Conservation district award winners cited

Tribune Chronicle / Bob Coupland
The Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual awards dinner recently at the Trumbull County Agriculture and Family Education Center in Cortland. In the front row from left are Dr. Holly Maggiano, Conservationist of the Year; David Murduck, Conservation Educator of the Year; and Jeloni Lampley, Earth Team Volunteer of the Year. In the back are Ed Agler, Volunteer of the Year; Craig Klotzbach, Conservation Educator of the Year; Dale Parker, a member of first board of supervisor in the 1950s; and Andrew Pecchio, George Sharec Memorial Conservation Award.

Tribune Chronicle / Bob Coupland The Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual awards dinner recently at the Trumbull County Agriculture and Family Education Center in Cortland. In the front row from left are Dr. Holly Maggiano, Conservationist of the Year; David Murduck, Conservation Educator of the Year; and Jeloni Lampley, Earth Team Volunteer of the Year. In the back are Ed Agler, Volunteer of the Year; Craig Klotzbach, Conservation Educator of the Year; Dale Parker, a member of first board of supervisor in the 1950s; and Andrew Pecchio, George Sharec Memorial Conservation Award.

CORTLAND — During its 66th annual meeting, the Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District staff presented its conservation awards to residents and businesses who helped in its programs.

Awards were presented to Craig Klotzbach and David Murduck, Conservation Educators of the Year; Miller-Yount, Outstanding Contractor / Developer of the Year; Tucker Cope Jr. of C. Tucker Cope, Outstanding Contractor / Developer of the Year; Thomas Nock Engineering Direct, Cooperator of the Year; Ed Agler, Volunteer of the Year; Jeloni Lampley, Earth Team Volunteer of the Year; Dr. Holly Maggiano, Conservationist of the Year; Andy Pecchio, George Sharec Memorial Conservation Award; and Charles Dahman, Bill Penn Memorial Award.

Amy Reeher, TSWCD administrator, said each award recognizes contributions made by an individual, organization or business.

She said Earth Angel Farm, a nonprofit organization, had its first earth tub to benefit the environment as well as composting and recycling efforts.

Maggiano started Earth Angel Farm, which provides work for those with developmental disabilities, providing educational opportunities where each person can use their unique talent. Reeher said the program and others help keep the environment healthy.

She noted the award named for George and Ruth Sharec is given to someone who incorporates conservation practices approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on farm or property, while the Bill Penn memorial award honors his the many years he worked as district technician and conservationist.

Also during the meeting at the Trumbull Agriculture and Family Education Center, Steve Telego was elected to a three-year term on the district’s board of supervisors, effective Jan. 1.

Dale Parker, 93, was honored for being one of the first board members to serve the district. He started in the 1950s. He said it was a privilege to serve the district.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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