MILLERSBURG -- The Holmes County Airport Authority accepted with regret the resignation of longtime board member Larry Leppla at its April meeting.
"On behalf of all of the board members, I want to thank you for your years of service," Board President Roc Baker said.
Leppla was appointed to the board in December of 1971, almost 46 years of service.
"I have to say, of all the groups I've been affiliated with, this has been the most amicable," Leppla said. "We've been able to put differences aside to get things accomplished, which is a credit to all of you board members."
Airport manager Larry Clark said that everywhere he goes he hears of dissension among board members, pointing out Wayne County's board even dissolved, leaving the county commissioners to run the airport.
"I tell people all the time what a wonderful board we have," Clark said. "Larry's been a big asset for us."
Clark also noted that on June 20-21, The Air Race Classic (ARC) with about 50 planes will be flying through Millersburg, and he is looking for volunteers to help with timing and possibly parking and other needs that arise.
The planes take off from Frederick, Md., on Tuesday, June 20, and Millersburg is a timing stop. Planes will stay in Coshocton overnight and continue on to for a 2,648 -mile sprint across the United States that ends Friday, June 23, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The field is set for the 41st Air Race Classic (ARC), the annual all-women cross-country airplane race, with 54 teams, consisting of 118 women pilots from across the country and around the world. They will take off Tuesday, June 20, 2017, from Frederick, Md.
This year, the ARC counts several aviation celebrities among the racers: U.S. national aerobatics champion Debby Rihn-Harvey and Ariel Tweto, star of the Discovery channel show "Flying Wild Alaska."
The oldest race of its kind in the nation, the Air Race Classic, traces its roots to the 1929 Women's Air Derby, in which Amelia Earhart and 19 other daring female pilots raced from Santa Monica, Calif., to Cleveland. That contest, known as the Powder Puff Derby, marked the beginning of women's air racing in the United States. Today, the ARC is the epicenter of women's air racing, the ultimate test of piloting skill and aviation decision-making for female pilots of all ages and from all walks of life.
Clark also mentioned that Ohio Department of Transportation recently inspected the airport and he is waiting on the report.
Five lights were out, but it turned out to be an easy fix, as moisture had gotten into the plugs over the winter.
He also received notice from Waste Parchment that water and dirt is getting into their water lines.
Board member Tom Irvin will look into the problem, noting it may be easier and less expensive to re-plumb with plastic pipe.
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