Auction for Acres – Saturday November 1st, 2014

2014 LogoAs the auction approaches, our excitement mounts! That said, our RSVP date has passed. If you want to attend but have not RSVP’d, please call Bonnie at (513) 524-2150 between 9a.m. and 3p.m. weekdays.

What’s on offer at this auction?
Glad you asked!
Here’s our full 2014 Auction Catalog!

Just want the schedule?
Not a problem!
Auction for Acres Schedule (November 1st, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.):
5:30 p.m. Silent Auction and Bar Opens
6:30 p.m. Dinner by the Bite Opens
6:50 p.m. GREEN Auction Table Closes
7:10 p.m. BLUE Auction Table Closes
7:30 p.m. PURPLE Auction Table Closes
7:50 p.m. RED Auction Table Closes
(Brief Trust presentation)
8:00 p.m. Live Auction begins
This year we will have four tables of auction items which will close in sequence!
Didn’t get something you wanted on the Green Table? Maybe there’s something similar on one of the other tables. Listen to the announcements to make sure you’ve got that winning bid in before the table closes!


Would you like to skip the Check-out line?

2014 LogoAt the Auction for Acres on November 1st, you can skip the check-out line!

If you’d rather not check-out on the evening of November 1st, that’s not a problem – we can charge your credit card for you! At the end of the night all you need do is collect your winnings and head to your car. How does it work? Let me explain:

  • When you arrive, we will file your completed registration card with your bidder number.
  • At night’s end, you are free to take your winnings with you and leave the event on your own schedule!
  • Your winning bid(s) will be billed to your credit card in the week following the auction.
  • You will receive an itemized thank-you letter/tax receipt in the mail. If you have any questions or concerns about the charges posted to your account, you can contact Bonnie Kretschmer at (513) 524-2150 or
    We’re committed to making the 2014 Auction for Acres an enjoyable experience for everyone! Registration Cards will be available at Check-In, but if you’d like to fill one out ahead of time, feel free to download this one and print it out: Auction Registration Card


    Our Annual Member Picnic: Saturday, October 4th at Noon

    BC Indian Creek Shelter
    Three Valley’s Annual Membership Picnic is Coming up! It’s on Saturday, October 4th from 12 to 2 pm at Butler County MetroParks’ Indian Creek Preserve. Please plan to come join us!

    BC Indian Creek Play This year, the Annual Membership Picnic will be held just south of Oxford at Butler County MetroParks’ lovely Indian Creek Mayer Picnic Shelter in Reily Township (for driving directions, scroll to the bottom of this post). It boasts a playground for the kids and plenty of space for outdoor fun, so we should totally take advantage of that. Does anybody have a cornhole set they want to bring? Frisbee? We’re always open to suggestions….

    CoffeeWaterJointLogoWe have a group parking permit and will provide grill-ables (hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers), buns and condiments. Lovely, hot, locally-brewed, high-quality coffee will be provided courtesy of the Oxford Coffee Company and water will be provided by the City of Hamilton (who bottle their award-winning municipal water) – many thank-yous to our generous contributors: the Oxford Coffee Company and the City of Hamilton!

    If you would, please bring a dish to share and any other drinks you’d like (do not bring alcoholic drinks as it is against park regulations and the terms of our permit). We will have plastic-wear, plates and napkins – but you’re encouraged to bring your own (plates and such), if you’re so inclined. Oh – and one last FYI for bringing sides: there’s no electricity available.

    Kindly RSVP to Bonnie at (513) 524-2150 or so that we can make sure that we have enough grill-ables on hand to feed everyone. Also consider volunteering to set up, tear down or be grill master (we’d particularly appreciate the latter!).

    Thanks so much to our members for all their support throughout the year! We’re looking forward to a wonderful opportunity for fun and fellowship on October 4th.

    Use the 6500 Springfield Road Entrance to the park.
    Mayer Picnic Shelter

    From North or South:
    Take 732 to Main Street in Reily.
    Turn West (Right from Oxford; Left from Okeana) onto Main Street.
    Turn Right (or North) onto Springfeild Road.
    Take the next Right into the park at 6500 Springfield Road.
    Follow the drive to the parking lot for the picnic shelter.

    From Indiana:
    Take Oxford Pike or State Route 252 to State Line Road (Right from Oxford Pike; Left from 252).
    Turn East onto Springfeild Road (Left from Oxford Pike; Right from 252).
    6500 Springfeild Road is about 2 miles further on the Left.
    Turn Left and follow the drive to the parking lot for the picnic shelter.

    From East:
    Take Stahlheber Road West to Reily Millville Road.
    Turn Right onto Reily Millville Road.
    Follow the road as it merges with Main Street in Reily.
    Turn Right (or North) onto Springfeild Road.
    Take the next Right into the park at 6500 Springfield Road.
    Follow the drive to the parking lot for the picnic shelter.


    Kroger Community Rewards – Know if you’re supporting us!

    KrogerCardKroger Community Rewards is a wonderful deal both for us and for you! It costs you nothing additional – and they donate 4% of your purchase price to us. That’s right, whether you pay with a credit card, cash, food assistance, gift card or check – we get 4% of purchases linked to your Kroger Card. Sweet! And it’s been a big fundraiser for us.

    Unfortunately, since April, we’ve seen a drop-off of donated funds and we suspect that this is due to people who think that their card is linked to us, but have either unsuccessfully re-upped their support in April or accidentally unselected us in their Community Rewards preferences.

    Kroger Receipt - CroppedWant to be sure that you’re supporting Three Valley through Kroger?
    Look for this message (see right) on the bottom of your next Kroger Receipt. If you don’t see it, you’re not enrolled. The good news is that it’s easy to re-enroll yourself!
    See the instructions (with screen shots) for re-enrollment here:
    If you already have an Online Kroger Account, go here:
    If you need to create an Online Kroger Account, go here:

    If you have trouble we can help you, or you can call Kroger at: 1-800–576–4377 for help with Community Rewards or 1-866-221-4141 for help with their website.


    GO Weekend 9/27-28: Hike-a-thon and Eco-Cache!

    GOW_NoDate_LogoGO Weekend (Great Outdoor Weekend) is an annual event that presents opportunities for children and adults to sample the best outdoor recreation and nature awareness through programs available in the 8 counties surrounding the Cincinnati region. This fall there are more than 120 events available — all are free and open to the public.

    In Oxford, there are two events to enjoy: MU’s Hike-a-thon on Saturday, 9/27 anytime from 9am thru 3pm and Three Valley’s Eco-Cache on Sunday, 9/28 anytime from 10am thru 3pm. For more information about the Hike-a-thon, please go here.

    A lovely view of wetland at the "Edge of Farm" property.

    A lovely view of wetland at the “Edge of Farm” property.

    The Three Valley Eco-cache is Sunday, September 28th anytime from 10am thru 3pm!

    You’ve heard of geo-caching? Well, we’re inviting you to an “eco-caching” event. Think of it as a treasure hunt while orienteering and learning a bit about a wonderful conservation area all at the same time!

    This will be a family-oriented fun event with an environmental education spin to it. Drop by and visit the “Edge of the Farm” property at 5398 McCoy Road in Oxford, anytime from 10am to 3pm to get in on the fun.

    Get out and GO on the WEEKEND of September 27th and the 28th!


    RSVP Online – now through October 17th!

    2014 LogoThe Auction for Acres makes a triumphant return this year! On November 1st, 2014 we will gather at the Marcum Conference Center in Oxford for dinner by the bite and some truly wonderful auction items for both our live and silent auctions. Please consider coming to join us!

    Now through October 17th, you can RSVP for the Auction for Acres here:
    RSVP for our Auction for Acres!

    May I whet your appetite?
    Our Dinner by the Bite will be a buffet offering:
    Apple & Brie Tart
    Bacon Wrapped Artichokes
    Butternut Squash Bisque Shooter with Grilled Gruyere Cheese Toast
    Grilled Herbed Potato Skewers
    Ham and Cheddar Hushpuppies with Honey Dijon Dipping Sauce
    Individual Mac & Cheese
    Pulled BBQ Brisket with Corn Cake
    Roasted Vegetable Dagwood with Pesto Mayo
    Seasonal Vegetable Assortment with Hummus
    Smoked Turkey Dagwood with Pesto Mayo
    and for dessert…
    An Assortment of Mini Tarts: Pumpkin, Apple Cinnamon and Maple Pecan.

    Stay tuned to this space and to our Auction for Acres Page for more information about auction items on offer!


    New Trails Open at Forest Run MetroPark in Ross Township

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    NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 27, 2014 Submitted by: Kelly J. Barkley, Sr. Manager of Community Relations 513-867-5835 (O) New Trails Open at Forest Run MetroPark in Ross Township Butler County, Ohio– (August 27, 2014) Over 3 miles of new hiking trails are now open at the Timberman Ridge Area of Forest Run MetroPark, located east of New London Road at 1976 Timberman Road, in Ross Township. Visitors can walk, jog or run on 3.7 miles of trails at this park site, which offers scenic views of the surrounding countryside. Catch and Release fishing is also available at several small ponds on the property. Park hours for all MetroParks begin at 8 a.m. and end at dusk. A MetroPark Motor Vehicle Permit is required. Motor Vehicle Permits are FREE to Butler County residents. Non-residents can purchase Motor Vehicle Permits for $5/daily or $10/annually. The Timberman Ridge Area of Forest Run MetroPark is a breathtaking property that is being preserved naturally for the benefit of all who wish take advantage a healthy and fun-filled place to interact with the natural world every day of the year. This public access provides not only the place but the opportunity to encourage people to discover and experience nature firsthand.

    The Timberman Ridge area expansion of Forest Run MetroPark has been made possible as a result of a cooperative conservation effort between the following parties in 2012. • The Trust for Public Land • Richard J. Fitton Family Foundation • Three Valley Conservation Trust • Ohio Public Works Commission (Clean Ohio Conservation Fund) • MetroParks of Butler County.

    Beginning today, the 3.7 mile trail system that has been created on the property for daily enjoyment will lead park customer/owners through an exceptional property filled with natural diversity that includes a wide variety of wildlife and plant species. Everything from songbirds to timber stands filled with nesting owls, a rolling terrain for mammals, wildflowers and the seasonal assets typical of Butler County can be enjoyed by those step across the threshold to into this natural paradise. The Timberman Ridge property will be continue to be managed for these existing habitats including grasslands, wetlands, woods, fencerows, riparian corridors/greenway links for the watershed. Once on the trail everyone will definitely want to pause to take in the breathtaking scenic overlook at the top of the ridge and view the panoramic vista. Three catch and release ponds are also available on the property for public use.

    Improvements will continue to be made in the future, including the addition of picnic tables and the availability of a rentable shelter space. Beginning Wednesday, or anytime daily thereafter, access the Timberman Ridge Area of Forest Run MetroPark from the driveway at 1976 Timberman Road, Hamilton, OH 45013. The driveway entrance at 1976 Timberman has provided the necessary safe access point to allow regular visits to this property. Continue up the lane toward the building, which will become the Welcome Center Area of Forest Run MetroPark and used for public meeting space in the future. Once past the Welcome Center Area visitors should continue through the gates and past the barns to find ample public parking, a park information board to familiarize yourself with the property, the trail head access point and portable restrooms.

    A more formal Grand Opening Ceremony will take place on the property on Saturday, October, 11, 2014, but MetroParks couldn’t wait another moment to let our customer/owners begin to enjoy the property! Additionally, programs are already scheduled to help the public truly enjoy this property. The first programs will be Hayrides during September! The Harvest Moon Hayrides will include a night time wagon ride, pumpkin hunting by flashlight, campfire stories, activities and yummy S’mores by the fire….all by the light of the moon. These evening hayrides will be available September 8 th -10 th from 8:30 pm -10 pm. Alternatively, if the dark isn’t a fit for your group, the whole gang can come on Sunday, September 7th from 3 pm – 5 pm. The activities offered are the same as the Harvest Moon Hayride; however, you won’t need the flashlight! Advance reservations are required for all Hayrides. For costs, additional details or registration information visit: or call Visitor Services at (513) 867-5835.

    Forest Run MetroPark also includes the following other activity areas: • Wildlife Preserve Area (north of New London Rd-Ross Township- borders The City of Hamilton) • Timberman Ridge Area (east of New London Rd-Ross Township- borders The City of Hamilton) • Little Dry Run Area (west of Timberman Rd-Ross Township) • Engel House Area – Administrative Office for MetroParks (Ross Township) Altogether Forest Run MetroPark consists of 337 acres of property. Established to compliment the work of state and local communities, MetroParks, a separate political subdivision of The State of Ohio, is organized to provide parks and recreation services to the citizens of Butler County. MetroParks is governed by a three member Board of volunteers, appointed by The County Probate Court, The Board of Park Commissioners. The Mission of MetroParks is to provide a superior park system that maximizes the community’s quality of life through conservation, education and recreation. For more information regarding MetroParks visit our website at:


    Cute Baby Turtles!

    Laura Metz found these baby box turtles very close to one of the properties destined to be a metropark in Morgan Township, Butler County. Adorable!

    So very tiny!  And a bit shy.

    So very tiny! And a bit shy.

    Remnants of the baby turtles' egg shells.

    Remnants of the baby turtles’ egg shells.

    A baby turtle face.  Hello little one!

    A baby turtle face. Hello little one!

    They even look cool underneath!

    They even look cool underneath!

    Two little turtle siblings.

    Two little turtle siblings.


    Family Fun at “A Day at the Lake”

    Hueston Woods from HW website
    Join us as we celebrate the 65th Anniversary of a great partner organization of ours: the Preble County Soil and Water Conservation District.

    Preble SWCD LogoTheir annual meeting this year “A Day at the Lake” is being held on Thursday, September 4th starting at 4 pm, with narrated pontoon boat rides (at the Hueston Woods Marina) and viewing of the animals (at the nearby Hueston Woods Nature Center). Fun for the whole family! Later in the evening (at 6 pm) there will be a free Pulled Pork Dinner served up by Bear Paw Catering, in the Hueston Room of the Hueston Woods Lodge, during and followed by, the annual meeting.

    To join them (and us!), admission is free, but an RSVP is required. Please call Samantha at (937) 456-5159 before 3:30 p.m. on August 29, 2014.

    For more details, please see their informational sheet: Annual Mtg Info Sheet