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Michael Ando to be inducted
The celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a social hour. A Chicken Paprika and Pig in the Blanket dinner will be served family-style at 6 p.m. Guest speaker for this event is Chris Bergeron, head coach of Bowling Green State University’s men’s ice hockey team.
An article in last week’s Press highlighted inductees Stephen Junga, Jason Way, Glen Mesteller, and the late Joseph Tinta. Michael Joseph Ando was inadvertently omitted from the list of inductees.
Ando will be honored as an Athlete and Distinguished Citizen.
Ando has been a life-long East-Sider. He was born in Toledo on June 8, 1959 and lived in Oregon until he married Gayle Fursdon in 1972. They are the parents of three children, all of whom attended Waite High School. They also have four grandchildren.
Ando attended Oregon schools and participated in football at Fassett Junior High and Clay High School. He was starting offensive tackle at both Fassett and Clay. He was also a starting center for the Fassett basketball team and played Little League baseball, where he was a pitcher.
After high school, Ando received a degree from Owens College.
Since 1975, he has lived on Caledonia Street in the Birmingham neighborhood. During this time, he served as a councilman at St. Stephen’s Parish for some 13 years and has been a helper in the kitchen at St. Stephens for 34 years, helping out during all the major dinners that the church has had, including the Birmingham Ethnic Festival.
Ando has been employed at Libbey Glass for 43 years and now has the highest seniority ranking in his department.
He joins his father John Ando; uncles Paul Zam and Joe Kovesdi; aunt Lola Zam, and cousins Joe Kovesdi, Bob Kovesdi and Paul Zam Jr. in the honor of being inducted into the Birmingham Hall of Fame.
The event will be held at the Lake Township Administration Building, 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury.
Honorary trees will be dedicated to Alwin Welling, Edwin Knepper, Donald Lusher, Leota Scarberry, Judy Schwamberger, Robert Vincent, Ted Hubler, Henry LaPlant and Joan Savage. Trees were donated and purchased by Friends of Lake Township Parks.
Light refreshments will be served.
Ohio Historical Society Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer Burt Logan honored recipients with awards in two categories -- Public Education & Awareness and Preservation Merit -- during a Sept. 28 luncheon at the German Village Meeting Haus in Columbus. This year’s honors went to recipients from 14 communities.
The Hayes Presidential Center received a Preservation Merit award for its restoration of the home of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. The five-year project was completed in 2012 at a cost of $1.5 million. Executive Director Christie Weininger and Director Emeritus Thomas Culbertson accepted the award.
The Preservation Merit Award is given for preserving Ohio’s prehistory, history, architecture or culture.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office Awards, which have been presented annually since 1983 on the basis of nominations submitted from throughout the state. For a complete list of 2013 recipients, visit www.ohiohistory.org.