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Schools reps will talk to chamber about education
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will host a school forum Thursday, Feb. 27, 7:30 a.m. in the Michigan Room at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital.

Scheduled to speak are: Dr. Lonnie Rivera, superintendent of Oregon City Schools; Angel Adamski, treasurer of Northwood Local Schools; Fr. Eric Shild, president of St. Kateri Catholic Schools; Jodi Takats, curriculum director of Lake Local Schools and a representative of Toledo Public Schools.

Cost is $5 for the continental breakfast. RSVP to 419-693-5580

At the clubs
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce seeks applications for its 21st annual Prism Awards, which honor excellence in this area’s businesses and organizations.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 28.

The nominees will be honored at a banquet to be held at Sunrise Park and Banquet Center Wednesday, Mar. 12.  Paul Toth, president of the Toledo/Lucas County Port Authority will be the keynote speaker.

The program is open to all businesses located in an area encompassed by East Toledo on the west, Oregon on the north, Oak Harbor on the east and Gibsonburg on the south.

If you have a business you would like to nominate call chamber director Sarah Beavers at 419-693-5580 or email her at director


The Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce has door/window decals available to its members to support local shopping. The decals read, “Support Small Business, Shop Local, Buy Local.” Contact Cheryl Grosjean at Genoa Custom Interior. 

First Defiance Financial Corp., holding company for First Federal Bank of the Midwest, has announced it will acquire Columbus-based First Community Bank.

First Community Bank operates four branches and was founded in 1903. It has assets of $101.4 million, loans of $65.4 million, deposits of $90.5 million and common equity of $10.6 million.

First Defiance is the parent company of First Federal Bank with local offices in Genoa, Oregon and Perrysburg, The firm also owns First Insurance with a local office in Oregon.

Gold stars
Travis L. Rhoades, PE of The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. has been named Young Engineer of the Year by the Toledo Society of Professional Engineers.  

Rhoades has been involved with multiple high-profile projects including serving as a bridge design engineer for the US–24 project from Fort Wayne to Toledo as well as also working on the project team involved with the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway I–280 bridge.

He is a University of Toledo graduate.

A new volunteer program at Metroparks has been honored with a first place award from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association.

The Volunteer Roving Interpreter program received top honors in the Environmental and Interpretive Programs category in the annual Awards of Excellence, presented recently during OPRA’s annual conference and trade show held at the Kalahari Conference Center in Sandusky.

Park visitors may see the Roving Interpreters at Wildwood Preserve this spring walking with their yellow wagons loaded with props and greeting visitors with short, impromptu conversations about the nature that surrounds them. They point out seasonal highlights in nature and answer questions.

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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