The Penta Career Center Board of Education has voted to hire Ron Matter,
current assistant superintendent of Penta, as its new superintendent. Matter will take over Aug. 1 for Fred Susor, current Penta superintendent, who will retire July 31.
Matter was selected from a pool of 15 applicants and was one of four candidates interviewed for the position by the board.
“The board feels that Ron Matter is the best candidate for the position,” said Dr. Eric Myers, board president. “Ron has an extensive background in school administration in Northwest Ohio and he has developed good working relationships with area school districts, the community and business and industry during his four years as assistant superintendent at Penta.
“As we look to the future of career-technical education in our community, we believe Ron will be an excellent leader for students, staff and administration,” Dr. Myers said.
In addition to his tenure at Penta, Matter worked for Northwood Local Schools serving as superintendent for seven years, principal of the high school for two years and principal of Lark Elementary School for five years. Matter also worked in the Pandora-Gilboa Local School District as a middle school principal, business teacher and coach and worked in the Forest Hills Local School District in Cincinnati as business teacher and coach.
Matter earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Bowling Green State University in 1980. He has a master’s degree in education and administration certification from the University of Dayton. He resides in Maumee with his wife, Laurie.
Memorial Run winners
The Northwood Fire Department held its 2nd Annual Firefighters Memorial Run June 27. First-, second- and third-place ribbons were awarded to male and female runners. Winners included:
Female Age 12-14 – First place Shelby Romstadt (30:27), second place Haley Metcalf (30:27:1).
Male Age 15-19 – First place Dan Robaszkiewicz (20:28), second place Dale Balister (20:28:1).
Female Age 15-19 – First place Ashley Parks (24:10), second place Megan Hirzel (25:50), third place Jessica Grindle (26:12).
Male Age 20-29 – First place Michael Caldwell (23:56), second place Andrew Niese (24:15), third place Chris Kretz (31:22).
Female Age 20-29 – First place Kelly Neundorfer (24:38), second place Emily Caldwell (25:30).
Male Age 30-39 – First place John Romstadt (30:09), second place Brett Lohman (38:40), third place Dan Sifuentes (46:25).
Female Age 30-39 – First place Michelle Genzman (22:06), second place Anne Heyman (26:28), third place Brandy Dempsey (26:49).
Male Age 40-49 – First place Phil Wojcinski (33:17).
Female Age 40-49 – First place Cindie Thompson.
Male Age 50-59 – First place George Ho (29:01), second place Joe Caligiuri (33:51).
Female Over 60 – Betty Hughes (36:09).
Youngest Runner – Haley Metcalf, 14 years and 8 months.
Oldest Runner: Betty Hughes-70 years.
Overall Male Runner - Dan Robaszkiewicz (20:28).
Overall Female Runner – Michelle Genzman (22:06).
Organizers expressed their gratitude to Maumee Quick Print, Press Newspapers, Big Daddy Graphics, 1-800-BoardUp, ACE Sanitation, Big Apple Deli, Bennett Enterprises, Big Boy and Ralphie’s, VFW Post 2984, Waste Management-Evergreen Recycling, NVFD #1 Ladies Auxiliary and the Northwood Firefighters Association.
Eagle Scout honors
David Gregory Goralske Jr. has received his Eagle Scout Award at a ceremony
|David Gregory Goralske Jr.
held May 17 at St. Luke’s Church in Curtice.
David began Cub Scout Pack #122 as a Tiger Cub in first grade in 1999, led by Sandra Stroshine. He credits Cub Scout leaders Paul Hugulet, Kelly Young and Tina Goralske for helping him along the way.
He earned the highest award, The Arrow of Light as a Webelos Scout and crossed over to Boy Scout Troop #131 in 2004. David has earned 25 merit badges during his time with Boy Scout Troop #131, led by Scoutmaster John Moore and Assistant Scout Master Dave Mack. He has achieved ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle.
David’s scouting adventure has taken him camping to Put-in-Bay, Canada, Seven Eagles, Camp Perry, Camp Miakonda and Camp Pioneer. A highlight of his scouting career, he says, was attending the National Scout Jamboree in Virginia and completing his Eagle Scout Project, which involved building and placing benches at Maumee Bay State Park. He thanks his family, friends and local businesses for their generous donations to the project.
The son of Dave and Tina Goralske, David will be a junior at Clay High School and holds a 3.5 GPA in the honors program. In addition, he is on the Clay soccer and tennis teams and is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Red, White and Blue and all things patriotic were in place for Riverview HealthCare Campus’ first ever “Patriotic Parade.”
Children came in strollers, buggies, scooters, wagons and even a battery-operated Red Corvette. As children lined up, the residents and families cheered them on with applause. The smiles were apparent on spectators’ faces as the parade wound its way around the building.
Ottawa County Commissioners Steve Arndt, Jim Sass and Mark Stahl were there to present prizes to the award winners, who included:
First Place: Michael Dusseau, 5, of Oak Harbor, driving a miniature red Corvette
Second Place: Brianna Marinis, 7, of Oak Harbor, riding in a patriotic wagon with “Uncle Sam.”
Third Place: Max Gillespie, 5, of Oak Harbor on his decorated Big Wheel. Honorable mention awards went to Garrett Adams of Fremont, Adrianna Hummel of Lacarne, Chloe Everage of Lacarne and Mary Gillespie of Oak Harbor.
All veterans residing at the Riverview campus were given a flag and a round of applause to thank them for the service they gave to their country.
A Patriotic Sing-a-long followed the parade. The afternoon ended on a sweet note with everyone enjoying ice cream with patriotic sprinkles.
The Elmore Historical Society has announced the winners of the 30th Portage River Festival events.
They include: Talent show: first place, Lori Willey, Fremont; second place, Christian Reasler, Fostoria; third place, Christian Berlin, Oak Harbor; fourth place, Brian Mahoney, Genoa; fifth place, Sandy Harder, Elmore. Brush Wellman donated prizes for the event.
Redneck Garden Tractor Pull: Cut Tires 6-8 horsepower – first place Cal Biggent; 8-10 horsepower, Bill Dufendock; 11-12 horsepower, Seth Dobbebre; 13-16 horsepower, Tim Powell; 17-18 horsepower, Pat Galigher; 19-20 horsepower, Mike Recker.
Turf Tires 8-10 horsepower – Hunter Haar; 11-12 horsepower, Joel Sprauge; 17-18 horsepower, Hunter Haar. Unlimited Mike Recker. There were 39 participants in this activity, which was sponsored by Village Inn, Curtis Auto Parts, Speed Trap Diner, Vision Quest, Unique Fabrication, NAPA Auto Parts, Denny Marquardt “Songbusters,” 8-Ball Farms, Netcher Farms, Pence Family, Lajti family and Friends, Tina's Drive Thru and Dillon Young. The competition was dedicated to John Wires, who passed away in the last year.
The society’s next meeting will be held July 19 at 3 p.m. at the Elmore Retirement Center, Hanneman Hall. Anyone is invited to attend.