Harrison Lake State Park staff earns award 4.16

Written by David Green.

Harrison Lake State Park south of Fayette remains a favorite among park users.

The park was one of seven in Ohio to receive the “Service Excellence” award for the 2007 season. Awards are based on customer satisfaction surveys.

Harrison Lake scored the highest rating for the park’s get-away rental units at 4.8 out of five. The campground came through with a 4.6 rating—the highest achieved by any campground in the state.

Harrison Lake has won excellence awards in the past for general upkeep and for the yurts and cabins.

Other 2007 winners were:

• Lake Milton State Park for its beach and trails. The beach was scored at 4.6 and the trails were scored at 4.7.

• Mohican State Park for its resort lodge. The lodge received a 4.4 score.

• Lake Hope State Park for its cottages. The cottages scored 4.4.

• Deer Creek State Park for its 18-hole golf course, which earned a score of 4.7 from users. Deer Creek also won in the boating facility category with a 4.7 score.

• Malabar Farm State Park for its “environmentally friendly” visitor center. The facility received a score of 4.8 from users.

• West Branch State Park for its picnic areas. The park earned a score of 4.6 for these facilities.

More than 53 millions visitors made use of Ohio state parks last year. More information about the array of campgrounds, cottages, golf courses, resort lodges, trails, etc., can be found at www.ohiodnr.com.

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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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