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Volunteers recognized for meal program
Volunteers who operate the Feed Your Neighbor Food program and Food Pantry in Lake Township have been recognized by the township trustees.

A plaque was presented to Elsa and Troy Caudill during the trustees’ Nov. 7 meeting.

The Caudills conduct the program at the fire station in Walbridge, serving hot meals to about 130 township residents on the third Monday of each month.

A resolution passed by the trustees also lauds others involved:

• Firebells: Joyce Smothers, Emily Smothers, Amy Crofts, Colleen Pierce, Ashley Hagan, Kay Nietz, Patty Endicott, and Melissa Combs.

• Boy Scout Troop 160: Leader Scott Doty, Jillian Banky and scouts Jacob Ballo, Nathan Banky, Austin Taylor, Jacoby Taylor.

• Hannah’s Sock volunteer: Jo Bricker

• Volunteers: Kathy Gaul, Sue Adkins, Guy Smothers, Eric Crofts, Ally Crofts, Adam Crofts, Mike Pierce, Hannah Pierce, and Blake Pierce.

• Food servers: Maxi Roberts, Linda Hornberger, Minnie Blevins, and Shawnee Sparks.

Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, said she’s long been impressed by the volunteers and noted the program assisted many residents in the wake of the June 2010 tornado that hit the township.

She said the program was started by Elsa’s mother.

Walbridge Fest, Inc., donated $2,500 to the program this year, Bowen said.

Knights of Columbus donation
The Genoa Knights of Columbus Council #4237 presented $1,000 donation to the Luther Home of Mercy in Williston.

The funds came from funds raised from the Knights of Columbus’ Measure-Up Spaghetti Dinners. Grand Knight Jerry Csizek and Financial Secretary Keith Stephens presented the check to Pastor Don Wukotich who led a tour of the facility.

(Left to right) Keith Stephens, Jerry Csizek and Pastor Don Wukotich.

Prophesy Revival
A Prophecy Revival will be held Nov. 16 to 20 at Grace Bible Baptist Church, 116 E. Union St., Walbridge.

Evangelist August Rosado, of “Today in Bible Prophecy,” will preach at all services during the revival. Rosado broadcasts a weekly radio program entitled, “Today in Bible Prophecy” and has made several television appearances. He also hosts annual Bible Prophecy Tours to the Holy Land.

Services will be held Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., as well as at Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided by the church at 1 p.m. Dinner will be provided Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m.

For more information, call Pastor David Stogsdill at 419-661-5058.

Firefighters remembered
The sound of a bagpipe could be heard on successive days as the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District remembered two former members who died recently.

A service was held Nov. 2 for Keith Snider, 52, a firefighter/battalion chief in Williston, and another on Nov. 3 for James Purney, 74, who had retired from the department in 1988.

The passing of the two men was a physical drain on the firefighting community, said Genoa Police Chief Bob Bratton, who attended both services and describes the fire district as a “family of men and women serving our community on a moment’s notice.”

“The loss of these two men puts everything into perspective,” he said, adding that their dedication to the community was again on display when they assisted with watching over children during Halloween activities.

“During a time of grieving, the public was served promptly and professionally with calls answered, keeping true to the dedication of firefighters for our community,” the chief said.

Assistant Battalion Chief Tim Tank sent a letter to Lake Township Fire Chief Todd Walters, thanking the Lake Township department for taking all calls in the district the morning and afternoon of Nov. 2 so all members could attend the services for Snider.

Retired Teachers to meet
Lucas County Retired Teachers Association will hold a holiday luncheon Dec. 13 at noon at the Inverness Club, 4601 Dorr St.

Luncheon choices include Char-grilled London Broil, Chicken Aux Champignon (sautéed chicken breast) or Penne Primavera. Holiday music will be provided by Springfield High School.

Reservations with choice of entree and payment of $18.75 are due by Friday, Dec. 7. Valet parking will be available. Those attending are asked to bring stuffed animals for Lucas County Children Services’ Teddy Bear Pantry. The toys will be used to comfort children who come to Children Services.

Send check payable to LCRTA to Robert Fetter, 7803 Shaftesbury, Sylvania, OH 43560.

Board member elected
Cindy Dart, of Bowling Green, was elected to represent Wood County on the Board of Directors of WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. Her term begins Jan. 1, 2013.

Dart will replace Jennifer Wagner of Perrysburg, who joined the board in 2011. Other members of the board representing Wood County include Mel Browning, of Perrysburg, who is the current chairperson of the board; Dean King, of Bowling Green, Carmen Beltran, of Bowling Green, Paul Smith, of Perrysburg, and Al Fosnaugh of Fostoria.

For more information on WSOS services, call 1-800-775-9767 or visit

Partnership formed
Representatives from the Northwestern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Ohio District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), and social ministry organizations Filling Home of Mercy, Luther Home of Mercy, Lutheran Homes Society, and Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio, met  Nov. 5 to sign a Ministry Partnership Covenant.

The covenant signifies the ongoing commitment of the Lutheran Church to work collaboratively on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged, recognizing the important work of the local social ministry organizations and provides a support framework for the work being done with the elderly, the intellectually and developmentally disabled, troubled youth and families, the poor, and others in need throughout northwest Ohio.

Ohio District LCMS President Terry Cripe and Northwestern Ohio Synod ELCA Bishop Marcus Lohrmann, representing two major bodies of the Lutheran church, signed the covenant, along with David Roberts, president/CEO of Lutheran Homes Society; Nancy Yunker, president/CEO of LSS of NOW; Paul Oehrtman, CEO and executive director of Filling Home of Mercy, and Don Wukotich, executive director of Luther Home of Mercy. This collaboration and sharing of resources allows the social ministry organizations to reach more people who need their services.

Pie Contest Winners
Winners have been announced in Elmore Historical Society’s Pie Contest, held Oct. 27.

Adult winners include:
Fruit: Renee Thomas, of Elmore, first place; Tim Hepner, of Oak Harbor, second place; Barb Schaffer, of Elmore, third place.

Pumpkin: Peggy Lutman, of Elmore, first place; Renee Thomas, of Elmore, second place.

Nuts: Connie Stovnes, of Oak Harbor, first place; Renee Thomas, of Elmore, second place; Tim Hepner, of Oak Harbor, third place.

Youth winners include:
Fruit: Shyann Lutman, of Fremont, first place; A.P. Lutman, of Fremont, second place; Rylie Cutchall, of Elmore, third place.

Pumpkin: Cole Cutchall, of Elmore, first place; Bo McElroy, of Fremont, second place; Harley Harris, of Elmore, third place.


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