Nick McWilliams reporting – A new center dedicated to the namesake of an area conservation location will officially open on September 12th.

The new display at the Yellow Pole Barn will contain various items from the Johnson family and her own belongings.

According to Tuscarawas County Park Manager Jesse Rothacher, the ribbon cutting is a chance to remind residents of the numerous natural resources the Tuscarawas Valley contains for residents to enjoy, as well as thank Johnson.

“We want to recognize and acknowledge and thank Norma Johnson for the work that she did do in Tuscarawas County. And in particular, with the donations that eventually created the Norma Johnson Center as we know it today.”

The Norma Johnson Center features 300 acres of nature conservation, along with trails and bodies of water.

The land was donated by Johnson and her family in order to be turned into the wildlife and conservation center it is today.

Rothacher adds that donations made the new display a possibility through a host of local groups and companies.

The public are invited to the ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m.

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