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Posters created by local students have been nationally recognized by AAA for earning first, second, honorable mention and Grand Awards in the 66th Annual Traffic Safety Poster Contest.

These students’ posters, along with 12 others were selected by AAA Northwest Ohio from among nearly 400 local entries to represent northwest Ohio at the national level. A panel of traffic safety experts then judged the national finalists based on originality, technique, visual impact and relationship of messaging to traffic safety. The following students’ entries were selected as winners from among the hundreds of submissions nationwide:

1st Place/Grand Award Winners (earning $1,300 each):
• Andrea Harmeyer – 8th Grade, Genoa Middle School
• Kacie Young – 5th Grade, Glendale-Feilbach

2nd Place (earning $200)
•Conner LaGrange – 1st Grade, Brunner Elementary


It was not quite five years ago when the scale tipped almost 200 pounds and


“When the music starts, Zumba takes over,” instructor
Ann-Marie Searle says about the fitness program, which
fuses hypnotic Latin rhythm and easy-to-follow moves.

Ann-Marie Searle’s size 18 pants were feeling tight.

“It was the heaviest I had ever been in my life,” she said. “I had developed a lot of bad habits – I was a couch potato, eating the wrong foods and told my self I was too busy to exercise.

“I knew I could not continue to be that heavy,” she said. “I had to do something – anything.”

Searle started eating a healthier diet and walking every day, and eventually getting up to five miles a day. Losing about two pounds a week, she got herself down to a size 12 to 14.

Eventually she hit a frustrating plateau. “I was stuck,” she said.

Then she read about a local Zumba class. “I thought, ‘what is this?’” she said.


Vail Meadows event to benefit injured barn manager
Donations of silent auction items are being sought for the Maumee Bay Buckle Series Speed Show that will be held May 15 at 2:30 p.m. at Vail Meadows Indoor Equestrian Center, 6118 Cedar Point Rd., Oregon.

All proceeds raised from the event will benefit Vail Meadows barn manager Micki Kohler, who was seriously injured in a horse accident April 28. Kohler, who sustained serious head injuries, has no insurance. A fund is being set up for Kohler through First Federal Bank.

Call 419-697-8960 or visit for more information.

Women’s health program
Dr. Shabana Farooq of Mercy Health Partners will present a program on women's health issues May 22 at 1 p.m. at Genoa Trinity United Methodist Church, Main and 4th streets.

This event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.



Giving money to people along road

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