Fireworks fundraiser a success
In late May, the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off a fundraising campaign for its Annual Independence Day Celebration, which included selling patriotic stars at several businesses throughout town.
According to chamber Executive Director Valerie Winterfield, the response was wonderful. “We would like to thank all of the businesses that sold the stars and all of the people who purchased them,” she said, adding the chamber received several donations from businesses and members of the community.
Community Markets in Oak Harbor raised the most money, bringing in more than $1,200 in donations, with cashier Cathe Riffle selling the most stars.
“It is a great feeling to see the town rally together and support this wonderful event, and we are grateful for all of the contributions.” Winterfield said.
State wildlife officer assigned
Austin M. Dickinson, 25, of Curtice, has been assigned as the new state wildlife officer in Seneca County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Dickinson is one of 16 new wildlife officer cadets who were sworn in as commissioned state wildlife officers during ceremonies July 3 in Columbus. He began his new duties the following day.
As a state wildlife officer, Dickinson will have statewide jurisdiction to enforce wildlife regulations, investigate allegations of waterway pollution, protect state property and make arrests. He will also conduct educational programs, perform fish and wildlife management duties and advise landowners on dealing with wildlife.
Dickinson is a 2007 graduate of Genoa High School. In 2011, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University.
Eagle Scout honors
Colton Bryan Dawkins, a member of Boy Scout Troop #314, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in scouting. The troop, under the direction of Scoutmaster Kiel Whitcum, is sponsored by the Elmore Kiwanis.
Dawkins fulfilled the Eagle Scout requirements by earning 29 merit badges and holding various offices within the troop including patrol leader (twice), assistant senior patrol leader and quarter master.
He also completed a community service project which consisted of organizing the moving of an old structure to the opposite side of the football field at Woodmore High School to become the Spirit Shack, for the selling of school spirit merchandise. He also organized the project to remodel the exterior and created an Eagle wall on the outside to honor the Eagle Scouts of Woodmore High School.
Dawkins, who will be a sophomore at Woodmore in the fall, is involved in bowling, weightlifting, track and field, drama club, marching and concert bands and OMEA competitions.
He is the son of Duke and Erika Dawkins, of Gibsonburg; the grandson of Sherry Reamsnyder and the late Bryan Reamsnyder and Delmar and Cheri Dawkins, and great-grandson of Virgil and LouAnn Lawrence.
Lester Weatherwax, manager at Community Markets and cashier Cathe Riffle.