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His family and friends lost a hero when James E. “Big Daddy” Derr passed away on February 5, 2002, after battling a combination of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia.

James E. “Big Daddy” Derr

However, the memory of the former industrial arts teacher and well-known wrestling coach continues, thanks to an effort to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.

A United States Army veteran, Derr was employed as an industrial arts teacher 37 years before retiring in 1996. He taught nine years at Northwood High School and was instrumental in starting the school’s football and wrestling programs.

Still months from the start of the 2016 Civilian Marksmanship Program Junior Air Rifle Camps, planning and preparation are well underway at Camp Perry.

With some groups already collecting forms to sign-up before their favorite camp fills and others fundraising to pay for camp tuition, the CMP is also diligently at work – organizing new ways to make the camps even better for the growing number of enthusiastic participants.

“Registrations start pouring in from day one, and this continues until all the camps are full,” said Sommer Wood, CMP Summer Camp director. “Vera Snyder is the primary person at CMP processing these registrations, and she does an excellent job keeping track of the hundreds of people signing up for camps.”

Tim Laderach is Oak Harbor through and through.

The longtime Rocket mentor of youth, who coached basketball and baseball for 30 years and taught for 33 years, was honored for his commitment by the school at a basketball game between Clyde and Oak Harbor. He plans on retiring from teaching after this school year.

Laderach, a 1975 Oak Harbor graduate, was all about teaching the fundamentals of any sport. He was only a varsity coach for seven of his 30 years, but coached eighth grade, freshman and junior varsity basketball at the school from 1985-2015 and varsity and JV baseball from 1987-2015.

The T Whitehead Recovery Center, formerly the Idle Time Club, is reaching out for support from the community.

According to John Hughes, director, the building where the center is located is in need of major work.

“The building we are housed in is in need of some renovations,” said Hughes. “We are also in the process of acquiring other nearby properties for expansion of the center, to include a banquet hall to be rented out for various social gatherings, which will contribute to our vision and its sustainability.”

The Idle Time Club has been a fixture in east Toledo since it was first opened by Tom Whitehead in 1973. Due to mismanagement by a former manager, the Idle Time fell on hard times and lost its 501(c)(3) in the process.

Members of the Woodmore school board and administration have tentatively scheduled a “walk through” of district facilities for Feb. 27 to determine what repairs or upgrades are needed.

Board member Sam Preston reported Tuesday the goal is to have a prioritized list compiled by March 8.

Major improvements totaling more than $1.1 million over the next two years are on the board’s agenda, including a new bus, textbook purchases, a new heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems at the high school, computer leases, parking lot improvements and other upgrades.

Costs would be borne by permanent improvement fund revenues.


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