No money, trophies or medals go with the 23rd Annual Gold Star Awards, just a gold star for the refrigerator and congratulations from an observer.
Nathan Lord, Northwood fifth-grader, who grew his hair 17 inches and donated it to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term hair loss.
Tim Stapleton, Oregon’s Santa Claus for 50 years.
Jerry Siglar, Eastwood graduate, on reaching 400 wins as girls basketball coach at Sylvania Northview.
Gary Failor, Raymond Frick, Csaba Frank Sedivi, Michael Wilkins and Stella Ane Zedro named Distinguished Waite Alumni at the 45th Annual Purple & Gold Dinner.
Rachel Hartzell, Clay High senior, who organized a benefit dinner to defray medical expenses for an Oregon family whose twins were born 13 weeks premature and have been periodically hospitalized.
Tyler Derr, Waite wrestler, for competing although legally blind.
Shannon Badgett, Lake Township police officer, for changing a tire for a stranded mother and her two small kids. The mother did not have a cell phone or money. Officer Badgett gave her $20 and told her to take the kids to McDonalds.
Doris Langel, East Toledo, named Comeback Runner of The Year by the Toledo Roadrunners Club. Langel took up running again at age 77 after a four-year break to take care of her ailing husband.
Andrew Horvath and Tom Susor Sr., recipients of the Fredrick E. Hansen Humanitarian Award from the East Toledo/Oregon Kiwanis Club for their volunteer work.
Robert E. Stewart, Oregon, inducted in the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor. Stewart received the Bronze Star with V Device while serving in the Army in Vietnam.
Bob Brandburg, Northwood, for bowling his first 300 game, at age 83.
Benjamin Thomas St. John and Dylan Fletcher, Woodmore students; Daniel Corado and David Goralske Jr.. Clay students, and Stephen Bohland, Clay grad, new Eagle Scouts.
Krista Sanders, Lake grad and student at Morehouse State University, member of the First Team USA for cheerleading.
Kathy Damschroder and her Woodmore Wildcats cheerleading squad for taking first place in the large squad, non-mount cheer division at the 21st annual Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Championships held in Columbus.
Josh Menter, Colton Plumb, Kathryn Finger and Jacob Pirolli, members of the wildlife management team from Clay High School for taking first place among 72 teams competing in the statewide FFA Wildlife Management Career Development Event held in Columbus. The team also placed eighth in the national competition.
Art Ball, 70, for winning his ninth dirt truck feature at Attica Raceway Park.
Dean Hammer, named Ottawa County Deputy of the Year.
Greg Wilker, Lake baseball coach, for his 400th victory.
Marty Roman and Becky Boswell for beautifying and protecting Kessler Park in East Toledo.
Gary White, Eastwood boys track coach, and his Eagles Division II Ohio State Champions.
David Combs and Jill Gulch, East Toledo, for the Forgotten Felines Web site to help find homes for stray cats.
Aaron Martin, Cardinal Stritch grad from Northwood, who won a t-shirt design contest for the Toledo Mud Hens. More than 30 schools participated in the contest, which received more than 4,000 votes.
Ed Adkins, Dan Katschke, Jared Deblaere, Todd Zittsman, Danielle and Tim Joss, and Jenny and Bob Nowak members of East Toledo’s Pool Room billiards team, qualifiers for the national nine-ball tournament held in Las Vegas.
Brandon Rodriguez, 12, for organizing a car wash to raise money for the Toledo Area Humane Society.
Michael Seery, Clay graduate and cadet at the United States Air Force Academy, winner of the NRA National Prone Collegiate Title at the National Rifle Championships at Camp Perry.
Jeremy Kitchin, Oak Harbor sophomore, who ranks seventh in his class in the American Motorcycle Association National Motocross Series for ATVs.
Don Thornton, 75, Luckey, for finishing fifth in the elder class in the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association’s World championships held in Springfield, Illinois.
Dan R Automotive and Cardinal Stritch High School for their efforts in educating young drivers about the dangers of texting while driving.
Ivan and Margie Myers, Oregon, and Bill and Betty Carstensen, Curtice, honored by Metroparks as conservation pioneers for their long time efforts in no-till farming and tree planting.
Daniel Anderson, Bronze Star recipient (WWII), Scoutmaster and life member of Christ Dunberger Post 537 who helped create the Color Guard and Rifle Squad and Dr. Thomas Cooney, internationally recognized leader in the field of mathematics and author of more than 100 publications on math research, Clay High School Hall of Fame inductees.
Alyssa Shimel, Eastwood senior, Ohio state golfing champ in Division II.
Kyle O’Neill and his fifth-graders at Graytown Elementary School for raising $3,500 to send a Genoa teen battling leukemia to meet singer Carrie Underwood.
Ruth Manges and Betty Bauer, the Cookie Ladies, who bake cookies each week to sell to residents of Otterbein Portage Valley. The two donate the money to Heifer International to help alleviate hunger worldwide. In 2008, they raised $1,200.
Ted Jenkins, long-time Oregon resident who retired as a Colonel after 43 years of active and reserve service, for his induction into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.
Richard Kiss, Pearson Metropark ranger, and Joe Kiss, Jerusalem Township trustee, for rescuing an ailing bald eagle.
Jordan Kovacs, Clay graduate and walk-on starting safety at the University of Michigan, a nominee for the Rudy Award given to the Division I college players who best embody the principles of inspirational football legend Daniel Rudy Ruettinger, the Notre Dame walk-on and subject of the film “Rudy.”
Tom Kashmer, local bird researcher, who made ornithological history by being the first to capture and band two shorebirds—Wilson’s Phalarope and the Red-Necked Phalarope.
Baba (Magdalene) Ujvagi, East Toledo folk artist whose Christmas ornaments were chosen for display at The White House.
Kimberly Kaufman, executive director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory, named Naturalist of the Year by the Toledo Naturalists Society for her work to advance research and education involving birds and nature.
Teri Ahle of Helena, a rural route carrier for the United States Postal Service, honored by the National Safety Council for driving 30 years or one million miles without an at-fault accident.