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Garden club celebrating 80 years

It was 1934 when 27 local women interested in beautifying the community joined together to form the Woodville Garden Club. Eighty years later, their mission continues.

The club will mark the anniversary with a luncheon at the Gathering Room in Elmore April 11.

Each spring, club members take on the job of filling the urns at Trail Marker Park with greenery. They also fill the Main Street planter at the post office, which the Garden Club had built in honor of Thelma Price. They also decorate the gazebo at Christmas time.

The March meeting will be held March 28 at 1 p.m. at the home of Phyllis Wietelmann, 616 Riverside Dr., Woodville. The speaker will be Jeff Wilbarger, founder and director of “The Daughter Project,” in Bowling Green.

Anyone interested in joining the club may call 419-849-2543.

Members of the Woodville Garden Club include (back row) Marian Stewart, Millie Sedlmeier (deceased), Phyllis Wietelmann, Mary Lou Busdiecker, Carmella Riffle, Brenda Sommer, Margi Kepus and Janet Lohmann; (seated) Marge Wilt, Virginia Andrews, Dee Avers, Ruth Nedelco, Mary Gray, Phyllis Natal, Bobbie Mauntler. Absent from the photo are Victoria Pan, Gerry Grindstaff and Dorothy Tank.

A “spark” for families

Oak Harbor native Ken Sayre has earned WSOS’ Spark Award for demonstrating leadership, quality, service, finance and innovation in his position as a family advocate working in the Pathways to Fatherhood Program.

Sayre, currently of Port Clinton, was hired two years ago to provide services to veterans in the Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties in the Ohio VETS program. The program earned a Best Practice award in January from the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies.

Sayre is credited for helping participants overcome barriers and secure employment, using key resources in the community for veterans and helping them to secure jobs through the On-the-Job Training (OJT) contracts WSOS has with employers.

According to his nomination, he is a great steward of the community, a professional resource for others, and a team player within the department.

Hudson co-pilot visits

Jeff Skiles, co-pilot during Flight 1549 “Miracle on the Hudson,” and Bret Steffen, Director of Education at the Wisconsin-based Experimental Aircraft Association, flew to Port Clinton March 5 at the invitation of EAA Tin Goose Chapter 1247 to visit the chapter’s Tri-Motor restoration project.

The pair arrived at Erie-Ottawa International Airport in a Piper Aztec and spent the afternoon with local chapter officers before departing for Lorain County Airport for a speaking engagement later in the evening.

After lunch at the Tin Goose Diner, the guests toured the museum facility and the ambitious Tri-Motor restoration project.

For a number of years, EAA has been bringing their Tri-Motor to Port Clinton to offer plane rides to the public and help raise money for the restoration project. Tin Goose Chapter 1247 will host EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor this summer from July 1-6 at the Liberty Aviation museum complex. Tickets are $75 for adults and $50 for children 17 and under. A $5 savings is offered on adult tickets purchased in advance.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-877-952-5395 or visit Learn more about Tin Goose Chapter 1247 at



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