Voices for the Marsh 2012 Juried Photography Exhibit

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Voices for the Marsh 2012, a juried photography exhibit celebrating the natural wonders of the Hamilton-Trenton-Bordentown Marsh, is on display at The Mercer County Library, Lawrence Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike in Lawrenceville, New Jersey (corner of US Rt. 1 and Darrah Lane).  The works of 25 talented photographers can be seen in the exhibit, representing the artists’ vision for the submission categories:  Wildlife, Plants, Habitats, and People Connecting with Nature.


The following awards were announced at the opening reception, held on Saturday, February 4.

Best in Show (Adult):  Shadows by Byron Lum
Best in Show (Youth):  Autumn Tulips by Aaron Schankler
Best in Category – Natural Habitats:  As Above So Below by Ann Darlington
Best in Category – People Connecting with Nature:  Long Walk by Ann Darlington
Best in Category – Plants:  Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) by Jacqui Bonavito
Best in Category – Wildlife:  Walk on Water by Jonathan Michalik

Honorable Mentions were awarded to the following works.

For Natural Habitats:  Peaceful by Alan Kesselhaut, Winter Reflections by Anne Zeman
For Plants:  Pickerelweed in Spring by Alice Grebanier
For Wildlife:  Camouflaged by Sara Lee Pindar
Committee’s Choice:  Magic of the Marsh by Elijah Sabree

Congratulations to these talented photographers.

Prizes were co-sponsored by Friends for the Marsh and the following organizations: Princeton Photography Club (Best in Show – Adult and People Connecting with Nature), New Jersey Sierra Club-Central Group (Best in Show – Youth and Habitats).

The jurors were Sally K. Davidson, photographer, artist, historian, and educator; and Jenn Rogers, County Naturalist, Mercer County Park Commission.

Friends for the Marsh and the Voices for the Marsh 2012 Committee members would like to thank these organizations and individuals, the staff of the Mercer County Library, Lawrence Branch, and all who participated in this event.

The exhibit will be on display at this venue through February 28, during regular library hours (http://webserver.mcl.org/branches/lawrbr.html).  Don’t miss it!


Mercer County – Roebling Park Nature Center Update

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The nature center is located at 157 Westcott Ave. in Hamilton adjacent to the Watson Woods entrance to Roebling Park.  The building and accompanying lots were purchased in 2006 by Mercer County.  Two Green Acres development grants awarded to D&R Greenway Land Trust and matched by Mercer County are to be used for the renovation.

Currently, the building is used for a limited number of Mercer County Parks programs and meetings by the Marsh partner group and Friends for the Marsh.  Following renovations, the nature center will offer educational and recreational programs that focus on the cultural and natural history of the Hamilton – Trenton – Bordentown Marsh.

Renovations are awaiting a letter of agreement with the NJ Commission on American Indian Affairs that defines the construction process as it relates to the cultural resources.  Archaeological oversight is to occur during construction to determine where the footings for the classroom expansion can be placed.  It is expected that the letter will be executed within the next few weeks.

Once the location of footings is known, the architects, SSP Architectural Group, Inc., can draw up final plans for the renovation and expansion, and the project can go out for bid. 

It is expected that the renovation will be completed by the end of 2012 with dedication during spring 2013.

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