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West end of Sandusky Co. slighted? By Larry Limpf News Editor news@presspublications.com What do the village councils in Woodville and Gibsonburg, the Woodville Township trustees, and members of the Sandusky County Bar Association have in common? They’re all opposed to a bill pending in the Ohio House of Representatives that would consolidate the Sandusky County Courts of Clyde and Woodville into a single municipal court. Under consolidation, both courts would continue in their current sites, according to Rex Damschroder (R-Fremont), the sponsor of House Bill 433, but the two part-time judgeships would be combined into one full-time position. Warren Brown, the Sandusky County administrator; Jo Ellen Cline, government relations counsel to the Ohio Supreme

A community survey conducted in the Oregon City Schools District last year shows “a cloud of distrust and negativity,” between the public and the school system, and that a significant percentage of survey respondents expressed concerns about the district and how it is being run. Last November, questionnaires were distributed to every residence in the district. A total of 295 questionnaires were completed and returned. The study’s confidence level is 95 percent, which means that in 95 cases out of 100, the survey results would represent the preferences of all district residents had they all responded to the survey. The survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.7 percent, was conducted in collaboration with a communications consultant and district personnel. The administration and school board have not discussed the results of the survey at board meetings. The Press obtained a copy of the survey results last week. The survey found that the “bond of trust between the school system and community has been broken,” according to a summary of the survey’s results. When asked how schools could be improved, many indicated they are disillusioned, disappointed and angry about what has been occurring in the district. “The convergence of these concerns has exceeded the 10 percent tipping point threshold of public awareness and broken the bond of trust between the school system and community,” according to the summary. “It is significant to note that in most community surveys, the level of disillusionment, disappointment and anger among those who report that they support nearly all school tax issues is minimal to non-existent.” But in Oregon: • Eighteen percent of all residents and 21 percent of those who said they support nearly all school tax issues, feel that the school board and administration are not listening to the community and communication with parents and the community needs to be improved; • Fourteen percent of all residents and 13 percent of those who said they support nearly all school tax issues want high

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Court, and Judge John Kolesar, of the Clyde Court, offered testimony in favor of the merger to the House Local Government Committee, which approved the bill, paving the way for a full House vote. But the village councils in Woodville and Gibsonburg as well as the Woodville Township trustees have passed resolutions opposing it and some local officials voiced their concerns Tuesday during a meeting of

the Sandusky County Commissioners. Gibsonburg Police Chief Michael Benton told the commissioners the process slighted officials in the west end of the county. “Unbeknown to any official, elected or appointed throughout the west end of Sandusky County, Representative Damschroder, working apparently with a very few hand selected representatives of Sandusky County, prepared and submitted legislation authorizing the court consolidation and scheduled hearings on the matter in January 2012,” Benton said, questioning why the bill has been passed by the House committee so quickly and is poised for a floor vote in the House. “This is politics at its worst.” The commissioners voiced support for the consolidation last year after hearing

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Free dog training program at Navarre Park By Melissa Burden Press Contributing Writer news@presspublications.com Toledo’s PET (Prevent, Educate, Training) Bull Project will be holding a free dog training clinic Saturday, May 19, from 2-4 p.m. at Navarre Park. The East Side program is the first in a series of summer long programs meant to educate humans about their dogs and vice versa. According to Cindy Reinsel, founder of the PET Bull Project, the group is offering several new programs as well as adding to the park training programs. “Last year, we had 34 registered dogs at Navarre Park and we served 76 registered dogs throughout the four sessions we held at all of the parks,” Reinsel said. “This year, we are hoping to train more dogs and their humans. We are starting early this year so we can offer six sessions this season.” The free dog training at Navarre is open to all dog breeds. It will include teaching leash walking skills, and how to get your dog to come when called. Other basic obedience skills include teaching a dog not to jump on people and how to sit and lay down on command. A new agility training area will be available at the park programs, Reinsel said. “This year, we are also going to have a van with leashes, toys, dog treats and dog collars at all of our events,” Reinsel said. “We have partnered with Humane Ohio so we may be able to give people a new and correct leash if they need one. We are trying to expand our programming and we will also have information on free and low cost spaying and neutering as well as offering free vaccines at some of the events.” Trainers include John E. Brown, CPDT-

KA, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer; Carol Humberger, trainer and owner of “A Promised Friend, LLC” dog training and sanctuary in Oregon; Jay Barman, owner and dog trainer for Bingo Dog Training, LLC, in Toledo; Joe Majchszak-ABCDT, an Animal Behavior College certified dog trainer and Heather Dixon, a dog trainer and vet tech who will also help with agility course training. Reinsel started the project because she wanted to teach youth to stop the dog fighting culture and to help everyone become better dog owners. Reinsel also wanted to get her favorite breed, the American Pit Bull Terrier, the chance it deserves. Reinsel owns three dogs, a spaniel mix, Bailey, a bull terrier, Buster, and a blue pit bull, Bleu. Although she is very happy that Ohio has changed its laws concerning pit bulls, she also cautions those who wish to run out and get a little “pit” for themselves to do their homework. “I think a lot more people are bringing them (pit bulls) into their homes and making them a part of the family,” Reinsel said. “I think it is great that everyone wants one now, but, not everybody should get one.

We want great homes for the dogs, not just houses where they will live.” Reinsel added that no matter the breed that you may be considering, research. “Research the breed and make sure it is right for you,” she said. “Find the dog that is best for you. Before you grab a pit bull, research and make sure it really is right for you.” Other new programs offered by the PET Bull Project include the Pawsitive Youth Training Program, which will give teens the opportunity to come out and teach their dogs basic obedience and how to take them through an agility course. The new Teacher’s Pet classes will be offered to at-risk youth to train local, adoptable dogs. For those wishing to attend the free dog training in the parks, Reinsel strongly encourages you to download the registration and liability forms from the group’s website www.toledospetbullproject.com, in order to make things run smoothly at the event. For more information on programming and the dog training, visit the website, email Reinsel at toledospetbullproject@gm ail.com or call her at 419-697-4552.

The 18th annual Oregon Fest will be held May 20 on Dustin Road between Isaac Streets Drive and Coy Road in Oregon. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend this year’s festival, which has the theme, “Plant – Nurture – Enjoy!” Highlights will include: • Find out about the real story behind all the Civil War history you missed in school with President Abe Lincoln, Gen. Robert E. Lee, Gen. George Custer, Gen. Ulysses Grant, 1st Ohio Battery H and 1st U.S. Sharpshooters, brought by the 21st Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery Unit. • Bring you camera to capture your family “blossoms” on the theme board near the Children’s Art Tent. • Free art projects for the kids to make. • Expanded food offerings including all-American foods such as ribbon fries, homemade lemonade, corn dogs, elephant ears, funnel cakes, perch, shrimp and sweet potato fries. There will also be ethnic favorites including tacos, taco salad, chicken paprikas, lamb and beef gyros and Italian or Polish sausage. • Free stage entertainment will highlight Spanish, German and modern dancing. There will also be music from the `50s, contemporary Christian music and selections from the Clay High School Choir, along with performances by The Choraliers and members of Oregon Community Theatre. Admission is free. Free parking with handicap shuttle will be available. For more information, call 419691-7060 or visit www.oregonfest.net.

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Candidates to speak Josh Mandel, candidate for U. S. Senate, and Joe Wurzelbacher aka “Joe the Plumber,” candidate for Congress in the 9th District Congress, will be among the speakers at the Ottawa County Republican Women’s Club get-together May 24 in the loft at Mon Ami Restaurant, 3845 E. Wine Cellar Rd., Port Clinton. An elevator is available for easy access to the loft. The gathering will begin at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a silent auction and an opportunity to chat with candidates, elected officials and friends. Mandel, Wurzelbacher and others will speak at 6:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, however, reservations are preferred. For reservations, send a check for $20 per person payable to OCRW, Pam Fredrick, Treasurer, 133 E Main St., Oak Harbor 43440. Include names and addresses of those attending. For late reservations, call 419-898-1387. For info on OCRWC membership, call Joyce Murphy, president at 419-734-3459.

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Getting ready to launch Lessons in boatbuilding turn into school fun as The Maritime Academy of Toledo hosts their Third Annual Great Corrugated Boat Race at the school’s pool located at 803 Water Street, Toledo. Pictured, student Paul Cox, Oregon, tries the under-construction boat out for size as Rick Brown, Director of Career and Technical Education, and fellow students Marcus Jesse and Justin Barron, both of East Toledo, look on. The students use blueprints and math skills to construct the boats. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)

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Is the west end of Sandusky County slighted? Continued from front page recommendations from Brown and Judge Kolesar. Chief Benton questioned the accuracy of estimated cost savings of having one fulltime judge and said the consolidation deserved a comprehensive study. He told the commissioners copies of the resolutions by the villages and township have been sent to every member of the House along with a request to delay a vote until a study is completed and “the views of all concerned ofďŹ cials can be heard.â€? The resolutions also contested the projected cost savings and said the change will “cause undue ďŹ nancial hardship on each Court’s constituent jurisdictions and will run counter to the principles of decentralization, local control and accountability upon which local government in Ohio is predicated.â€? A special meeting of the county commissioners to discuss the bill further is scheduled for May 14 at 9 a.m. A vote in the House on the bill hasn’t been scheduled, Todd Thatcher, a spokesman for Rep. Damschroder, said Wednesday. Woodville Mayor Rich Harman was also critical of how the bill progressed from being a recommendation to the county commissioners and then to Rep. Damschroder’s ofďŹ ce, saying local ofďŹ cials were not kept informed about the bill. “We’re disappointed we had no communication,â€? he told The Press. “I don’t have a problem with consolidation and I don’t have a problem with trying to save money. My biggest concern is what’s going to happen next. Are we going to put both the Clyde and Woodville courts into the Fremont court system? “We’re looking down the road and the possibility it will be in one location. That’s going to leave Clyde and Woodville in the cold.â€? Brown suggested during his testimony before the House committee that further

consolidation could be considered. “In the future, should this consolidation take place, there may be the opportunity to further consolidate with Fremont to form a county-wide municipal level court. The City of Fremont has already expressed interest in the idea and this ďŹ rst step will move the county into a better position to begin serious discussions regarding this even more ďŹ scally responsible measure,â€? he told the committee. Last June, the Sandusky County Bar Association voted to not approve a resolution supporting the consolidation. The county commissioners Tuesday noted there has been some discussion about the possible physical relocation of the courts but said a comprehensive efďŹ ciency study would be completed ďŹ rst, according to minutes of the meeting. They said they consider the move to consolidate the part-time judgeships a separate matter.

The details of House Bill 433 If House Bill 433 were to become law it would establish the Sandusky County Municipal Court effective Jan. 1, 2013 and create one full-time judgeship position. That position would have a six-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2014. An election would be held in 2013 to seat a new fulltime judge. The two current part-time judges in Clyde and Woodville would be required to serve as part-time municipal court judges until the end of 2013 unless a vacancy occurs before then. In which case, the remaining judge would serve as a full-time judge until then. The bill designates the Sandusky County Clerk of Courts as the clerk of the

county municipal court. The new court would have jurisdiction within the entire county, except for the cities of Bellevue and Fremont and the townships of Ballville, Sandusky, and York. Bellevue Municipal Court has jurisdiction throughout the City of Bellevue and York Township. Fremont Municipal Court has jurisdiction in the City of Fremont as well as Ballville and Sandusky townships. According to an analysis by the Ohio Legislative Service Commission, the state would save about $9,200 annually on its share of paying for one judge’s salary and benefits compared to two part-time judges and the county would save about $23,316.

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The Northeast Area Senior Center will host a Trunk Sale in their parking lot at 705 North Main St., Walbridge Friday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event encourages participants to ďŹ ll their vehicle trunks with items they are interested in selling. A cold box lunch will be available for a $2 donation for those over 60 years of age and $5 for those under 60 years old. The trunk sale is open to anyone in the community who is interested in buying or selling. Those interested in participating are encouraged to register for a parking space in advance, by calling Sandy Hart, site manager at 419-260-3228.

Farewell to Walbridge Elementary Friends, alumni and staff gathered for a farewell to Walbridge Elementary School. At left, VFW Post 9963 Commander Jim Dolan presents the ag to principal Dolores Swineford as Lake superintendant Jim Witt looks on. Top right, former principal Ann Ahern reminisces about the school. Bottom right, Clark ChaďŹ n and Scott Goeckerman , Post 9963, fold the ag during the farewell ceremony. (Press photos by Ken Grosjean)

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Public survey blasts school board, administration school busing to be restored; • Thirteen percent of all residents and 13 percent of those who said they support nearly all school tax issues feel that the needs of students rather than the adults (board, administration, etc.) need to be the top priority. • Thirteen percent of all residents and 9 percent of those who said they support nearly all school tax issues feel that the school district budget needs to be managed more effectively or fairly; • Ten percent of all residents and 9 percent of those who said they support nearly all school tax issues feel that the pay increases given to the superintendent and administration should be rescinded; • Nine percent of all residents and 7 percent of those who say they support nearly all school tax issues feel that the quality of the teaching staff needs to be improved. A cross-section of individual comments regarding how the district could be improved include: • “Quit giving the highest paid people raises – especially when cutting services to children.” • “Use money for the benefit of the students and not for the superintendent, principals and assistant principals.” • “Most of the suburban schools have an excellent rating, Oregon does not…I would like to see improvement with students who struggle in school.” • Make sure teachers and the administration work together to improve morale, trust and future opportunities for the school system.” • “The Board of Education member and school officials need to work together for the good of the students”. • “Improve the community-schools relationship. Trust between the community and school administrators is eroding.” • “Put students first and listen to the community.” • “Be more sensitive to others’ shrinking income and not vote yourself raises until things improve.” • “Quit taking away from the kids and the teachers. Keep the school buses. Don’t give raises to administrators and take away from teachers and things the kids and parents need.”

• “Rebuilding the relationship in the Challenges community. Many people are outraged. Get The most important challenge facing the buses back for those who need them. the district is improving and maintaining This is a hardship.” a high quality education, according to 23 • “Giving raises to the superintendent percent of all residents and 27 percent of and principals at this time is a joke. We are those who support nearly all school tax is- paying these individuals like we are the best sues. school system. We are not even close.” Other challenges include: • “I’m a senior citizen of Oregon. In • Reducing costs and not misusing the past I’ve voted for all school taxing. But funds and wasting money; with the great increase in administrative • Improving communication between salaries, I’ll think twice.” the school district and community and re• “We are consistently the lowest ratstoring trust; ed suburban school in the metro Toledo • Overcoming the bad publicity from area.” the raises for school administrators; • Restoring the cuts to high school Strong support busing and providing bus service to all stuFifty-six percent said they usually vote dents; in favor of nearly all • Improving the school tax issues. management of the “Based upon comschools; munity surveys conIn the past I’ve voted for A cross secducted in other Ohio tion of individual school districts during all school taxing. But comments in the surthe past two decades, with the great increase in vey regarding the most the base level of supadministrative salaries, I’ll port for school tax isimportant challenge facing the district insues in the district is think twice. cludes: strong,” according to • “Getting the the summary of the public back on board survey. with the schools. GivWhat respondents ing raises to the administration has set us liked most about their schools were “Carback with public opinions.” ing, motivated, high quality and knowl• “I think there is currently a lack of edgeable teachers” and “high academic trust because of administrative raises in standards and a quality education.” Howtough times. It will now be hard to pass any ever, a significant number of respondents, levy.” including those who report they support • “Our elected school leaders and nearly all school tax issues, indicated they school employees need to accept that the do not think their high expectations for stuschools do not belong to them. They are the dent achievement are being met. property of the taxpayers.” Only 6 percent gave Oregon City • “There has been almost a total break- Schools a grade of A, which is less than down in credibility between the admin- half of the 14 percent of citizens throughout istration, the teachers, the board and the the nation who give their local schools an community. As a resident we are told one A grade. Forty percent – the top response thing and a few months later told a differ- – said the district could be improved with ent thing.” more emphasis on academics and learning. • “The school board should stop mi- They also said more emphasis needs to be cromanaging every little decision. All ma- given to parental involvement, preparation jor decisions should be put to the public for the workplace, reading and writing, and opinion and then voted upon by the board study skills and tutoring. after the public has a chance to voice their opinions.” Conclusions • “Instead of raises for some and cuts A strong tradition of financial support for others, bring back busing.” and high expectations for student achieve-

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ment exists in the district, according to the survey, but a number of factors have converged to create the “tipping point” of disappointment, disillusionment and anger – which in turn has broken the bond of trust between the school system and community. These factors include: • The perception that the school board and administration are secretive, not listening to parents and the community and think they (rather than the community) own the schools; • Disappointment that the schools are the lowest ranked suburban school system in the area; • Anger over the decisions to cut high school busing and increase the salaries of the superintendent and administration; • Concern about friction between the school board, school administration and school district employees. Toxic culture “The upshot of the situation is that the culture in the Oregon City School District has become toxic – creating a cloud of distrust and negativity,” states the survey’s summary. “Coming to grips with the root causes of this situation is the most pressing challenge currently facing the school system and community.” The results of the survey have been shared with the District Leadership Team and the school board and were distributed to the administrative staff, according to an April 17 memorandum from Dr. Mike Zalar, the district’s superintendent, to the staff. The District Leadership Team consists of a cross section of teachers, administrators and support staff throughout the district. “It is the intention of the board of education and administration to meet with staff members and solicit feedback regarding the concerns that are identified in the survey,” said Zalar in the memorandum. “There will be numerous opportunities to meet together in small groups to discuss these matters and develop a collaborative plan to move forward.” Zalar noted that the survey results “are intended for internal discussion only at this time.” “At the conclusion of the internal conversation process, the board and administration will conduct a similar process with public stakeholders,” stated Zalar.

School officials divided over meaning of survey Members of the Oregon school board provided a variety of comments regarding the results of a community survey that showed the public has a deep mistrust of the board and the school administration. Some said cuts in state funding caused the fallout, while others blamed poor decisions by the school board and Superintendent Dr. Mike Zalar. P.J. Kapfhammer and Jeff Ziviski, who were elected to the board last fall, said many of the results vindicated what they had said in their campaigns. Both ran on the need for more transparency by the board and administration and against pay raises the board approved last summer for Zalar and administrators at a time when busing for high school students had been eliminated. “I think the results are dead on,” said Kapfhammer. “It spells out exactly how our community feels about our schools and what we need to fix it. It shows how badly the board and Zalar are doing. Not only did the survey interview people who don’t support levies, but people who do. When you have 18 percent of people who always support levies saying the administration and school board are not listening to the community, you’ve killed your district.” He noted an excerpt in the survey’s summary that stated “the culture in the Oregon City School District has become toxic – creating a cloud of distrust and negativity,” and that “coming to grips with the root causes of this situation is the most pressing challenge currently facing the school system and community.” “That’s 100 percent accurate. We have to listen to what our community is telling us,” he said. Kapfhammer said the board has already discussed the survey’s results in committees, but not at board meetings. The results were later released to teachers and principals. Need to refocus Ziviski said the survey shows the community wants the board and administration

to be more focused on the needs of the district. “The community doesn’t think we’re focusing on what our objectives are - to provide quality education and a safe environment for the education of our children. Once they start seeing the district focusing on those items, they will start rallying around us and supporting levies. Right now, they’re worried about what’s going on in the district. We hit a low, and we need to refocus and start doing what we’re supposed to do. Once we do that, I think the community will be quick to support us again,” said Ziviski. He said the survey also showed the community wants to be more involved in the district. “They want to hear the discussion before decisions are made in the district, and they want more transparency about what’s going on in all aspects of the district. They want to be involved and feel they have a say in which direction the schools are going,” said Ziviski. Diana Gadus, vice president of the school board, said the number of survey respondents “was a nice cross section of the community.” “It really is a good indicator that people are unhappy for many reasons,” said Gadus. “The economy and property values have gone down and there have been many changes in the district as a result. We are losing resources from Columbus at a time when we have to make changes in education to meet state and federal requirements concerning digital learning in the future. Academic achievement and good fiscal management are important and that is what residents are telling us.” She also said arguments on the school board, to some extent, have added to the “toxic” environment. “Many people do not understand that some of the changes that have been made

are state mandated. In some instances, the new board members do not understand all of the changes in the laws and that some changes we have no control over. Change is very difficult, especially when you have to give up things. We have to figure out how to work together to change the public’s perception of the district,” said Gadus. Board member Carol Molnar said the survey did not contain any surprises. She did not want to comment further. Board President Dick Gabel was out of town and could not be reached for comment. Budget cuts Zalar attributes the district’s poor marks in the survey to cuts in funding and the failure of the community to pass operating levies in the last several years. “The last four years have been extremely difficult for the district and the community,” said Zalar. “The loss of nearly 25 percent of district revenue resulting from tax reform legislation (HB 66) has resulted in over $10 million in budget cuts. These cuts have included a 15 percent reduction in staff, wage freezes and benefit reductions by all employees, the closing of an elementary school, transportation reductions, and an increase of athletic participation fees – to name a few. The pain of these cuts has been felt by everyone so it is understandable that many are upset. At the same time, the state continues to shift the burden of funding public education onto the local property owner. The community has turned down two operating levies that would have prevented some, not all, of these reductions. The information gleaned from the survey will be used to focus the conversation that needs to take place going forward about how to improve our schools. Ultimately, the community will need to decide what kind of school district and edu-

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cational opportunities they want for their children.” When asked if he bears any responsibility, as superintendent of the district, for the survey’s findings that “the bond of trust between the school system and community is broken,” and the district having one of the lowest grades for suburban schools in the area, Zalar said “as superintendent, I am responsible for the overall performance of the district.” “The district has been designated as an `Effective’ district as long as the state report card has been in existence,” said Zalar. “That designation has not changed during my tenure as superintendent, even while we have experienced an unprecedented loss of state funding. The district has been working diligently to develop and implement an academic improvement plan designed to improve student achievement. We are fortunate to have great teachers, administrators, support staff and many engaged parents in this community. I am confident that the changes we are implementing will result in both improving district performance and winning back the trust between the school system and community. I am interested in learning from the past – not living in it. I look forward to listening and engaging the community in a conversation about the future direction of the Oregon schools.” Dave Shafer, president of the Oregon City Federation of Teachers, said the results of the survey signal the need for more communication and healing between the board and community. The district, he said, has “hit rock bottom.” “It has been extremely tough in Oregon. We have had a loss of state funding and property taxes have gone down. It is very tough in Oregon right now. Every district is going through the same thing. The state is attacking collective bargaining, attacking school districts and homeowners by making them bear a greater burden for school funding. If you don’t have the funds to do business, how do you do business? Nobody wants to see their taxes go up but what do you do?”


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Helping military families adjust Jim Corbo, a readjustment therapist counselor with the Toledo Vet Center and a retired manager of mental health programs for the American Red Cross, will speak at the Annual 79th Memorial Day Flag Raising Ceremony sponsored by the East Toledo Club. This year’s ceremony will be Jim Corbo held at the Christ Dunberger Post instead of Pearson Park. The Post is located on Pickle and Wynn Roads in Oregon. The Honor Guard will present the colors May 28 at 7:30 a.m. followed by a breakfast. The public is invited. Corbo will speak about his career with the Red Cross where he worked with military families and veterans at 38 different military installations. He spent the last 16 years in Washington D.C. at the International Red Cross headquarters. RSVP to 419-691-1512.

Open house set During this past school year, 150 high school students at Penta Career Center have been constructing a 2,200 square-foot house as part of their career training. The house, a contracted project for the King family, is located at 10663 Eckel Junction Rd. in Perrysburg (between Thompson Road and SR 199). The house will be open to the public May 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. Parking is limited in the area near the house so a free shuttle service will be provided to/from the Home Depot parking lot, off Route 20. Students in Penta’s Construction Carpentry, Remodeling, Masonry, Electricity, HVACR/Piping Systems Technology, and Construction Trades programs worked on some aspect of the home construction project. Penta instructors Rob Weaver, Tim Blanchard, Pat Luther, Mike Hardenbrook, Mike Urbine, Jason Vida and Mike Knitz worked with the students throughout the school year to complete the house.

Memorial Service Grace Baptist Church, 325 S. Toussaint-Portage Rd., Oak Harbor, will host this year’s Community Memorial Day Service May 27 at 11 a.m. The Oak Harbor American Legion Post 114 will be recognized in a special tribute and attend the service, which will include special music, songs, worship and prayer.

School board to discuss paying Gadus at meeting By Kelly J. Kaczala and Melissa Burden The Oregon school board on Tuesday, May 15, will again discuss whether board member Diana Gadus should be paid for her time to attend a leadership conference in Columbus on April 13 and April 14. “I was told at the board office that the payment to Gadus for attending the seminars is on the draft agenda and will be discussed at Tuesday’s meeting,” said Board member Jeff Ziviski. The board voted 3-1 against paying Gadus at the last meeting on April 17. Ziviski, board member P.J. Kapfhammer and Board President Dick Gabel voted against paying Gadus, while Carol Molnar was in favor. Gabel said he wanted Treasurer Jane Fruth to provide more details on the costs of the conference and the amount of money Gadus was requesting before the meeting on Tuesday. Gadus attended the conference with Molnar and Molnar’s husband. The district paid a total of $1,173 for registration, hotel, meals and transportation costs for Gadus and Molnar, according to Fruth. She said Gadus and the Molnars made the trip on April 12, a day before the conference, in the Molnars’ vehicle and that Mrs. Molnar is to be reimbursed $150 in mileage costs. The district paid for two hotel rooms at the Hilton for two nights for a total of $484, and $41.55 for two meals at The Bonefish Grill on April 12. The district also paid $18 for two desserts at the Cheesecake Factory on April 13. The group checked out on April 14. The district has a policy of paying board members for their time to attend conferences and seminars, according to Fruth. “Board members can be paid $60 for three hours or less, and $125 per day for longer meetings/conferences,” she said. Gadus is requesting to be paid a total of $250 for attending the two day conference. Gadus told The Press that she went to a conference last year and did not ask to be paid because she did not know about the board’s policy. “I recently found out about the policy and decided to ask to be paid for my time,” she said. Gadus is employed part-time as a school counselor at the Franciscan Academy at Lourdes University in Sylvania. “I know people in the past have not taken payment for their time, but this is a sign of the times,” said Gadus. “School board members have to continually educate themselves about changes in academics, what is going on statewide as far as budgets and have to understand the business of schools. Going to these conferences helps us do that. And the policy is that we can be paid for these conferences,” she added. Ziviski said he was against paying Gadus for several reasons. “It would be unprecedented to pay Gadus for her time at the conference, since there has never been a board member who has requested to be paid under similar circumstances,” he said. “The amount she’s

asking to be paid is equivalent to what the owner of a $100,000 home would pay for a new levy – between $100-$200 per year. So why should the taxpayer pay for something she voluntarily went to?” He also raised questions about the district covering some of the expenses of the conference, including meals and hotel rooms. Gadus and Molnar, he said, should not have traveled to Columbus on Friday, April 12, the night before the conference, and billed the district for their meals and hotel rooms. “We have a policy on reimbursement of expenses. Excessive costs are not considered prudent nor are they accepted for reimbursement. When you are on official school business you are expected to exercise the same care in incurring expenses as if you’re traveling on personal business. That means why did they go down the night before the conference, which was not board approved, making the district pay for a hotel room when they could have gone the next day?”

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He also said the board’s policy of approving expenses for members to attend conferences has never been followed. “None has been board approved or brought before the board for discussion, which is in direct conflict with our policy. We have improper spending for these conferences. Essentially, we have spending going on in the district which is against board policy, thus making these improper expenditures. In the event of an audit, these could be deemed inappropriate and the board member might be asked to reimburse the district,” he said. When funds are limited, he added, the board has a policy of designating which board members can participate in a specific conference. “I’m looking out for the fiscal management of the district and making sure the district and board abide by the policies we took an oath to adhere to and follow. These policies aren’t being followed,” said Ziviski. Fruth said the board annually appropriates $5,000 to cover expenses for profes-

sional development. Ziviski said the board has never set any guidelines of how that money is to be spent. “In the past, it was used to pay for the board’s annual retreat,” said Ziviski. His research on how other school districts pay for conferences found that many cover just half the costs while the board member pays the other half, he said. “I’ve looked at other districts in the state and not many pay for all expenses related to conferences. I’ve seen many where they only pay 50 percent of all costs, meaning the board member has to incur the other half, which I think is fair and reasonable, since we’re using tax payer dollars,” he said. He plans to propose that the board adopt the same policy in the future. “The other concern I have is why do we have two board members going to a conference? We are not in the financial situation to blow money. We need to tighten the purse strings. If the board thinks there’s a conference that can benefit the district, it’s a duplication of efforts and waste of tax money to send more than one.” Kapfhammer also raised questions about expenses, including the district paying for two hotel rooms instead of one room for just Mrs. Molnar and Gadus. “Why was her husband with her if she’s traveling with Gadus anyway?” asked Kapfhammer. “They should have shared a room, like the teachers are required to do.” Dave Shafer, president of the Oregon City Federation of Teachers, said sharing hotel rooms at conferences is in the teachers’ contracts. “In some cases, you may not be able to buddy up, but mostly, teachers share rooms,” said Shafer. Gabel said he didn’t have a problem with the district paying for two separate hotel rooms. “The district was paying for Mrs. Molnar’s room, anyway, so it’s not an issue that her husband was with her,” said Gabel. He also said the district should pay for board members’ expenses to attend conferences. “The board has always paid for these expenses in the past, why not now?” said Gabel. Gabel said he attended one conference in the last six years he’s been on the board, and never asked the district to pay for his time. Mr. Molnar paid for his own expenses during the trip, according to information provided by Fruth. Mrs. Molnar said she has not asked to be paid for her time at the conference because the district reimburses her for the mileage. “I take the mileage. I am retired and I have the time for the conferences. It is not like I have to get a babysitter or take time from a job,” she said. She said her husband attends conferences with her for personal reasons. “But he pays his own way,” she said.

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Trial rescheduled The trial of a Jerusalem Township woman for felonious assault has been rescheduled for June 14 in Lucas County Common Pleas Court. Carol Kucinski is accused of shooting her boyfriend in their Bunting Road home on March 15 shortly before they were to be evicted. She and Rick Bodi were transported to the Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center with gunshot wounds to the head, according to the Lucas County Sheriff’s Department.

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Celebrating migration Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day Saturday, May 12 with a number of special events at the refugeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Visitor Center. A number of book signings will be going on throughout the day with Thompson, Crossley and John D. Juriga, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bob Hines: National Wildlife Artist.â&#x20AC;? Naturally Speaking, a presentation series held at Ottawa NWRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Visitor Center each month will be held May 13, 2012 featuring Todd Crail, doctoral candidate at University of Toledo. Crailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Native Freshwater Mussels, What Was Once Thought Lost, Has Now Been Foundâ&#x20AC;? will take place at 2 p.m. For more information about the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge events, call 419-898-0014, visit www. fws.gov/midwest/ottawa or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OttawaNWR. The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge entrance is located 15 miles east of Toledo or 16 miles west of Port Clinton on the north side of SR 2.

Summer auditions The Pemberville Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre Workshop will hold auditions for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flapper â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A Madcap Musical Comedy Tribute to the 1920s,â&#x20AC;? May 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. and May 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pemberville Opera House. Auditions are open to ages 7 to 16. Both singing and non-singing parts are available. Backstage crew members are also needed. Production dates are Aug. 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. Angela Patchett and Donella Wilt will be returning as the directors. The workshop will be Saturday afternoons in the Pemberville Opera House starting in early June. Information and downloadable forms are available at www.pembervilleoperahouse.org or email carol@pe mbervilleoperahouse.org. Support for the workshop is provided through The Gale and Marlyn Williamson Performing Arts Fund.

Clay Spring One Acts The Clay High Limelighterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening of One Actsâ&#x20AC;? May 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The program will include three one-act plays, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things Fall (Meanwhile)â&#x20AC;? by Barton Bishop, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Andâ&#x20AC;? by Alan Haehnel and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hotter at Twilightâ&#x20AC;? by Jonathan Dorf, with each being directed by senior class members of the Clay High Limelighters. There will be comedy, drama, and most of all great entertainment. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and can be purchased at the auditorium box ofďŹ ce each evening prior to the show.

Green Creek unique experience for canoeists By J. Patrick Eaken Press Staff Writer news@presspublications.com If you were hoping to take a guided tour during the Biggest Week in Birding Festival, hopefully you signed up early. Most tours were sold out long ago. Among the many tours offered were guided bus trips and birding by boat to the Lake Erie Islands, including Pelee Island in Canada. This year, canoe trips were added. The canoe trips on Green Creek were offered on three occasions. OfďŹ cials from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hosts, consider Green Creek Northwest Ohioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best kept secret. The canoe rides cost a tourist $30. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They sold out really quickly,â&#x20AC;? BSBO educational director Ken Keffer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the ďŹ rst year we offered them as part of The Biggest Week, and so they seemed really popular. In yesterdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Tuesday) crew, Blooms and Birds magazine was one of our major sponsors, and their crew actually went out on the boat ride as well, because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been here at the ofďŹ ce helping with an auction rafďŹ&#x201A;e, so they went out there to see what the ďŹ eld trip experience was all about, and that was really neat.â&#x20AC;? Green Creek meanders through two miles of habitat ideal for migrating warblers and ďŹ&#x201A;ows into Mud Creek Bay, an arm of the larger Sandusky Bay. The property has a permanent conservation easement with Black Swamp Conservancy and will eventually be deeded to the Sandusky County Park District. Led by Research Coordinator Tom Kashmer of the parks district, who is also a volunteer for BSBO, birders from around the world learned the history of this unique area, plus they got to see more bald eagles in Sandusky Bay than they saw all week in other lakefront marshes. The trips were organized in conjunction with the parks district and Black Swamp Conservancy. Kashmer and Keffer served as guides. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great idea and we really wanted to go down there and offer this,â&#x20AC;? Keffer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nice kind of closed, campy forest, and they have tons of warblers singing. We had tanagers there yesterday we could see from the water, and then it opens up on the south end of Sandusky Bay, and when it opens up there are phenomenal concentrations of bald eagles in the area. So, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really neat experience and something completely different in contrast to the boardwalk experience.â&#x20AC;? Those who signed up for the canoe tours arrived at the parks district ofďŹ ce at 6 a.m. and were car pooled to the Green

Biggest Week in American Birding participants watching Dunlin at the mouth of Green Creek. (Photo by Black Swamp Bird Observatory) Creek Hunt Club marshes, where the canoes went into the water. Including Kashmer and Keffer, there were typically 14 birders on each tour, two to a canoe in seven different canoes. The tour meant two-and-a-half to three hours paddling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nice, leisurely canoe paddle,â&#x20AC;? Keffer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty narrow in that section that we start at and then it kind of opens up into Sandusky Bay. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never more than a few canoes wide, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just kind of a nice, slow meandering stretch of creek. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of what attracts the birds, which, especially yesterday were just singing their little hearts out. We did have time yesterday to stop and point out some of the birds because of the weather. Tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) trip is going to be even more packed as far as bird action goes.â&#x20AC;? Sure enough, Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trip produced results. Keffer said not only were â&#x20AC;&#x153;tons of bald eaglesâ&#x20AC;? spotted when they reached the bay, but also a ďŹ&#x201A;ock of Dunlins, which are shorebirds. If you do not have experience paddling a canoe and want to sign up for next year, Keffer says no problem. But you better sign up ahead of time, because even though tours may be added next year, they ďŹ ll up fast. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The canoes are great for water activity because it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require a lot of training. We can give you a quick lesson before you get on your boat there,â&#x20AC;? Keffer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yester-

dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s participation had a fair number that had some water experience so we could match them up with some less experienced participants. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to learn canoeing because there are no stretches of white water or anything like that.â&#x20AC;? Even though Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s canoe tours were hit by harsh weather during the second half of the trip, Keffer said birders did not complain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is part of spring migration, part of the weather system,â&#x20AC;? Keffer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just make it work. Everyone really takes it in stride. We were the only trip that was affected because of the water and we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be out there because of the lightning. The bus trips were still going strong even during the rain yesterday, and you just get little pockets of soft rain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not raining quite as hard, anytime there is a break in the weather, the birds really respond. Yesterday was really a good day for birding just because there was so much activity. I think the main thing with these weather systems, if they are coming from the south, those wind patterns will actually bring in migrants overnight sometimes, so the rain can actually help the birding activity, so participants are taking it well,â&#x20AC;? Keller continued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plus, we always have the gift shops where birders can watch the feeder birds for a little bit and then drive back out there.â&#x20AC;?

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Your Voice on the Street: by Deb Wallace Do you watch the NHL and/or NBA playoffs, why or why not?

The Press Poll Do you think the Ohio law banning teens under 18 from using any electronic devices while driving is too harsh? Yes No

Zander York Walbridge Student "I watch it if I find it while I’m flipping through the channels."

Patrick Pietrowski Curtice Retired "No, I’m not a sports fan."

Fracking concerns To the editor: We better get vocal on state elected officials before our parks and homes become contaminated and energy giants like Chesapeake and Exxon Mobil become richer over the health and safety of Ohioans. House Republican leaders dropped the Mid-Biennium Review Proposal by Gov. John Kasich to impose a tax on drillers. Gov. Kasich said the money-maker potential of the state’s natural resources is too good not to exploit. Good for whom? If it is so good, I suggest the governor try it out on his property. Several states, including Pennsylvania agree that fracking comes with trouble. Drilling rigs pump millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals – some hazardous – into wells to crack open shale formations and release oil and gas. A lot of people in northeastern Pennsylvania have been able to light their faucets for a long time. In August 2010, a family had to evacuate their home in the middle of the night after the methane in their home hit explosive levels. Their home, once worth $250,000, has been appraised at just $25,000 with its water problems. When a drilling company tells you that they will make you millionaires, it’s just like me telling you I will pay you on Monday and the check is in the mail. In August 2010, a family had to evacuate their home in the middle of the night after the methane in their home hit explosive levels. Their home, once worth $250,000, has been appraised at just $25,000 with its water problems. Just remember what you will transform if you agree to fracking on your property. Gas tankers clog the two-lane roads and drilling rigs dot the horizon. These companies will paint a picture for you and once you sign that lease for them to drill, you put you and your family at risk. Joann Schiavone Walbridge

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Ayla Crabtree Genoa Unemployed "No, because I’m not into sports."

Shirley Crabtree Genoa Restaurant Manager "Only when my husband is watching it."

To the editor: The five animals who survived last year’s deadly escape in Zanesville have been returned to where it all began. Why is there still no law banning the sale and keeping of wild and dangerous animals as pets? The ugly cycle begins when baby monkeys, tigers, lions and bears are forcibly removed from their frantic mothers so that the infants can be acclimated to human contact. Traumatized and terrified, these young animals don’t stand a chance of ever living as nature intended. Primates are diapered and often have their canine teeth yanked out. Cubs spend the rest of their lives pacing behind bars. Since dealers market these animals as little more trouble than stuffed toys, most people are inevitably shocked by the responsibility, expense of specialized food, and space and veterinary requirements of exotics. Captivity is often ultimately a death sentence for exotics and in too many cases, for the people who “had” to have them. Denied everything that is important to them and forced into close contact with humans, stressed animals frequently lash out. Countless people have suffered devastating injuries, many losing limbs or their lives. How many more people and animals must suffer before Ohio officials recognize that exotic animals don’t belong in private homes and backyard menageries? Jennifer O’Connor PETA Foundation, Norfolk, Va.

You be the judge To the editor: What one does, not how much education one has, is the final determination of how we are thought of by our peers. At the corner of Wheeling and Pickle

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roads was Coy School – a great school for a long, long time. Then, just a few years back, the system decided to give the building a facelift. New windows were installed, the stone exterior was sandblasted, the large entry doors were refinished, a new blacktop drive was added and everything looked great. Then, all of a sudden, some folks decided the school was no longer a healthy place to inhabit. Too bad they didn’t decide this before the expensive facelift. Bad judgment? So, they built a new school down Pickle Road. Then comes some more intelligent decisions – they decide to tear down the structure. But first, they decide to sell this unhealthy building. An auction was held and Sun Oil Co. offered a great sum of money, but they were told by the system that this building was worth a lot more. I am not sure of the offer, but I heard around $400,000. So now, they decide to demolish the school and clean up the property. How much was this costing the system – $200,000 to $400,000? These people who made these decisions are in control of our extremely hardearned tax dollars. You do the math. Responsible or what? Larry Erard Oregon

A unique town To the editor: Elmore is a unique little town. Recently, a surprise 94th birthday party was held for my husband Tom. His former line dancers greeted him with open arms. One of Elmore’s best-kept secrets is where the party was held which is where the Red, White and Blue used to be. What a neat place for a party and the service was wonderful. There are so many talented people in Elmore that I wasn’t even aware of until the party, when so many surprises appeared.

Being rather new in Elmore I am truly amazed at the kindness extended to Tom and me from so many people from all walks of life. From the beautiful floral centerpiece to Tom’s favorite homemade cherry pie and the people there to help him celebrate, May 2 will long be remembered as a very special day in Tom’s life. What Elmore doesn’t have nearby, Woodville does, making the Woodmore School District an awesome one. Betty Marlow Miller Elmore

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To the editor: Your news rag has turned into a Republican propaganda newsletter. Give PJ Kapfhammer his own column. He is out to destroy the Oregon school system. I look forward to Kapfhammer running for mayor in a few years with all the newsprint you’re wasting on this individual. As far as John Szozda’s column on healthcare, it is riddled with lies and inaccuracies coming from who else: A Republican legislator talking to the chamber of commerce. To start with, a young person only pays $70 a month for health insurance. If this is true, they must have one of those $10,000 deductible policies the insurance companies are famous for. The reason young people aren’t buying their own insurance policies are the same reasons others aren’t. They can’t afford the higher cost to pay for insurance CEOs getting millions. Al Kapustar Oregon

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What are perceptions, reality and mixed messages based on? Dare to Live by Bryan Golden you, it’s imperative to recognize biases, intentions, and ulterior motives. In the media, most of the behavior you observe has some type of agenda behind it. Complete objectivity is a very rare exception. False reality can also be based on opinions provided by other individuals. People always provide you with information that is based on their reality. Their experience and biases influence their views. It’s surprising how many people accept what they see, read, and hear without questioning or understanding the motivation behind it. Subsequently, their reality is based on a false basis. Decisions made based on inaccurate perception are invariably faulty. False reality also impacts your attitude. Typically, you won’t attempt goals you feel are impossible. When your assessment is based on erroneous information, you are the one that is short changed. Success in life is dependent on a can do attitude, not a can’t do one. Discouragement or disappointment stem-

Life is not one extreme or another. It’s filled with good and bad, ups and downs. It’s your outlook that determines what you make of it.

Your perception is your reality. However, a false reality results when your perception is based on an invalid premise or an artificial model. The manner in which life is portrayed on TV or in movies is a perfect illustration of this concept. There are those who view these depictions of life to be representative of actual reality. People look at these Hollywood portrayals and draw invalid parallels to real world counterparts. Whether it be stories of family life, teenagers, high school, college, lawyers, doctors, law enforcement, or the military, all incorporate many artistic liberties for the sake of entertainment. Even so called reality shows are far from spontaneous and unscripted. The purpose of these, and all shows, is to attract viewers by providing drama, excitement, surprises, and entertainment. From the selection of the participants to the scenarios they are faced with, little is left to chance. Advertisements for products and services also contribute to a false sense of reality. The depiction of how life could or should be is intended to impact your buying decisions. When someone draws conclusions from the examples portrayed in the media, they set themselves up for disappointment. When perceiving the world around

ming from erroneous expectations, which are based on a false reality, feeds a negative attitude. This scenario results in a downhill spiral. Don’t blindly accept what others say or do. Always make your own independent evaluation of anything you see or hear. Ask questions. Seek to identify any biases behind the statements or actions of others. Life isn’t perfect, everyone has problems. Even people appearing to live storybook lives have issues to deal with. So don’t be envious of what other people

appear to have. Going behind the curtain can reveal a very different reality than that which is portrayed. Friends and relatives may offer negative opinions based on their reality. Although they may be well intentioned, joining them in any false reality is never in your best interest. Even if you are derided for not agreeing with their point of view, hold your ground. Don’t sacrifice your positive attitude. Life is not one extreme or another. It’s filled with good and bad, ups and downs. It’s your outlook that determines what you make of it. Guard against false reality because it will degrade your outlook. Life is filled with challenges. You want to focus on reasons to succeed rather than excuses not to. A false reality inhibits your ability to devise an effective plan for success. What other people have or don’t have doesn’t affect you. Reaching your goals and achieving your dreams is the key to a rewarding life. NOW AVAILABLE: “Dare to Live Without Limits,” the book. Visit www. BryanGolden.com or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. Email Bryan at bryan@columnist.com or write him c/o this paper. © 2011 Bryan Golden


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Pvt. Thomas Andrew Putman, 20, U.S. Army, Toledo. Warrant OfďŹ cer Allen John Dyer, 21, U.S. Army Reserves, Toledo. Warrant OfďŹ cer Karl Thomas Anteau, 21, U.S. Army Reserves, Toledo. Specialist Arthur Heringhausen, 18, U.S. Army, Oregon. PFC. Esiquio (Arnie) Cantu, 19, U.S. Army, Bono. I went to school with the ďŹ rst three men on this list. The next two were decorated for their heroism. Heringhausen was awarded the Silver Star for his actions when his unit was overrun. Cantu was awarded a Bronze Star with V Device for Valor. All ďŹ ve were killed in action and have their names inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Putman lived a block away and stood up for me in a neighborhood ďŹ ght. Lee Roberts, the fellow soldier who identiďŹ ed the body after Putman died of multiple fragmentation wounds, left this message on the site: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This hero had just returned from R & R in Hawaii. He was in high spirit. They were overrun by NVAs. I had left the ďŹ eld to begin my processing to return to the states. I identiďŹ ed his body when it was brought in. Putman was a very good soldier.â&#x20AC;? There are 58,209 names on The Wall, 253 from Northwest Ohio, said Ron Distel, commissioner of the Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission. Closer to home, there are names from Oregon, Pemberville, Gibsonburg, Oak Harbor and Lindsey. Distel is leading the effort to bring The Moving Wall, a replica of the monument in Washington D.C., to Elmore August 9 to 13. He and his fellow members of American Legion Post 279 of Elmore have raised some $11,000 of their $15,000 goal. The money is needed to house the driver, build a temporary foundation for the wall, erect tents, prepare Depot Park in downtown Elmore and provide security. The half-scale exhibit is 256 feet long and is one of four Moving Walls that are transported across the country. This one is owned by the Vietnam Combat Veterans based in White Pine, Michigan.

The half-scale exhibit is 256 feet long and is one of four Moving Walls that are transported across the country. This one is owned by the Vietnam Combat Veterans based in White Pine, MI. The Wall will be in Elmore from August 9th to the 13th. Distel said The Moving Wall will arrive in the area Thursday, August 9 accompanied by nearly 250 vehicles including six veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; motorcycle groups and state and local law enforcement vehicles. The parade route will come through S.R. 163 into Oak Harbor and also use S.R. 51 as it passes through Genoa on its way to Elmore. Visitors will be provided with a carpenterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crayon and paper should they choose to transfer a name on the wall for a keepsake. Volunteers from area veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; groups will man ledgers to direct visitors to the correct section of the wall. The site will be

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got a lot of buddies on that wallâ&#x20AC;ŚItâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a healing thing. Of the 2.7 million who served in Vietnam no one said to them, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Welcome back,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Thank you,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; or nothing. These guys didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to come home at all and I think we got to honor them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I encourage Mom and Dad to bring their children. They can see the terrible cost of war without going to Arlington. They can see the lives that were just taken away. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kids arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even taught about the Vietnam War. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how devastating it was to a lot of families.â&#x20AC;? Randy Velliquette, The Harmonica Man, will emcee opening ceremonies. Distel is still seeking sponsors, volunteers and entertainment. You can contact him at 419862-2344 or at thewall.aug9_13@yahoo. com. If you want to donate, send a check payable to Elmore American Legion Post 279, c/o Ron Distel, 2010 S. Nissen Rd., Elmore, OH 43416. You can also visit themovingwall.com or thewall-usa.com. Comment at zoz@presspublications.com

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Don’t let this condition be your “Achilles heel”

Micah Pickett, shown with son Haiden, was diagnosed with metastatic malignant melanoma in 2005. His battle with skin cancer prompted his mom and motherin-law to organize the annual Safe in the Shade 5K Race & Walk.

4th Safe in the Shade Race set for May 19 The 4th Annual Race to the Shade 5K Race & Walk will be held May 19 at Maumee Bay State Park, 1750 Park Rd., Oregon. The annual event, started in 2009 by Cindy Pickett, formerly of Elmore, and Eleanor Riffle, of Millbury, has drawn more and more participants each year, raising funds and bringing to light the dangers of melanoma and other skin cancers. It’s a cause close to the women’s hearts. Micah Pickett – Cindy’s son and Eleanor’s son-in-law, was 23 years old when a small lesion on his neck was diagnosed with metastatic malignant melanoma in 2005. The Lake High School graduate faced six surgeries, including total radical neck dissection. Thankful that Micah was doing well and determined to spare other families from the nightmare their family went through, the women organized that first walk-a-thon to get the word out about melanoma. The pair subsequently formed the 501c3 Safe in the Shade Melanoma Foundation. Race/walk registration opens at 8 a.m. at Shelter #2. Runners and walkers will step off at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $20. Online registration is available at www. safeintheshadeohio.com. Entry fees payable to Safe in the Shade may be mailed to Annie Kim, 5065 Chardonnay Lane, Oregon, 43616. Awards will be presented to runners in various categories, including overall male and female and in age categories from 9 and under to 80 and older. Fruit, sport drinks and other goodies will be provided at the finish. Free sunscreen will be provided before and after the event. For registration information, email anniekim91209@gmail.com. For more information about the event, call Riffle at 419-356-6429.

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heel bone can rub against the tendon and cause pain. • Weight gain coupled with tight calf muscles. • For seniors, this next potential cause is a very real and present one – tissue degenera- Picture courtesy of tion. As we age, the Journal of the changes occur American Academy of in the various Orthopedic Surgeons. tissues of the body – bones, cartilage, muscles and yes, even tendons and ligaments. Elasticity decreases, making tissues less pliable so there is a greater risk for pulled muscles as well as tendon and ligament injuries. Even stretching exercises done before activities won’t totally prevent the potential for injury or chronic inflammation. Common symptoms of Achilles tendinitis can include: • Pain and stiffness along the Achilles tendon in the morning; • Pain along the tendon or back of the heel that worsens with activity; • Severe pain the day after exercising; • Thickening of the tendon; • Bone spur (insertional tendinitis); • Swelling that is present all the time and gets worse throughout the day with activity; I can tell you from personal experience that this is not a condition to take lightly. I have had progressive symptoms for the past six months and they have steadily worsened. The pain along the backside of the heel can be almost nauseating to the touch, and if anyone has ever experienced the pain of plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, the same can be said for this, only it is along

the backside of the heel bone. It is still being treated.

Getting a diagnosis Be sure to provide your doctor, foot specialist or orthopedic surgeon with a good history of your symptoms – when they started, what makes them worse and what if any treatments you may have undergone prior to your visit. A good physical examination of the area will shed a lot of light on the problem too. Additional testing may be necessary and often times, x-trays and possibly even an MRI are ordered to determine the condition of the tendon itself. Depending on the severity and duration of the symptoms, treatments can range from simple non-steroidal drugs such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Celebrex, Mobic and the like. Rest and icing can also help. In more severe cases physical therapy, together with modalities such as ultrasound, ice massage, Iontophoresis (delivery of cortisone via extremely low voltage electrical current) and various levels of immobilization (brace, cast, walking boot, etc.) are typically employed. In extremely severe cases, surgical debridement of the tendon may be warranted. On occasion, a tendon transfer may be needed because of significant Achilles tendon degeneration and injury. Prevention tips include: • Maintain optimal body weight; • Avoid high-impact exercises or repetitive stresses to the tendon, especially if you’re over 55 years of age; • Be conscious of the early symptoms of mild discomfort especially when getting up in the morning (much like plantar fasciitis); • Get treatment early on. Don’t let this condition get out of hand and become your “Achilles heel.” Chisholm’s expertise in nursing, orthopedics and surgery spans more than 30 years. For more information on orthopedicrelated topics, visit www.bone-and-jointpain.com. Submit questions or comments to Ken at chisholm@presspublications. com.

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Do you remember the Greek mythological legend, Achilles? Achilles was a famous Greek warrior. He was the mightiest of the Greeks who fought against the Trojans, and was the hero of Homer’s “Iliad.” Being part immortal and part human, he was prone to injury from battle. It is said that, when he was a boy, his mother held him up by his left ankle and bathed him in the mystical River Styx, rendering him immune from injury. However, because she could not bathe him where she held his ankle, this area became his weakness. Achilles was ultimately killed by the Trojans from a “divinely-guided” arrow that pierced the only place he was not immune from injury – his heel. Now let’s talk about a condition that can start as pretty mundane but has the capability to render one unable to function – Insertional Achilles Tendonopathy. What’s the difference between traditional Achilles tendonitis and insertional tendinitis? According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) “Insertional Achilles tendinitis involves the lower portion of the heel, where the tendon attaches (inserts) to the heel bone. In both non-insertional and insertional Achilles tendinitis, damaged tendon fibers may also calcify (harden). Bone spurs (extra bone growth) often form with insertional Achilles tendinitis. Tendinitis that affects the insertion of the tendon can occur at any time, even in patients who are not active.” Achilles tendinitis is typically not related to a specific injury. The problem results from repetitive stress to the tendon. This often happens when we push our bodies to do too much too soon, but other factors can make it more likely to develop tendinitis, including: • Sudden increase in the amount or intensity of exercise activity – for example, increasing the distance you run every day by a few miles without giving your body a chance to adjust to the new distance. • Tight calf muscles. Having tight calf muscles and suddenly starting an aggressive exercise program can put extra stress on the Achilles tendon. • Bone spurs – extra bone growth where the Achilles tendon attaches to the

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Trainers use Wii to test for concussions By Mary Kuhlman It’s not just for playing games any more. The Wii is providing athletic trainers in Ohio with a new method for assessing head injuries. Researchers at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are using an interactive video game to test concussion injury. Tamerah Hunt, director of research for the Ohio State University Sports Medicine Concussion Program, says they are getting a positive response to the method. “The athletes are very excited and very enthusiastic about playing, instead of just doing another concussion test. It seems to be fun for them, and we tend to get better results when they enjoy doing it.” In the past, it was believed concussion only affected cognitive function, but Hunt says that is not the case. “Everything plays a big role and a part in assessment. We need to understand what symptoms the athletes are reporting and if there are defects in cognitive ability and if their posture and balance is affected.” “A lot of the sports platforms are very expensive, they don’t have portability and it’s harder to get the students into the actual tools. But with the Wii Fit, it’s portable, it’s cheaper, and you can get data that’s relativity normative.” The testing gives athletic trainers an idea of how an athlete normally functions, so if an athlete suffers a head injury, the trainer can assess the athlete’s balance compared to his or her normal ability. The National Collegiate Athletic Association supports using the video game for concussion assessment.

Woman grateful for lifesaving plasma donations Throughout her childhood, Megan Bringe always seemed to be feeling under the weather, constantly battling ear infections, sore throats and other maladies. Doctors told her she’d “grow out of it.” She didn’t. In the fall of 2009, Megan, then a student at Ohio University, nearly lost her life to H1N1 (swine flu) and was forced to leave school and spend the next year and a half in the full-time care of her family. Now 22, Megan, the granddaughter of Margie Bringe of Martin, and James and Donna Firestone of Genoa, finally has a diagnosis for her chronic sickness – Primary Inmmunodeficiency Disease (PIDD). PIDD is a defect of the immune system that prevents the production of antibodies needed to fight colds, flu, or infections. “I was that kid who always caught the latest cold or flu going around. I was that kid that got sick at summer camp, school trips, and family vacations – it was so frustrating to be sick all the time,” Megan said. “My family never gave up trying to find answers and we knew something was terribly wrong. “My doctors would focus on treating each symptom individually and never thought to link all my symptoms together to an immune defect,” she said. “I did my best to lead a normal life, but each year my health declined and my activities of daily living became so difficult.” It was March 2011 when an immunologist tested Megan for PIDD. Test results showed she was not producing the antibodies her immune system needed to fight colds, flu, or infections. “Finally – I had answers,” she said. Megan must give herself antibody replacement infusions every five days for the rest of her life. “My antibody infusions come from generous plasma donors,” she said. “I am so grateful to anyone who donates plasma for helping to save my life and so many others like me. “Too often it takes years for people to be diagnosed with PIDD – when a simple blood test by an immunologist can determine this defect of the immune system,”

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Carroll’s crowns Biggest Loser Jim White, of Toledo, emerged victorious in Carroll’s Health & Fitness Center’s annual Biggest Loser Contest. Ten people – eight men and two women – competed in the contest, which began Jan. 2. The winner was determined based on percentage of body fat lost. White, who lost 35 pounds and 12.5 percent of body fat, won a one-year membership to the gym. In second place, Jim Healy, of Walbridge, who lost 4 pounds and 2.6 percent

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Free oral cancer screenings offered at Owens May 22 A free Oral Cancer Screening event will be offered May 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Dental Hygiene Clinic at Owens Community College. The clinic is located in Health Technologies Hall. Owens is sponsoring the program in conjunction with the Toledo Dental Hygienists’ Association and ProMedica Cancer Institute. Screenings, which will be conducted by area dentists and dental hygienists, will include both visual and tactile exams for visible indicators of oral cancer. Participants will be referred to their own dentists or doctors if abnormalities or other concerns are discovered. The event is free and open to individuals of all ages. Appointments may be made by calling the ProMedica Cancer Institute at 877-291-1441.

Who Are Leon & Mia? Leadership Toledo and Unison Behavioral Health invite the community to meet “Leon & Mia” May 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Shared Lives Gallery, 20 North St. Clair Street in downtown Toledo. Leon & Mia are animated characters featured in Toledo’s 2011 Innovation and Excellence Award-winning film, “Leon and Mia, Crisis and Recovery.” Artists will also be on hand to share their original works from Unison’s “My Story Matters” collection, which highlights the artists’ path to recovery from mental illness. For more information, visit www.unisonbhg.org.

Spring into Health Fair Luther Meadow senior apartment community, located at 100 Meadow Lane in Gibsonburg, will host a “Spring into Health Fair” May 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The health fair, which is free and open to the public, will include blood pressure, blood sugar and anemia checks, balance screenings and other health information. Tours of the senior community and light refreshments will be available. For more information, call LuAnn Willinger, service coordinator at 419-337-4400. Luther Meadow is a ministry of Lutheran Homes Society, which provides housing and services for seniors age 62 or older.

Survivors’ celebration ProMedica Cancer Institute will celebrate life after cancer with Cancer Survivor Celebrations June 5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Hickman Cancer Center at ProMedica Flower Hospital, 5200 Harroun Rd., Sylvania and June 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at ProMedica Toledo and Toledo Children’s Hospital, 2142 North Cove Blvd., Toledo. The celebrations will honor those who have been touched by cancer and allow them to share inspirational stories of survival. The free event will include light refreshments. To reserve a spot, call the ProMedica Cancer Institute at 877-291-1441.

Walking with a mission More than 3,000 people will take steps to improve their health and dedicate themselves to living heart healthy lifestyles when they participate in the American Heart Association Toledo Heart Walk and 10K run. The non-competitive, one- and threemile walk and 10K run will be held May 19 at The University of Toledo’s Glass Bowl Stadium, 2801 W. Bancroft St., Toledo. The annual event raises funds to support heart disease and stroke research and educational programs in Lucas and Wood

counties and throughout Ohio. It also promotes walking as part of a healthy lifestyle. “Three out of four people within our community are at risk of cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S.,” said James O’Neill, vice president of Retail and Wholesale Operations at Hickory Farms and chairman of the event. “The Heart Walk is an opportunity for Toledoans to stand up and get moving against cardiovascular disease, while supporting the American Heart Association’s efforts to fight this disease on the local level.” The event, which begins with registration at 8 am, features a kids’ run at 9 a.m., opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and a 10K run that begins at 9:45 a.m. The walk portion of the event kicks off at 10:15 a.m. The festival concludes at noon. For information about participating in

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Crystal Ball a success The 2012 Crystal Ball netted nearly $130,000 for Mercy St. Charles Hospital, breaking the former record of $125,000. All proceeds raised benefit the programs and services of Mercy St. Charles Hospital. About 400 people enjoyed an evening of dancing to the band Trilogy and DJ Professional Sounds and enjoying grazing stations. Organizers offered special thanks to presenting sponsor Orchard Villa and gold sponsors Campbell, Inc. and Turner Electric Company, along with the many other sponsors and supporters whose contributions were essential to the event’s success.

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Practically a tournament The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio will present the 24th Annual Practically a Golf Tournament (PGT) May 18 at the Clock Tower at Levis Commons in Perrysburg. The event will kick off with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. The PGT is a unique and competitive 18-hole miniature golf Tournament, where area businesses, organizations or friends enter a foursome and compete for prizes and a trophy. The registration fee is $120 per foursome, which includes t-shirts, goodie bags and a chance to win prizes. A live DJ, cigar roller, cash bar (beer and coolers) and other side games will all add to the fun and excitement of the day. Open Play will be available to the public as well after the group tournament, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. One round of golf costs $5 per person. All proceeds benefit The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio. The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio manages and staffs more than 25 locations of residential homes for adults with developmental disabilities. The center provides respite care, adult day services, non-medical transportation service, a work enclave and job coaching. The center’s awareness, education and outreach Programs include AED medication assistance, Family Camp, a Family Support Network, a Peer Support Group, a Resource Library, and Quarterly presentation on Living with Epilepsy along with The Kids on The Block puppet show to area schools. All programs and services are free of charge. For more information, call 419-867-5950.


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Middle school â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;tycoonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tops in state competition By J. Patrick Eaken Press Staff Writer news@presspublications.com Imagine making nearly $16,000, a 16 percent return, in just two months investing in the stock market. Over one year, that would equate to 96 percent growth, which would make any investor giddy. Four Eastwood Middle School â&#x20AC;&#x153;stock market tycoonsâ&#x20AC;? did that in the Ohio Stock Market Game, and their earnings were better than 1,301 other scholastic teams from across the state. Shawn Van Vorce, Chris Orcutt, Sarah Parsons, and Lindsey King not only won the regional and state middle school championships; they scored better than every high school team in Ohio. Each team was given $100,000 to invest, and the Eastwood quad ended a two month period with $115,947.03 in total equity, a 12.635 percent return above the performance of the S&P 500 over that same period, Feb. 21-Apr. 27. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew that we were close, near the top, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that we would be at the top,â&#x20AC;? King said. Van Vorce added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Region-wise, we were pretty happy when we hit ďŹ rst in the region, and then he (advisor Shaun Briggs) checked the rankings statewide, and we noticed we were 80th and then we went down to 60th, and in a couple days down to 40th and 20th, and we ďŹ nally got into the top 10,â&#x20AC;? Van Vorce said. Orcutt added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be fourth or seventh, then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be back up to 60th, because Apple would be up or down.â&#x20AC;? Van Vorce continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is pretty real. I mean, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have the money, but we are buying real stocks on the market and real things are happening, whether they go low or high on the stock market.â&#x20AC;? The school planned an assembly Thursday to honor the foursome. Briggs said part of their prize will be $50 in cash â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a small consolation compared to the $16,000 they would have earned had the

TOP 30 (1,302 TEAMS PARTICIPATING) % RETURN* EQUITY 1. Eastwood MS 12.9 $115,947 2. Hamilton Twp HS 12.6 115,645 3. Bishop Watterson HS10.9 113,958 4. Clark Montessori HS 10.8 113,807 5. Anthony Wayne HS 9.6 112,561 6. Chillicothe HS 9.5 112,522 7. Walnut Hills HS 8.8 111,858 8. Hamilton Twp HS 8.5 111,492 9. Bexley HS 8.3 111,314 10. Cin. Country Day MS 8.2 111,227 11. Hamilton Twp HS 8.0 111,018 12. Annunciation Elem 7.8 110,850 13. Waynesville HS 7.9 110,840 14. Holy Name HS 7.6 110,583 15. Chillicothe HS 7.4 110,425 16. Chillicothe HS 7.4 110,410 17. Madison HS 6.9 109,888 18. Cin Country Day HS 6.6 109,657 19. Chillicothe HS 6.6 109,656 20. Hilliard Davidson HS 6.6 109,604 21. Indian Hill MS 6.6 109,568 22. Hamilton Twp HS 6.5 109,525 23. Bexley HS 6.5 109,509 24. Annunciation Elem 6.4 109,448 25. McNicholas HS 6.4 109,417 26. Hamilton Twp HS 6.4 109,399 27. Waynesville HS 6.4 109,323 28. Cin Country Day HS 6.1 109,144 29. Cin. Christian Elem 6.1 109,094 30. Chillicothe HS 6.0 109,010 (*stock market % return in ratio to S&P 500 Growth)

money been real. The game is hosted by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center. Of the top 100 performers, 66 are high school teams and most are in Central and Southwest Ohio. Anthony Wayne High School ďŹ nished ďŹ fth overall with $112,561.26, and the second best middle school team, Cincinnati Country Day, ďŹ nished 10th with $111,226.52 in equity. The Eastwood students participate in the Penta Vocational Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Career Based Intervention program, which is comparable to the DECA program at the high school

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Blindness doesn’t deter tech assistant By Cynthia L. Jacoby Special to the Suburban Press Jim Walton has a knack for fixing computers, cell phones, and other electronic gadgets. Some would say that skill comes naturally to most 19-year-olds in these days of Generation Text. What makes Walton’s ability even more special is that the Clay Center native has been blind since birth. And today, he uses his skills to keep tech systems running smoothly at Genoa Local School District buildings under the supervision of technology coordinator Tom Baker. Walton joined the staff of the Genoa district as an assistant technology coordinator in January. He works three days a week, six hours a day. “He’s a fascinating guy,” said Dennis Mock, district superintendent. “I mean, what he is able to do is unbelievable. I was having trouble with my cell phone the other day and he takes it and fixes the problem in no time.” Walton attended Genoa schools throughout his entire educational career. As a middle school student, he received a specially programmed laptop that fueled his fascination with technology. Then in high school, his independence soared when he was able to join the high school marching band as a trumpet player. Walton’s computer education was fine tuned as a junior and senior at Penta County Vocational Center in Perrysburg. “They said they had a program there that they said would be perfect for me. Really? I couldn’t believe it,” Walton recalled. He received an A-plus certification in computer technology. He is now enrolled at Owens Community College where he will receive another certification in the fall. He ventured into the Genoa district as an employee by first volunteering to take on an internship with Baker. “I told Mr. Baker, ‘I want to work with you,’” he said. Baker treated him like any other, making him go through the interview process and testing his work on the machines. “I was worried at first that we would have to reprogram everything so that he could work on it,” Baker admitted. But Walton carries a flash drive with a screen reader program that lets him communicate with the machinery with little problem. He did so well during the internship that Baker said he had no misgivings about approaching the administration to see if there was a place for Walton on the staff. “I don’t even consider it a disability any more. He’s been able to adapt very

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Fitness club expands facility, adds classes and childcare Ladies Movement Fitness Club has acquired the former Lifestyles for Ladies gym of Northwood. Ladies Movement has expanded its Northwood facility with the acquisition of the former Cupids Closet retail store in the same complex, said Jim Imbery, who co-owns the facility with his wife Kathryn. The acquisition provides an additional 2,000 square feet and has been completely transformed into a state-of-the-art aerobic studio to hold the group fitness classes. This brings the total capacity of the gym to nearly 10,000 square feet. The main gym area, which has also been renovated, holds the cardio equipment such as ellipticals and stationary bikes as well as strength equipment such as free weights and multi-purpose weight training machines. Group classes include new Yoga and Pilates classes in addition to Zumba, step, body sculpting and spinning classes. Participation in any of the group classes is included in the basic membership package. Unlimited tanning and childcare are also provided for a nominal monthly fee. The Imberys are Curtice residents. They grew up in Genoa. Jim graduated from Cardinal Stritch and Kathryn from Genoa. Daughter Kelsey is a licensed personal trainer who works at the gym. Membership information, as well as a complete schedule of group classes, can be found at www.ladiesmovement.com or contact the club directly at 419-697-5433.

The right thing Genoa Retirement Village’s Assisted Living Residence and Healthcare Center both ranked as top 25 providers of care services in Ohio, according to a statewide survey of resident satisfaction conducted by the Ohio Department of Aging. In total, 957 nursing centers and 577 assisted living centers were part of the statewide survey. Genoa Retirement Village is a Trilogy Health Services community. Trilogy communities offer a full range of personalized senior living services, from independent and assisted living, to skilled nursing.

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Gary P. Macko, (left) President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of Ohio (NBOH) makes a donation of $1000.00 to the NBOH “Team Up” Relay For Life Of Ottawa County. The check is presented to Pam and Mike Winters, CoChairs for Relay for Life of Ottawa County. NBOH has also donated a replica of the house that was featured in the Disney movie “Up”. The house is on display in the lobby at NBOH 147 West Water Street, Oak Harbor and can be purchased through a silent auction. Contact Dawn Gordon (419) 898-8511 at NBOH to place your bid. Final bid will be announced at the closing of the Relay For Life event on June 9, 2012.

Opportunity knocks Karen Stripling, assistant vice president at National Bank of Ohio, will retire effective June 1, according to a company press release. Stripling began her 43-year financial career in 1969 by joining the staff of the Commercial National Bank in Tiffin. She joined NBOH in 1988. She and her husband Jerry reside in Oak Harbor.

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Helping military families adjust is topic for 79th annual event Join the East Toledo Club as it remembers those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Our 79th Annual Flag Raising Ceremony will take place Memorial Day, May 28 at 7:30 a.m. at the Christ Dunberger Post, Pickle Jim Corbo and Wynn roads in Oregon. The post color guard will present colors and a breakfast in their honor will follow. Jim Corbo, a retired Red Cross mental health supervisor, will talk about the role of the American Red Cross in war time and the role of the Toledo Vet Center in helping families readjust to civilian life. RSVP to Tim Martin at 419-691-1512.

*** Amy Eisenhour has been promoted to senior vice president at National Bank of Oak Harbor. She joined the bank in March 2011 and has more than 25 years of banking experience. Eisenhour started her career at Citizens Savings Bank in Pemberville where she was vice president and cashier. After Rurban Financial Corp. purchased Citizens Savings

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At the clubs The Women’s Entrepreneurial Network will hold its 2012 WEN Growth Summit on Monday, May 14, beginning at 11:00am at the Grand Plaza, Downtown Toledo. Michael Bell, Toledo mayor, will be the keynote speaker. Topics for two concurrent breakout sessions are “The Art and Science of Marketing” and “Help, I hate transition”. A networking cocktail party will follow the summit and start at 4:15. To register, visit www.wen-usa.com or call 419349-4757. Just the fax: Fax items before Wednesday, noon to The Workplace at 419-8361319, email to zoz@presspublications.com or send to The Press, Box 169, Millbury, OH 43447.

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Court Log Oregon Municipal Court • Herman S. Pfaff, 614 N. Howard, Curtice, 180 days Correction Center of Northwest Ohio (CCNO), 177 days suspended, license suspended one year, $689 court costs and fines, OVI – Alcohol/Drugs. • Joseph Steven Lang, 441 St. Louis, Toledo, 180 days CCNO, 134 days suspended, license suspended two years, $839 court costs and fines, OVI-Alcohol/Drugs. • Kyle V. Snow, 28415 Oak, Millbury, 180 days CCNO, 177 days suspended, license suspended one year, $789 court costs and fines, OVI – Alcohol/Drugs. • Brett Michael Williford, 2420 N. Erie, Toledo, 90 days CCNO, 90 days suspended, $130 court costs and fines, attempt to commit an offense. • Brett Michael Williford, 2420 N. Erie, Toledo, 180 days CCNO, 180 days suspended, $155 court costs and fines, petty theft. • Katie M. Heltman, 13103 Liberty HI, Bowling Green, $155 court costs and fines, disorderly conduct. • Marcel E. Ashford, 1032 Liberty, Toledo, 30 days CCNO, 25 days suspended, $155 court costs and fines, drug abuse. • David T. Durand, 2905 123rd St., Toledo, 30 days CCNO, 30 days suspended, $230 court costs and fines, unauthorized use of property. • Richard L. Black, 3033 Chase, Toledo, $130 court costs and fines, disorderly conduct. • Jason Michaels Mullins, 1212 Liberty, Toledo, 90 days CCNO, 85 days suspended, $155 court costs and fines, attempt to commit an offense. • Roberta M. McLennan, 120 N. Howard, Curtice, $105 court costs and fines, failure to keep dogs confined. • Keith Dion Terry, 29606 Middlebelt, Farm Hills, MI, bound over to the Lucas County Grand Jury, theft. • Keith Dion Terry, 29606 Middlebelt, Farm Hills, MI, bound over to the Lucas County Grand Jury, possessing criminal tools, $10,000 bond. • Keith Dion Terry, 29606 Middlebelt, Farm Hills, MI, bound over to the Lucas County Grand Jury, receiving stolen property, $10,000 bond. • Charles Anthony Parker, 633 Acklin, Toledo, bound over to the Lucas County Grand Jury, burglary, $50,000 bond. • Cletus George Betts, 2809 Airport, Toledo, bound over to the Lucas County Grand Jury, theft, $7,500 bond. • Cletus George Betts, 2809 Airport, Toledo, bound over to the Lucas County Grand Jury, breaking and entering, $7,500 bond. • Joshua Jayne Betts, 3529 Secir, bound over to the Lucas County Grand Jury, theft. • Joshua Jayne Betts, 3529 Secir, bound over to the Lucas County Grand Jury, breaking and entering. • Delbert Scott Blackford, 7943 Nebraska, Toledo, bound over to the Lucas County Grand Jury, $7,500 bond. • Delbert Scott Blackford, 7943 Nebraska, Toledo, bound over to the Lucas County Grand Jury, $7,500 bond.

Police Beats Lake Twp. – Marvin L. Gray, 50, Millbury, was charged May 8 with domestic violence and disrupting public service. Additional charges may be filed with the Wood County Grand Jury, police said. • Buckeye Tank & Trailer, Inc., on May 2 reported the theft of truck bumper, brackets, and other items. • A resident of the 26000 block of E. Broadway May 3 reported the theft of jewelry. • Christian A. Tolles, 29, Toledo, was charged with assault May 5 after an incident at the Sunrise Park and Banquet Hall. Warrants from the Perrysburg Township Police Department and Allen County Sheriff’s Department have also been issued for her. • An IPod and cash were reported stolen May 3 from a vehicle parked in the driveway in the 29000 block of Harriet Street.

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Bryan and Debbie Gladieux of Northwood are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Bryanna Gladieux, to Chris Knott, son of Doug and Vicki Knott of Pemberville. Bryanna is a 2007 graduate of Lake/Penta. Chris is a 2007 graduate of Eastwood/Penta. A September 22, 2012 wedding is planned at St.Aloysius in Bowling Green.

Can you believe this woman is 90! Wow, beautiful as ever. Happy “90th” Mom! God Bless you. You’re the bestest! Love you tons, Your Family

Though you were in our arms for just a short time, we will carry you in our hearts forever. Love, your family

64th Wedding Anniversary

Happy 50th Anniversary!

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Kuehl ~ Wagner

Mr. & Mrs. Donald Sorg

Donald and Lucille (Bobbie) Sorg celebrated their 64th Anniversary with their four boys on May 1. They were married on May 1, 1948. Love you always, Your family Engagement Announcement

McCloskey ~ Phillips

David and Beverly (Mittendorf) Dayton were married May 12, 1962 at Sacred Heart Church. The couple has three children; Kimberly (Michael) Abbott, Troy Dayton, and Beth (Kirk) Kuhlman. They also have five grandchildren; Haley, Hannah, and Trent Kuhlman, and Katelyn and Nicholas Abbott. The family will celebrate with a special dinner.

Kevin and Kathy McCloskey, Northwood, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kayla Lynne, to Chad Michael Phillips, son of Michael and Cheryl Phillips, Northwood. The bride-to-be is a 2007 graduate of Lake High School and a 2011 graduate of The University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She is a freelance photographer. The groom-to-be is a 2007 graduate of Northwood High School and a 2010 graduate of Owens Community College. He is employed by Applied Energy Technologies as an Engineering Technician. They are planning an October 6th wedding at Mainstreet Church, Walbridge.

Alicia Kuehl and John Wagner, of Perrysburg, are happy to announce their engagement and approaching wedding. The bride is a 1999 graduate of Wapakoneta High School and a 2003 graduate of The University of Toledo with a degree in communications. She is a self employed business consultant and certified job and life coach. Alicia is the daughter of Andrea and Tim Kuehl, Wapakoneta. The groom is a 1994 graduate of Clay High School and a 1999 graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in civil engineering. He is employed by E.S. Wagner Co. John is the son of Janet Wagner, Oregon, and John andAlicia Wagner, Perrysburg. The wedding and reception will take place on May 26, 2012 at the Toledo Club, Toledo.

CREATE A KEEPSAKE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! “We Proudly Salute these Graduating Seniors from the Class of 2012!” C

Military Notes Army Pfc. Timothy R. Roberts has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Roberts, the son of Tammie Etts, of Oregon, and Tim Roberts, of Temperance, Mich., is a 2010 graduate of Bedford Senior High School, Temperance.

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Glass City Singles Beach Dance Party Celebration May 18, Holland Gardens, 6530 Angola Rd., Holland. Open dancing 8 p.m.-midnight. Info: 734-856-8963 or www.toledosingles. com. Good Shepherd Rosary Altar Spring Rummage Sale June 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and June 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Good Shepherd gym, Nevada and Utah streets. Friday is $2 Bag Day. Info: 419693-2307. Woodlawn Walkers program runs through Oct. 3. A two-mile walk of the historic cemetery is held each Wed. at 9 a.m. Participants will receive a walking log to keep track of progress. No registration or fee. Info: 419-472-2186 or patty.toneff@historicwoodlawn.com.

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Rummage Sale May 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and May 19 from 9 a.m. to noon ($2 Bag Day, clothing only; half off everything except jewelry), First St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1121 Grasser St., (off Pickle west of Wheeling). Baked goods and lunch available Thurs. and Fri. Widows are invited to a gathering May 23, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 5650 Starr Ext. Relevant speaker and lunch provided. RSVP to Hope Church at 419-724-4673 by May 16. PERI Chapter #93 Meeting May 24, 1 p.m., Oregon Fire Station #2, 1102 S. Wheeling St. Speaker, business meeting, refreshments and fellowship. Day of Prayer for Our City, Our State, and Our Country, May 24, noon-1 p.m., Oregon City Council Chambers, 5330 Seaman Rd. Organized by Oregon Area Pastors Fellowship. No preparation necessary. Every faith and tradition welcome. Senior Book Discussion Group meets June 1, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Rd. Group will be discussing “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” by Garth Stein. No registration required. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk with an extended due date. Info: 419-259-5250. Karaoke at VFW Post 9816, 1802 Ashcroft Dr., June 2, 8 p.m.-midnight. Music, food & fun. The post also holds Mexican Mania Mondays featuring $2 margaritas, 3 for $2 tacos and more; Free pool on Mon.; shuffleboard & pool league every other Wed.; Special Night Fri. & Euchre on Sun. Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society, 1133 Grasser St., hours include Thurs. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Docents will be available for tours during these times. Free (donations welcome). www.ojhs.org. Oregon Area Pastors Fellowship Pastors’ Luncheon held the first Wed. of every month, 11:45 a.m., Tony Packo’s, Front St.

Senior Book Discussion Group meets the first Fri. of the month at the Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Rd. Books available at the library circulation desk. No registration required. Info: 419259-5250. Free English as a Second Language Classes Mon. & Wed. through May 23, Wynn Center, Room 208, 5224 Bayshore Rd. Info: 419-697-3450. Maumee Bay Country Quilt Guild meets the 1st Tue. of every month at 6:45 p.m. in the Oregon Room, Mercy St. Charles Hospital. Guests welcome ($5 fee). Info: Joan Swartz at 419-6912720. Book Discussion Group meets every 3rd Tues., 1 p.m., Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Rd. 419-259-5250. “James Wes Hancock” Oregon Senior Center, 5760 Bayshore Rd., open weekdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Daily activities include: bingo, fitness classes, line dancing, exercise, Bunco, Euchre, and health screenings. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. daily. $2.50 donation is suggested for seniors 60 & older; all others $5.32. Reservations required 24 hours in advance. 419-698-7078. Sunoco Retirees meet for lunch the 1st Mon. of each month, 11:15 a.m., Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman Rd. Reservations: Al McEwen 419-8933075. East Toledo/Oregon Kiwanis meet the 2nd & 4th Mon. of the month at noon in the basement level at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital. 419-693-4458. Toastmasters Club meets the 1st & 3rd Tues. of each month, 6:30 p.m., Lake Michigan Room, ProMedica Bay Park Hospital. Visitors welcome. Info: Julie at 419-836-5051/ Kathy at 419-8368292. First St. Mark’s Wednesday After School Program 4-6:30 p.m., 1121 Grasser St. Come for supper, snacks, speakers, and worship as well as fun and games. 419-693-7128 Theology with Toast meets the 2nd Wed. of every month at 10 a.m. at Little Sisters of the Poor, 930 S Wynn Rd. Coffee and rolls at 9:30 a.m. Info. Alice at 419-698-0405.

Eleven area residents have been chosen to receive the ninth annual Outstanding Service Awards by Owens Community College’s Alumni Association for tremendous contributions to Northwest Ohio’s surrounding communities. The recipients are honored as part of a community celebration. The awards are presented within the categories of outstanding police officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician, service to community and community spirit. Selection is based upon a nomination process for candidates demonstrating exceptional service related to dedication, ingenuity, bravery, special skills and/or community service over a sustained period. The awards are not limited to a single recipient and can be a group honor where teamwork was a key element. The recipient of the Outstanding Police Officer Award is Zachary Zender, of Fremont, a Deputy Sheriff with the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office. Zender was nominated by Sheriff Kyle Overmyer and Chief Deputy Bruce Hirt for putting his life at risk to save four individuals from a burning house. Outstanding Firefighter Award winners included the following members of the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department: Mike Posadny, of Perrysburg, captain; Mike Benadum, of Genoa, lieutenant; Kamal Parker, of Toledo, firefighter; James Sherman, of Holland, firefighter; Larry Potts, of Toledo, fire-

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Monthly Government Food Distribution for eligible city residents May 30, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Josie Reinhart Community Center, located behind the Northwood Municipal Building (Parking Lot C) 6000 Wales Rd. Rummage & Bake Sale May 30, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; June 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and June 2, 9 a.m.-noon, Unity United Methodist Church, 1910 E. Broadway. Soup and sandwiches available Thurs. & Fri. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Crafters Wanted for Christmas in July Bazaar July 21, Northwood Church of God, corner of Curtice & Coy. 419-693-8006.

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fighter; Rick Backus, of Toledo, firefighter; and Melanie Harris, of Toledo, firefighter. They were nominated by Toledo Fire and Rescue Department Medal Ceremony Committee for risking their own lives to ensure the safety and survival of their fellow firefighters. The Outstanding Emergency Medical Technician Award honor is presented to Brian Henry of Toledo, lieutenant, Toledo Fire and Rescue Department. Henry was nominated by Toledo Fire and Rescue Department Captain Bryce Blair for his efforts in saving a person’s life under adverse conditions during a vacation trip at Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio in November 2011. Richard Mathias of Cygnet (retired fire chief, Cygnet Volunteer Fire Department) received the Outstanding Service to the Community Award. Mathias was nominated by Cygnet Mayor Nancy Myers for his tireless efforts to the Cygnet Volunteer Fire Department and the village of Cygnet. Dr. Sue Gavron of Bowling Green (community volunteer) received the Community Spirit Award. Gavron was nominated by American Red Cross Regional Director of Programs and Services Kenneth Robinson for her dedication and positive impact her volunteerism efforts have made on others throughout the Northwest Ohio region and beyond.

Macomber-Whitney reunion Members of the Macomber-Whitney class of 1956 will hold a 56-year reunion July 28 at 4 p.m. at Bayview Yacht Club. Graduates from 1953-59 are also invited. For reservations, call Dave Czajka at 419-385-2292 or 419-699-1532. Prepaid reservations only. No walk-ins.

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There is much to be thankful for every single day. Indeed, each day is itself something for which we should be thankful. But, how do we greet the day? Are the first words out of our mouths each morning a complaint, such as "Oh Lord, another day, I really hate to get up." How much better it would be to start the day with a prayer of thanksgiving, such as, "Thank you God for giving me this day! I offer up all of my prayers, works, joys and sufferings to you. Help me to meet the challenges of this day." There is always something to be thankful for, and the Bible tells us that we are what we profess with our

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‘Gibsonburg’ movie heads to premiere, film festivals By Mark Griffin Press Contributing Writer sports@presspublications.com Call it “Hoosiers,” Gibsonburg style. “Gibsonburg,” an independent film chronicling the Golden Bears baseball team’s run to the 2005 Division IV state championship, finished filming last August and finished post production on March 1. Now, it’s on to the big time. “We entered it in the Dances With Films film festival, and that’s one of the best ones in the country,” said “Gibsonburg” director Bob Mahaffey. “It’s the 15th annual film festival and it shows at the Hollywood Chinese Theater, formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theater. More than 1,500 films are sent in to them and they only select 21 features.” “Gibsonburg” will be shown at the Hollywood Chinese Theater on June 5. “To enter and get selected, I feel humbled and honored,” said Mahaffey, who worked closely with Gibsonburg baseball coach Kyle Rase on the film. “The film is very good; it’s a great story and I think they liked the story about how we produced this film, using 50 college interns who were all chasing their (acting) passion.” “Gibsonburg” has also been accepted to be shown at the 2012 Ohio Independent Film Festival on May 19 at the Beachwood Ballroom in Cleveland’s historic Waterloo Arts District. Mahaffey said the movie will be shown locally “when we get through the film festivals.” “We’re extremely excited,” he said, “and we sure think the film is good. We’re very proud of it.” Mahaffey wrote the book, “Gibsonburg” and the screenplay before directing the film as a first-time director. He started his own company, Xcelerate Media Inc., out of his garage in Dublin, Ohio, in 2003. Mahaffey, a 1980 graduate of Elmwood High School, still has family living in Wayne, near Bowling Green. A few Gibsonburg residents including Rase, who was the Golden Bears’ first-year coach in 2005, viewed the unfinished portion of the movie during a “usability study,” according to Mahaffey. “That’s where you get feedback,” he said, “and that helps us figure out changes we need to make. That’s been going on since last October, usually in very small groups. On Feb. 22 we had 94 people review the film, and 93 out of 94 people liked the movie. Kyle was at the final usability study in February. We needed 70 out of 94 people to tell us they liked it or we weren’t going to move ahead with it. We were going to do some more editing before we released it.” Rase said he enjoyed the film. “It was neat to see everything come to the finished product, and I was involved in it,” he said. “There were some weird feelings, because we relived some of those memories from 2005. I thought it turned

Actors portraying Golden Bear baseball players in the upcoming move, “Gibsonburg.” out excellent. Bob did a great job. He’s excellent to work with. I was pleased all the way around with everything.” Rase added that the baseball aspect of the film – it is part love story as well – was accurate and pretty much on the money. Rase and Mahaffey dissected nearly every game of the Bears’ 2005 season before filming started. “Bob and I talked a lot,” Rase said. “He said from the beginning the movie was going to be 60 percent kids growing up and going to high school, and the baseball part is based on the 2005 state championship. There are some twists Bob did to make it more exciting, or more Hollywood. It’s not 100 percent accurate in every way, but it portrays our season and the breaks we caught in the tournament. It’s been a great experience and it’s neat to tell that story.” Much of the town of Gibsonburg was used during filming, including several scenes at Ideal Bakery. “The bakery is the focal point of the entire film,” said Mahaffey, who got 50 college students to take on unpaid roles in the movie. “Our romantic love story revolves around the boy who works at the Ideal Bakery. There’s also an epic mystery. This is so much more than baseball.” Most of the movie was shot in June and July of 2011 and was edited in August and September. Mahaffey said the film cost between $200,000-$300,000 to produce. The lead actress is Lilli Reinart, a student at Bay

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who graduated from the Savannah School of Art and Design last June, is listed as a co-director on the film. “The day after he graduated, he was on the set of ‘Gibsonburg,’ ” Mahaffey said. “He was so helpful to me.” The production staff included Emmyaward winning filmmaker and Bowling Green native Ginger Kathrens, assistant director Jessica Browne, award-winning music producer Kelly Bryarly and comedienne/actress Judy Tenuta. “Right now we’re in promotion mode,” Mahaffey said. “There is a ‘Gibsonburg’ movie Facebook page and we’re giving away a 1968 Pontiac Firebird, which is a very big part of the film. All you have to do is ‘Like’ us on the Facebook page and take a few minutes to register. We’re going to give that car away in August.” Mahaffey said “Gibsonburg” will be shown at 46 independent theaters in August and September, after the film festivals. The public can then buy the film beginning in October at Netflix, Amazon.com, Itunes, and Comcast. “The book ‘Gibsonburg,’ which I wrote in late 2010 and early 2011, will be available for sale in paperback,” Mahaffey said. “We’re doing something no one has ever done before. We’re launching the book in June on Itunes, as well as the hardcopy book. The book will have 19 scenes in it that aren’t in the film. We’ll be forging new ground there. It’s very exciting.”

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Maumee Bay Turf installs turf at Paul Brown Stadium By J. Patrick Eaken Press Sports Editor sports@presspublications.com Paul Brown Stadium is getting a new UBU Sports, Speed Series S5-M synthetic turf system for the upcoming Cincinnati Bengals season, thanks to Oregon-based Maumee Bay Turf Center, which installed the turf. Maumee Bay Turf Center is owned by former Clay athlete and Clay and Northwood coach Brad Morrison and partner P.J. Kapfhammer, Morrison e-mailed The Press in April that this is something his company is very proud of. Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals, joined rank with the Superdome and the Metrodome this week as a facility boasting the new UBU Sports’ Speed Series S5-M synthetic turf system for the 2012 NFL season. This marks UBU Sports’ 5th NFL-affiliated installation since the company’s inception in 2009. The Bengals will play their first regular season home game on the new surface on September 16, 2012, against the Cleveland Browns. “We spent a great deal of time studying the different products out there and UBU was the clear choice for us”, said Bob Bedinghaus, director of business development for the Bengals. “While our decision was driven primarily by the product they offered, it was also based on the individuals representing UBU. From the CEO to the installers, they were professional, straightforward and had a genuine concern for our installation.” Named in honor of the man who brought the Bengals to Cincinnati, Paul Brown Stadium is the only football stadium to make the list of “America’s Favorite 150 buildings and structures” according to a Harris Interactive Survey. Built in 2000, the steel structure seats 65,535. “We are honored to be part of this historic franchise and their state of the art stadium,” said Mark Nicholls, CEO of UBU Sports. “Paul Brown Stadium is a beautiful facility and the downtown skyline of Cincinnati in the backdrop provides a great atmosphere for a game. We are delighted to have our turf system be the playing surface of choice.” The UBU Sports’ Speed Series S5M synthetic turf system installed in Paul Brown Stadium features UBU Sports’ exclusive Harmony Fiber, a durable component currently used in synthetic turf systems for football leagues ranging from peewee to professional ranks.

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The Press Box phy was presented to Bob Kreienkamp of Bethlehem No. 1 who finished the regular season with 88. His award was the first of his career. Next season’s banquet will mark the 75th anniversary of the first awards dinner held in 1938. The banquet has been held annually since the conclusion of World War II. ( — submitted by Mark Kunstmann)

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Bethlehem claims crown Players representing all 12 teams of the Wood County Dartball League gathered for the annual awards banquet held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge. The league has held its postseason dinner at St. John’s every year since 2007. The banquet was also held there in 1971. The four-member Ottawa County Bluegrass Band provided the entertainment. Bethlehem No. 1, from Pemberville, was awarded team trophies for both its firstplace finish during the regular season and its tournament championship. Bethlehem No. 1 posted a 45-21 mark during the regular season, two games better than secondplace Pemberville Methodist. PM received a team trophy for its runner-up standing during the regular season. Bethlehem No. 1’s regular-season title was the team’s first since

Pemberville Bethlehem No. 1 captured the Wood County Dartball League regularseason championship. Seated left to right are Bob Kreienkamp, manager Howard Brunk, Luther Henline, Melvin Karns, and Gerald Abke. Standing left to right are Mark Melcher, Mike Apgar, Dave Apgar, Victor Schuerman, Mark Clark, and Ken Rahe. Not Pictured are Marcus Kreais, Andy Kreais, Allen Sander, and Ken Sieving. (Photo courtesy of Mark Kunstmann/WCDL) 1987-88 and ninth overall since the 1960-61 campaign. The club also has 14 runner-up finishes to its credit since 1962-63. Bethlehem No. 1 earned the tournament crown with a 9-2 mark, one game ahead of PM. Its postseason title was its 14th since 1954, the most of any team dating back to 1952. Only 16 teams since 1951-52 have captured both the regular-season and tourney championships in the same year.

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Hotmer, Ruch creating own baseball legacy By Nathan Lowe Press Contributing Writer sports@presspublications.com Ryan Hotmer and Clayton Ruch are theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re leaving their marks at Owens Community College. Despite seeing their club struggle to a 19-35 ďŹ nish, Hotmer and Ruch experienced loads of success as sophomores. A Lake graduate, Hotmer powered his way to a team-leading .329 batting average for Owens. Ruch, an Eastwood product, dazzled on the mound in 13 relief appearances. The 6-foot-6 submariner led the Express with a 1.93 ERA and broke the school record for saves in a season with seven. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I realized the record was within reach during the season, it was something I deďŹ nitely wanted to break,â&#x20AC;? said Ruch, who limited opponents to a .163 batting average and fanned 13 in 14 innings, while keeping hitters guessing with a steady diet of off-speed pitches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clayton relished the role of pitching late in games,â&#x20AC;? said second-year Owens coach Del Young. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once we got a lead, he wanted the ball.â&#x20AC;? The Express stumbled out of the gate, losing 12 of 13 games to begin the season. They never recovered from their trying start and sputtered to a last place ďŹ nish in league play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We battled through tough times,â&#x20AC;? said Hotmer, who hit .349 with three home runs in two seasons with Owens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We started slowly on our spring trip to Myrtle Beach and couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get clicking.â&#x20AC;? During his three-year varsity career at Lake, Hotmer smashed a school-record 15 home runs. He ďŹ nished his senior season with seven round-trippers and earned AllSuburban Lakes League honors. Hotmer was also dominating on the mound, posting a 63 record and a 1.74 ERA in 52.1 innings. An imposing ďŹ gure, Hotmer was an instrumental part of Owensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 25-13 season a year ago, slugging the Express to a second place ďŹ nish in conference play. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappoint this season, either, leading the team with 48 hits and 14 doubles. He ranked among the team leaders with 24 RBIs and 18 walks in 50 games while hitting third, fourth and ďŹ fth in the lineup. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to get from Ryan offensively,â&#x20AC;? Young said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always going to give you quality at-bats.â&#x20AC;? Ruch, who was a ďŹ rst team all-district selection as a senior at Eastwood, began his college career at Cleveland State before transferring to Owens for his sophomore campaign. Cleveland State eliminated its baseball program following the 2011 season as a part of athletic budget cuts, forcing Ruch to ďŹ nd a new home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole team was crushed,â&#x20AC;? said the soft-tossing right-hander, who learned of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to drop the program in early May of last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because we found out so late, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have very many options to go elsewhere.â&#x20AC;? Ruch, who said he chose Owens because of its proximity to his hometown of Pemberville, proved his worth as one of the Vikingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most effective hurlers as a freshman when he registered a 1-1 record and a 3.93 ERA in 25 relief appearances. In his ďŹ rst season with the Express, Ruch was one of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most durable and dependable arms out of the bullpen, recording 91 percent of his outs via the strikeout or groundout. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an advantage to have a guy like Clayton in the pen who can come in and close out games,â&#x20AC;? Young said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because of his ability to throw strikes, he makes it that much more difďŹ cult on opposing hitters.â&#x20AC;? Ruch, who has sinking action on his mid-70s fastball, pitched to contact and induced many weak ground balls and soft choppers, a strategy that led to record-breaking success for the 20-year-old right-hander. He broke the previous saves record of six set by Lake graduate and former Owens star Dino Cowell in 2001.

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The future of Clay girls track program looking bright By Mark Griffin Press Contributing Writer sports@presspublications.com Clay girls track and field coach Scott Wamer knows it won’t happen this week, but next year? And the year after that? Watch out. The Eagles’ girls’ and boys’ teams were set to compete in the inaugural Three Rivers Athletic Conference meet Wednesday and Friday at Whitmer High School. Clay’s girls won’t be given much of a chance against the likes of Notre Dame Academy, Central Catholic, Whitmer and Fremont Ross, and Wamer is a realist. “I’m hoping to have a top-five finish, as young as we are,” Wamer said. “That would be a nice accomplishment this year. We have a senior-heavy league where a lot of seniors are dominating events. I’m hoping we can climb that ladder next year with the talent we have coming up. This has been our strongest team since 2004, when we won the City League championship in our first year in the league with Kate Achter and company.” The Eagles have a talented squad, led by the athletes who compete in the field events. “That has really helped us once we get on the track for the running events,” Wamer said. “It’s nice to have a Nicole Breeden take first in the discus, or have an Emily Popovitch in the long jump and a Haley Kubicki in the pole vault. Field events have been a strength for my girls this year. We’ve really been able to chew up some points there.” Breeden, a junior, won the district title in the discus last season and has the best throw so far this year (131-8) of any girl in the TRAC heading into this week. Sophomore teammate Julie Trumbull had the sixth-best throw at 99-6 ½. Senior high-jumper Kylie Ault has jumped 5-2 this season, best in the TRAC, and freshman teammate Sydney Barrett (50) has the fourth-best jump. Popovitch, a senior, has the best long jump in the TRAC at 17-3 and has the fourth-best time in the 100-meter dash (13.06).

Clay long jumper Emily Popovitch. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean) “Emily leads our team in points scored,” Wamer said. “It’s her, Kasey O’Shea and Nicole Breeden as far as scoring points. (Freshmen) Jenna Kidd and Samantha Enck have helped bring some speed in our sprint relays.”

Kubicki, who won the district pole vault title as a freshman in 2011, has vaulted 9-0 this season, third-best in the TRAC. Wamer said Popovitch, in the long jump, and Breeden, in the discus, have a good chance to reach the Division I state

meet. “They’re definitely our best chances of getting to Columbus on the girls’ side,” the coach said. The Eagles, who took first at the Whitmer Erme Relays (Blue Division) and second at the girls-only Eastwood Invitational this season, lost one of their top runners, sophomore distance runner Erin Gyurke, after just a couple of meets. Gyurke, who was voted a team captain along with O’Shea, has a stress fracture in her leg. She placed 16th at the D-I state cross country meet last fall. “There are a lot of leaders on the team,” Wamer said. “They’ve all stepped up. I can’t pinpoint just a few of them.” O’Shea and fellow junior Lydia Winckowski are Clay’s top two 300 hurdlers. O’Shea has the second-best TRAC time (47.7) this season. “She’s going to battle for first place (this week),” Wamer said. “She and a girl from Central have the two best times in the 300 hurdles and they have not competed against each other this year. Kasey’s a competitor and a fighter. She plays soccer for me as well. If she can get a good start, she’s got a very good chance of being there at the end. Lydia has steadily gotten better throughout the season. She might have an outside chance of scoring in the league meet.” Freshmen Grace Winckowski and Kara Simon are the Eagles’ best 100 hurdlers. Winckowski has run 16.23 in the 100s this season, third-best in the conference, while Simon is just now coming back from a hyperextended knee. “Grace has gone from running in the 18s (seconds) to running in the 16s,” Wamer said. “She is ready to bump into the 15s, as a freshman. That’s pretty good. We have some people peaking at the right time.” Clay’s other top runners are senior Alexandra Selee in the 3200, junior Abby Groll in the 800, 4x400 and 4x800, and sophomore Emilie Roman in the 200 and all three sprint relays. “Emilie is (also) a gymnast and we didn’t get her last year because of injury,” Wamer said. “She has brought us more team speed and depth that we haven’t had in many years.”

Sabos confident they are filling Gary White’s big shoes By Mark Griffin Press Contributing Writer sports@presspublications.com Gary White coached Eastwood’s boys’ track and field team to 14 Suburban Lakes League titles in his 24 years as the Eagles’ head coach, but the torch has been passed. Last June, when White resigned, he said he was going to lobby hard to make sure Brian Sabo took his place, and his wish came true. Sabo is now the Eagles’ boys coach, and his wife, Nikki, is in her third year as Eastwood’s girls coach. Brian had been one of White’s assistants since 1998, when he came on board as a volunteer assistant. “I guess I just wanted to carry on what Gary has built,” Sabo said. “I enjoy coaching track so much. It’s still unbelievable being around the kids. Right now we have a senior class that I am blessed to have. They’re even better kids off the track than they are athletes on the track.” Sabo, 38, said he doesn’t feel any pressure replacing a coach who led his program to 13 of the past 14 SLL championships and Division II state titles in 2009 and 2010. How dominant were the Eagles locally? Heading into this season, Eastwood had lost just two SLL dual or triangular meets since 1996. “I don’t feel any pressure. None,” Sabo said. “Things are so set with what we expect out of the kids and what they give back. I have an unbelievable staff that has all been enhancing their (track and field) knowledge. They’ve gone to seminars and clinics. I’m really honored to follow Gary. It was an unbelievable journey to coach with him.” Whatever athletes White left Sabo with, the first-year coach and his staff have only enhanced. This year’s 53-man squad won the season-opening Liberty-Benton Relays, won the Whitmer Gold “W” for the eighth year in a row and won the Toledo Invitational at the University of Toledo. The Eagles also took second at the Ohio Indoor State Meet this winter. “The transition has been very smooth,” Sabo said. “I have to get used to doing all the little things Gary did, like getting the paperwork done, entering kids, planning meets. I have a pretty good staff, and I get some help from my wife. There are a lot of

like we’re together constantly,” she added. “We’re actually pretty separate most of the time. I guess the biggest ‘issue’ is, he is more of a procrastinator and I like to have things done early. Other than that, the track’s pretty big and we’re on our different sides of it.” Eastwood’s girls have had a few injuries this season, but Nikki said the team should be healthy at the most important time of the year. “Half of our team are freshmen,” she said. “A lot of the freshmen are scoring and getting big-meet experience. They’re really buying into what we do and they’re working hard. We have some very good senior and junior leaders.”

Owens takes 39-5 record into regional Eastwood coaches Nikki (left) and Brian Sabo (center) with assistant Jack Corken. little things I didn’t fully realize Gary did, and nobody sees, and they just got done. I still bounce things off Gary. I’ve asked him to help out and be a meet manager. I wanted him there, but if he didn’t feel it was time or he didn’t want to be there, I respected that as well.” Sabo has high praise for this year’s group of seniors, including captains Kyle Schlumbohm (pole vault, sprints), Kyle Dierker (pole vault, sprints), Zach Conkle (sprints, relays) and Thomas Heckman (thrower), and junior captain Blake Kohring (hurdles, relays). The Eagles’ other seniors are throwers Zach and Brandon Shaffer, Kevin Christianson (hurdles), German exchange student Johann Schrof (distance), Lincoln Peters (sprints) and Johnny Schumay (distance). “It’s a good group,” Sabo said. “They just work hard and have taken a very good leadership role. Of that senior group, every one of them got votes for captain and that’s pretty impressive. We’re a fairly young team with great senior leadership.” Sabo said the coaching dynamic between he and his wife, Nikki, has worked out well so far. The two met at Bowling

Green State University when both were members of the Falcons’ track and field teams. They have been married since 1999 and have a daughter, Julia, 7. Nikki teaches at the high school and Brian teaches at the middle school. “It’s really nice to share the same love of the same sport with someone you’re married with,” Brian said. “We have a lot of things in common to talk about. We just have a great respect for one another. It’s enjoyable to share that coaching aspect with your wife. We bounce ideas off each other.” Nikki, who has 52 girls on this year’s squad, said it’s been “very nice” coaching alongside her husband. “We can have coaches’ meetings at home,” she said. “The assistant coaches don’t mind coming to our house. We like that the two programs are together, because we have our different strengths. I still want to coach my guy long jumpers, and Brian coaches all the distance runners and the pole vaulters, whether boys or girls. Our workouts are the same. Everyone on our coaching staff coaches both genders, and everybody benefits. “We have our own jobs, so it’s not

The Owens Community College softball team will look to advance to its second consecutive national championship tournament as the Express competed in the NJCAA Region XII (District G) championship in Battle Creek, Mich., May 9-11. Coached by Duane Lanham, the Express took a 39-5 overall record into the double elimination tournamen. Teams participating in the tournament include Owens, Kalamazoo Valley CC (35-7), Jackson CC (18-30), Muskegon CC (36-9), Grand Rapids CC (29-22) and Ancilla College (35-16). Earlier this year, Lanham’s team won its 11th regular season Ohio Community College Athletic Conference title (8-0 record) in the program’s history. The conference championship is the seventh in the last eight years. Owens is currently ranked No. 12 in the most recent NJCAA Division II poll. In 2011, the women’s softball team advanced to its second NJCAA Division II national championship tournament where they finished second among 16 participating intercollegiate teams. Owens lost to Louisiana State University-Eunice 10-0 in the final, but were the first Owens team to reach a national final.


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Lake baseball team closing in on league championship By Nathan Lowe Press Contributing Writer sports@presspublications.com

Jake Materni lays down a bunt. (Photo courtesy of Innovations Portrait Studio) throw strikes and we’ll play solid defense.” Pitching has been arguably the most integral part of Lakes’s success. Flyer hurlers have combined to post a 2.17 ERA. Seniors Nathan Scanlan, Jake Materni and hard-thrower Josh Tantari have served as the staff workhorses, logging more than 100 innings. “We’re confident that we can compete no matter who we throw out there,” Materni said. Materni and Scanlan have relied on off-speed pitches to keep opposing hitters honest. In a teamleading 41.1 innings, Scanlan (3-1) has compiled a team-leading 49 strikeouts. Materni is 5-0 in nine appearances. “He has great movement on his fastball and keeps hitters off-balance,” Kohlhofer said of Scanlan, who was 5-0 with a leaguebest 1.34 ERA as a junior last season. “His off-speed stuff is terrific.”

Kohlhofer said Materni’s best pitch is his patented knee-buckling curveball. “It’s his put-away pitch,” Kohlhofer said. “He strikes a ton of hitters out with it.” Although Lake’s pitchers often work deep into games, sophomore Jayce Vancena (3-0) has provided Wilker with an added option out of the bullpen. Vancena, whose ability to stymie opposing hitters has helped Lake close out several tight games, leads the team with seven saves and a 0.95 ERA. He has allowed only nine hits in 22.1 innings. “You don’t usually have a closer in high school baseball, but that’s the role he has fit into this year,” Wilker said. “He’s done a great job for us all year.” Senior Thomas Nichols has also been effective on the mound in 20 innings. He has notched four wins to go along with a

Our depth is going to benefit us. We have four or five really good pitchers who we can throw at you.

Veteran Lake baseball coach Greg Wilker has the Flyers soaring to heights they haven’t seen in nearly 10 years. With a win in one of their final three league games, the Flyers can clinch the inaugural Northern Buckeye Conference crown and their second consecutive league championship — a feat that hasn’t been accomplished at Lake since 2002 and 2003. “Anything can happen,” Wilker said prior to Friday’s scheduled game with Woodmore. “We’re right where we want to be. But these next couple of weeks are going to be very important.” The Flyers will battle Fostoria in their final regular season home game on Monday, before matching up with Rossford on Thursday. Lake (19-4 overall, 9-2 NBC) increased its league lead to two games over Otsego when they defeated the Knights on Wednesday. The win marked the 13th time in Wilker’s storied career that Lake has won at least 19 games. “I’ve been blessed with some very good teams over the years,” said Wilker, whose Flyers won the final Suburban Lakes League championship last season with an 11-0 record in conference play. “This bunch is no different.” Senior shortstop Ryan Kohlhofer, who blasted his first home run in Lake’s win over Otsego, said anything short of an NBC title will be a disappointment. “It hasn’t been done in a while,” said Kohlhofer, referring to his team’s quest to win back-to-back league titles. “It would mean a lot to us seniors to be able to continue the winning tradition and accomplish such a difficult task.” Lake’s success has resulted from strong performances from several players. As of Thursday, five pitchers had logged more than 20 innings and six had an ERA of 2.77 or below. No Lake player had a batting average higher than .368, but seven were hitting better than .285. Six players had 18 or more hits in 23 games. “Everyone contributes to the team,” said Kohlhofer, who is one of eight returning senior starters from a team that tied a school record with 23 wins last season. “We always pick each other up,” Kohlhofer said. “If someone doesn’t get the key hit, our pitchers will come out and

Lake pitcher Nathan Scanlan. (Photo courtesy of Innovations Portrait Studio) 1.75 ERA. Tantari, who has fanned 45 in 30 1-3 innings, said he believes Lake’s pitching will be a difference maker in the state tournament. “Our depth is going to benefit us,” said Tantari, who is 4-2 with a 2.77 ERA. “We have four or five really good pitchers who we can throw at you.” The Flyers were scheduled to play Fostoria in their sectional opener on Thursday night. Updated tournament results can be found by visiting www. ohsaa.org, the official website of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Current Northern Buckeye Conference standings are posted on the league’s official website, www.northernbuckeyeconference.net.

Dunn, Durivage continue work to rebuild softball program By Yaneek Smith Press Contributing Writer sports@presspublications.com Ten to fifteen years ago, the Oak Harbor softball program was one of the area’s best. The Rockets consistently competed for, and won, a number of Sandusky Bay Conference titles, winning the league in 1997, ‘99, 2000, ‘01 and ‘02 all while sending a number of players to the collegiate ranks. But, lately, things have not gone well, in regards to wins. Save for a conference crown in ‘09, the program has struggled in recent years, highlighted by last season’s four-win campaign. First-year head coach Chris Rawski entered the season hoping to change the culture, and with the help of a number of players, led by Allison Dunn and Sam Durivage, he appears to have succeeded in achieving that goal. Rawski says Oak Harbor’s dynamic changed because of its commitment to the basics: (1) working hard in practice; (2) throwing first-pitch strikes and limiting walks; (3) putting the ball in play with two strikes; and (4) limiting its mistakes. Along with Webb (3B), senior Kaylee Wilburn (1B/DH), Rebecca Florio (SS), Theresa Stokes (1B/P), Allison Wolf (RF), Maggie Tyburski (C), Sydney Street and Erin Bryant (LF) and a number of utility players, Durivage and Dunn have helped to give the program life and provide newfound hope for the future. In an effort to strengthen his team for league play, Rawski constructed a nonconference schedule that featured the likes of Maumee, Notre Dame Academy and Bellevue. It appears to have worked because, for the duration of the league season, the Rockets have been competitive in the vast majority of their games, earning a 7-18 (4-7 SBC) overall record along the way. Dunn, a soft-spoken senior, has served the team as a leader not so much by her words, but more by her actions. She’s not flashy, but her actions and competitive nature speak volumes. After missing last

Oak Harbor softball coach Chris Rawski (left), a former Genoa assistant, talks strategy with his players. (Press photo by Harold Hamilton/HEHphotos.lilfepics.com) season because a torn anterior-cruciate ligament in her right knee sustained during basketball season, Dunn was still a force to be reckoned with this season, hitting .318 (21-for-66) to go with three home runs, 11 RBIs and 12 runs. She’s also stolen five bases and played solid defense at second base. In addition to being a standout softball player, Dunn was the top scorer on the basketball team and earned second-team league honors. She also maintains a 4.0 grade-point average, ranking her fourth in her class, and recently accepted a partial scholarship to attend Bowling Green State University. “She’s a quiet leader, she’s not a boisterous kid,” said Rawski. “She’s a senior who’s bought into what we’re teaching, so it makes it very easy for the other kids to follow that lead. All the little adjustments that she’s had to make on the field (and) in the batter’s box, she’s really taken to (it)

and it’s been a big part of her success. We wish we had her (here) for a couple more years.” Rawski also spoke of how far she’s come this season. “She started off slow, but with the adjustments she made, we moved her around in the lineup and now she’s one of our biggest threats. Her power is unexpected and it’s picked up the second part of the (season) — it was a nice surprise. She’s a strong kid, has a lot of leverage and with the right mechanics and the correct approach she’s able to drive the ball.” Dunn reflected what she’s been able to accomplish and the impact she’s had on helping to rebuild the program. “I’m just happy to be here,” said Dunn. “Sitting on the bench and watching everyone play (last season), it hurt. This is just the first step.There’s so much (the team) can do. I wish I had more time here so I could experience (the success).”

As for Durivage, a junior, she’s been the team’s most versatile player, serving as the team’s No. 1 starter and hitting a solid .359 (23-for-64) at the plate. She’s hit one home run and driven in 12 runs while stealing five bases. On the mound, she’s gone 7-12 with a 3.30 earned-run average, accounting for all of the team’s victories. “(She) understood that we were asking a lot — commitment, time and effort, going to see a pitching coach,” said Rawski. “She did everything that was asked of her.” In addition to softball, Durivage is active in DECA, maintains a 3.56 GPA, plays soccer and is a part of the Lutheran Youth Organization with St. John’s Church in Oak Harbor. She recently competed at the 2012 DECA International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City, earning an impressive second place finish with her project, “Entrepreneurship: Dare to Dream.” Durivage credits Rawski and assistant coaches Kelly Traver and Lauren Scheanwald, both of whom played under Rawski at Genoa in the 2000s. Traver was part of the Comet softball team that advanced to the Division III state semifinals in ‘06 and Scheanwald earned All-Ohio honors in ‘04. All the hard work and effort seemed to come to fruition last weekend when the Rockets defeated Rossford, 13-3, in a Division II sectional semifinal at Clyde. Oak Harbor played near-flawless ball, scoring at will while getting a quality pitching performance from Durivage. Dunn went 3for-3 with a triple and drove in two runs, Durivage had a double and drove in two runs and Justine Webb hit a home run. The Rockets’s season did end Tuesday, however, when they fell to Perkins, 7-2, in the sectional championship. Despite the team experiencing its share of struggles, Rawski can take solace in knowing that he and his players have helped to give new life to a program that had previously struggled. “I’m amazed at the progress we’ve made,” he said. “We’ve come a long way. (These kids) have really laid the foundation for other groups moving forward.”


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