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Crestline Community Meeting Will Highlight ‘All the Great Things That Happen’

Crestline cheerleaders energize a crowd of residents at a community gathering in January 2020. At the time, the village was competing to win a complete makeover in a contest sponsored by cable channel HGTV. Another community progress update is scheduled for later this month.

The Crestline Community Development Team and other groups will offer an update on the positive changes taking place in the village during a free “Celebrate Crestline Night”.

The public meeting will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Crestline High School Auditorium, according to team leader Clayton Herold.

“We did it a few years ago in 2020right before the pandemic started,” he said. “This is basically an update on all the positive things happening at Crestline.”

Speakers will include Matthew Henderson, Superintendent of Crestline Exempt Village Schools; and Sue Sanders, principal of Crestline St. Joseph School.

“They’ll be based on how their respective schools are doing and things like that,” Herold said.

Two representatives from the Crawford County Council on Aging will speak about the the agency’s efforts to expand services in the village.

“They have different programs going on at the community center, and they’re going to hit the United Way base as well,” he said.

Amber Wertman, executive director of United Way of North Central Ohio serving

Crawford County will not be able to attend, so representatives from the Council on Aging will talk about the many upgrades that have been made to the Crestline Community Center, which is on South Thoman Street across from the municipal building.

Crestline's downtown gazebo is decorated for the holiday season in 2021.

Crestline’s downtown gazebo is decorated for the holiday season in 2021.

Carolyn Helbert and Erin Jones, board members of Crestline’s community development team, will talk about their group’s efforts over the past year or so, he said. Miranda Jones, Executive Director of the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of

Commerce, will speak about his organization’s impact at Crestline, and then Herold will speak on behalf of Crestline Youth Sports.

“Youth sports…at least with softball and baseball, were back in the spotlight last year – over 100 kids took part,” he said.

After the presentations, there will be a short question-and-answer session.

“So it’s basically like a village state in a more positive way,” Herold said. “It’s really good to highlight all the great things that are happening.”

The 2020 meeting went well, he said. At this meeting, the village launched its “Crestline Comeback” video, which was created by Crestline native Marc Sleeckx.

Herold said he spoke with Sleeckx about doing an updated video this summer.

“I think maybe we can show a nice contrast at this event in 2023,” he said. “I saw the video again about a week ago, and so much has changed since Marc did this – he did this in 2019, so there’s been a lot of changes.”

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This article originally appeared on Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum: “Celebrate Crestline Night” scheduled for January 26 at the high school auditorium