Kimberly Kaufman, executive director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Oak Harbor, was recently presented with the coveted “Naturalist of the Year” Award from the Toledo Naturalists’ Association.
Since its founding in 1933, the Toledo Naturalists’ Association (TNA) has included many of the leading field biologists and naturalists of the Midwest among its members. The Naturalist of the Year Award was first given in 1957, and has been given annually since 1972. Notable past recipients have included Louis Campbell, Harold Mayfield, Steve Pollick, Julie Shieldcastle, incoming TNA president Elliot Tramer, and last year’s honoree, Rick Nirschl.
Kaufman was lauded for her work, both individually and through the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, to advance research and education involving birds and nature. In particular, TNA noted Kaufman’s accomplishment in founding the Ohio Young Birders Club, which has members throughout Ohio and beyond and has served as a model for similar efforts in 14 other states.
Also lauded were Ms. Kaufman’s work in organizing educational programs for area schools and for the general public, promoting the economic value of bird watching to local businesses and media, and taking part in research on bird migration through northwest Ohio.
This time of the year, rural letter carriers are dealing with mountains of holiday greetings, packages and catalogs, and of course, the ever-present perils of pulling in and out of traffic hundreds of times a day, sometimes in inclement weather.
Even considering these challenges, there are exemplary postal drivers who maintain safe driving records. Recently, rural carrier Terri Ahle, of Helena, was recognized by the National Safety Council for driving 30 years or one million miles without an at-fault accident. In addition, Postmaster Rochelle Habel commended Ahle for placing the Postal Service in a positive light by the way she conducts herself while delivering the mail.
“We just wanted to take a moment to tell you how appreciative we are to have Terri as our carrier, Habel read from a customer’s letter of appreciation. “Not only is she intelligent, prompt and efficient, but she does it with a smile and a friendly wave as well.
“Terri is a very dedicated, hardworking individual who cares about her customers,” Habel added.
The Elmore Holiday Express Cookie/Candy Contest winners included:
• Adult Cookies: First place - Renee Thomas, Butterfinger cookies; second place - Sandy Crawfoot, pineapple nut cookie; third place - Sandy Crawfoot, frosted sugar cutouts.
• Adult Candy: First place - Judy Marquardt, Buckeyes; second place - Winnie Chasteen, pumpkin fudge; third place - Peggy Lutman, double white chocolate peanut clusters.
• Adult People’s Choice (Cookies): Renee Thomas, Butterfinger cookie.
• Adult People’s Choice (Candy); Judy Marquardt, Buckeyes.
• Children’s Cookies: First place - John Yerg, snickerdoodles; second place - Cole Cutchall, German chocolate cake mix cookies; third place- Levi Cutchall, cocoa kisses.
• Children’s Candy: First place - Elizabeth Koenig, mint cookies and cream fudge; second place - Christmas fudge.
• Children’s People’s Choice (Cookies): First place - Shyann Lutman and Calvin Brooks, fudge cake cookies; second place - Andrew Lutman and Bo McElroy, cherry chip cookies.
• Children’s People’s Choice: First place - Elizabeth Koenig, mint cookies and cream fudge; second place - Paul Koenig, Christmas fudge.