Geauga SWCD Annual Meeting and Election Update

The Board of Supervisors of the Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District would like to cordially invite the public to help celebrate their 71st anniversary in conservation while also voting for the next Board Supervisors.

The dinner meeting is slated for Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Geauga County Fairgrounds School Building, 14373 N. Cheshire Road in Burton. Registration and the election of one Board Supervisor will be from 6 – 7 p.m. only. Dinner will be served promptly at 7 p.m. Candidates include Dee Belew, Robert Lausin, and Mary Slingluff.

Dee Belew and her husband Bill have resided in Auburn Township for 44 years and own Messenger Century Farm. Her two children and six grandchildren also reside in Auburn. Dee has been on the Board of Supervisors since 2013 and currently serves as Treasurer.

The Belews produce hay, maple syrup, and are currently growing blueberries for a soon to be “Pik Your Own” blueberry patch. Their farm has been protected with a conservation easement through Western Reserve Land Conservancy to preserve the land in its current state. Dee loves all types of gardening and has been a Master Gardener for 11 years, volunteers for Western Reserve Land Conservancy, and has been the secretary for Auburn Township Zoning Commission for 20 years. For the love of Auburn Township and Geauga County, she would like to continue to be on the Board.

Robert Lausin lives in Thompson with his wife Cindy of 32 years and owns a dairy operation alongside his cousin Joe and both of their fathers. Bob has lived in Thompson his entire life except for four years of U.S. Navy service. He and his wife have three grown sons.

Bob served on the Geauga SWCD Board of Supervisors from 1992-1994 and 2001-2006. He is a graduate of Ledgemont High School and had been a 4-H advisor for the Thompson-Ledge Dairymen for 19 years. He has recently joined the AMVET Post #1968. His conservation interests include farmland preservation and composting.

Mary Slingluff is a Chester Township resident and lives with her husband Jody. They have four children. Mary served on the board from 2009 – 2014 and now serves as Associate Member. As owner of Avalon Gardens Nursery in Munson for the past 18 years, Mary has created this full service nursery and charming Bed and Breakfast as a sustainable green business.

Avalon Gardens specializes in landscape design, specialty gardens, and above all, native plants. Mary organically grows, sells, and landscapes with native plants and uses her knowledge and passion to teach of their immense value. In addition to running her business, she also supports other plant sales, hosts many Garden Clubs, presents education programs, and volunteers at the soup kitchen at the Salvation Army in Collinwood. Mary holds a biology degree from Allegheny College. She is committed to preserving and protecting natural resources and enjoys working with the engineers, master gardeners, scientists, and educators at the District to serve the people of Geauga County.

All voters must be at least 18 years of age the night of the election and must reside or own land within Geauga County. You may stop by to vote even if you are not able to stay for the meeting. Anyone wishing to vote who cannot attend the meeting may do so by making a request for an absentee voting ballot. Ballot requests can be obtained at the Geauga SWCD Office, on the website, or by calling 440-834-1122.

Don’t miss this annual event filled with unique raffle items, delicious food, conservation awards, 2015 District highlights, and a special presentation. The cost is $10.00 per person and the deadline for reservations is Oct. 30. Click or call 440-834-1122 for more information.

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