District presents conservation awards

EBENSBURG — The Cambria County Conservation District awarded the winning recipients of the 2017 Conservation Awards on June 8 at the Crystal Hall.

The district recognized people and organizations that have gone above and beyond in their efforts to strive for best conservation practices, support and education regarding farmland, soil and water.

It also recognized business and education models which carry forward environmental awareness, involvement and support for future generations.

The 2017 Conservation Award winners are:

Conserva-tion Edu-cator of the Year — Beth Ann Garner, environmental educator at Prince Gallitzin State Park, Patton.

Conservation Farmer of the Year — David Myers of Myers Dairy Farm.

Special Conservation Service Award — David Creamer of The Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads.

Conservation Organization of the Year — Portage Area High School.

Urban Conservation Award — Patton Garden Club.

Dirt & Gravel/Low Volume Road Project Completion Award — East Carroll Township.

Poster Contest first-place winners — Grace Petrunak, Central Cambria Elementary School, Ebens-burg, K-1 Grade Division; Hannah Beyer, Forest Hills Elementary, Fourth to Sixth Grade Division; Faith McMullen, Bishop Carroll High School, Ebensburg, Seventh to Ninth Grade Division; and Travis Varner, Forest Hills High School, Sidman, 10th to 12th Grade Division.

Envirothon first-place winners — Northern Cambria Team I: Sydney Roach, Sarah Tibbott, Emily Weaver, Michael Delosh, Mallory Bernard and coach Mary Beth Kerr.

The evening also included entertainment from local bagpiper, Duane Mohney of Ebensburg. Mohney also shared stories and his history with the bagpipes, explained his Scottish garb and played several tunes.

The following area businesses donated door prizes: Benshoff Farms, Cambria County Fair, Craft Farms, Dairy Queen, Faught’s Garden Center, First National Bank, Gittler’s Aquarium & Aviary, Hines Equipment, Hoss’s Steak & Sea House, Kosta’s Restaurant, The Meadows, Penn Gables Restaurant, Pennsylvania Game Commission, The Ranger, Southern Alleghenies Advertising, Vale Wood Farms and Westrick Supply.