No money, trophies or medals go with the 25th Annual Gold Star Awards, just a gold star for the refrigerator and congratulations and thank you from an observer.
Joe Nauman, Eastwood junior, for not letting his blindness (no vision in one eye, 20 percent vision in the other) stop him from participating in football and wrestling.
Jody Eaton and The “Wrestling Moms” of Eastwood High School, who raised $1,600 at the Claire Simpson Eastwood Duals to fight prostate cancer.
The Cleveland Browns for a $20,000 donation to help rebuild Lake High School.
Denny Meyer and the Lake Girls’ Basketball Team; 61 straight regular season wins and three straight SLL titles.
William Farnham Randolph for 58 years of service with the Lindsey Volunteer Fire Department.
Sarah Deal, 1987 Eastwood graduate, the Marine Corps’ first female pilot.
Bryan Cajka, Luckey, and Adam Wolf, Pemberville, Eastwood students and champions in the 18th Annual FFA District 1 Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics Contest at Owens Community College.
Felipe Martinez, Genoa, and Tyler Hackworth, Oak Harbor; Ohio State Wrestling Champs.
Frank Michel, Oak Harbor, who won $2,500 for the Benton Carroll Salem Food pantry participating in the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program and Jeff Dierksheide, Pemberville, who won $2,500 for the Eastwood Chapter of FFA.
Evie Wakulenko, former Genoa resident, who led her dog sled team to completion of the Serum Run to commemorate the dog sled teams which delivered diphtheria serum to Nome Alaska in 1925.
Tim Stapleton, honored as Person of the Year by the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce for playing Santa Claus for the past 54 years.
Nick Isbell and Shane Gaghen, Clay High students, who pulled a drowning fisherman from the Maumee River during the spring walleye run.
Ed Heintschel, East Toledo native and long-time coach of the St. John’s Titans for 32 years of teaching life’s lessons to young men while posting a 574-179 record and winning 12 City League Titles, 12 district titles and 6 regional titles.
First St. John’s Lutheran Church of East Toledo on its 150th anniversary.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church of East Toledo on its 100th anniversary.
Louie Damschroder, for 35 years of service to the agricultural students at Oak Harbor High School.
VFW Lakeshore Memorial Post 9816 for its Wall of Honor recognizing its veterans.
John Takas of Boy Scout Troop 160, Millbury and Adam Mihalko, Troop 131 of Curtice, new Eagle Scouts. .
Michael Wolever, Toledo Fire Chief and East Toledo resident, who retired after 33 years of service to the City of Toledo.
Carly Pendelton, Woodmore, and Brad Szypka, Genoa, Ohio State Champs in the discus and shot respectively.
Kim Crawford, Clay, and Amanda Sinay, Cardinal Stritch, first team All-Ohio softball players.
Jim Cornell, Genoa, who retired after giving 55 years to the same company, Materion Brush.
Kathy Varga, Ernie Toth and others who serve as guardians for local World War II veterans making the Honor Flight trip to Washington D. C. to see the World War II and other memorials.
Leo Brenot, The Kitchen Chain Gang and other volunteers at Luther Ridge Senior Apartments in Oregon for raising money and donating time to refurbish a flag pole damaged in the 2010 tornado.
Ron Overmyer, retired county extension agent, who spent two weeks in Uganda teaching farmers how to increase yields and work cooperatively.
Rick Waggoner, Gibsonburg, Penta Career Center Teacher of the Year.
Kyle Brossia, 26, an Eastwood graduate, who recorded three straight eagles at a championship golf course in Kettering, Ohio.
Tom Wojciechowski for providing a fishing day at his Genoa pond for residents of Genoa Care Center.
William Coontz (posthumously) and Alan Mascsak inducted into the Clay High Alumni Hall of Fame.
Lou Perlaky for 60 years making men look better with his barber shears. Lou retired last year at age 83.
Ken Grosjean, Press photographer, whose photo of E. Gordon Gee, OSU president visiting the Little Sisters of the Poor was published in the New York Times.
Eggleston, Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home on its 100th anniversary.
Deb Wallace, Press Voice on the Street contributor and Lake High graduate, named Co-Woman of the Year by the National Amateur Baseball Federation for her contributions during the NABF College World Series held in Northwest Ohio.
Don and Bonnie Kreager, Oak Harbor, and their four children and spouses for 180 years of marriage without a divorce.
Erek Hansen, Curtice, age 11, who received an award from the Ohio Environmental Council for his efforts in collecting denim and shoes for recycling.
Janea Makowski, Walbridge, and Tamara (Shiffert) Rost, Pemberville, named Penta Career Center Outstanding Alumni.
Rick “Slim” Henning for building Slim’s Barn, an indoor practice facility which he offers free to local baseball and softball players for practice during the winter.
Sharon Anderson, Chris Assad and other Good Samaritans who helped return Haley, an 11-year-old vision-impaired wandering dog, to its owner.
Kathy Reynolds, Woodmore High sophomore, winner of a Bronze Medal at the Junior Pan American Karate Championships held in Brazil and a competitor at the world championships held in Malaysia.
Elmer Scallish, long-time Old Newsboys volunteer, who recently passed away at age 83 and who raised an estimated $660,000 over the years to help purchase coats and shoes for needy children so they would not be ashamed to go to school.
Alexis Donnelly, a Clay grad, who overcame Guillain-Barre Syndrome to play college soccer.