By Amanda Ensinger
Residents in Prairie Township officially said farewell to the fire chief, while welcoming a new chief and era with the department.
At a recent meeting, the board of trustees held a special ceremony to honor the 34 years of service the chief provided the township, as well as celebrated the new chief assuming the role.
The trustees presented a resolution to former Prairie Township Fire Chief Chris Synder and swore in new Prairie Township Fire Chief Allen Scott.
“I would like to thank Chief Synder for his service to the township,” said trustee Doug Stormont. “We are appreciative for everything he has done for the township and wish him luck in the future.”
Synder retired from the township to become the fire chief in Jefferson Township, where he started his career in 1974.
“I am excited for this opportunity with the township and look forward to making a positive impact on the department,” Scott said after his swearing in. “The people that work here are some of the hardest working first responders in central Ohio and I am proud to lead them.”
After the swearing in ceremony, the trustees moved on to business as usual. Among the other items discussed at the meeting was an update on membership at the community center. To date, the center has more than 7,010 members, approximately 37 percent are residents and 63 percent are non-residents.
“Seniors continue to be a huge group that uses the center and last month we had over 6,200 visits from them,” said Michael Pollack, interim director of the community center. “We also continue to see our special programming increase in popularity.”
According to Pollack, the annual farmers market attracted more than 2,600 visitors this summer and fall, 45 children signed up for the kids soccer program and 24 signed up for the archery program. The township also has collected approximately $400 from the Prairie Township Community Fund Giving Tree.
The tree is made of wood and hangs in the community center. Residents can support this project by purchasing pieces of the tree. Donors can purchase a paper leaf, small branch piece, dark leaves, light green leaves, green and blue leaves or the dark bark of the trunk.
Prices range from $10 to $1,000 depending on the piece of the tree you purchase. All donors also can have some inscription on the piece of the tree they donated. Inscriptions can range from their family name to a child’s name to the name of a loved one they want to remember.
All the funds raised from the tree will go toward the Prairie Township Community Fund. The money collected in this fund will be used to fund projects that will enhance the community.
“Some of our continuing programming also had great results this year too,” Pollack added. “The annual Trick or Treat Trail attracted over 1,500 kids and adults.”
To learn more about events at the Prairie Township Community Center, visit www.prairietownship.org.