Earth Day Celebration, March 23

Please join us as we celebrate the Earth and raise money for environmental causes at our annual Earth Day auction and dinner on Saturday March 23 at 6 pm at Mustard Seed Market and Café in Montrose, 3885 West Market St.

Regular tickets are $75 per person and Patron tickets are $125 per person. All tickets include a delicious buffet dinner and dessert. A cash bar with beer and wine will also be available. Enjoy a drink as you look over the silent auction items (and hopefully bid on some of them!).

We are pleased to announce that  Tom James, the recently retired director of the Medina County Park District will be the recipient  of the 2029 John F. Seiberling Achievement Award aat the Earth Day banquet on March 23. During his twenty-five year tenure Tom transformed the Park District from a small, poorly financed operation into one of the leading park systems in northeast Ohio.

In 1993, when Tom arrived, Medina County was the fastest growing county in the state, with an average of forty acres per week being lost to residential development, yet the park system  consisted of seven mostly small parks and preserves totaling 1000 acres. Over the next twenty five years, the Park District created ten more parks and preserves and protected 5500 acres. Tom’s goal has been to be at least as aggressive in acquiring land as the residential housing deveropers. This meant supplementing tax revenues with grants from the Clean Ohio program and others and expanding the staff and public services.  He has raised more than $8 million dollars for land acquisition and capital improvements and quadrupled the size of the staff. The Park District now offers a wide variety of services, from hikes and bird watching opportunities, to nature study and meeting places for community groups.

Tom has received many awards and honors from professional groups. The executive director of the Ohio Parks and recreation Association described him  as “a leader among park directors” and a “mentor” to many of his professional colleagues.

To purchase tickets and/or contribute an item to the auction, please contact Neal Broida at 330-869-9604.

So bring your checkbook and your appetite and celebrate with us on March 23. Hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Portage Trail Group Meetings

Really Ready for 100?
March 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn

A year ago Jocelyn L. Travis told us about the Sierra  Club’s “Ready for 100” campaign and her role in persuading  Cleveland officials to make the city carbon free by 2050.  She returns now to describe her progress, and how he campaign can be extended to other communities. Given the mess in Washington the grass roots approach may be our only hope. Join us for this report on her experiences.


Recycling: Today and Tomorrow
April 16, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn

 Marcie Kress has been involved in Summit County recycling for more than twenty years and probably know more about what works and what doesn’t than anyone else. She is currently executive director of ReWorks, the agency that coordinates the recycling activities in the county. She describes her job as “assisting municipalities improve the quantity and quality of material collected through curbside recycling and organic waste reduction programs.” Here’s a chance to find out more about the somewhat confused state of contemporary recycling.


More than Honey Bees: Causes and Consequences of Native Bee Losses
May 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn

 We know that honey bees are having a rough time, but what about the hundreds of other bee species that are part of our natural environment? Bob Heath, a retired biology professor at Kent State, has been following the fortunes of bees for many years and works closely with the Ohio Bee Lab at Ohio State. He will report on the situation today, and the likely results if current trends continue. Bring your questions about the bees in your neighborhood.


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Volunteer Opportunities

Here’s a great opportunity for alert, wide-awake, energetic, and committed environmentalists!

Akron Peninsula Road Cleanup. Picking up trash along two miles of Akron Peninsula Road in the CVNP is a long-standing PTG responsibility. We do it three or four times per  year on Saturday mornings. It takes at most two hours. A nice walk if nothing else. If you can help out, call or email Dan Nelson, 330-666-4246 or


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