POMEROY — The ducks at the Mulberry Pond (Beech Grove Pond) will be swimming a little happier this winter after a heated aerator was installed in a portion of the pond.
Jim Smith, who has carried for the pond for several years, explained that the village was able to obtain the equipment for the pond, which was installed by village worker Nelson Morrison.
During the recent cold spell, when a large portion of the pond was covered in ice, the area of the pond near the aerator remained unfrozen, allowing for the ducks to remain in the water.
In addition to the aerator, duck houses have been placed at the pond, and straw added to the houses and under the benches for the ducks to stay warm.
Smith stated that Janet Cleland has also been helping at the pond, coming each day to feed the ducks, as well as placing the straw for them.
With the cold months also comes the need for extra food for the 21 ducks who live at the pond. Donations are being accepted to help with the purchase of duck food.
Over the years, work has taken place at the pond to build a wheelchair accessible walkway around a portion of the pond, complete with a turnaround area at the end. Benches have also been added, including those provided by local businesses and some made be Carleton School and Southern FFA. A grill was also made a few years ago by a welding class at Meigs.
Even with all the upgrades, Smith said that taxpayer dollars have not been spent on the pond.
All of the work has been paid for through Nature Works grant funding and donations.
Grant funds also pay for a fishing derby held each year at the pond. Mayor Bryan Shank explained that initially there were two grants available each year for activities such as the fishing derby, but it is now made available once per year.
Donations for the pond should be directed to the village of Pomeroy with a note stating the purpose of the donation.
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