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Eggleston, Meinert and Pavley Funeral Home is offering a new transportation option designed to help families have a more personal experience during the last and most difficult part of the goodbye process.
The funeral home, with locations at 440 S. Coy Rd., Oregon and 111 Woodville Rd., Millbury, recently introduced the Family Coach, which allows families to ride together with their loved one on the journey to the cemetery or final resting place.
The luxury coach – the first of its kind in the country – features leather seats to comfortably accommodate up to 12 people, hardwood floors, a mini refrigerator, a DVD player and flat screen TV and seating for the pastor and the driver up front. A separate compartment in the rear of the vehicle accommodates a casket.
The Family Coach was inspired by Bud Graham, president of Transportation Equipment Sales Corp. (TESCO) of Oregon, according to Dennis Pavley, owner/director of the funeral home.
“When my mother passed away in 2003, Bud provided a shuttle van for my immediate family to use during our funeral procession to the cemetery,” Pavley said. “I’ve got a pretty large family and they are scatted from all over – it was great to be able to be together during the entire funeral process.
It was some time after the applause ended and Woodmore students, staff and community members had taken their final bows for a successful production of the musical “Guys and Dolls” that Marcia Busdeker, the director, had an idea.
The musical was presented in the auditorium of the elementary building that is scheduled for demolition now that a new elementary school has been constructed and students have been transferred to the new facility. Although the new building has a multi-purpose room, it lacks the space and other features of a traditional auditorium with a full stage, prompting Busdeker to wonder if somehow the auditorium in the old building could be saved.
“I was so involved with the musical I really didn’t give much thought to what we would be doing next year because I really wanted to focus on this year instead and make it a really good experience for the kids and adults who were involved,” she said. “I had heard there was a possibility of saving the K -1 section of the old school for storage. Almost 24 hours exactly after the curtain closed on our final performance, I had an odd thought, what if we’re tearing down the wrong part of the building?
“I thought, if we need extra space for storage, why can’t we use the part of the building that houses the auditorium? We could have a double use for it.”
The Woodmore school board has scheduled two special board meetings pertaining to the closed elementary school building in Woodville.
The board will meet April 2 at 7 a.m. at the board office, 349 Rice Street, Elmore, to approve a contract for auctioning items from the building.
The board will also meet April 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the high school, 633 Fremont Street, Elmore, to decide on a plan for demolishing the building and the Hetrick wing in Elmore.
One option the board is considering is to retain part of the elementary school for storage of athletic and other equipment.
Some residents are asking the board to delay a decision on the demolition of the part of the elementary school that houses a theater.
A new elementary building that recently opened in Woodville has a multi-purpose room but not an actual theater. The high school building also doesn’t have a theater.
A Marine sergeant that finished three combat tours in Iraq protecting soldiers from roadside bombs was honored with a full military memorial service on Sunday at the Christ Dunberger American Legion Post in Oregon.
The Post had conducted many memorial services before for veterans, but the one on Sunday was a first: The officer, a hero by all accounts, was a 13-year-old bomb sniffing dog. Sgt. Bernie, a Belgian Malinois, also was assigned to Secret Service detail near the end of her career to ensure a location was safe for the American president, vice president, secretary of state, as well as the president of Pakistan and other foreign dignitaries visiting the U.S.
Until last month, Eastwood senior Brennan Seifert had never heard of Tim Berta.
“I didn’t know who he was,” said Seifert, 18, “but I knew about the bus crash. I remember watching it on the news when it happened. It happened down in Georgia and I was thinking, ‘why are they down there, on a tournament or a trip?’ ”
On Feb. 16, Seifert received the Tim Berta Courage Award at the National Football Foundation dinner at the SeaGate Center in downtown Toledo. University of Toledo football coach Matt Campbell was the keynote speaker.
Berta was one of 21 Bluffton University baseball players who were injured when their charter bus, headed to Sarasota, Fla., careened off an Atlanta overpass and fell nearly 20 feet to the highway below. Five Bluffton players were killed, along with the bus driver and his wife.
Berta, who was from Ida, Mich., was a 2002 NFF honoree who was awarded one of the NFF’s annual scholarships by its Wistert Chapter. In 2007, Berta was honored by the Wistert Chapter for his courage in recovering from the bus accident, and awarded him the Don King Courage Award.
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