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Veterans Cremation Society selects Marsh
Marsh Funeral Homes has been selected as a provider for the Veterans Cremation Society.

One of the benefits of membership is a free wood and glass flag case for veterans who have honorably served in the U.S. military as well as those who are currently serving. In addition, there are savings off of cremation services and merchandise.

While the federal government provides veterans and their spouses with burial benefits if you use a Veterans National or VA State Cemetery, the Department of Veterans Affairs does not provide or pay for funeral or cremation arrangements for veterans or their families. Membership in the Veterans Cremation Society ensures that your final arrangements are carried out according to your wishes.

ChristineGietzen LEWIS-RENOLLET Emily-Baumert
Christine Gietzan Lewis Renollet Emily Baumert

Veterans Cremation Society membership is now open to veterans, their spouses, their parents and their adult children. For more, go to

Marsh has locations in Woodville, Luckey and Pemberville.

Open houses
The former Brunner Elementary School has been renovated and will be hosting an open house Sat., Oct. 20, 10-2.

Free workshops will be offered featuring local businesses throughout the day to demonstrate how the Brunner Campus can be used for future business and social events.

Samsen Furniture will show off a new table design, Taylor Tae Kwon Do and Tumbling will host a board breaking presentation and Sit Means Sit will show you how to teach your dog a new trick.

Other firms participating include Genoa Family Eye Care, Mom 2 Mom Empowerment, Mercy Children’s Hospital, Hoopoptica, Mary Kay, Dave the Traveling Chef and ComplEvents Event Design.

For times and complete schedule see Brunner’s Facebook site.

An open house for the new therapy wing at The Manor at Perrysburg will be held Oct. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The 125-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center is located at 250 Manor Dr.(in the Three Meadows Community) in Perrysburg. Refreshments will be available.

For more information or to schedule a tour, call 419-874-0306.

New owner
An Oak Harbor area woman has bought GSE Jewelers in Port Clinton.

Emily Baumert, store manager and 11 year-employee of the jewelry store, recently took over ownership and has renamed the store, Emily’s GSE Jewelers.

The opportunity for ownership arose when former owners Roger and Linda Velliquette decided to close the store after 25 years in business.

The Velliquettes established the store in 1987 in Fremont as the Gold and Silver Emporium.

Baumert is a 1998 graduate of Oak Harbor High School. She completed the course in Jewelers of America and carries the title JA Certified Sales Professional.

Emily’s GSE will continue to carry all the jewelry that Linda Velliquette designed. The nautical line is a big part of that merchandise, Baumert stated. In addition, she plans to spice up the inventory with some fun and exciting new lines designed to appeal to the age 45 and under crowd.

The store also will continue to offer repair, appraisal and custom design services.

Emily’s GSE Jewelers is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon. to Sat. and is closed Sunday. Call 419-732-6691, or go online at

Gold stars
The Rudolph/Libbe Companies is listed in 96th place on Engineering News-Record’s “Top 400 Contractors List” for 2012. The rankings are based on 2011 revenue.  In 2011, Rudolph/Libbe reported revenue of more than $480 million.

The firm is one of only two Ohio contractors, and the only northwest Ohio contractor to be ranked in ENR’s Top 100.  It is among the nation’s largest contractors and employs 1,000-1,500 workers in the construction trades through offices in Lima, Toledo, Cleveland and Walbridge and Plymouth, Michigan.

Opportunity knocks
Lewis Renollet has joined the National Bank of Ohio as vice president of cash management. He has 28 years experience in the banking industry. Most recently, he served as vice president/commercial lender for The Union Bank Company in Pemberville.

Renollet is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin.


Christine Gietzen has rejoined Bay Area Credit Union, this time as director of lending. She started her career in finance at Bay Area more than 18 years ago.

At the clubs
U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur will speak before the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce Thurs., Oct. 25 at its quarterly breakfast meeting 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at Maumee Bay State Park.

Rep. Kaptur represents the Ninth District which runs along Lake Erie to Cleveland and includes most of Lucas County and all of Ottawa County. She defeated fellow Democrat Rep. Dennis Kucinich in the primary and will face Samuel Wurzelbacher in November’s general election.

Just the fax: Fax items before Wednesday, noon to The Workplace at 419-836-1319, email to or send to The Press, Box 169, Millbury, OH 43447.


Press wins awards in state-wide contest
The Society of Professional Journalists, Ohio chapter, awarded Press writers four awards in its annual Best of Ohio Journalism Awards Contest held recently in Cincinnati.

Press editor Kelly Kaczala and freelance writer Melissa Burden won a first place in Best Government Reporting and a second place in Best Public Records Use for their article entitled Man stops breathing waiting for rescue squad.

Kaczala and Burden used public records and interviews with numerous public officials in an attempt to discern why it took the Northwood Fire Department 28 minutes to respond to three 9-1-1 calls made by a resident whose husband was experiencing difficulty breathing. The man later died and, in a series of follow-up stories, Kaczala and Burden examined the department’s readiness and leadership.

The series uncovered gaps in coverage for emergency medical care and delays in response time due to the call system being used. The two also obtained a letter from the medical director that showed he had concerns about the department not meeting an acceptable standard of care.

Kaczala and Burden also examined how budget cuts the city made to cope with the recession affected the available manpower in the fire department. Two firefighter/EMT positions had been eliminated and a hiring freeze was in effect.

Following the series, the city initiated some changes in procedures to better protect its citizens.

John Szozda, Press general manager and columnist, won Best of Show in the column category for his column Page Two. Columns included one about how survivors of the tornado that hit Lake Township in 2010 were doing one year later, interviews with area Muslim leaders on the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks and how a Genoa mother and her husband are coping as she fights Multiple Sclerosis.

Szozda also won a second place in Best Special Publication for his book of columns entitled Common People, Uncommon Challenges.

The Press competed with daily and weekly papers in the Under 100,000 circulation division.




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