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Foundation Lake and Trail dedicated at Tallgrass Trail

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The Lake Loop Trail connects to the main trail and allows visitors to walk the perimeter of the 50+ acre lake, acquired in 2014 from the City of Marion. Marion Community Foundation’s past president Brad Bebout was instrumental in the collaboration which added the lake to the Tallgrass property. The lake trail is an 0.8 mile gravel path and, including the portion that connects to the main trail, is 1.3 miles in total length for the full loop.… Read More


MarionMade Community Pride Campaign

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A new study of the Marion community has generated a plan to distinguish Marion and its economic development potential. The recently completed study was commissioned by Marion’s economic development organization, CAN DO!, funded by Marion Community Foundation, and conducted by the public relations firm of FrazierHeiby. The results were revealed to key stakeholders this week.

Since May, FrazierHeiby has conducted executive interviews and online surveys of more than 80 community leaders from all facets of Marion, as well as reviewed numerous past studies.… Read More


Street Closures for Popcorn Festival Announced

Mayor Scott Schertzer is announcing that at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, September 6, detours will begin being posted on the following streets in the downtown Marion area to accommodate activities for the Marion Popcorn Festival, which will be held September 8-10.

Center St. between State St. and Campbell St.
Church St. between Main St. and Prospect St.
Main St. between Huber St. and Church St.
Prospect St. between George St. and Church St.… Read More


Labor Day Closures for City of Marion

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Mayor Scott Schertzer is announcing the following closures for the City of Marion on Monday, September 5th in observance of the Labor Day holiday:

All offices in City Hall will be closed.

Sanitation crews will not work on Monday, September 5th. Residents that normally have Monday sanitation service are asked to have their collections at curbside by 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6th. Sanitation crews will collect both Monday and Tuesday’s refuse on Tuesday, with the possibility that some of Tuesday’s collection could extend into Wednesday.… Read More


MCF Investment Meeting

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Marion Community Foundation recently hosted a meeting with local investment managers to present its new Investment and Spending Policies. According to Dean Jacob, President and CEO, it was an opportunity to dialogue with the Foundation’s local financial professionals about the Foundation’s investment needs and goals.

Generous people of Marion have donated to create charitable funds at Marion Community Foundation since 1998. In that time, Marion Community Foundation has returned more than $10 million in community grants and scholarships, utilizing the investment services of five Marion area firms to support its 200+ charitable funds.… Read More


Three Named To Marion Community Foundation Board

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Marion Community Foundation has named three new members to its Board of Directors and selected officers for the 2016-17 fiscal year. New board members include Daryl Gates, Luke Henry, and Chuck Speelman.

Gates is President and CEO of the Caledonia-based agri-business operation Morral Companies, LLC. He is engaged in manufacturing and sales of plant nutrients, plant protection products, ice melters and environmental products.
A 1974 graduate of The Ohio State University, Gates is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Ohio Agri-Business Association, the Governor’s Advisory Committee with Ohio Department of Agriculture, Central Ohio Farmers CO-OP, and
Marion County Farm Bureau.… Read More


Loudenslager Agricultural Leadership Scholarship Awarded Two Scholarships

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The Loudenslager Agricultural Leadership Scholarship recently awarded two scholarships for local students to attend the National FFA’s Washington Leadership Conference July 12-17 in Washington D.C.

This year’s Marion area recipients are Kaylie Long from Ridgedale FFA and Josh Strine from the River Valley FFA. Long and Strine will spend five days in the Nation’s Capital learning effective leadership by exploring their purpose, how to value people, and how to actively serve others.… Read More