Shriners break ground
After about two years of working out of a temporary office in South Toledo, the Zenobia Shriners last Monday broke ground for a new temple in Perrysburg Township.
“This is more of a central location for our members,” said Potentate Jerry Argabrite, noting the temple membership covers 16 counties in Northwest Ohio.
The new facility will be built on a five-acre parcel at 8048 Broadstone Blvd. in the Cedar Business Park. Argabrite said members hope to move in by Dec. 10.
The Shriners paid $200,000 for the land and the building will cost about $807,000. The new 5,456-square-foot temple will include a conference room, meeting rooms, offices and a kitchen.
Outdoor amenities will make the new facility more family-friendly, Argabrite, a resident of Oak Harbor, said.
The new temple will also be more energy efficient than the Shriners’ former site on Madison Avenue in Toledo where they met for about 50 years, according to Argabrite. Buehrer Group, of Maumee, is the architect for the new building.
Wally Powell, master of ceremonies and a Walbridge resident, said temple leaders are hoping the new temple will help the organization draw more members.
“We’re trying to attract some younger members and bring families in,” he said. “We want to have a family type of atmosphere.” Argabrite estimates local membership at 2,300.
Shriners International supports Shriners Hospitals for Children, a health care system of 22 hospitals providing specialty pediatric care, research, and teaching programs.
Spirit of Wood County
The Wood County Board of County Commissioners invite area citizens to join them in honoring the 2009 Spirit of Wood County Award recipients during a special ceremony at 2 p.m. June 14 at the Wood County Historical Center, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green.
Scheduled to receive awards are Mark Kelly, Robert Bettinger, Rev. Kristel Asmus and John Helm, all of Bowling Green; Douglas Troutner, of North Baltimore; and David Adams of Portage. Posthumous awards will also be presented to Richard and David Van Vorhis and Chris Miller.
The Spirit of Wood County Awards, presented in conjunction with Wood County Heritage Days, are awarded to citizens of Wood County who show outstanding qualities in bettering Wood County as a whole in the categories of Agricultural Leadership, Education for Civic Responsibility, Industrial/Economic Development, Liberty Through Law/Human Freedom, Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award, Religion and Liberty, and Self-Government.
For more information, visit www.co.wood.oh.us and follow the “Spirit Award” link.
The annual Harris-Elmore High School Alumni Banquet was held May 22 at Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed, 1375 North SR 590, Gibsonburg.
Rev. Dan Mohr, husband of 1953 graduate Marilyn Bloom, welcomed 197 alumni members and guests, including three members of the class of 1939; three members of the class of 1944; 11 members of the class of 1949; 18 members of the class of 1959; 21 members of the class of 1954; and 12 members of the class of 1964.
Ray Durdel and Lucille (Baker) Gordon, graduates of the class of 1932, were recognized for being the oldest graduates at the banquet.
At the May 26 meeting, the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education recognized teachers and staff members who are retiring at the end of the school year.
Superintendent Diane Kershaw recognized the following individuals, who among them had more than 365 years of experience: Mark Ihde, Tom Osborne, Mary Pohlmeyer, Jeff Schumaker, Jim Schwartz, Wayne Siefke, Diane Verb, Mary Vogtsberger, Hank Walter, Mary Ann Widmer and Norm Witt.
Oak Harbor High School Principal Keith Thorbahn also gave commendations to the girls softball team, who on May 22 beat the Clyde Flyers to win the SBC Championship. The team included Lawren Adams, Courtney Atwater, Jenna Diekman, Melissa Florio, Tori Havener, Julia Konieczny, Katie Perry, Morgan Price, Dayna Setzler, Liz Weber and Abby Zurvalec, coached by Ashlee Donahoo and Melissa Antry.
Woodville reunion planned
The Woodville Alumni Association will hold their annual Alumni Reunion July 4 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the “Alumni Building” (beer tent) at the rear of Trail Marker Park by the Portage River in Woodville.
All Woodmore and Woodville students, alumni and faculty are welcome to come and renew old friendships and make new ones.
For more information, all Bob Schroeder at 419-637-7493.