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Local Author Honored by Scientific Group
Kenn Kaufman of Oak Harbor recently was honored for his contributions to the scientific study of birds.

The recognition came from the American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU), one of the world’s leading professional societies for bird study. For 130 years, the AOU has been promoting science and publishing the results of original research, and virtually all the professional ornithologists in the U.S. and Canada belong to the group. There are two honorary levels of membership. Individuals may be chosen as Elective Members for “significant contributions to ornithology.” From among the Elective Members, a few are chosen as Fellows for “exceptional and sustained contributions to ornithology.”

Kaufman was one of 16 individuals added to the ranks of Fellows of the American Ornithologists’ Union at the organization’s recent meeting in Chicago.

“Most AOU Fellows are doing full-time research or teaching at the university level, or both,” Kaufman stated. “My role has been different, since I mostly write about birds for the general public. But I always strive for accuracy and I have always promoted the idea of good research and good science, and I assume they took that into account.”

There are currently about 400 Fellows, Kaufman said, out of several thousand members of the American Ornithologists’ Union.

Kaufman writes regularly for several popular magazines, including Audubon, Birds & Blooms, BirdWatching, and Bird Watcher’s Digest. He is the author or coauthor of a dozen books, including the Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America.

Dr. Andy Jones, Director of Science and Curator of Ornithology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, sent Kaufman a congratulatory note after the announcement: “How could we ever try to quantify your impact on the study of birds? From your contributions to bird identification, to our understanding of bird distributions in North America, to popular literature on the science / sport / hobby / passion of birding, to inspiring the next generation of birders and ornithologists, you have had an outsized impact on the entire field of bird study.”

Kaufman is also active with the Black Swamp Bird Observatory where his wife, Kimberly is the executive director. The Kaufmans have been instrumental in the annual festival known as The Biggest Week in American Birding, which brings thousands of birders to northwestern Ohio every May.


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.

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Sponsorship packages are available for the 20th anniversary dinner of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation Thursday Dec. 5 at Maumee Bay State Park.

Thomas Nimbley, CEO of PBF Energy, parent company of Toledo Refining Company, will deliver the keynote address.

Prior to joining PBF Energy in 2010, Nimbley had been with Nimbley Consultants LLC for five years, providing consulting services to clients on various projects, including acquisitions of two oil refineries.

Before that, he was a senior executive with ConocoPhillips, Phillips Petroleum, and Tosco Corporation. He began his career in the oil industry in 1973 when he joined Exxon Company, USA after earning a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from Newark College of Engineering / New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Contact Lindsay Myers at 419-693-9999


Low-cost funding available for E.Toledo business and homebuyers
Edward Wollmann of the Toledo office of The Economic & Community Development Institute will speak to East Toledoans about its financial services which include down-payment assistance to first time home buyers, home repair programs for senior citizens and microloans for low-income working entrepreneurs.

Wollmann will talk on Thursday, September 26 at 12:30 p.m. at the East Toledo Senior Activity Center, 1001 White Street. The event is sponsored by the East Toledo Club and the public is invited.

The Economic and Community Development Institute is a non-profit whose programs are designed to lead low-income Ohioans out of poverty. Participants are given the training, tools, and assistance they need to earn living wage incomes in the short term and purchase and maintain assets for the future. The Institute provides financial literacy training, development training, capitalization programs, business incubation services, educational grants, down payment assistance to first time homebuyers and home repair programs for senior citizens and disabled individuals.

The Institute fills a gap in the credit industry by offering loans ranging from $500 to $150,000 to underserved entrepreneurs through its revolving microloan fund program. The Institute's services are targeted toward unbanked or under-banked populations, including low-income individuals, those with little or no credit, those precluded from paying interest because of religious beliefs, and those who are unable to receive a loan from a traditional financial institution.

The institute also offers tuition assistance for college students. 

For more information, call Jodi Gross at 419-691-1429, ext 213 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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