Moline Scout looking to build veterans’ memorial
A team of volunteers headed by a prospective Eagle Scout from Moline has set a goal of holding a dedication ceremony for a new memorial by Veteran’s Day.
John Horvat, a member of Scout Troop 63, chose the memorial/tribute for his Eagle Scout project and is finding the fundraising aspect of the project every bit as challenging as planning its construction.
Horvat, a junior at Lake High School who attends Penta Career Center, wants to erect a 4-foot-tall granite memorial at Veteran’s Park in Walbridge.
“He wanted to do something lasting,” his mother, Dawn, said.
The five-sided memorial will have a tribute to veterans on the top and the insignia of the branches of military service on the sides.
Artistic Memorials, owned by Jeff Pettit, has agreed to supply the granite and engraving service at cost.
To meet that cost, Horvat and family and friends have been selling paver bricks which will comprise a walkway around the memorial and a nearby flagpole.
A fundraiser dinner is also scheduled for Sept. 29 from 4-7 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9963, 109 N. Main St., Walbridge.
Horvat hopes to start preparing the site in October and have the memorial ready for dedication by Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day.
Dawn Horvat said the goal is to have about 1,300 engraved bricks for the walkway.
“We’d like to have a nice representation of the community,” she said, adding bricks will be for sale at the dinner.
For information call 419 297-5923 or 419 693-0989.
Leadership Ottawa Co. Plans Oct. 6 fundraiser
Leadership Ottawa County will hold a fundraiser Oct. 6 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Mango Mamma’s in downtown Port Clinton.
The evening will include entertainment by Country Express, a silent auction, 50/50 raffles, door prizes and free gifts. Costume contest (optional) will be decided by judges in the audience,
Tickets are $10. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Dennis Russo at
or 419-734-2369, ext. 2000.
Funds raised will help Leadership Ottawa County and its mission to develop, strengthen and enrich leaders through the Leadership program.
Pinning ceremony held
On Monday, Aug. 27, the Northwood Fire Department held an Oath of Office and Pinning Ceremony to honor new members of the department and others who were promoted.
Randy Roslin was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief. Roslin, whose main area of responsibility will be training, brings many years of fire and EMS experience to his new position.
Firefighters William Hartford and Anthony Shirey recently completed their year-long probationary period. During this time, both members completed a state-mandated 36-hour basic firefighter course along with an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course.
Recruit Firefighters Chris Bowman and Cary Johnson became members of the Fire Department. Bowman is new to the fire service while Johnson relocated to the city after spending nearly 20 years as a career firefighter in South Carolina.
From left Leeanne LaForme (wife of Deputy Chief Roslin), Deputy Chief Randy Roslin, Pam Dile (girlfriend of Firefighter Shirey), Firefighter Anthony Shirey, Ailene Seckinger (fiancée of Firefighter Johnson) recruit Firefighter Cary Johnson, Firefighter William Hartford, Sherri Maldonado (mother of Firefighter Hartford), recruit Firefighter Chris Bowman and Lt. Bob Bowman (father of Firefighter Bowman).