Purple Martin Capital of Ohio
some time now, our Larry has wanted to anoint the Portage Lakes Area with the
title, “Purple Martin Capital of Ohio.”
Seems a simple request, but it became more of a crusade as he contacted
many of the local legislators in an attempt to get a bill passed to that
there was Resolution No. 9. It went nowhere.
Then came House
Bill No. 222. It, too, failed to succeed.
But then came HB 404. Passed earlier this year by both the Ohio
House and Senate, the bill finally was scheduled to be signed by the governor
on Friday, December 19th. Seven
of us accompanied Larry as he went to Columbus to witness the signing: Tom Fry,
Kay Lukac, Carol Saurer, Betty Seeley, Paul Toth (President of the Portage
Lakes Purple Martin Association and Larry’s right hand man), Jim Frost
(Himself) and spouse.
signed HB404 early in the afternoon of Friday, December 19th 2015..
It will be fully active in 90 days.
Larry will no doubt plan a celebration not to be matched by anything ever seen
in this area. Possibly a brass band parade
and banners everywhere. Definitely there will be a dinner, with area notables,
politicians, and perhaps even the governor attending. Stay tuned!
Our collective thanks to: Representative Anthony DeVitis, Representative
Marilyn Slaby, Senator Frank LaRose, Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, and Governor John Kasich. They made it possible to achieve