Local Conservation District Honors Winners
The Upper Ohio Conservation District held its annual recognition dinner Sept. 4 at the Byrd Center in Pine Grove.
The district, which encompasses Wetzel, Tyler, and Pleasants counties, sponsors various contests throughout the year and honors all winners at the annual fall banquet.
Perhaps the biggest award goes to the Conservation District Farm Winner. This year the honoree was Paul Pichardo from Hundred. ACE Home Center donated the Husqavarna 440 chainsaw to reward him for his hard work. The other county winners were Conrad Costilow from Tyler County and Greg and Brenda Westbrook from Pleasants County.
Grassland Achievement Awards went to Richard and Vickie Gorrell of Tyler County; Eric and Audra Cunningham of Pleasants County; and Ron Billiter of Wetzel County.
Winners of their poster contest were: second-third grade level, first place, Rosanna Smith of Middlebourne, $100 savings bond; fourth-sixth grade level, first place, Amber Watson of Friendly, $100 savings bond; fourth-sixth grade level, second place, Kali Shanabarger of Middlebourne, $75 savings bond; fourth-sixth grade level, third place, Hannah G. Roberts of Alma, $50 savings bond; 10th-12th grade
level, Angela Titus of Middlebourne, $100 savings bond.
Youth from the district who attended Junior Conservation Camp were Troy Hubbard and Ashlea Loy.
The SAMARA Conservation Test is given each year through the Conservation Service. Top students on the test given at Short Line School were Rachel Dennison, first; Troy Hubbard, tie for second; Albert McGuane tie for second. Seventh grade science teacher Sue Morgan was responsible for administering the test at SLS. She was honored for her dedication to the students and subject of conservation.
Local entries in the photo contest were striking. The 2007 adult winners were: first place, The Grainary, Kathryn Goddard; second place, Dawn’s Goldness, Kimberly Lockhart; third place, My Sunflower, Kathryn Goddard. Also, My Sunflower placed first and Dawn’s Goldness received an honorable mention in the state competition.
The 2007 youth winners were first place, The Big Tree, Joshua Goddard; second place, Bridging the Wild and Wonderful, Kyla Lockhart; third place, Trick or Treat, Kyla Lockhart. Trick or Treat received first place at the state competition. The Big Tree placed second on the state level and received an honorable mention on the national level.
Savings bonds are given to the district photo winners $100 for first, $75 for second, and $50 for third.
Nick Beaver received a $100 savings bond as one of a tie for first place with a perfect score in Homesite Evaluation part of the Land Judging competition held May 9 at the Frank Fluharty farm in Tyler County. Scott Ash was the other perfect scoring individual in the Homesite Evaluation as well as top scorer in the Land Judging Contest. Ash was also the high individual scorer at the Forestry Judging Contest which entitles him to three $100 savings bonds in all for this year.
Dinner catering was provided by Lynn Adams. The country ham was provided by the UOCD through the Wetzel County FFA Ham, Bacon, and Egg Show.
Mason Bolen received the UOCD college scholarship this year in addition to the Roy and Betty Shafer Scholarship the WVACD oversees.