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Former owner resurrects Johnnie’s Electric & Heating Service
Elmore will welcome the reincarnation of Johnnie’s Electric & Heating Service Saturday, October 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. when owner Tom Deitemyer hosts a pre-game party before the Ohio State-Nebraska game to raise funds for Woodmore CAGE, a community group that supports Woodmore athletics.

Johnnie’s was founded in 1949 by Tom’s father, Edgar, and Tom’s uncle John. John later sold the business to Edgar who in 1988 sold it to his sons Tom and Bill. The brothers closed the business in 2001 when Tom went to work as branch manager for Johnston Supply, a Genoa plumbing and heating firm. He followed that up with a three-year stint at an Oak Harbor heating and air-conditioning firm before feeling the urge to resurrect the family business.

The new Johnnie’s will specialize in Goodman Heating and air conditioning units and Milbank generators. The firm will also offer a winter assurance program, a twice a year 23-point inspection service for heating and air conditioning units designed to avoid a failure of the unit, as he says, “at the worst possible time.”

The new office is located at 360 Rice Street in downtown Elmore next to the Village Inn. The phone is 419-862-9042. First day of business is Monday, October 10.

The new firm employs three.

The right thing
The Northwood site of Faurecia, a tier one automotive supplier, recently collected 4,933 pounds of food for the Cherry Street Mission, according to Melissa Heidel, company spokesperson. The total surpasses all other company locations in the United States participating in the FUELS program. FUELS stands for Faurecia Unites with Employees for Local Service

Faurecia employees will also participate in volunteer days with their partner food banks.

The company has 32 production sites in the United States with sales of $3.4 billion. The France-based firm is the world’s sixth largest automotive supplier.


Genoa Chevrolet partnered with 16 Chevy dealers from the Toledo area to raise nearly $17,130 to support local youth baseball leagues.

In addition, Genoa Chevrolet provided the Genoa Little League Association with equipment and an opportunity to raise an additional $10,000 through a raffle to win a Chevy Cruze or Chevy Equinox.

For more information about the program, visit

At the clubs
Christine Brennan, an award winning USA Today sports columnist, best selling author and commentator for ABC News, ESPN, NPR and Fox Sports Radio, will speak to the members of the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce on Monday, November 7, 11:30 a.m. at The Toledo Club, 235 14th Street in downtown Toledo.

Brennan, a Toledo native, has covered 14 consecutive Olympic Games, summer and winter. She is the nation's most widely read female sports columnist. She was the first woman to cover the Washington Redskins as a staff writer at The Washington Post (1985). 

Her 2006 sports memoir, Best Seat in the House, set in Toledo, is the first father-daughter memoir written by a sports writer. Her 1996 best-seller, Inside Edge, was named one of the top 100 sports books of all-time by Sports Illustrated.

Brennan, a 1976 graduate of Ottawa Hills High School, is a member of the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement.

Tickets for the luncheon are $25 for chamber members and $35 for non-members. Call Sarah at 419-693-5580 or email her at

Port Clinton Area Business and Professional Women (BPW) will hold a membership drive during the month of October. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 5th at Canoe Club Wine Bar. Networking starts at 6:00pm with a dinner meeting following at 6:30pm. All business and professional women in the Port Clinton area are invited.

Call Roseann Hickman at 419-308-4690.

Gold stars
Kendra German, administrator for Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus in Oak Harbor, was a recipient of a 2011 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award recently presented at the annual ceremony. She was selected from a field of 77 candidates.

The 16th annual event showcases young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan who are under the age of 40. An independent panel of judges selected 20 candidates for recognition. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in the community.  German was nominated by Steve Arndt, Ottawa County commissioner.

Sponsors of the 2011 program include Eastman and Smith, Fifth Third Bank, Plante & Moran and Columbia Gas of Ohio.

Schools & skills
Experience Works and The Source will host its 7th annual 50+ Jobs, Opportunities and Education Fair Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon at the Pinnacle in Maumee.

The fair specializes in meeting the needs of job seekers age 50 and older. Businesses looking for experienced workers can register by calling 419-340-9348 or contacting Doris Beach at

Gladieux Home Center, 5120 Navarre in Oregon, will host a Design Your Space Expo Saturday, October 1 from 10 to 5.The event includes a free consultation, tip sessions and product discounts. Bring in a room photo for a five-minute design analysis.

Safety fair
Sears at Woodville Mall will host a safety event Saturday, October 8th from 10-3. Fire Trucks, demonstrations, snacks and drawings highlight the event.

Just the fax: Fax items to 419-836-1319, email to or send to The Press, Box 169, Millbury, OH 43447.




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