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 BP awards $10,000 energy grant to Cardinal Stritch

BP has awarded a $10,000 energy grant to Cardinal Stritch High School to educate students about multiple methods of recycling and conserving energy.

The grant, entitled “The Green Cardinal Project” is designed to combine visual, computer and language arts to help students increase the recycling rate at the school. Art students will paint colorful classroom receptacles for collecting recyclable materials, computer and art students will design flyers and posters for display and distribution and English students will write scripts for a multi-media video presentation to support the program.

The bottom line
Memorial Hospital has received notice from Standard & Poor’s that it will retain its BBB bond rating. The news was welcomed by Rick Ruppel, chief financial officer, who said, “Given today’s economic times, hospital management was very pleased that Standard & Poor’s recognized the hospital’s ongoing initiatives that contribute to the ‘stable outlook’ when so many health care facilities have been recently downgraded or received a negative outlook by rating agencies.”

Ruppel attributed the rating to containing costs. Memorial Hospital had $62 million in operating revenue for 2008 and a 36 percent market share within its primary market, according to a press release.


Opportunity knocks
Nelson Shaffer has joined the commercial lending division at The National Bank of Oak Harbor. Shaffer will work with accounts in the greater Toledo area. He has 19 years banking experience and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Toledo.

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Tana Schiewer will leave the Oregon Community and Family Coalition where she has served as executive director for the past two and half years to become executive director of Food for Thought.

She will replace Donald Schiewer who is stepping down to focus on his role as associate pastor at New Harvest Christian Church. He will remain on as president of the board.

Dave Bensch, an Oregon resident and former board member and treasurer of the Oregon Community and Family Coalition, will take over for Ms Schiewer.

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Dr. Nick Peiffer has joined Dr. Dennis Laub and Dr. William Kegerize in their Optometry practice with offices in Oak Harbor, Woodville and Genoa.

Dr. Peiffer attended the University of Toledo and received his Doctor of Optometry degree this year from The Ohio State University.


The right thing
GenoaBank raised $2,000 for Oak Harbor’s Relay for Life event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

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Genoa Comet coach Amanda Cichocki is asking businesses for donations such as bagels, bottled water, Gatorade, muffins, candy, fruit, etc to sell at the concession stand for the Maumee Bay Volleyball Tournament to be held at Genoa High School July 23-25. Eighty-five teams are expected to attend. Call 419-304-9510.


Gold stars
Julie Stack of Walbridge has been honored by lia sophia for her sales accomplishments. Lia sophia is a direct sales company specializing in fashion jewelry.


At the clubs
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will meet Friday, July 17, 7:15 am at Bay Park Community Hospital. Call 419-693-9999.


Plugs & freebies
Sonic Drive-In held its grand opening for its Oregon location Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Community groups scheduled to participate in the three-day event included the Oregon D.A.R.E. Program, the Patient Advocacy Fund, the group that started the Care-A-Van Program and Oregon Relay for Life.

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