Geneva designated as state’s first Bird Town by Audubon
At Geneva’s September council meeting on Tuesday, Randy Lehman, executive director of the Limberlost State Historic Site, announced that the Indiana Audubon Society recently designated Geneva as the first Bird Town of Indiana.
The special honor will be commemorated on Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Limberlost State Historic Site Visitor Center.
“Bird Town of Indiana is a designation awarded by the Indiana Audubon Society to those communities in Indiana that demonstrate an active and ongoing commitment to the protection and conservation of bird populations and habitat,” said Lehman.
“The Bird Town designation is acknowledgement that the local wetland restoration efforts have been successful in bringing many types of birds back to the Limberlost,” Lehman said. “As the birds return, they will attract those who watch birds for a hobby, helping to promote the area and bringing tourist dollars into our economy.”
Representatives from the Indiana Audubon Society will present Geneva town officials with two highway signs commemorating that achievement. In addition to the ceremony, a short program on wetland restoration will be given in the Limberlost Visitor Center by local DNR representative Ken Brunswick, East Central Regional Ecologist for the Department of Natural Resources Division of Nature Preserves.
“It was through his (Brunswick) effort of creating the 1,600 acres plus of Limberlost nature preserves that contributed to Geneva earning the first Bird Town designation,” said Lehman.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Geneva Chamber of Commerce executive director Pam Krauss announced the launching of a financial campaign to construct new buildings and monuments to facilitate the current War Memorial downtown.
The new memorial park would include a shelter, plaza and new additions to enhance the remembrance of all recent as well as earlier veterans.
One fund-raising effort includes sale of walkway stones. Engraved 8 x 8 stones will sell for $200 in order to help fund the memorial. Those who wish to donate may do so by sending a check to Geneva Proud, P.O. Box 2, Geneva, Ind. 46740.
Krauss said that the estimated cost for the project is slightly over $110,000. She noted that $5,000 has been raised in the beginnings of the fund raiser.
Those especially supporting the effort include the Parks Department, Geneva Proud, VFW and American Legion.
Krauss noted that other upcoming events include Adopt-A-Highway cleanup on Sept. 28 and 30 and the annual Tractor and Engine Show on Oct. 6.
Also on Sept. 14, a fundraiser on behalf of medical expenses for Maddie (Madison) Dyer, a 4-year-old girl involved in a tragic accident on July 28, will be held at the ball diamond park.
In addition to local supporters, there will be a special ride by Freedom Riders of Indiana, Chapter 2. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with stands up at 11:30 a.m.
Other activities for the fundraiser include a softball and corn hole tournament, face painting, 50/50 drawing, cakewalk, bouncy house, ring toss, concessions, silent auction and door prizes.
Those interested in the freedom ride can call Dan Krieg at 260-251-8890 and softball teams can contact Amy Hawbaker at 260-729-2264.
Clerk/Treasurer Bill Warren noted that the iron-filter replacement project is nearing completion and is expected to be back on line by the end of September. Warren also noted that plans continue to progress to address problems along sidewalks and ramps to comply with regulations for the American with Disabilities Act. He noted that the city anticipates spending approximately $2,000 a year on the project.
In other matters, council:
- Passed a salary ordinance for all town employees.
- Granted permission for accommodations for the annual Rainbow Lake 5K on Nov. 30.
- Heard a report from town marshal Rob Johnson that the town was being presented with a large printer to be utilized by town officials.
- Received a report from Johnson concerning the continued success of school officer Scott Dailey at South Adams Schools.
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