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Jeff Apel is a happy — and humbled — man.
When Apel, a Martin resident, put together a DVD entitled “The Journey Begins,” his intention wasn't to make anyone famous or garner any awards. His goal for the video "was our desire to come up with a resource that could help introduce young people to the outdoors and create an interest for them to start exploring it in their own way."
“The Journey Begins” was produced by Jeff and his wife, Esmeralda's, new production company, Straight Arrow Productions LLC. Jeff began filming the DVD in June 2006 and ended in January 2009. Editing and producing the 92-minute video concluded last June.
The entire Yenrick family was honored at the Glass Key Awards ceremony
Tuesday, held at Inverness Country Club. That includes parents Robert E. and Jane Palmer Yenrick and their five children.
Timothy Yenrick, director of the Greater Toledo Chapter of the American Red Cross, writes in his biography, “When you are the fourth child in a family of five being raised by Bob and Jane Yenrick, family and community service is not something you think about, it is something you just do.
“Growing up on Forsythe Street in East Toledo holds many fond memories. My grandmother, Cornelia Harpster Palmer, lovingly called ‘Gram,’ and my siblings were a great influence on me. At age 103, Gram’s advice was to ‘do something constructive every day.’ I have tried to follow her advice,” Tim continues.
Deb Yenrick is the oldest of the five siblings. She attended Mary Manse College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology; the University of Toledo with a master’s in Special Education, and completed 34 hours in a doctorate program for administration.
East Toledo’s Yenrick family was honored Tuesday night during the first annual
Toledo Glass Key Awards ceremony at Inverness Country Club.
Mayor Carty Finkbeiner and co-hosts honored deserving Toledoans for their lifetime of service to Toledo. Included among them were humanitarians, educators and civic leaders who, over the past 25 years, have committed themselves to making Toledo a better place to live.
A press releases states that a major factor considered when selecting the nominees was their continuing commitment to the region over a period of time.
“Many individuals participate periodically in various events benefiting our community, but few continue this contribution year in and year out. The award winners of this prestigious Glass Key truly demonstrate a lifelong commitment to Toledo and Northwest Ohio. These dedicated individuals have selflessly given of their time, knowledge, and resources. They have touched the lives of countless people in this community,” the release states.
Oregon received 51 applications for the position of administrator by the Dec. 15 deadline, most of which came from outside the area.
Mayor Mike Seferian said at a Dec. 21 council meeting that he is currently considering a couple of candidates for the post.
“I’ve been in touch with a couple of people very interested in the job,” Seferian said at the meeting. “If one of them confirm, we could come to some sort of agreement. I may know as soon as Dec. 28. I would be looking forward to letting council become aware of that. If that works out, we might be able to appoint someone early January.”
Seferian told The Press on Dec. 29 that he is now focusing on one individual who stands out from the rest, though he wouldn’t disclose his identity.
The candidate, he said, has extensive experience in government in northwest Ohio and is currently mulling over several job offers from other employers.
Habitat for Humanity of Wood County is looking for eligible partner families to build their own homes on three properties in Northwood.
The non-profit organization bought property on Owens Street, and is currently negotiating the acquisition of two parcels on Joseph Street, according to Tom Ehmke, the group’s executive director.
The group could lose grants if it doesn’t find partner families soon, said Ehmke.
“We have two $20,000 Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) grants that have to be used in the next building season, or we lose that money,” he said. “We were given a grant last year, and it’s a two year grant period. We were unable to find a partner family for whom we could build in Northwood, and now next year we need to have at least two families in order to use that grant money. So that’s an urgency here. We have a two to three month window to find a family so we could make sure they’re qualified before the building season begins in late April or early May.”
Eligibility is based on a family’s need, the ability to pay, and the willingness to partner, he said.