FFA greenhouse open for business

STUDENTS AND members of Harrison Central High School FFA have opened their greenhouse for the season and welcome the public to stop in and make their gardening purchases.

Open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, the greenhouse features 27 varieties of garden plants and flowers.

Hanging baskets are $15 each, flats of 36 plants or flowers are available for $12 a piece and six-packs of plants are only $2. Strawberry plants are also being sold for $8.

In addition, gardeners can snag wooden tomato stakes at just 60-cents each.

Proceeds will benefit the Ag Business program at the school.

For more information, call Don Jones, instructor at 740-942-7700 or stop by during regular school hours.

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THE HARRISON Coal and Reclamation Historical Park will hold its 17th annual Coal Dinner and Auction tonight at Hopedale Social Hall.

Doors are scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m. with an all-you-can-eat buffet to commence at 6:30 p.m.

After the meal, entertainment will be provided by the Vinyl Classics followed by the group’s annual auction.

Ticket are available at $15 each.

Auction items will include a vast array of coal related items. Two items of special interest are a framed print by local artist Dave Barnhouse who donated his limited edition, 2003 painting entitled “Going Home” and a painting by Jeanne wilson, a watercolor collage featuring Clark Gable, will also go on the auction block.

For more information, contact Claren Blackburn at 740-937-2460.

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THE GRAND opening of the Butch Heavilin Memorial Dog Park will be held today, May 14, at 2 p.m. at Atwood Lake Park.

The dog park, which is located next to the gate entrance to Atwood Lake Park, is named in honor of well-known former Atwood Lake area resident Butch Heavilin who was a native of Harrison County. A former employee of Atwood Lake Boats, Heavilin also was normally seen in the company of his two standard poodles, Sadie and Taz. Heavilin died after a tractor accident in December 2007.

He was the son of Harry and Helen Heavilin of Cadiz.

With the assistance of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy Foundation (MWCF), Heavilin’s family has established a memorial fund to be dedicated to the development of a dog park. More than 100 individual donors contributed to the fund.

Set aside for dogs to exercise and play off leash in a controlled environment under the supervision of their owners, the park is completely free. Parking is located near the dog park and there is no admission fee necessary to enter the park in order to exercise dogs.

A brief dedication ceremony is planned May 14 prior to the official opening of the park.

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DR. LORLE Porter of New Concord, will present a program entitled “Harrison County’s Contributions During the Civil War” at Scott United Methodist Church on May 19 at 1 p.m.

The free program is being presented as a part of the church’s year-long 200th anniversary celebration of Methodism in Cadiz, and 200th birthday of Bishop Matthew Simpson

Dr. Porter will use Harrison County citizens General George Custer, Edwin Stanton, John Bingham, Bishop Matthew Simpson, Capt. Joe Dickerson (from Dickerson Church)

The program will include the impact of Franklin College in New Athens during that time period.

A retired professor from Muskingum University, Dr. Porter has won numerous awards and is the author of several books. She has been cited as having “prevented many of Ohio’s historical figures from fading quietly into oblivion.”

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THE RENOVATIONS at the Tappan Lake Boat Dock and Parking areas are now complete and open to the public.

A Cooperative Boating Facilities Grant with Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) funded a renovation that increased the Route 250 parking lot to 78 car/trailer spaces, renovated the two lane ramp, boarding docks, restroom and courtesy docks.

The entire facility is Americans with Disabilities Act compliant and also has lights for safety of the boaters.

The facility was in use earlier this winter, however the restroom was not completed until this spring.

The grant was awarded to MWCD in 2008 in the amount of $400,000. Boaters from throughout the area are already enjoying the use of the renovated ramp according to officials at MWCD.

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A CONTEMPORARY Church Service will be held at Sally Buffalo Park, Cadiz, on Sunday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Pavilion 4 at the bottom of the hill from the baseball fields.

Those attending are asked to bring along lawn chairs, chips, drinks and happy faces! In addition a youth group will be held at the park from 1-3 p.m.

Additional information may be obtained by calling the Cadiz Presbyterian Church at 740-942-2366.

Sedgmer may be reached at ksedgmer@timesleader online.com