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First-year Waite football coach Brian Lee Jr. has every intention of teaching his players about more than just football.

Lee, who replaced Kirk Heidelberg as the Indians’ coach, said he had to learn about life the hard way as a youth, and now he wants to help his players make better choices than he did.

“When I was in school I didn’t have anyone to really relate to me on a man-to-man, this-is-how-life-is-like level,” Lee said. “I didn’t have anyone to fill those roles for me. When I went to college, I was immature. More than half of my (players) come from single-parent homes. Being in their life, showing them a young man who came from the same environment, if I do something positive, you can do something positive. The sky’s the limit.

“I have 10 seniors and my goal is that all 10 of them have good jobs outside of football. These kids need to know what you do if you lose your mom and dad and you have to take care of your little brother. I’m a life coach and football is a bonus. To give these kids what they need to know in day-to-day life, that’s me.”

Julia Campos (Waite) has signed a letter of intent to run cross country at Lourdes University beginning in the fall, coach David Espinoza announced.

While she did not compete in cross country for the Indians, she competed in track and field, volleyball, and basketball.

“Julia is a great student-athlete and has a positive attitude,” Espinoza stated.  “She is a great addition to Lourdes University and the cross country program.”

On the oval, Campos posted a top time of 2:30 in the 800 meter run and 5:52 in the mile for Waite, and finished in the top three each season in the Toledo City League.  She earned All-Academic honors in the City League as well.

        Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity on Tuesday teamed up with BP Refinery for a one day cleanup effort in Harbor View.

        Over 50 BP Refinery employees, their families, and homeowners volunteered as part of the Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity’s Rock the Block program to perform small landscaping projects, remove trash and overgrown brush, and complete yard maintenance for residents that needed help in Harbor View. The cleanup effort started at 3 p.m. and lasted into the evening on June 5.

The Black Swamp Bird Observatory’s Biggest Week In American Birding festival typically draws 90,000 visitors annually from all 50 states, from 52 countries, and six continents bringing an economic impact of $40 million to the area.

The publicity and economic impact is so strong that BSBO Executive Director Kim Kaufman found herself doing interviews with the Wall Street Journal and Cleveland representatives from National Public Radio last Monday. In addition, Kim and her husband Kenn are always being featured in worldwide birding publications, even contributing to them.

        The newly opened Howard Marsh Metropark in Jerusalem Township has become such a hit with birders, that worldwide renown birding expert Kenn Kaufman of Kaufman Field Goals blogged about the park.

        “The new Howard Marsh Metropark has been outstanding for shorebirds this week. Big flocks of American Golden-Plovers have been consistent, with sightings of Black-necked Stilt, Ruddy Turnstone, Wilson's Phalarope, and others. American Pipits and Horned Larks have been in open areas along the entrance road,” Kaufman wrote.

 

 

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