Welcome to Berkshire Township, Delaware County, Ohio
Berkshire Community Park
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September 19, October 17, November TBD and December 12. They will also be announced on the website and in the newsletter each month. Meetings are open to the public.
Pictured from L to R: Emma Speight, Matt Ulrey, Julie Heitz, Stephanie Allen, Kelly Zakrajsek and Summer Fenton. Not pictured, Tony Nicol.
want to keep the area clean and pleasant for all to enjoy.
In the summer of 2018, township resident and local butterfly expert, Floyd Siebert became actively involved with the Berkshire Learning Garden through Susan Holtry, one of the garden's creators. Working with Susan, Floyd volunteered to help "raise" a new generation of Berkshire monarch residents.
He began visiting the garden in early summer, monitoring the growth of our pollinator flowers, the arrival of the butterflies, checking for eggs then caterpillars, and taking them home to a safe controlled environment to develop.
Here are a few photos of the metamorphosis and the emergence of "Wunder" - a female monarch who was released back in the garden on August 30th, 2018 in preparation for her long migration to Mexico. Since the release of Wunder, several more Berkshire Monarchs have been released in the garden, perpetuating this beautiful species. Thank you, Floyd, for your great interest and care for our monarch family!
On May 21, the Berkshire Township Park Board met for the first time. The focus of the evening was for members to get to know each other, review the board's by-laws, elect officers and get an overview of the projects ahead. Emma Speight was elected chair, Matt Ulrey Vice-Chair, and Julie Heitz was elected Secretary.
From the Township's perspective, we couldn't be happier with the experience and energy this group of residents brings to the table. As Parks Director Beth Hugh stated, this Board is "a township's dream."
Future meeting dates are as follows: June 20, July 16, August 15,
PLEASE LEASH YOUR DOGS WHILE WALKING AT THE PARK We ask that you please keep your dogs leashed when you are walking them at the park or on the path surrounding the property. It is for the safety of your pet, other dogs, and children or people who may be using the path, too. Dog parks are the perfect place to exercise your dog off-leash, but on our walking path dogs need to be under control at all times. Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.
Two years ago, the township was approached by Sunbury resident Clint Wilhelm, who had come across a vintage Purple Martin birdhouse. Clint offered to donate it to our new park. A lot of TLC was needed to restore it, and we knew just who to ask.
Grow Your Own Monarch Habitat. If you're interested in creating your own monarch garden at home, we can help. Thanks to Floyd and Susan, we have packets of milkweed seeds here at the township hall for township residents to come and pick up - for free!
They've gathered seeds from two different varieties of milkweed plants and provided planting instructions, too. You can plant them now and you'll have plants next summer for our brilliantly colored friends to visit when they arrive from Mexico. Then you can observe the miraculous process of metamorphosis in your own yard. Seeds are available at 1454 Rome Corners Road during business hours.
Park Board Dream Team
Berkshire Township has a new Free Little Library in the park. It is stocked and open for readers of all ages!
Our library is now part of the Free Little Library Organization, which is the world's largest book sharing movement. Our charter number is #75862, and we are located on their world-wide map. You can read more at https://littlefreelibrary.org/
Trustee Bill Holtry and his father, Bill, Sr. refinished the house completely. With the expertise of our maintenance staff, who re-worked the mounting and pulley system, it was installed recently. Now we await tenants and hope for our very own Berkshire Purple Martin families who will want to call it home.
Calling All Volunteers
The lovely garden at the Township Hall doesn't look like this by accident. It takes hours of effort by generous volunteers to weed, plant, prune and primp to create the oasis of colorful blooms for residents to enjoy and bees and butterflies to feed upon.
We would welcome any help that you could provide if you're interested in donating some time to help with this endeavor. Please call Beth Hugh at 740-965-2992 ext. 208 for more info.