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On Sept. 17, 2015 – the day her beloved boyfriend Chris Runnels would have turned 49, Tammy Street stood alone in Passive Park in Millbury and looked heavenward. She said a few quiet words to herself and let go of the ribbons holding the helium-filled Mylar balloons and the handwritten card she wrote.

A few friends had planned to join Tammy in marking Chris’ birthday with the balloon release at the park – a place where the couple had spent happy times together – but when no one was able to make it, she went alone.

Her note was simple but heartfelt. “Happy Birthday Chris!! :) Miss you so much! Sending my tears up to heaven! Forever in my heart ~ I love you! Tammy ♥” The card also included Chris’ birth date, Sept. 17, 1966 and the date of his passing, Sept. 5, 2015.

February will be a little longer this year – one day longer, thanks to the “Leap Day” added to the calendar on Feb. 29.

Leap days have been added routinely over time, and the last Leap Year was in 2012.

The first Leap Day was added to the Julian calendar in 45 BC by Julius Caesar. After that date, an extra day was added routinely every four years. This practice was later amended to more precise calculations by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582.

The practice of adding an extra day every four years is needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the earth’s revolution around the sun. Without a leap day, we would lose six hours every year. It is interesting to note that there is also an adjustment to our time called a “leap second.” This was added to compensate for the earth’s gradual rotational slowing. The last leap second (a one second addition) was added June 30, 2015.

Ralph Mills was more than a coach. To the girls he led, he was a mentor, a friend, a father figure.

That’s why his death has hit the team so hard. Mills died after suffering a heart attack in the early hours of Feb. 3, ending his life at 60 and leaving behind his wife of 30 years, Theresa, and his three children, Adam Bundschuh, Devin Mills and Sarah Mills.

For the last three years, Mills was the coach of the Oak Harbor junior varsity basketball team and served as a varsity assistant, working primarily with the post players. Affectionately known to the team as “Coach Ralph,” the players as well as members of the community are now wearing badges displaying “CR” in memory of him.

Managing with Diligence
Moms Are “Be You-tiful” in Christ will sponsor a free financial management workshop Saturdays Feb. 20 and 27 from 9-11 a.m. in the hall at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 204 Main St., Genoa.

The workshop, presented by Brian Rome, will help participants learn to strategically manage income to prepare for emergencies and to enjoy a debt-free life. Childcare is available. Call 419-304-9504 to register.

The workshop is part of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s Family Support and Guidance Program and is funded by the Toledo Community Foundation.

For Braeden Henegar, of Curtice, hunting is more than just a pastime. The fourth-grade student at Starr Elementary School understands the larger concept of hunting and how it helps some wildlife in the end.

“If you don’t hunt, then the animals can get sick and die from overpopulation,” Braeden said. “They are God’s renewable resource and we protect the animals when we hunt.”

Hunting makes sense to the 10-year-old who seems wise beyond his years. An animal lover with his own zoo at home, Braeden respects what he is hunting. He has dogs, a gecko, a hedgehog, both salt and fresh water fish tanks and more.

Female coach

The Buffalo Bills last week hired the NFL's first female full-time coach (Kathryn Smith--special teams quality control coach). Should there be more women in coaching?
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