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Artistic Memorials celebrates 10th by helping Honor Flight

Jeff Pettit

Artistic Memorials is celebrating 10 years in business this month by donating 10 percent of all monument sales to Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio, according to Jeff Pettit, owner.

Pettit, a Lake Township resident, worked for another area monument company for 18 years before branching out on his own in 2002. Since then, he has become a Certified Memorialist as well as a Monument Builders of North America Design Course Graduate. He has been a board member of the Monument Builders of Ohio and is currently serving as their President.

Artistic Memorials will host an open house in the spring offering specials on all memorials.

Honor Flight has flown over 800 veterans to Washington D.C. To learn more go to or or call 419-873-0433

Opportunity knocks
Stephen Madewell has been named executive director of Metroparks of the Toledo Area, the agency that oversees more than 11,000 acres of natural area parks in Lucas County. He becomes the eighth person to serve at the helm of the organization since its founding in 1928.

Madewell, 56, has been director since 2009 at Lake Metroparks, an 8,000 acre park system in Lake County, Ohio.

Scott J. Savage, president of the three-member Board of Park Commissioners,  stated in a news release, “Steve has spent his career in special park districts in Ohio, working as a naturalist, park ranger and natural resources manager. He has been in senior leadership for more than 20 years and director of two excellent park districts here in Ohio.”

The new executive director’s start date will be April 2.

Madewell stated, “We are at a time in our country’s history when many of the great Midwestern cities are challenged with redefining themselves and their future. The conservation mission of regional park systems and open space districts must play a significant role in the stabilization and revitalization of the urban and metropolitan areas and exploring future opportunities.”

Metroparks of the Toledo Area is a regional government agency with nine Metroparks in Lucas County including Pearson Park in Oregon.

Gold stars
Home Instead Senior Care has announced its Caregivers for the Fourth Quarter. Those honored include Leslie Warnke of Port Clinton and Ruth Baumgartner of Oak Harbor.

Home Instead serves Erie, Ottawa and Huron Counties with non-medical care including companionship, personal care, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, errands and incidental transportation.

American Municipal Power presented a resolution to the Elmore Board of Public Affairs honoring the village for 100 years of owning its own electrical service.

John Bisher (R), an AMP board member, presents
Gary Rhiel with a resolution honoring Elmore for
100 years of owning its electrical system.

Elmore artist/businessman Alvin Roepke created a new logo for the board.

The board consists of Dave Hower, Gary Rheil and Dave Crozier. Crozier’s great-grandfather was the mayor of Elmore in 1911 and appointed the first board of public affairs.

At the clubs
Michelle Ish of The HR Department, an independent consulting firm, will present a seminar on supervisor training for the Bureau of Workers Compensation Friday, February 17, Noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation offices.

Ish states, “I’ve found over the course of my career in Safety and Workers’ Compensation that those companies experiencing high premiums don’t necessarily suffer from poor safety programs or especially unsafe workplaces, or have careless employees. Often times, the problem is in the claims management.  Too often, critical decisions are left to be made by front line supervisors who admit to already being spread too thin.”

Ish will present advice on how to identify the tools to make better decisions. The seminar is free to Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce members and $10 for non-members. Call 419-898-0479 or email

John McNamara, advertising and promotions manager of Hollywood Casino Toledo, will speak to members of the East Toledo Club, Thursday, February 16, Noon at The Weber Block, Front and Main in East Toledo. The public is invited. Call Andrea at 419-691-7651.

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John Bisher (R), an AMP board member, presents Gary Rhiel with a resolution honoring Elmore for 100 years of owning its electrical system.





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