Chautauqua Park closed to public; Local toy drive under way; Volunteers needed to pack Lord's Cupboard Christmas boxes
Chautauqua Park closed to public
Fairfield park superintendent Pam Craff announced today Chautauqua Park is closed to the public for approximately three weeks while 50 diseased oak trees are removed.
The park also is closed to foot traffic, such as Frisbee golfers and walkers.
Brown Tree Service of Fairfield is removing the trees and projected the job to take three weeks, weather permitting.
The symptomatic trees have tested positive for oak wilt, an aggressive, terminal tree disease, first identified in 1944 in the United States, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Without intervention, the disease would rapidly kill all red and white oak trees in the area, according to DNR Forest Health Program Director Tivon Feeley, who visited the park in October.
Craff expressed regret at losing trees as much as 200 years old, but said it is necessary to save the remaining oaks, which comprise 90 percent of the park’s trees. Craff is working on plans to plant new trees next summer to replace those lost.
Local toy drive under way
The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center is spreading holiday cheer throughout the community this year with its first Local Toy Drive.
In conjunction with the Sondheim Artist Series show “Miracle on 34th Street – The Musical,” donations will be accepted between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and through 3 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Ticket Office, where a toy bin is set up.
Donations also will be accepted at the Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store.
Toys for boys and girls of all ages are welcome and both wrapped and unwrapped donations will be accepted. On wrapped toys, provide a tag with the appropriate gender and age of child the donation is intended for.
For more information about the Local Toy Drive or for tickets to “Miracle on 34th Street,” contact the Ticket Office at 472-2787.
“Miracle on 34th Street,” set for 3 p.m. Dec. 23 is part of the 2012-13 Sondheim Artist Series. Tickets are $32 for Zone 1, $28 for Zone 2, $23 for Zone 3 and $12 for youth tickets and are available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Ticket Office, over-the-phone at 472-2787 and at www.FairfieldACC.com.
Volunteers needed to pack Lord’s Cupboard Christmas boxes
The Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson County is asking for community members to help fill boxes with food for the annual Christmas Box Program.
Volunteers of all ages are asked to meet at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Nazarene Family Center on the corner of Sixth Street and Briggs Avenue.
Volunteers will form an assembly line to pack boxes with dry and canned goods.
The Christmas Box Program provides individuals and families in need with ingredients for a holiday meal and more, including milk, eggs, meat, canned and boxed goods and bread.
The Lord’s Cupboard will distribute boxes to more than 500 families Dec. 19.
The Lord’s Cupboard serves as the emergency food pantry for Jefferson County residents. The cupboard, 54 South B St., is open from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Cash and food donations are always welcome.