|Canal Commission holds annual fundraiser|
|Sunday, March 23, 2014 8:16 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
The annual fundraiser celebrates thawing ice in spring. When the canal was in use, the lock freed up and canal boats could begin traveling.
Canal Commission Permanent Trustee Lou Hohman presided over the dinner and gave attendees a recap of work accomplished at the Canal Commission Museum since the last dinner.
“We have the remains of the Marquerite on display on the first floor,” Hohman said.
The Marguerite was Delphos’ last canal boat and the remains were moved to the museum in 2012. She spent 25 years stored in a barn and then in a semi trailer.
Hohman also noted the museum’s dropped ceiling and old lighting was removed. The real ceiling was refurbished and new LED lighting installed.
“We now have very bright and very economical lighting,” he added.
Hohman also gave out the commission’s annual awards. Diana Ireland and Noel Critchfield received the Canal Angel awards for their volunteerism and Ralph Lauser was given the Gov. DeWitt Clinton Award for his dedication to the museum.
Guest speaker for the evening was MECCA Board Member Preston Bartlett, who is also a Buckeye Trails Association member and canal enthusiast. Now residing in Dayton, Bartlett is a Van Wert native.
Bartlett gave an overview of the Miami-Erie Canal from Cincinnati to Dayton.