GPA: Penta to install solar panels in 2019-2020 school year

Press Staff Writer

        Within the next year, Penta Career Center will have a six-acre field of solar panels on its property that will generate 1.27 megawatts of power.
        The project is expected to provide nearly 58 percent of Penta’s electrical needs. On Aug. 7, the Penta Board of Education authorized Superintendent Ronald Matter and Treasurer Carrie Herringshaw to enter into a 20-year Power Purchasing Agreement to purchase solar power as the result of a project involving GEM Energy and First Solar.  
        “This will be a very beneficial investment for Penta for many reasons,” Matter said. “Not only will Penta benefit from reduced electrical spending, but we will have zero upfront costs and we hope to have about $1.76 million in utility bill savings over the course of 30 years.”
        The project will also provide an important educational component that will enhance Penta’s curriculum in program areas like Construction Electricity and Industrial Automation Systems. In addition, project-based learning and longitudinal data tracking activities will be available to Penta classes through the solar panel monitoring system data.       The newest generation of solar panels from First Solar will be used in the project. Each panel will be 48” x 79” in size. Approximately 3,100 panels will be installed for the project which will generate about 1.7 kilowatt hours of power annually.
Waite Golden Luncheon
        The Waite Alumni Association will present the 19th Golden Luncheon celebrating the classes of 1915-1969 on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Sunrise Banquet Center, 1460 Woodville Rd., Millbury.
        Doors will open at 11 a.m. Lunch, prepared by Carolyn’s Catering, will be served at 12:15 p.m.
        The luncheon is open to alumni of the classes who are celebrating 50 years and more since graduating from Waite, along with spouses and guests. Attendance is limited to the first 400 people who register. The cost is $20 per person.
        For info, contact Thelma Stockmaster Scarborough at or at 419-262-6331.
Distinguished Alumni, Hall of Fame Banquet set
        The Clay High Alumni & Friends Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Thursday, Oct. 3 from 6-10 p.m. at St. Michael Centre, 4001 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
        The cost is $25 per person or $180 per table of eight. Ticket prices include dinner and one non-alcoholic beverage. A cash bar will be available.
        Fellowship will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. The featured guest speaker will talk at 8 p.m., followed by the induction of Hall of Fame members at 8:30 p.m.
        The deadline for reservations is Sept. 23. To make a reservation by phone and pay by credit card, call Julia Henneman-Dallape at 419-693-0665, ext. 2006.
Clay reunion set
        The Clay High Class of 1979 will hold a 40th reunion Saturday, Sept. 14 from 6-10 p.m. at 1010 Bury Rd., Oregon.
        Casual attire is suggested. The cost is $19.79 per person, which includes a BBQ chicken dinner. BYOB.
        Call Kelley at 419-351-6178 to RSVP. Send payment to CHS Class of 1979, 3161 Brown Rd., Oregon, OH 43616.
50th reunion planned
        The Clay High School Class of 1969 will be holding the 50th reunion the weekend of Sept. 13-15, 2019.
        For contact information and registration, visit or contact Shirley Geise-Norton at 419-972-1170.
        A full weekend is planned beginning with the Friday night Clay vs Waite football game, followed by a Saturday school tour and Saturday-night party at Oak Shade Grove, and finishing the weekend on Sunday with brunch at the Hollywood Casino. Please share this information with all 1969 classmates.
Walbridge alumni reunion
        An alumni reunion is planned for those who attended Walbridge School in Walbridge.
        The reunion will be held Thursday, Sept. 19 at the VFW Banquet Hall in Walbridge. Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment will follow.
         The cost is $20 per person. Spouses or guests are welcome. Reservations are required and must be made by Thursday, Sept. 5. Call Vicki Ducket Sigler 419-508-4653 or Cheri Sigler Carr 419-343-1368.
Franklin School Alumni Picnic
        The 8th Annual Franklin School Alumni Picnic will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 from noon-6 p.m. at the Pearson Park Tennis Court Shelter, Oregon.
        More info is available on the Franklin Elementary School Alumni Facebook Page or contact John Nickoloff at
Run for Literacy Golf Ball Drop set
        The Oregon-Northwood Rotary Club will present the second annual Run for Literacy and Golf Ball Drop Saturday, Sept. 7 at Fassett Junior High, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon. Participants of all speeds are welcome at the family-friendly event.
        Proceeds from the event will benefit literacy projects in the community.
        A 5K route for runners and a 1K route for walkers will be available. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. inside the Fassett lobby. The race will begin at 9 a.m. The golf ball drop will begin at 10:30 a.m.
        Early registration through Saturday, Aug. 31 is $25 for adults, which includes a race number, water bottle and golf ball raffle entry. The fee for participants under age 18 is $20, which includes a race number and water bottle. Race day registration is $30 for all ages. Additional golf ball entries are $10.
        For more info or to register, visit
Small Business Basics
        The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, two-hour seminars, “Small Business Basics,” that will answer entrepreneurs’ questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.
        Seminars will address the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.
        The September schedule includes:
        • Wednesday, Sept. 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (conference room), 8043 W. SR. 163, Oak Harbor.
        • Wednesday, Sept. 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Terra State Community College (Building B, room 103), 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.
        To register or for more info, contact Bill Auxter, Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at 419-559-2210 or
Golf outing raises funds
        On Monday, July 29, several community members came together at the Catawba Island Club (CIC) to golf in support of Terra State Community College student scholarships at the Terra College Foundation 2019 Annual Golf Scramble FORE Students.
        Volunteers and more than 31 golf teams took over the course. By the conclusion of the scramble, over $20,000 was raised for students and programs at Terra State.
        Terra State President Dr. Ronald Schumacher is thankful for the turnout. “I want to give a big kudos to the CIC staff who did a great job running us around the course,” he said. “I also want to give a big thank you to my executive team members, deans and volunteers who helped at the scramble.”


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