My Town: Summit County Volunteers Honored

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Several Summit County residents have been honored as “Star Volunteers” at the Summit County Metro Parks.  John Irvine of Cuyahoga Falls and Liz Wendling of Richfield were nominated by the Interpretive Services staff for their work as educational program aides.  “Their passion, dedication and knowledge are invaluable to us,” said Christine Hockman, manager of interpretive services for the park district. “John and Liz enhance the park experience for visitors of all ages.”

Wendling, a volunteer since 1999, has donated more than 1,000 hours of service.  Irvine has been a volunteer for 13 years and has more than 3,000 hours of service.  A brick noting Irvine’s achievement will be placed in the Nature Realm’s Rock & Herb Garden.  “I started volunteering with my daughter when she was a teenager,” said Irvine. “When she left for college I just continued volunteering and now I have a treasure trove of wonderful memories in the parks.”