Nominations are being sought for the 17th Annual Prism Awards, a local program honoring excellence in business. Since 1994, more than 100 businesses and organizations have won the award, which is currently designed by artist Shawn Messenger. Recipients range from the largest of this area's employers--Rudolph/Libbe, BP Oil and St. Charles Mercy Hospital--to the smallest--mr emblem and Alan Miller Jewelers in Oregon.
The award categories include:
•General Excellence Award given to businesses of any size based on excellent performance;
•Pioneer Award recognizes companies that have been leaders in their industry and has been in operation for at least 20 years;
•Horizon Award recognizes companies that have exhibited great potential for success. The award is presented to businesses in operation for five years or less;
•Community Improvement Award recognizes community based non-profits and volunteer organizations;
•Best Practice Award – Businesses, both large and small, are eligible for this award which recognizes the successful result of a specific campaign;
•Person of the Year – the purpose of this award is to identify, honor and reinforce the activities of exceptional caring citizens whose service or performance positively contributes to the quality of life in the Eastern Maumee Bay region.
The Prism Awards are hosted by the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce. The banquet will be held at Sunrise Park and Banquet Center on Wednesday, March 24. Chrys Peterson from WTOL News 11 will again be the Master of Ceremonies.
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. The deadline for applications is February 19th.
If you have a business you would like to nominate, please email Deb Warnke at
or call the chamber office at 419 693-5580.
Bay Park Community Hospital has installed environmentally-friendly overhead lighting within the radiology department in effort to reduce waste and energy consumption, according to a company news release.
Smashray, Ltd, a local light emitting diode (LED) lighting company, installed a new patent-pending, energy-saving, overhead light—the first one of its kind in northwest Ohio.
The new efficiency lighting uses LEDs instead of fluorescent light bulbs. LEDs directly convert electrical energy to visible light—decreasing energy consumption, unlike conventional light sources which use heat to generate light. The new lights also have significantly decreased amounts of waste, as traditional fluorescent bulbs require special recycling because they contain mercury and other wastes. These LED light systems contain no mercury or toxic wastes.
Since installing the lighting, Bay Park has experienced 62 percent in energy savings. In addition, each light lasts approximately 10 years or 50,000-100,000 hours of light. Smashray also offers a recycling program in which consumers have the opportunity to send in used Smashray V-LUXA LED units to be reused. The overhead lights also utilize new retrofit technology to use the existing fixture, not requiring additional construction, and taking only 10 minutes to install.
Up the ladder
Kelly Junge has ben named assistant branch manager of the Oregon office of GenoaBank.
Junge has 10 years experience in the financial industry and most recently was a loss mitigator at the bank’s Genoa office. She is a Lake High School graduate and is attending Owens Community College.
She resides in Oregon.
The right thing
The Exchange Club of Greater Maumee Bay is conducting its annual “Give 5 for Kids” campaign. Donations are used to purchase Christmas gifts for the needy. Send your donation to The Exchange Club, P.O. Box 167692, Oregon, OH 43616.
Clay High School Operation Graduation 2010 is seeking sponsors and donations for its annual safe, overnight drug and alcohol free celebration for this year’s graduating class. Contact Sally Agoston at 419-693-1492 or e-mail
Instant Tax Service has announced its Toys for Tykes giveaway to be held Saturday, December 19, 10:00am to 3:00pm at its East Toledo office, 132 Main Street. Eligible children ages 0-12 will receive a free toy while supplies last. Call 419-725-2552.
At the clubs
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will meet 7:15 am, Friday at Bay Park Community Hospital. Call 419-693-9999.
The Waite High School Honors Choir will perform for the East Toledo Club at its annual holiday luncheon Thursday, Noon at the Navy Bistro. Call 419-691-7651.
Just the fax: Fax items before Wednesday Noon to 419-836-1319, e-mail to
, or send to The Press, Box 169, Millbury, OH 43447.