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Beth Allen’s Florist has new owner and new location
Penny Reneau, an Oregon native and Clay High graduate, has purchased Beth Allen’s Florist in Oregon.

Reneau has been a floral designer for 25 years. Some of that time was spent at Beth Allen’s and when owner Dorothy Damschroder decided to retire Reneau stepped up to buy the business.

Her first move was to move the shop to 2295 Starr, just west of the old location and across from the new NAPA store. The location provides for a larger store to better display merchandise and it has a paved parking lot.

Hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 to 5:30 and Saturdays 8:30 to 3:00. The phone number is still the same 419-698-8021. There was a glitch with the phone company, so if you called on Valentine’s Day, the busiest day of the year for a florist, you would have heard a message that the phone was disconnected. Beth Allen’s can also be found on the web at and on Facebook.

Gold stars
The National Bank of Ohio honored six employees during the bank’s annual employee recognition dinner held recently at the Catawba Island Club.

The following received the Thomas F. Palmer Employee Recognition certificates and awards for years of service::    Cynthia Knavel and Amy Hanna, five years;  Cathy King, 10 years;  Joe Bires and Barbara Dille, 15 years; and  Alice Theisen, 25 years.

New employees recognized were: Renee Dewitz, Amy Eisenhour, Krystal Perry, Celeste Rollins and Marissa Rodriguez.


Orchard Villa, a long-term care facility in Oregon, received an award of excellence for regulatory compliance from The Academy of Senior Health Sciences.

The Academy represents nursing facilities statewide.

Orchard Villa is owned by Legacy Health Services.

The right thing
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, in conjunction with Fifth Third Bank, has launched a new program to provide loans of up to $3,000 to defray the costs of adopting a child.

Prospective adoptive parents are eligible for loans of up to $3,000 for adopting a child living within the state and up to $2,000 for adopting a child living outside the state if the adoption is finalized in Ohio. Loans are subject to credit review and approval.

Loan applicants may apply at any Fifth Third Bank branch and must present written proof of program eligibility from an adoption agency confirming they have been matched with an identified child.

Prospective adoptive parents should contact their county public children services agency, private child placing agency or private noncustodial agency. A list is available at

Ownership change
Stautzenberger College has announced it has purchased Toledo Dental Academy.

The academy, which opened in 1994, provides training for careers in dental assisting. Stautzenberger will continue the training. For more, call 1-800-720-7005 or go to

On the boards
Marty Sutter, president of GenoaBank, and Jason Birney, vice president of marketing for Hollywood Casino, have been elected to the board of trustees of the United Way of Greater Toledo.

The bottom line
GenoaBank announced a quarterly dividend 14 cents per share to shareholders of record as of January 20, 2012, according to a company press release.

Net income for 2011 totaled $1,415,000 with assets ending at $251 million dollars.

First Defiance Financial Corp. recently announced it will pay a cash dividend of five cents per common share payable March 1 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 15.. The dividend represents an annual dividend of 1.15 percent based on First Defiance common stock closing price on February 6.

First Defiance is the parent company of First Federal Bank with local offices in Oregon and Genoa.

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