The National Bank of Oak Harbor, in honor of its 75th Anniversary this year, is donating $20,000 to the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local schools to assist in the purchase of a new state-of-the-art outdoor digital sign. The main source of funding for the purchase of the sign is a collaborative effort between the bank and the Oak Harbor Athletic Boosters, who have also agreed to match the bank’s donation of $20,000. In return for their contributions, these two organizations will have their names placed on the sign. To round out the additional funds needed to make this special project a reality, contributions of $2,000 each were made by the Oak Harbor Music Boosters and the Oak Harbor High School Student Council.
“The decision to purchase a new sign was the direct-result of us no longer being able to find replacement parts for our current sign. The existing sign was installed in the early 1980’s and has served us well,” stated Keith Thorbahn, Oak Harbor principal.
The full color high definition sign is fully programmable and additional features include high resolution animated graphics, built-in time and temperature, the ability to schedule messages up to one year in advance, and adjustable power supplies which will extend the life of the sign.
Sign Source Company, LLC of New Knoxville, Ohio will build the new sign and then assist B-C-S staff with the installation. The sign will be installed within the current brick structure that exists.
Chris Burchell, chef for Genoa Retirement Village, and Audrey DuPrae, a member of the dining staff, took two Gold Medals at the Trilogy Health Services Cook-Off. The Northeast Division Cook-Off was held on March 17 at Heritage Health Campus in Findlay.
Each of seven participating Trilogy Health Campuses planned their own signature menu composed of a salad, entree and dessert.
Criteria for judging included: use of fresh, seasonal ingredients, plate presentation, portion control and nutritional value.
The team will now compete in the final divisional Cook–Off to be held in Greenfield, Indiana the last week of March. There the winning team will compete against the gold medal winners from five additional Divisions.
On the boards
Cate Knipp, Barry Luse and Scott Warner were elected recently to serve three year terms on the Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.
Cate Knipp is employed by WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. as the Communication and Training Specialist. Knipp is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Lindsey. She is the immediate past Chairperson of the United Way of Sandusky County.
Barry Luse is a Vice President and Trust Officer at The Croghan Colonial Bank. Luse has served on the Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce Board as both Chairman and Treasurer. Luse has served in leadership roles at Terra Community College and The United Way of Sandusky County.
Scott Warner, CEO of Warner Mechanical, is a past President of the Mechanical Contractors for Northwest Ohio.
The Memorial Hospital Foundation Board provides support to the Hospital through annual and capital campaigns, and planned giving programs.
At the clubs
Carty Finkbeiner, Toledo mayor, will speak on Toledo’s Economy: Present to Future to members of the East Toledo Club, Thursday, April 23, Noon at Cousino’s Restaurant, Woodville Road. The public is invited. RSVP to Andrea at 419-691-7651.
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will meet Friday, April 17, 7:15 am at Bay Park Community Hospital. Call 419-693-9999
Just the fax: Fax items before Wednesday to 419-836-1319, e-mail to
or send to The Press, Box 169, Millbury, OH 43447
l-r Kim Dusseau, B-C-S School Board president; Carlos Mincheff, Oak Harbor Athletic Boosters president; Charles Hablitzel, president of the board of directors of The National Bank of Oak Harbor; Gary P. Macko, president and CEO of The National Bank of Oak Harbor; Diane S. Kershaw, B-C-S superintendent; Keith Thorbahn, Oak Harbor High School principal