The Press Newspaper
Waite alums plan reunion
On Friday, alumni will meet at 4 p.m. for a tour of the high school, and then will attend a Mud Hens game at Fifth Third Field. On Saturday, Aug. 17 at 9:30 a.m., classmates are invited to golf at Chippewa Golf course, and then have dinner at Carranor Hunt & Polo Club in Perrysburg from 6-11 p.m.
Reservations are required for golf, the game and dinner. For details, visit http://whsclassof63-com.webs.com or call Rick Rowland at 419-666-6610 or Karen Roscoe Ross 419-878-3540.
Graduates from 1953 through 1959 are also invited. For reservations, call Dave Czajka at 419-+385-2292 or 419-699-1532. All reservations must be pre-paid; no walk-ins.
During operating hours, trained docents and greeters will be on hand to answer questions and to share the history of the 1820s stone home of the first keeper of the Marblehead Light, Benajah Wolcott.
The house will also open June 8 from 11-3 as part of the Second Saturday schedule. Special Second Saturday open house are scheduled each month through October.
New and experienced volunteers gathered at the Keeper’s House, 9999 Bayshore Road in Danbury last week to get reacquainted and to get ready to welcome the thousands of visitors that come throughout the season to enjoy the restored home, the museum and adjacent historic cemetery, and to learn about life on the Firelands frontier.
The Keeper’s House site was in the middle of one of the first skirmishes of the War of 1812, and celebrated the bi-centennial of that event last year.
The Wolcott Keeper’s House is a project of the Ottawa County Historical Society, who purchased and restored the home in the 1990s, and uses it as a venue to share local history. The house and grounds and programming are supported through donations, grants, and fundraising.
For more information, visit www.thekeepershouse.org To join volunteers, call 419-798-5832.
Women who have overcome obstacles to positively impact the greater Walbridge community have the opportunity to earn recognition as Steel Magnolia Award recipients in the program funded by the AK Steel Foundation. Up to 10 awards are given annually, limited to no more than one recipient per AK Steel U.S. location per year. Each recipient designates a $1,000 donation to an eligible charity of her choice.
The award honors women of all ages who have faced personal adversity and have shown exceptional strength, courage, compassion and leadership through their work in support of their communities.
Middletown Community Foundation Executive Director T. Duane Gordon added: “The nomination essays we receive annually for the Steel Magnolia Award are so inspiring and moving that it is a highlight of our work each year. Our communities have such amazing women accomplishing so much that it can be astounding but also motivating.”
Last year’s Walbridge-area honoree was the late Christine Bosch of Millbury, whose parents chose for her $1,000 award to support her former school, Cardinal Stritch High School.
Bosch was born with Down syndrome but grew to be a faithful volunteer in her community prior to her death in 2011 shortly before her 35th birthday. She was an active member of St. Jerome’s Church, being its top festival ticket seller for two years. She received the ARC Lucas County Volunteer of the Year Award in 2007 for her work with Help Me Grow.
For nine years, she served as the manager for the boys’ basketball team at Cardinal Stritch. The school awarded her an honorary posthumous diploma and placed her photo on the school Athletic Wall of Fame last year.
Nominations, which should take the form of an essay of 500 words or less, must be submitted to the program administrator, the Middletown Community Foundation, no later than July 31. Nominees must live in the vicinity of an AK Steel facility. Association with AK Steel is not a requirement for nomination and will have no bearing on the nominee’s consideration.
Visit www.mcfoundation.org/steelmagnolia to view complete requirements and obtain a nomination form. For more information, contact the Middletown Community Foundation at 513-424-7369.
James Derickson welcomed the group, and conducted the meeting and awards ceremony.
Among those recognized were teachers Herb Katko, Phyllis Barker and Kathleen Soenichsen. Classes and their spokespersons were Gordon Moellman (1943); Joyce Kontak (1953), Jim Netcher (1963), Bruce Winters (1938), Bea Kline (1948, Rosemary Schlievert (1958) and John James (1968).
Prizes were awarded to Esther Magsig James for being the oldest graduate present; to Fred Hasselkus, who traveled the greatest distance (from Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Carolyn Witt Starnes for having the newest grandchild.