The Press recently won three awards in the Osman C. Hooper Newspaper contest sponsored by the Ohio Newspaper Association.
John Szozda, general manager, won first place for original columns in the class for largest weekly papers. His three columns were about a divorced couple putting their differences aside to enroll, with their children, in a unique family-counseling program managed by Unison Behavioral Health Group; a Clay Township woman who vowed to keep her special needs stepchildren together after her husband died of cancer and ringing the Salvation Army bell in East Toledo.
The judges wrote, “They (these stories) provide compelling narrative about local individuals facing life’s challenges and hardships…Heart warming, inspiring and informational all at the same time.”
Larry Limpf, news editor, won second place for In-Depth Reporting for his stories about alleged misconduct of elected and appointed officials in Gibsonburg. The judges wrote, “extraordinarily well-written and an excellent example of local news at it finest…it is apparent that exhaustive research and interviews were also done by the reporter; the story was truly enhanced by his efforts.”
The Press also placed third in the general excellence category. The judges wrote, “If I wanted to know what was going on in the Eastern Maumee Bay area I would have to read The Press. Every story was local and the paper and community delivered wonderful thoughts of community living.”
The Press competes in the category for the largest weekly newspapers. The awards were presented in mid-February at the ONA’s annual convention held in Columbus.
Rey Nevarez, administrator at Orchard Villa Nursing Home in Oregon, was recently awarded Professional Certification by the American College of Health Care Administrators.
To earn certification an administrator must be licensed and have completed 40 hours of continuing education and passed a certification test.
At the clubs
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will meet Friday, March 19, 7:15 am at St. Charles Mercy Hospital. Call 419-693-9999.
Schools & skills
Gross Electric took the unusual step of closing all its stores last Tuesday to allow all 52 employees to travel to Cleveland to spend the day in training at General Electric’s Lighting Institute. There, the employees learned about the latest in LED lighting and energy-saving technologies, according to a company release.
“We felt that with the current economic conditions, it was more important than ever to invest in our employees,” Laurie Gross, president, said of the training.