No money, trophies or medals go with the 22nd Annual Gold Star Awards, just a gold star for the refrigerator and congratulations from an observer.
Joseph Wentworth, Ohio State Trooper, and Woodville residents, Wendy Emch, Dave Emch, Agnes Welling, Kristin Allen, Robin Collins and Paul Pfister, honored by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for their life-saving efforts during a car crash.
Gerald Herman, retired Northwood police chief, for installing a speed-warning device encouraging motorists to slow down as they approach the red-light camera at Lemoyne and Woodville.
Lucas McCullough, 9, Luckey, for winning his age group at the National Punt Pass & Kick contest.
Floyd Tefft for 39 years of public service in Jerusalem Township; 35 as a volunteer fireman and four as a trustee.
Andy and Melissa Portala for their appearance on Wife Swap.
Brent Welker, Eastwood superintendent, for giving students a day off to fill and stack sandbags to control flooding in Pemberville, and, of course the students who volunteered.
Abigail Hecklinger-Gerber of Hecklinger Insurance for nominating Gil Yanez of East Side Boxing Gym for a Community Hero Award. The gym received a $15,000 donation from Safeco.
Aaron Dunbar, 30, East Toledo, for winning his weight class in the Toledo Toughman Contest.
Jodi Harrington, Oregon, for completing her 4,834 mile hike to raise awareness for the disease neurofibromatosis.
Cody Magrum, Oak Harbor, three-time state wrestling champ; Eric Cubberly, Eastwood, two-time state champ; and Kirk Tank and Keith Witt, Oak Harbor, first time state champs.
Mark Newland, Genoa High, for his courage fighting cancer while studying and playing basketball for the Comets.
Bob Harsanje, Gil Kollarik, Aultie Gilliland and Peter Ujvagi for their efforts to write and pass a bill to increase hunting opportunities in Ohio for the physically challenged.
Ruth Haas, Genoa, winner of the Wood County Committee on Aging Poetry Contest.
Bob Martz, Waite graduate, for 50 years of bringing us music, especially during his stint at WCWA.
Jim Sommers, Oregon, awarded the Chapman Award for Excellence in Teaching, one of only five such awards given to the 50,000-member United States Power Squadron.
Kent Buehrer, architect, and Harry Blackmon, executive director of Lutheran Home Services, for designing the first green school building in Northwest Ohio, an alternative learning school located at Lutheran Home Services.
Bob Marquette, Oregon, recipient of the Frederick E Hansen Humanitarian Award for his volunteer work. The award is given annually by the East Toledo/Oregon Kiwanis Club.
Mackinze Ten-Eyck, Northwood elementary student for growing a 16-pound cabbage to win a $1,000 scholarship.
Bill Wilkins, Oregon fire chief, and Harold Stanton, Jerusalem Township fire chief, for partnering to provide a second life squad for back-up for both communities.
Angie Jimerson, Brunner teacher, and Brenda Murphy, principal, for leading a penny drive for Cystic Fibrosis. The school raised $1,141 in honor of Loren Grimes, a first grader with the disease.
The Lagger family for their donation to Cambodia in the name of their parents Charles and Lillian Lagger. The donation is being used at two skills training centers now named after them.
Anita Tenteris-Noebe, Northwood High’s 2008 Alumna of the Year, for her work with the NASA space program.
Dayna Ferguson, Clay High sophomore, recipient of the Gold Award from the Girl Scouts, for her work on the boardwalk at Maumee Bay State Park.
James Firestone, Genoa, new life-member of Kiwanis International, for his 49 years of service and 37 years of perfect attendance.
Betty Carstensen, retired Oregon teacher and four-term board of education member, for her contributions to education which led to the naming of the library at Coy Elementary School after her.
Bob McCloskey, former Toledo councilman, who has reentered the community after his prison sentence in a contrite and graceful manner.
Doris Hoesman for 20 years of service to the Woodville Food Pantry.
Jim Sankiewicz, Genoa High School student and Eagle Scout, for building 17 wood duck nesting boxes at Magee Marsh and Crane Creek.
Beverly Manning, Northwood Middle School student, for winning the contest to name Northwood’s new park--Ranger Park.
Terry Breymaier, Jack Zedro, George Scharbach and Susan Payne Woodrow for their induction into the Waite High School Hall of Fame.
Wendy Deal, music teacher, for 35 years teaching the arts, 34 of those at East Toledo’s Oakdale Elementary School.
Tony Anteau, Pemberville, and Benjamin Croley, Northwood, for being named outstanding alumni of Penta Career Center.
Emma Gould, 5, for calling 9-1-1 when her mother, Elizabeth, who suffers from diabetes, nearly passed out on the floor.
Don Petroff, 70, former Oregon Municipal Court Judge, for winning the State Singles Championship sponsored by the Ohio Trapshooting Association. He is the oldest man to do so.
Eric Curavo, Lake High grad, for winning the Under-21 title in the Rimfire Sporter Match at the 101st National Shooting Matches held at Camp Perry.
Steve Timofeev, coach, and the Oregon Monarchs Gold team for winning the National Amateur Baseball Federation College Division World Series held in Toledo.
William Stroshine, Oregon Eagle Scout, for building a gazebo at Lutheran Home of Toledo.
Marcia Punsalan, Clay High language arts teacher, for motivating 70 high school students to read more than 1,500 books in one school year, an average of more than 200 pages per student per week.
Jayna Kubuske, Lake High baton twirler, for winning the Governor’s Cup Trophy at the Ohio State Fair.
Art Beck, 96, East Toledo, and Edith Brookover, 90, Oregon, for volunteering at St. Charles Hospital.
Dr. William Frederick, engineer, and Dr. Robert Culver, physician, for their induction into the Clay High School Hall of Fame.
Richard and Connie Shiple, Oregon for their 50 year old Golden Raintree, a state champion runner-up tree for size.
Gary Row, Clay, and Bill Bundy, Genoa, for 25 years of filming high school football games for their coaches.
Richard Bingham, Pemberville police chief, for his program allowing citizens to spend four hours riding with a police officer to better understand police work.
Jerry Eversman and the Oregon Vietnam Memorial Committee for honoring eight Oregon soldiers who were killed in Vietnam.
Scott Calhoun, Press Soothsayer, for being the only one of eight grid prognosticators to pick Toledo’s victory over the Michigan Wolverines.
George Jensen, Luckey and the Society of St. Andrew for their gleaning project which has resulted in harvesting 9.6 million pounds of vegetables for the needy.
Ron Rasey and fellow workers at Toledo’s Teledyne Turbine Engines for their “Extreme Roof Over” for Oregon resident Sheri Ulinski.
Kris Lafeir, former Northwood football player, for losing 100 pounds (295 to 195) to reflect a healthy lifestyle for his two sons, ages 4 and 2.