April 24, 2014

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Holtsberry is hot on the trail
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By JIM LANGHAM

Feature Writer

PAULDING – Those enjoying the rustic beauty of more than a mile of the Black Swamp Nature Center, located on Paulding’s southwest side just beyond the Paulding County Fairgrounds, can thank education specialist Mark Holtsberry, who cleaned and restored the center for safe, healthy walking.

“When I took over, they had nobody doing this (maintaining the nature area),” said Holtsberry. “Tim Franklin (Paulding Soil and Water) didn’t have the time to work on these trails so they had overgrown. There was brush all over the walkways.

“It got to the point where people were bringing out push mowers to try to clean things up,” continued Holtsberry. “People wouldn’t come out here because they didn’t feel safe. Older couples and elderly women, especially, didn’t feel safe.”