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Oak Harbor man among volunteers honored by bird observatory
The Black Swamp Bird Observatory at its annual volunteer picnic presented its Shieldcastle Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to Terry Breymaier of Oak Harbor.

Created in honor of Mark and Julie Shieldcastle, two of the founding members, the award recognizes those who have given extraordinary time, talent, and service to BSBO’s mission to inspire the appreciation, enjoyment and conservation of birds and their habitats through research, education and outreach.

The observatory also recognized Toledo resident Tracy Marr by presenting her with the BSBO Conservation Award for Exemplary Service to the Cause of Bird Conservation.

Marr has been volunteering for more than a decade and has helped advance the cause of bird conservation through hundreds of hours of research data entry, assistance in research projects, and much more.

More than 60 volunteers from around the state (and neighboring states) gathered to celebrate BSBO’s work and the thousands of volunteer hours required to achieve all the organization’s goals. 

Tim Bollin, chairman of the board of directors, stated in a news release, “When we stop to catch our breath and look back over a year’s worth of hard work, the breadth and reach of this organization is astounding. From hosting one of the country’s largest birding festivals, The Biggest Week In American Birding, banding more songbirds than any other bird banding research station in the country, and offering free songbird education programs to thousands of local students, BSBO has grown into an organization with a national reputation. We have a remarkable staff, but without the commitment and dedication of our volunteers, our work would not be possible. “


Fiftieth anniversary
 (L to R) Evelyn Fair, Melissa Szabo, customer service specialist,
Robert Fair and Roberta Fair enjoy cake at last Friday’s 50 year
celebration held at State Bank in Walbridge. Evelyn began
working as a bookkeeper at the Walbridge Banking Center in
1973 and retired in 1987. The bank served more than 150 well

Opportunity knocks
Blair Skilliter has joined GenoaBank as a mortgage loan originator.

Skilliter will report to Mark Carr, GenoaBank’s vice president, mortgage sales manager.   

Skilliter, a Genoa High School graduate, earned his Bachelor of Arts from University of Mount Union; majoring in Marketing and Sales. While attending Mount Union, Blair was a member of the football team that won the 2012 Division III Nation Championship. He has experience in marketing having previous rolls with the marketing consultant firm Enrollment Builders, where he specialized in search engine optimization.


Diane Ammons of Northwood has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company. Tastefully Simple a national home taste-testing company featuring easy-to-prepare foods and gifts.

At the clubs
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will host an OktoberFest Party to raise funds for Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio Saturday, Oct. 19, 7 to 11 p.m. at the Toledo Free Press warehouse, 11 N. Huron St. in Toledo.

Captain Sweet Shoes, a local cover band, comprised of Anthony Beck, formerly of Resonant Soul, and Allen Spencer, formerly of Empire Drift, will perform acoustic sets from the 50s to the present.

For sponsorship information, call Angela Crosby at 419-410-5937.

Alumni sought
Penta Career Center is searching for successful individuals for its annual Outstanding Alumni Awards. Since its inception in 1993, these prestigious awards have been presented to 120 Penta alumni. Recipients will be honored at a special banquet at the high school on Nov. 7. 

The Outstanding Alumni Awards are bestowed to individuals who have completed a career-technical program at Penta and who are currently working in a successful career.  Nominees must have completed a high school or adult education program at Penta prior to 2003. 

Applications are available by calling 419-661-6351 or they can be downloaded at  (click on “Alumni”).  Deadline: Sept. 6.

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.



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