TRUMBULL COUNTY Educational center needs volunteers for program

The center is working to expand programs in Howland and eventually Cortland.
WARREN -- The environmental program at Trumbull County Educational Service Center is seeking adult volunteers to lead pupils in nature activities in the Howland Township Park area.
Ideal candidates are those who have an interest in exploring nature and serving pupils. Training will be provided, and experience is not necessary.
In August, the educational service center board closed the old land lab, TAMPEEL, on Ellsworth-Bailey Road in Lordstown because of concerns the land was contaminated with traces of heavy metals.
An advisory committee formed to discuss proposals for land in Howland and Cortland.
Carlotta Raymond Sheets, a TCESC administrator in communications, said the Howland site is being used this spring.
"We're still working with Cortland but that's a little more long-range," she said.
Locations: The Howland site includes undeveloped wetlands between Howland Township Park and the township road department garage on North River Road.
The Cortland site includes 140 acres controlled by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on Mosquito Lake.
Environmental programs could be tied into the city's plan to construct a new municipal park and Howland's plans for a nature and wildlife preserve.
Volunteers are needed because TCESC plans to expand its offerings in the county, officials said.
For more information, contact Brice Harris, TCESC science and environmental education supervisor, at (330) 675-2800, Ext. 120, or e-mail him at
Young artists: In other news, three TCESC pupils in the Arts/EXCEL program recently displayed artwork at the Butler Institute of American Art as part of the Steel Valley Art Teacher's Association Elementary Artist Recognition Program.
The pupils were selected by their art instructor Kathy Young.
Participating pupils were Emily Pitzer, Mathews Baker Elementary School; Chelsea Clifton, Mineral Ridge Middle School; and Elizabeth Engstrom, Maplewood North Elementary School.
Each pupil displayed a painting or drawing in the Butler gallery and was awarded a pin and certificate.
Arts/EXCEL is a cooperative program among 20 Trumbull County Schools and the TCESC, providing pupils in grades 5-10 with an opportunity to develop their academic and artistic talents in art, dance, drama, vocal and instrumental music.

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