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Five new members will be inducted into the Birmingham Hall of Fame this year at the 34th annual inductee and scholarship banquet on Oct. 17 at St. Stephen School hall in Toledo’s Birmingham neighborhood.

Tom Amstutz, former head football coach for the University of Toledo Rockets, will be the guest speaker at the event, which begins at 4:30 p.m. with a social hour at the hall, 2018 Consaul St.

A family-style dinner of chicken paprika and pigs in the blanket will be served at 6 p.m.

Tickets to the event are $20 per person ages 13 and older, $10 ages 6 to 12, and free for children age five and under. Tickets are available at Takacs Grocery & Meats at 419-693-9233 or at the store from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The 2010 Birmingham Hall of Fame inductees include:

Luella Jane (Sendi) Humbarger, of Oregon, inducted as a Distinguished Citizen. Humbarger is an active worker with her husband, Robert, at the annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival. She also is a Sunday school teacher at Calvin United Church, where she is active in the Women’s Church Group, and has devoted many years to the Hungarian community. She attended Birmingham school as a youngster and later graduated from Waite High School, where she as a member of the marching band and a member of the National Honor Society. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Bowling Green State University, where she was a member of KAPPA Delta sorority.

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When the 2010-11 school year comes to a close, so will Woodmore High School’s French Club.

This summer, teacher Cindy Avers will be taking her final French Club trip with a few of her past and present French students.

Those who choose to go on this trip will be flying to France for ten days (June 14-23). During those ten days, the students and chaperones will visit Paris, Normandy, Mont. St. Michel, Chartres, Nice and Monaco. They will see the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, visit a French music festival and go to many other historical places.

Avers said she enjoys taking students because they get to see and experience what they’ve been learning in French class while using the language they’ve learned.

“I’ve had many wonderful students that I’ve taught and taken to France,” Avers said.

Teacher Jennifer Haar went on the last trip in 2008 and said she learned a lot about the French culture and language.

Some of the experiences that made the trip memorable were the street artists, the castles and changing of the guard in Monaco.

Avers has been on multiple trips with the French Club and enjoys it most when her students see the Eiffel Tower for the first time and are amazed by the size of it.

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It wasn’t a bird, nor a plane, but Superman that motorists saw traveling along Woodville Road last week. Allen Mullins, dressed in a Superman costume, is taking the plight of the nation’s veterans across “the roughest terrain in America” to all 50 state capitals in an effort to raise awareness and start a non-profit organization to help veterans returning from war. The 28-year-old Dalton, Ga., man started his walk Jan. 15 and will walk for 10 years or as long as it takes,  he said. He was on his way to Lansing, Mich., when he stopped at The Press.

A recently passed bill in the state legislature makes it possible for expectant parents to receive standardized information about umbilical cord blood banking.

The term “cord blood” is used for blood that is drawn from the umbilical cord and the placenta after a baby is born. Unless parents decide otherwise, the blood cells are discarded as medical waste.  Cord blood is collected because it contains stem cells, which have the ability to renew themselves.   The cells offer lifesaving medical benefits and are different from both the embryonic stem cells in a fertilized egg and stem cells obtained from a child or adult person, proponents of the bill say.

“A growing percentage of stem cell transplant patients are receiving cord blood to cure more than 70 diseases,” Dr. Alvin D. Jackson, director of the Ohio Department of Health, said. “Seventy percent of patients who need a transplant of blood-forming stem cells do not have a matching donor in their own family, and their physician must search public registries of donors.”

The law requires the health department to make available to health care professionals printable publications that can be downloaded from the department’s website.  The law also requires the department to encourage health care providers of services directly related to a woman’s pregnancy to provide the publication before her third trimester of pregnancy.

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Whether or not a non-profit organization will donate as much as $50,000 for the preservation of a 101-year-old former school building in the Village of Millbury or instead donate the money for a park may not be known for weeks.

Karen Prymicz, who chairs the 1909 Committee, said she’s scheduling a meeting of committee members to discuss a letter from the current owner of the Millbury School building, asking her to follow through on a “pledge” to donate the funds for the building’s preservation.

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Jerry O'Reilly in front of the
historic Millbury school. (Press
photo by Ken Grosjean)

Prymicz last week confirmed she received the letter, written by Walbridge attorney Douglas Perras on behalf of Jerry O’Reilly, who purchased the building and property at a public auction in April, 2008.

She declined to comment on the matter, however, until after the committee had met, which she said would be in “the next several weeks.”

The Wood County Auditor’s website lists a sale price of $45,100.

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