Written by Larry Limpf
December 23, 2013
Lake Township’s community garden was a qualified success but it will need more volunteers to keep it going next summer, Melanie Bowen, a township trustee, reported during the trustees’ Tuesday meeting.
The trustees last May approved a resolution to establish a garden to benefit needy residents of the township. A 50- by 50-foot plot along Lemoyne Road adjacent to the township’s emergency dispatching facility was planted with vegetables and tended by volunteers.
Bowen last week said about five car trunk loads of produce were harvested and donated to the Feed Your Neighbor Program and Food Pantry.
“It was a good project,” Bowen said. “I don’t know if we’re going to be able to it again.”
Volunteers planted tomatoes, squash, zucchini, corn, pole beans, peppers and cabbage as well as some herbs.
Bowen said organizers of Feed Your Neighbor were especially glad to have the garden’s harvest to offer in the food pantry as many of the needy lack the funds to purchase fresh produce.
However, tending the garden required a lot of time and volunteers and the patch was often in need of being weeded and watered.
“I would love to see it continue but I personally don’t have the time,” she said, adding anyone who would like to “champion” the effort should contact her.
When the trustees approved the resolution to start the garden, Bowen offered a motion for the name “Compassion Garden,” which was accepted by the other trustees.
Last year, the trustees presented a plaque recognizing Elsa and Troy Caudill, who conduct the Feed Your Neighbor program monthly at Fire Station 1. Volunteers of the Lake Township Ladies Auxiliary Firebelles, Boy Scout Troop 160 and other volunteers were also lauded by a resolution the trustees passed.
Bowen said at the time she’d been long impressed by those involved with the program and noted it assisted many residents in the wake of the June 2010 tornado that hit the township.
Police Chief Mark Hummer Tuesday said his department will have a “no tolerance policy” for persons riding snowmobiles on private property without the permission of the property owner.
Offenders will be cited, he said.
Last February, several farmers in the township took their complaints to the trustees of snowmobiles trespassing on their fields where many acres were planted with winter wheat.
“It’s like a slap in the face,” one grower said of the snowmobilers riding past signs designating private property.
A day later, township police issued a summons arrest to a Genoa man after an officer observed him riding a snowmobile across a field near the corner of Libby and Lemoyne roads.