I wanted to take a moment to thank all the great people of our community for their generous support of the "Fight the Lagoon Family Fun Day" at Meadow Lake Park on July 28.

It was heartwarming to see the number of people who came together to help in our struggle against the horrific and unnecessary installation and operation of the Wiles Sewage Sludge Lagoon in Canaan Township.

It was also a "Who’s Who" of the NEO music scene as Charley Wiener and Jon Mosey led "The Country Biosolids" into an impressive set of traditional country music featuring the steel guitar stylings of Frank Matrka.

Also big thanks to Reggae legend Dave Smeltz and percussionist Chris Santis who did several songs from Dave’s most recent CD release "Recovery."

Local musicians Gary Bonewitz and "The Stuckey Hill Mob" doing classic rock and traditional country were an appropriate and impressive addition.

CSNY cover band "Long Time Gone" also performed in addition to providing backline equipment for all the acts.

Corporate sponsors AA Sound and Lighting and Krupp Moving made it possible to have professional staging for what was a memorable day of music.

But it wasn’t just the music.

Everyone enjoyed the Wayne County Fair styled chicken dinner (thanks to Marty Hershberger), ice cream, snow cones, and, of course, the bake sale of homemade goodies from the kitchens of Canaan Township.

Highpoint Furniture, House of Silva, The Lonestar Butcher Shop and Deli, and Wooster DQ (in addition to many private donors) made significant contributions to what turned out to be a huge number of impressive raffle prizes.

The best part, however, remained the teamwork and cooperation from the Canaan Township community who put on a remarkably successful event to continue the fight against this blight on our beautiful rural community.

Thanks to everyone who helped and especially the people of CRAP (Canaan Residents Against Pollution) who did an incredible job in service to us all.

We will not be silenced as we continue to fight this disgusting corporate invasion of our neighborhood.

Ron Jarvis