an opportunity to learn and share your expertise with others).

    SeedlingEvent Parking and a shuttle to the site will be located at the Morgan Township Office (3141 Chapel Rd, Okeana, OH 45053). Planting tools, gloves, and water will be provided on-site. Coordinators and volunteers should dress appropriately and be prepared to work in wet & muddy conditions.

    Please contact Cristy Carter Trammell ctrammell@yourmetroparks.net to pre-register or with any questions.

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    Annual Picnic on June 6th from 11am to 1pm

    Grounds 2Join us at our Annual Membership Picnic!

    When? June 6th, 11 to 1pm

    Where? The Preble County
    Historical Society

    Please RSVP to Bonnie at:
    (513) 524-2150 – or –
    bkretschmer@3vct.org

    We are really excited about our membership picnic location this year! The Preble County Historical Society won the Wallace I. Edwards Award for conservation in 2013 for their conservation work, particularly the Aukerman Creek Restoration Project on their property which represents an effort by Ohio EPA, local consulting firms and Miami University students. We hope to have a guided tour of this impressive project. What a treat!

    CoffeeWaterJointLogoWe’ll provide:
    Sloppy Joes made from local beef
    (courtesy of our generous Board Chair Amy Leedy!)
    Coffee courtesy of the Oxford Coffee Company.
    Water courtesy of the City of Hamilton.

    Please bring:
    A side to share
    Other beverages you might desire.

    While we will have disposable plates, napkins and cutlery, we encourage you to bring your own table service in order to cut down on landfill waste!

    While walk-ins are welcome, we want to have enough food for everyone. If at all possible, please RSVP to Bonnie at (513) 524-2150 or bkretschmer@3vct.org. Thank-you!

    Rain Date: June 13th. For a rain date determination, check www.3vct.org or call (513) 524-2150 after noon on Friday, June 5th.

    PCHS-gmap-smallDirections to the Picnic:
    Or: http://www.preblecountyhistoricalsociety.com/location.html
    General Parking is at the amphitheater parking lot.

    From Eaton:
    Follow OH-122 southeast to Swartsel Rd in Lanier TWP.
    Follow Swartsel Rd to the Preble County Historical Society

    From Waynesville:
    Follow OH- 73 east to Gratis.

    From Gratis, follow OH-122 northwest to Swartsel Rd.
    Follow Swartsel Rd to the Preble County Historical Society

    From Hamilton:
    Follow OH-127 north to OH-503.
    Then follow OH-503 north to Gratis.
    From Gratis, follow OH-122 northwest to Swartsel Rd.
    Follow Swartsel Rd to the Preble County Historical Society

    2014MemberPicnic3From Oxford:
    Follow OH-73 east to OH-127
    Then follow OH-127 north to Camden.
    From Camden, follow OH-725 east to Gratis.
    From Gratis, follow OH-122 northwest to Swartsel Rd.
    Follow Swartsel Rd to the Preble County Historical Society

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    Birding Hike at Salamander Run

    An open area at Salamander Run.  Photo Credit: Tom Schneider, Ohio EPA.

    An open area at Salamander Run. Photo Credit: Tom Schneider, Ohio EPA.

    Come and enjoy the beautiful weather and help us spot birds, flora and fauna during a hike through one of Butler County’s newest restored natural areas!

    As a part of Butler County MetroParks’ Big Week of Birding in Butler County, they are sponsoring a free hike through Salamander Run.

    When? Thursday, May 7th from 9am to Noon
    Where? Meet at the Morgan Township Building (3141 Chapel Road, Okeana, OH 45053)

    While registration is requested, the outing is free and walk-ins are welcome.
    For more information and to register, go to Butler County MetroParks’ event website.

    We’re excited to get out and see spring in a lovely new natural area. Please come join us!

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    It’s April: Kroger Community Rewards Re-Designation time!

    Kroger Receipt - CroppedDo you see this on the bottom of your Kroger receipts? If you do – thank-you very much for supporting Three Valley Conservation Trust!
    Please remember that the month of April is when you need to sign up to help us again. If you don’t, that wonderful little message will disappear on May 1st!

    Do you need a refresher on how to re-designate, see our instructions (with screen shots) here.

    Are you brand new to this and need to create a Kroger account? Your instructions are here.

    If you are experiencing any problems with the Kroger website, feel free to call Kroger and get help. Their number for community rewards website assistance is: 1-866-221-4141.
    Our organization ID with Kroger Community Rewards is: 80803.

    Turtles3-croppedWe really appreciate each and every one of our Community Rewards supporters. It may not cost you anything, but a few minutes of your time really pays off for us. Thank-you!

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