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Ted Jenkins, long-time resident of Oregon, was recently inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in Columbus. He served on the Oregon School Board, retired from LOF in senior management and served in many volunteer positions.

Jenkins has long been associated with the Mercy Health Partners, having served as a former chair of that board. He has been active in the Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services Board, now serving as a director.

A graduate of Bowling Green State University, he served on the Alumni Board and the BGSU Foundation Board. He has also served on the boards of the Toledo Area Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, the Toledo Area YMCA and the United Way.

Retiring as a Colonel after 43 years of active and reserve duty, Jenkins was commissioned from the ranks while serving as a sergeant during the Korean War.

A Choralier Christmas
The Choraliers will celebrate the Christmas season with programs at several area churches.

Performances will be offered Dec. 5 at Christ United Methodist Church, 5757 Starr Ave., Oregon; Dec. 6 at Rossford United Methodist Church, 270 Dixie Highway, Rossford and Dec. 13 at Lutheran Church of the Master, 28744 Simmons Rd., Perrysburg. All performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

There is no charge for these events, however a free-will offering will be accepted.

30-year reunion planned
Northwood High School class of 1979 will host a 30-year reunion Nov. 28 from 6 p.m. till the last dance at Bar Louie’s in Levis Commons in Perrysburg.

Cost is $15 per person. Info: James Grigson at 419-356-6285 or Julie Miller at 419-341-3492.

Board elected
A new board of directors for the Ottawa County Chapter #30011 of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans was elected at the annual dinner meeting Nov. 8.

Board members, who will assume office in January, include President Linda Tooman, Vice President Suzanne Kaufman; records director Karen Demangos; financial director Dawn Haar; Congregational Service Team Director Janet Smith; Communications Director Janine Dress; Community Service Team Director Bonnie Schimming; Assistant Financial Director Lou Engler; Youth Director Carol Orman; and Events Director Judith Gahler.

The board meets every Third Tuesday at 7 p.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church, Oak Harbor to consider funding applications submitted for Care in Abounds in Communities, a Thrivent Financial for Lutherans activity, to support local community needs.

Band heading to NYC
The Clay High School Marching Band will leave for New York City Nov. 21.

The band will perform on the flight deck of the USS Intrepid docked at Pier 86 on the Hudson River. The Intrepid, also known as The Fighting I, is one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers build during World War II for the U.S. Navy. It recently underwent a complete renovation and reopened to the public Nov. 8. The Clay Band will be the first to perform on the renovated flight deck.

While in New York, band members will visit a number of famous sites, including NBC Studios, the World Trade Center site, Macy’s and Times Square. They will also attend a performance of the Radio City Music Hall.

Dancing stars
The Ottawa County Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASA) held its second annual “Ottawa County Stars Dance for CASA” Nov. 14 at Community Market VFW Memorial Hall in Oak Harbor.

The competition paired local dance instructors with local celebrities to compete in a dance-off to raise funds for the non-profit organization.

This year’s celebrity dancers included Jodi Regal, Ottawa County Auditor; Mike Bassett, owner of Bassett’s Markets; Carol Fox, director of youth ministry at Immaculate Conception Church in Port Clinton; Steve Levorchick, captain, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department; and Kim Dusseau, president of the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education. They were paired with instructors Craig Olszewski, Timothy Nyman and Annessia Nyman of Black Tie Dance Studio in Sandusky; MaryAnn Snider of the Ballet School in Port Clinton; and Hank Fox of Class A Performing Arts in Oak Harbor, who also served as the DJ for the evening. Judge Fritz Hany was also slated to dance at the event, but his partner was unable to compete.

While a sold out audience looked on, the couples entertained the crowd with dances that they had practiced for six weeks. Former contestant Kathleen L. Giesler, Ottawa County Juvenile and Probate Courts judge, was the emcee for the evening. Judges were former contestants County Commissioner Jim Sass, retired County Commissioner Carl Koebel, and Port Clinton Mayor Debbie Tester, who won the competition last year.

Former contestant Sheriff Bob Bratton was the host for the event.

The champion was determined by how many donations his or her dance raised. This year’s champion is Kim Dusseau, BCS school board president, who danced with Hank Fox. The couple performed an energetic remix of different dance styles, raising more than $800 in donations. A Judge’s Choice Award for the most entertaining performance was given to Carol Fox and her partner, Timothy Nyman, who performed a quick step.

All of the proceeds from the event benefit CASA, which provides volunteer advocates who speak on behalf of abused and neglected children whose families are involved with the Ottawa County Courts. For more information on becoming a volunteer CASA advocate, call 419-734-7705 or e-mail

Participants in Ottawa County Stars Dance for CASA, held Nov. 14, included (left to right) Mike Bassett and MaryAnn Snider, Champion Kim Dusseau and Hank Fox, Annessia Nyman and partner Steve Levorchick, Carol Fox and partner Timothy Nyman, Jodi Regal and partner Craig Olszewski.



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