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Egg hunt winners
More than 150 youngsters came out for the Genoa Area Kiwanis Club’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt held March 30 at Genoa Veterans Park.

Easter eggs with prizes were collected by all children, and kids finding specially marked gold eggs received Easter baskets, along with a Grand Prize Easter Basket Drawing.

Winners included:
Ages 1 and 2: Keaston Mayo, Kail Golighty, Danny Harris, Hunter Swanson, Isaiah Nichols and Clayton Shupe;

Ages 3 and 4: Johnny Themen, Aleeyah Dunn, Lily Braley, Harleigh Baird, Evan Walters abd Connor Hart:

Age 5 and Kindergarten: Asia Lyn, Breylyn Jackson, Ella Ludwig, Ethan Noegel, Andy Sigurdson and Neko Belcher;

First grade: Kyle Sigurdson, Gracie Lyn Beuhler, Skyler Tumes, Eli Jenney, Elena Widmer and Jordan Johnson;  Second grade: Cole Kwaitkowski, Maggie Tolliver, Robert Messenger, Kaitlyn Dewey, Ross Dufendock and Hunter Krum;

Third grade: Sydney MacDonald, Mason Badreddine, Olivia Lau, Brittany Diekman. Abigail Hines and Emily Noegel.

Thirteen members of the Genoa High School Key Club assisted Kiwanis members with hiding the eggs and coordinating the event. The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club is looking for new members to help support community projects. Call Jean Holcombe at 419-855-8381 for details.


Cheer teams win
The Ohio Elite All Stars, a local all-star cheerleading organization housed at Kid’s World Gymnastics and Cheerleading in Millbury, have national bragging rights.

The Ohio Elite All Star teams have won three national titles over a year’s time. In April 2012, the Senior CoEd Level Three cheer team won their division at the U.S. Finals National Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. Teams from around the country came to Indianapolis to compete for the national title, and the Ohio Elite Senior CoEd team took the crown.

On March 2 of this year, Ohio Elite traveled to Columbus for the Arnold Sports Festival to compete in U.S. Spirit’s Cheer and Dance National Championships. The Junior Level Two team, the Sergeants, placed first, earning the national title, and the Senior CoEd Level Three team, the Commanders, also placed first, earning an additional national title. In addition, the Commanders won Grand Champion in their division, meaning that the team had the highest score over all other level three teams at the event.

Each team also earned a bid to compete in The One: Cheer and Dance Finals in New Orleans.

To earn their winning scores, Ohio Elite performed routines in front of a panel of judges looking for advanced skills in the areas of stunting, tumbling, pyramids, jumps and dance. Skills were graded upon the level of technique, synchronization, difficulty and motion sharpness.

The Ohio Elite program consists of teams ranging in age from 4 to 18. Tryouts for next season’s all-star cheer teams will be held April 27 and 28, and May 4 and 5. Times for tryouts depend on age. Call the gym at 419-836-7598 for more information.


Conservancy director resigns
The Black Swamp Conservancy Board of Trustees has announced the resignation of executive director, Kevin Joyce, effective immediately to pursue other career opportunities.

“Kevin has played a critical role in the Conservancy’s success over the past seven years,” said Tom Reed, board president. “We want to thank him for his service and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Conservation Director Rob Krain is being promoted to executive director, and will lead the day-to-day operations of the organization. Krain has been with the Conservancy since 2007.


Hansen Dinner set
The East Toledo/Oregon Kiwanis Club is hosting their Annual Hansen Award Dinner April 10 at 6 p.m. at St. Charles Hospital.

The Kiwanis will present scholarships to five students from local high schools – Alexa Wegman (Northwood), Trevor Walsh (Lake), Talia Ulrich, (Waite), Brandy Pelfrey (Clay) and Katherine Siebenaller (Cardinal Stritch).

All five of these students have excelled in the classroom while also spending time helping in their community.

The Club will also present the Hansen Award to Clay High School teacher Dennis Slotnick for his outstanding contribution to the community and his years of service in the teaching profession.

Tickets for the Hansen dinner are $15 per person. RSVP to Cathy King at National Bank of Ohio at 419-691-6264 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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