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Old 05-26-2011
Jack Peltier Jack Peltier is offline
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Default Merlin Homecoming Event - Dedication of Merlin Conservation Area


May 27, 2011: Joy King, Chair of the Organizing Committee for Merlin Homecoming 2011 to be held in Merlin on June 4, 2011 and the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (“LTVCA”), are pleased to announce the dedication of the Merlin Conservation Area at 1:30 PM on June 4 on the grounds of the former Merlin District High School.

The 7 acres comprising the grounds of the former Merlin District High School (1950-1980) have been gifted to the LTVCA and will be designated the Merlin Conservation Area and will be replanted in trees native to the area. If will form part of the LTVCA’s reforestation programme for selected areas under its jurisdiction.

The dedication and ceremonial planting of a tree is set for 1:30 PM on June 4, 2011 at the entrance area to the former high school as one of the events scheduled for Merlin Homecoming 2011.

Joy King remarked that the dedication of the former high school grounds is a lasting memorial for Homecoming 2011 and a fitting use for the high school grounds. It is also consistent with the many “green” initiatives currently underway to preserve our natural environment. The former school property will be preserved in perpetuity for the enjoyment of the community and future generations.

Jerry Campbell stated that LTVCA were pleased to be part of Homecoming 2011 and to add this new conservation area to its 23 existing conservation areas. He noted it was especially fitting to add the Merlin Conservation Area on this, the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the LTVCA. For 50 years the LTVCA has been enhancing and protecting the environment in our community for present and future generations as well as providing a wide array of related services to the communities it serves.

Merlin Homecoming 2011 will commence at 10:00 AM on June 4 with registration at Kinsmen Park followed by activities in the park, throughout the village and at the Royal Canadian Legion, Merlin Branch 465. Residents and former residents of Merlin and area are all invited to attend.

For further information please contact:

Joy King, Chair, Merlin Homecoming 2011 Organizing Committee: 519-689-4561
Jerry Campbell, General Manager and Secretary Treasurer, LTVCA: 519-354-7310 Ext 224
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Old 06-06-2011
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Default Tree Planting - Ross Cunningham & Jack Peltier

Ross Cunninghham participating in dedication of Merlin Conservation Area and planting the first tree which is a Burr Oak
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Old 01-23-2013
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Default Merlin Conservation Area trail receives funding


An aerial photograph of Merlin showing where a trail will be constructed on the grounds of the former Merlin District High School (shown with a dashed line). The area is immediately south of Merlin Public School property.

A walking trail will be constructed this year at the Merlin Conservation Area thanks to a federal government grant through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.
The conservation area is located on the grounds of the former Merlin District High School. It was donated to the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority by former owner Jack Peltier.
On Jan. 22, conservation authority staff and Chatham-Kent-Essex MP Dave Van Kesteren announced $24,298 in funding that will be used not only in Merlin, but for a trail at the Big O Conservation Area in Comber in the Town of Lakeshore.
Randall Van Wagner, environmental project coordinator with the LTCVA, said the seven-acre property in Merlin has already seen improvements through the establishment of a memorial forest in cooperation with the Secord & Smith Funeral Home.
The new trails will have a crushed limestone surface that will allow for wheelchair accessibility.
Van Wagner noted the trails will be welcome in Merlin, and will fit in nicely with the adjacent Merlin Public School. He said students already cut through the area on their way to and from school, so it's a good fit.
The Big O Conservation Area, which is about twice the size of the Merlin property, is noted for its bird-watching opportunities. Since Essex County has few areas of tree cover, the conservation area's position on a migration route north of Point Pelee and its proximity to treatment lagoons, which attract the insects craved by birds, bring in birders from across Southwestern Ontario and from Michigan.
Brian King, a Chatham-Kent councillor who is chair of the LTVCA, said the improvements at Big O will mostly involve providing a parking lot for visitors, as well as the trail.

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