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Grape Center donation recognized

July 26, 2011
Westfield Republican
Dr. Allan E. Lines, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at Ohio State University, has never forgotten his roots in Westfield.

Lines and his wife, Betsy, recently made a $10,000 donation to the Grape Discovery Center Building Fund. The Lines made the donation, “in support of the Grape Discovery Center as our expression of thanks to our parents, families, farmers, teachers and other citizens of Westfield, Brocton and Portland. The list is too long for individual recognition. Each is treasured for his or her valued contribution to our lives.”

Dr. Lines, a graduate of Westfield Academy and Central School in 1959, received a B.S. in agricultural education from Cornell University in 1963, a M.S. in agricultural economics from Cornell in 1969 and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1973. At Ohio State University, his research interest and work have related to domestic and international farm policy, and commodity and economic outlook. Throughout a long career at Ohio State, Dr. Lines conducted research on most major Ohio commodities.

During the past 20 years, Dr. Lines has traveled extensively to many third world countries to assist them in their agricultural businesses. He has been active in developing projects in Eastern Europe, most recently in Poland, Ukraine, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. Dr. Lines has been a guest speaker at the Westfield Rotary’s Rural-Urban Day Lunch. Dr. Lines’s wife Betsy, is a native of Brocton. Their gift to the Grape Discovery Center is a true testament to their devotion to this area and agriculture.

The Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association is now in Phase II of the development of the Grape Discovery Center to be located at 8305 West Main Road in Westfield. The current phase involves planning and developing the interior construction and decoration and development of educational exhibits and displays.

The center will not only tell the story of the vibrant grape industry and communities of the region, but also serve as a gateway to many other attractions in the region. It will also be the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt Heritage Area Visitor Center, a recognition and program of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. This Heritage Area is the first in the state to be recognized for its agricultural heritage.

Phase II also involves raising funds for the completion of the project. To make a contribution to the project visit the association’s web site at or contact the Association’s Executive Director, Andrew Dufresne at The Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association is a non-profit corporation supporting the economic development of the grape and wine industries throughout the Lake Erie region.

The map was completed by Mark Baldwin, artist and naturalist with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Jamestown and depicts some of the natural features of the region. Framing was done by the Something Unique Frame Shop in Sherman.

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Helen Baran, center, President of the Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association, presents a framed Map of the Natural and Cultural History of the Eastern Lake Erie Grape Region to Dr. Allan and Betsy Lines of Worthington, Ohio, in appreciation of their support for the Grape Discovery Center.



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