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It’s a step back in time offering a unique glimpse into area history.

Rows of twin beds, neatly made line the walls in the expansive dormitory room. Smiling handmade dolls and pink bedspreads are a dead giveaway that this room is for little girls.

A classroom looks student-ready with rows of small desks holding beginning readers featuring stories about Dick and Jane, and Sally, Spot and Puff, too.

Though Lutheran Orphans’ Home closed operations in 1964, it’s not hard to imagine the halls of the big brick building at 2411 Seaman St. in East Toledo teeming with the sounds of children making their way from the cafeteria to the classroom, gym or dormitory.

For most of us, birthdays are something to celebrate, but for one Heartland of Oregon resident, it was a super-sized occasion.

David, who has special needs, has been at Heartland of Oregon for about three years, moving there after his mother passed away.
He enjoys kidding and joking with the Heartland staff, and happily helps the other residents get to and from the dining room for meals. He also works three days a week at Lott Industries – he calls it “exercising.”

Since his first day at Heartland, David would anticipate his birthday, which is April 20, telling staff about what kind of cake and ice cream he’d like. This year, he was extra excited because he would be turning 70.

Believe, commit, transform.

That’s the motto of Forged Fitness, which recently opened a gym in Oak Harbor.

The facility has a welcoming atmosphere, one that encompasses 3,800 square feet and is open every day from 4 a.m.-11 p.m. The gym features a variety of equipment – brands like Cybex, Rogue, Nautilus and Precor. There are machines, free weights, kettlebells, suspension systems, slam balls, plyometric gear, treadmills, ellipticals and exercise bikes – offering a range of choices for those who want to come in and train by themselves, attend a class or utilize John Siebert’s services as a personal trainer.

Siebert is recognized by the National Strength & Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and by the American College of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer, two of the highest certifications someone in the industry can obtain.
He attend seminars to stay up-to-date on newer techniques being practiced in the industry.

Ottawa County Senior Resources inducted the newest members of the Senior Hall of Fame May 3 at Camp Perry Clubhouse.

Recipients received a plaque commemorating their service to seniors and citizens of Ottawa County. The recipients for this year’s awards include Pastor Margaret Mills, nominated by the Elmore Golden Oldies Senior Center; Edna Sandrock, nominated by the Genoa Senior Center; Judy Smith, nominated by the Harbor Lights Senior Center of Oak Harbor; Johnny and Judy Hill, nominated by the Danbury Senior Center; Donna Hamann, nominated by the Port Clinton Senior Center and Don and Rosi Stephens, nominated by the Put-in-Bay Senior Center.

Bios of local honorees include:

The Oregon Fest “Give `n Take Plant Exchange” will be held Saturday, May 20 – the day before the Sunday festival – in the large tent near the corner of Dustin Road and Harbor Drive, Oregon.

Participants are invited to bring extra plants they’ve divided from their spring yard work and trade for what others bring.
Labeled plants in pots, boxes or plastic bags may be dropped off between 9-10 a.m. “Plant shopping” and pick-up will be conducted between 10-11 a.m.

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