Historical society presents awards
The East Toledo Historical Society honored local historian Larry Michaels and the Heck Printing Co., a 70-year-old East Toledo business with East Side Preservation Awards at its recent Annual Meeting and Social.
The awards are presented in recognition of longtime charter membership in the society, for his longevity of service to East Toledo; and for maintaining and/or preserving an East Toledo address and for being an asset to East Toledo.
Michaels was one of the founders of the Weber Block Building museum display. In addition, he has been active in the Peter Navarre Day activities for 25 years and was instrumental in the historical society’s reprinting of the 1894 publication, “The East Side” by Isaac Wright on the book’s 100th anniversary.
He also was involved in securing and restoring the society’s headquarters¸ the Little Building at Navarre Park, and was involved in the preservation of the Bihl House in East Toledo as its owner for a number of years.
He promotes the history of East Toledo through talks, slide shows, publications he has authored and walking tours.
The father, son and daughter team of Edward Heck, Matthew Heck and Michelle Mosiniak were lauded for the success of Heck’s Direct Mail and Printing Service, which was recognized as a commercial asset in East Toledo.
Eagle Scout honors
Eric Eischen, a member of Boy Scout Troop #342 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Williston, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in scouting. A Court of Honor will be convened June 3 at 2 p.m. at Allen Township Park.
In order to attain Eagle Scout honors, a scout must meet three requirements. The first is to earn 21 merit badges, including 12 designated by Boy Scouts of America and nine of his own choosing. Eischen has earned 25 badges to date.
In addition, a scout must hold a leadership office in his troop. Eischen has held a number of offices, including his current position as Junior Scoutmaster.
To meet the third requirement – that of completing a project that benefits the scout’s community, church or sponsoring body, Eischen chose a project at the Luther Home of Mercy. He found plans for three standard picnic tables and had them modified to fit wheelchairs. With the help of his family, friends and fellow scouts, he completed the tables – a project that took 159 hours.
Eischen graduated May 22 from Penta Career Center and May 27 from Genoa Area High School. He is the son of Colleen Hickey, of Martin and Dean and Deb Chalfin, of Lake Township and the grandson of Sonia Eischen, of Martin.