Thursday, November 21, 2013


Bob Drake, Eby Construction explains work being done at Brown Grand
The main item on the November meeting agenda of the Cloud County Convention & Tourism Committee was fourth quarter grant applications.  Susie Haver, Co Director, presented an Attraction/Marketing Grant Application from the Brown Grand Theatre in the amount of $5,000.  Theatre director, Susan Cantine-Maxson explained that the Brown Grand will be $83,000 short of funds needed when the work is completed in April and is searching for funds to help make up the difference.  She also described the work Eby Construction,  has begun, placing new steel support beams beneath the stage, and invited committee members to come take a look.  Committee member Scot Seifert, Clyde, suggested that due to the importance of the Brown Grand to local tourism and the county community as a whole, the remaining 2013 grant funds be awarded to the Brown Grand.  The vote was unanimous with Susan Cantine-Maxson abstaining. 

Other business included welcoming Matt Farmer, Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, to join the committee as a full member, replacing the position recently vacated by Larry Sorell, Lazy S Farms & Rustic Remembrances Bed & Breakfast.  Farmer is the Assistant Manager of Jamestown Wildlife Area.  

Monday, November 11, 2013

Buffalo Creek Marsh, Jamestown Wildlife Area  is temporarily closed as it plays host to six Whooping Cranes.   The Whooping Crane, the tallest north American bird, with the male approximately 5 feet tall, is an endangered crane species named for its whooping sound.  In 2003, there were about 153 pairs.  It is estimated that there are 500 Whooping Cranes in existence in 2013.

Photo courtesy of Jamestown Wildlife Area, Matt Farmer