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The Wynn Center
Career and technology center offers new training at new home
The Oregon Career & Technology Center has a new home, a new name and some new career training programs.

Adult Education Supervisor Brad Luebke in the culinary room of the Oregon Adult Education's new home. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)

Brad Luebcke, supervisor of adult workforce development, said the new home is at the old Wynn Elementary School at 5224 Bay Shore Road, now dubbed The Wynn Center. The new name for the career and technology center is Oregon CTC.

Luebcke said the new home provides more room to expand the short term career training programs that, up to now, had been offered at the old location on Seaman across from the Lutheran Homes. Two new programs are a truck driving academy and a pharmacy tech program. This latter program was offered for the first time during the last session and sold out.

Pharmacy techs can earn up to $14 an hour. The 16-week course prepares the student to take the National Certified Pharmacy Technician Exam.

Other career development programs offered include early childhood development, certified dental administrative office specialist and certified medical administrative assistant. Various classes are also offered through the Northwest Ohio Culinary Institute.

Classes start August 29.  Financial aid through Pell grants is available for qualified individuals based on need.

Other career skill enhancement programs are offered in the computer and information technology field and the health and public safety field.

Adult education classes are offered for a variety of subjects including financial planning, exercise and crafts. For a complete list, go to or call 419-693-0668.

While the center is a division of the Oregon Public Schools it is funded solely by federal and state funds and student fees.

The right thing
Bay Area Credit Union will remember the ten year anniversary of 9/11 by raising money and awareness for Honor Flight Northwest Ohio. Along with accepting donations at their 4202 Navarre location, Bay Area CU will offer members and the community, a chance to purchase commemorative coins, stamps and memorabilia. The profits from the sales will go to Honor Flight so local veterans may travel to Washington D. C. and be able to see the monuments dedicated to their honor. 

The “Always Remember September 11” event will run from August 29th through September 23, in time for this year’s final fly day of Honor Flight on September 28.

Honor Flight Northwest Ohio exists solely through donations of time, materials and contributions from individuals and the local community.

Opportunity knocks
Dr. Mahdi Basha DO, MEd., has joined the staff at OptiVue Vision. He specializes in glaucoma and cataract treatment.

Dr. Basha received his medical degree from Michigan State University comes to OptiVue following a glaucoma fellowship at the LSU Eye Center in New Orleans.

He will work at both the Oregon and Maumee locations.

Golf anyone?
The National Bank of Ohio and GenoaBank will host their annual scholarship golf outing Friday, September 16 at Oak Harbor Golf Club. The event raises money for scholarships for students from Clay, Cardinal Stritch, Genoa, Lake and Oak Harbor. For sponsorship, donation and player information, call Joyce at 419-855-8381 or Marie at 419-898-5741.

Press wins five awards in state contest
The Press won five awards at The Ohio Newspaper Association’s annual convention held last Thursday in Columbus.

The Press competed in the category with the 15 largest weekly newspapers in the state.

Kelly Kaczala, editor, and Melissa Burden, freelance writer, won a first place for in-depth reporting for their coverage of alleged police and mayoral misconduct in the City of Oregon. The judges wrote, “The level of reporting and source hunting helped propel this unique and engaging article to the forefront of the list.”

John Szozda, Press general manager, won a first place in column writing for his submission of three columns. One was about a mother’s fight to provide services for her autistic son and her hope he would eventually lead a normal life. Another column dealt with the deaths of three Woodmore students and the different responses from school officials.

The Press news staff also won a third place award for news coverage. In addition, The Press won a third place in the features category for its coverage of the June 5th tornado. Judges wrote, “Heroic effort to cover the aftermath of a killer tornado that devastated the local community and made national news…Overall, a comprehensive, hyper local focus is found on nearly every page.”

A special section celebrating the 75th anniversary of Pearson Park also won a third place.

Gold stars
The National Bank of Ohio recently paid tribute to 12 bank employees and four board members for outstanding service and dedication at the employee’s annual dinner held at the Catawba Island Club.

Director, Dr. Dennis Laub, with the assistance of Chairman Charles Hablitzel, passed out the Thomas F. Palmer Employee Recognition certificates and awards to the following: 5 years: Cindy Arndt, Janice Elliot, Cheryl Epke, Thom Dayringer, Sue Cherry, Sue Miracle and Debra Mizla; 15 years: Fred Conley, Sue DeBortoli and Sandi Burbach; 20 years: Linda Sandrock; 25 years: Christine Laub

In addition, the following directors received awards for their service on the board: 5 years: Gary P. Macko; 15 years: Thomas Spangler and John Caputo; 25 years: Dr. Dennis Laub

Rhonda Bliss, pre-arrangement advisor for Marsh Funeral Homes, was recently ranked 32nd nationally with Forethought Life Insurance.

Forethought works with more than 5,000 funeral homes.

Marsh operates funeral homes in Luckey, Pemberville and Woodville.

Just the fax: Fax items before Wednesday at noon to 419-836-1319, e-mail to, or send to The Press, Box 169, Millbury, OH 43447




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