Symphony on the Farm This Weekend

No automatic alt text available.Symphony on the Farm is THIS Saturday, August 12!  It looks like the weather will be beautiful, so join us for an outdoor concert of Civil War era selections performed by an ensemble from the Richmond Symphony.

The concert will begin at 8 pm at the amphitheater at the Preble County Historical Society (7693 Swartzel Rd, Eaton, OH 45320).

Tickets can be purchased for $15 at the gate.  Drinks are available for purchase.  Be sure to arrive early enough (gate opens at 7) to explore the 11 acres of museum grounds, including an 1813 log house, Exhibit Hall building, an 1855 smokehouse and over six miles of hiking trails.

Proceeds benefit both the Three Valley Conservation Trust and the Preble County Historical Society.

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Three Valley Has a New Executive Director!

Chad Smith, the new Executive Director for Three Valley Conservation Trust

We are excited to announce that Chad Smith will be the new Executive Director for Three Valley Conservation Trust, beginning September 6.

Chad Smith is an Oxford resident and Talawanda graduate who began his conservation career as an intern at Hueston Woods State Park. After graduating from with a degree in Natural Resources Management from Hocking College, he was the Park Naturalist at Hueston Woods for 8 years.  His expertise, professionalism, and leadership abilities resulted in promotions to various other positions within the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), first as the Interpretive Services Manager for the southwest region of the Ohio park system where he supervised seven park naturalists in 13 state parks, then acting Park Manager for Sycamore State Park, and most recently, Park Manager for East Fork State Park.

Chad brings an extraordinary commitment to conservation, as well as mature management skills, experience working with state and local governments, and a long history of success working with volunteers, civic groups, and the public. We expect Three Valley Conservation Trust will continue to grow and  flourish under Chad’s leadership.

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Summer Education Series

Wildflowers at Silvoor Biological Sanctuary. Photo by S. Dumyahn

Our Wonderful Wednesdays program wrapped up this week with a presentation by Charlie Ford about creating backyard habitat for birds.  A big thank you to Charlie and all the other experts who led us on adventures discovering the amazing things around us as part of the 2017 Wonderful Wednesday program!

 

 

Our next Precious Preschoolers program is Saturday Sept. 9 from 9:30 to 11.  We’ll be doing some more creekin’!  Get wet and dirty exploring the fascinating critters living in our local creeks!  Meet at 4328 Wallace Rd (off Lanes Mill Rd) in Oxford.

Our last Beautiful Biking ride will be Thursday, Sept 14 at 6pm.  We’ll meet at 2550 Indian Creek Rd, Oxford (near Reily).  This will be a road ride, about 7.5 miles along a hilly, difficult route.  Refreshments will be provided at the finish.

Save the date for “Hike and Pie” plus Bioblitz at Silvoor Biological Sanctuary on Sunday, Sept. 24 at Peffer Park pavilion.  Starting at 12 pm we will work with local experts to identify plants, insects, birds, and more found at Silvoor Biological Sanctuary.  At 4 pm, we will meet up again to report on what flora and fauna were found and to take a hike through the sanctuary, followed by pie and coffee.

 

 

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New Office and Open House

The new office is located at 5995 Fairfield Rd, Oxford.

The move to our new office in the Oxford Professional Building, located across from the TRI in Oxford, is complete!  This new location is more accessible to members, provides a professional and technologically up-to-date office for our staff, and represents a savings to our operating budget.  We are very excited to be in this new space and will be hosting an open house in September so everyone can meet the new director and see the new office space.  Details will be forthcoming.

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Temporary contact information

Three Valley Conservation Trust’s phones are currently down.  If you need to contact us please call (513) 273-5611.  We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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Symphony on the Farm–Correction

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We hope you are excited as we are about Symphony on the Farm coming up on August 12!  Please note that the RSVP phone number was incorrect in the last eNews.  The correct phone number to reserve a spot for dinner is 937-787-4256.  We apologize for the confusion this has caused for our valued members.

 

The evening will feature a concert of selections from the Civil War era performed by an ensemble from the Richmond Symphony.  The concert will begin at 8 pm at the amphitheater at the Preble County Historical Society (7693 Swartzel Rd, Eaton, OH 45320).   Call 937-787-4256 to reserve a spot for dinner.  Contact TVCT (524-2150) for more information.

There are two ways to enjoy this concert:

Concert only ($15.00 per person): Tickets can be purchased at the gate.  The concert starts at 8 pm at the amphitheater at PCHS (Rain date is Aug. 19).  Drinks are available for purchase.  Be sure to arrive early enough (gate opens at 7) to explore the 11 acres of museum grounds, including an 1813 log house, Exhibit Hall building, an 1855 smokehouse and over six miles of hiking trails.

Dinner & Concert ($90.00 per person): Enjoy an elegant four course meal, including appetizers and cocktails.  All the main ingredients of this meal are raised or grown organically and baked/prepared at the Frank House farm or the Indian Creek Nature Preserve, Oxford.  Pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers with begin at 5:30 pm.  Vegetarian main course available upon request. Wine for purchase. Dinner begins at 6:00 pm. There is limited seating for dinner. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Preble County Historical Society (937-787-4256).

Proceeds benefit both the Three Valley Conservation Trust and the Preble County Historical Society.

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Symphony and Dinner on the Farm August 12- Joint with Preble County Historical Society – call 937-787-4256 for reservations.

No automatic alt text available.Join us for a Symphony on the Farm on August 12!

The evening will feature a concert of selections from the Civil War era performed by an ensemble from the Richmond Symphony.  The concert will begin at 8 pm at the amphitheater at the Preble County Historical Society (7693 Swartzel Rd, Eaton, OH).   Call 937-787-4256 to reserve a spot for dinner.  Contact TVCT (524-2150) for more information.

There are two ways to enjoy this concert:

Concert only ($15.00 per person): Tickets can be purchased at the gate.  The concert starts at 8 pm at the amphitheater at PCHS (Rain date is Aug. 19).  Drinks are available for purchase.  Be sure to arrive early enough (gate opens at 7) to explore the 11 acres of museum grounds, including an 1813 log house, Exhibit Hall building, an 1855 smokehouse and over six miles of hiking trails.

Dinner & Concert ($90.00 per person): Enjoy an elegant four course meal, including appetizers and cocktails.  All the main ingredients of this meal are raised or grown organically and baked/prepared at the Frank House farm or the Indian Creek Nature Preserve, Oxford.  Pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers with begin at 5:30 pm.  Vegetarian main course available upon request. Wine for purchase. Dinner begins at 6:00 pm. There is limited seating for dinner. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Preble County Historical Society (937-787-4256).

Proceeds benefit both the Three Valley Conservation Trust and the Preble County Historical Society.

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The Wonderful World of Bugs For Preschoolers

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In Remembrance: Carl Joseph Hesselbrock  (1927-2017)

Carl and Marge Hesselbrock

Patriarch to three generations of Hesselbrocks and loving husband to his wife Marge of 67 years, Carl Hesselbrock embodied the best qualities of the American farmer.  A native of Morgan Township, Carl and Marge began farming together in 1950, raising five children on the historic Governor Bebb property.  Over the years, Carl served in the US Army, oversaw the growing farm operations, and served on Butler County’s Soil Conservation Board.  Carl was widely admired and emulated, earning a reputation as one of Butler County’s leading farm practitioners.  Always willing to embrace new ideas and management practices, Carl and Marge in 2005 became the first farmers in Morgan Township to voluntarily place conservation easements on farmland.  Carl and Marge understood the special value of family farmland, and managed their diverse operations with great care.  Carl’s legacy of careful stewardship has been passed on to his three sons and grandson who manage and farm the family’s extensive landholdings.  His two daughters have professional careers and remain vital contributors to the family.  The Three Valley Conservation Trust and the Paddys Run Conservation Project extend their condolences to Marge and the entire Hesselbrock family on the loss of a dear man and remarkable agriculturist.

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Founder’s Day Picnic

This swamp white oak tree was planted in memory of Orie Loucks, a founding member of Three Valley Conservation Trust

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.  Undoubtedly, Wallace Edwards thought of this parable when he envisioned land conservation in the Four Mile Creek Valley.  It was 1994 when Edwards, along with Miami faculty members Dwight Baldwin and Orie Loucks, organized what would become the Three Valley Conservation Trust.  Last month, Three Valley Trust members, friends and staff gathered at the Trust’s Ruder Preserve to dedicate a swamp white oak tree planted in memory of Orie Loucks (1931-2016), professor at Miami University from 1989 – 2002.

Professor emeritus Mark Boardman, chair of the Three Valley Trust, unveiled the memorial marker.

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