Rail park in Fostoria open to visitors 24/7

FOSTORIA – Last week, Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler announced he has authorized the new rail park to be open all day, every day. Fostoria City Council had its first reading of an ordinance for this purpose at its last meeting. The second reading is set for Dec. 17, with the third and final reading Jan. 7, 2014.

Fostoria police are to patrol in and around the park. Fostoria Rail Preservation Society volunteers are helping to keep the pavilion restrooms stocked with supplies. Trash cans have been placed on the platform, and the society has requested a recycling container to be placed there. Park visitors who need to report a problem should call the Fostoria police at (419) 435-8573 rather than 911. This phone number soon is to be posted on the pavilion bulletin board.

The rail society also has announced the winners of the 2013 Light Up Fostoria for the Holidays contest. Judging of the 13 entries took place Sunday, with Gail and Bill Volkmer, 1720 Walnut St., as the winner. Second place went to Don and Bev Dennison, 1217 Courtly Drive. Volkmers will receive $50 while the Dennisons will receive $25. Honorable mentions were given to Angela and Henry Matthews, 517 Eisenhower Drive, and Jeremy Carr and Ann Marie Torres, 1206 Woodrow Wilson Drive.

This is the fourth year for the Light Up Fostoria for the Holidays contest, which was begun by Leah Hipsher. The contest has become an annual event with the rail society sponsoring the contest this season. Guided tours of the displays are to be conducted 5-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tours are to begin at the LE&W Depot, 128 W. North St. The cost is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and $1 for children. Those who prefer to take the tour in their own vehicles can pick up a map at the mayor’s office, Fostoria Chamber or LE&W Depot Friday.