POMEROY — Area businesses and community members gathered recently at Mulberry Pond for a dedication of four benches and a picnic table that bear plaques in honor of long-time community supporters of the development project.
Those community leaders honored include: Pomeroy Mayor John Musser, Daily Sentinel General Manager and Staff Writer Charlene Hoeflich, the Chairman of Mulberry Pond Development Project Jim Smith and the late Judge Bob Buck.
Area businesses and community leaders donating to the project include Home National Bank; Farmers Bank; Simmons, Musser and Warner Insurance Agency; the Meigs County Bar Association; People’s Bank; Ohio Valley Bank; and Mark Porter GM Supercenter.
Smith, who has been instrumental in developing the area around the pond, spoke in appreciation of the community support he has received. Since being appointed chairman, Smith has raised hundreds of dollars for improvements through donations and has assisted the mayor in securing grant money. These funds have been used to complete walkways on either side of the pond, both handicapped accessible. In addition, the pond has been cleaned and stocked with fish, a barbeque pit and picnic tables have been constructed, and a variety of other improvements around the pond have been made.