Red Cross Recognizes Volunteers, Elects New Board Members

(From The American Red Cross of North Central Ohio)

The American Red Cross of North Central Ohio recognized volunteers for their work and elected new members to the Chapter’s Board of Directors Thursday night at the Volunteer Recognition Dinner and Annual Meeting held at the Sandusky Yacht Club.

Elected to the volunteer Board of Directors were Tish Keegan of Erie County, Keith Hodkinson of Seneca County, Chris Lewis of Seneca County and Joe Matuscak of Lorain County. The new members will begin their terms at the start of the Red Cross fiscal year on July 1..

The Chapter recognized volunteers for their outstanding service to the Red Cross with several awards. The Red Cross Volunteer Humanitarian Award was presented to John Lavelle of Avon Lake, a Disaster Services volunteer. Chris Raftery of Monroeville was presented the Volunteer Leadership Award and the Volunteer Spirit of Excellence Award was given to Eilene Guy of Sandusky and Pam Kimball of Norwalk.

The Red Cross Hero Award is presented annually by the North Central Ohio Chapter to an individual, company or organization for exceptional commitment to the mission of the American Red Cross and support of the North Central Ohio Chapter. This year, the award was presented to Jon Monk, a reporter for WTOL-TV in Toledo.

The final award of the evening was the Executive Director’s Challenge Coin, presented by Chapter Executive Todd James. James presented a coin to Shirley May, an administrative volunteer in the Findlay office for her outstanding work in support of Red Cross programs, services and volunteers.


Hot Weather Safety Advice From Hancock Public Health

Hancock Public Health wants you to be safe during the heatwave that’ll impact Ohio beginning on Monday and is providing residents with some tips for staying cool.

We spoke with Laura Reinhart, nurse practitioner for Hancock Public Health who says the most important things are to stay cool and hydrated and inside air conditioned buildings whenever possible.

“Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink, drink water throughout the day.”


As Laura mentioned in the audio above, never leave kids in a parked car as they heat up very, very fast even if the windows are cracked.

Get more tips from the health department below and at

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid to upper 90s, with feels-like temps around 100 or higher, all next week.

Get the latest forecast and weather alerts by clicking here.


Health Department Seeking Feedback In Survey

(From Hancock Public Health)

Hancock County Online Community Member Survey!

We are excited to present this survey to you.

This survey will help us collect data for developing the 2026-2028 Hancock County Community Health Assessment, a process conducted every 3 years.

Below is the survey link and QR code {available in English and Spanish (Espanol), all in one link and QR code} and information as well as posters that can be circulated to the community.

SurveyMonkey Link:


Raise The Bar & University of Findlay Hosting Teacher Bootcamp

(From Raise the Bar Hancock County)

Raise the Bar {RTB) and University of Findlay (UF) have partnered and are excited to announce the 2024 Summer Educator Experience in Transportation, a unique professional development opportunity for Ohio-licensed K-12 educators in NW Ohio.

RTB Executive Director, Tricia Valasek and Dr. Julie McIntosh, Dean of the College of Education from the University of Findlay were approved by Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted as one of eight institutions in Ohio to host a Teacher Boot Camp Program.

This innovative hybrid graduate course along with in-person local business tours, is designed to immerse educators in the transportation industry, providing them with valuable insights and tools to enhance their teaching practices used to strengthen the local upcoming workforce.

The program, enrolling twenty five educators, aims to address professional challenges by introducing emerging education concepts such as career development and exploration, ensuring participants gain a comprehensive understanding of the transportation sector.

Participants will engage in both face-to-face and distance learning pedagogies, accumulating a total of 36 contact hours that meet UF’s graduate course standards. The course will encompass independent reading and writing exercises, group sessions, workplace tours, and the development of a final unit lesson/presentation.

The program is designed to be beneficial to educators across various grade levels and content areas. The highlight of the program includes three consecutive days of touring.

Each day will focus on different aspects of the transportation industry, featuring guest speakers, workplace visits, and direct interactions with industry professionals.

This will be taking place June 17 – June 19  at the University of Findlay.



BVHS Announces Winners Of Julie Cole Charity Golf Classic

(From Blanchard Valley Health System)

The Blanchard Valley Health Foundation hosted the 35th Annual Julie Cole Charity Golf Classic, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl and Gary & Jane Heminger, on Monday, June 10, at the Findlay Country Club.

Players on 32 teams had the chance to tee off for great causes. The 2024 beneficiaries include Bridge Home Health & Hospice, Blanchard Valley Health System Wellness Park, and the Julie Cole Youth Golf Fund.

BVHS Wellness Park will offer easy access to primary care along with specialists in fields including rheumatology, endocrinology and diabetes management, orthopedic surgery, physical medicine, and rehabilitation at a new campus on the north side of Findlay beginning in early 2025.

A champion and runner-up were announced in each of four flights of teams. They include:

Flight A winners included Keith Brennan, Justin Day, Terrie Kahle, and Dave Welch. Flight A runners-up were Jon Ballinger, Trevor Ballinger, Travis Ballinger, and Nate Heintzelman.

Flight B winners included Jacob Bowe, Cody Diemer, Lee Kanney, and Jason King. Flight B runners-up were Doug Dantuano, Paul Kramer, Rich Kramer, and Paul Worstell.

Flight C winners included Jeff Bryant, Chris Fordham, Tim Hadding, and Bill St. John. Flight C runners-up were Jill Coppus, Shawn Coppus, Todd Farless, and Mark Moore.

Flight D winners included Michael Hennigan, Chris Keller, Dean Monske, and Mayor Christina Muryn. Flight D runners-up were Jami Koziel, Mychal Liparoto, Lauren Pirrone, and Andrew Taylor.

Julie Cole, a former LPGA golf professional, established this tournament in 1989 to raise funds for hospice. For 35 consecutive years, she has returned to her hometown of Findlay, Ohio, raising over $3 million for local beneficiaries.

This year’s event is projected to raise more than $200,000 for the beneficiaries. If you are interested in donating to community healthcare projects, please call 419.423.5457.


Tire Recycling Day For Hancock County Residents

(From the Hancock County Solid Waste Management District)

The Hancock County Solid Waste Management District is happy to announce that Goodyear / Cooper Tire Company, will again be sponsoring a Tire Recycling Day, Saturday JUNE 15th from 9 AM to 12 PM in the back lot of 7746 CR140, Findlay. This is a rain or shine FREE event for Hancock County Residents.

Event guidelines include:

*Hancock County Resident must be 16+ years;

*Limit up to four (4) tires each person;

*Tires must be 17 inch or less and must be off the rim;

*Proof of Hancock County residency required (ID; registration, utility bill)

*No Businesses/Commercial or Industry Participation;

*Transporting more than 9 new or used tired in a single vehicle requires an Ohio EPA transporter license.

This event is possible with support from Goodyear / Cooper Tire Company, and the Hancock County Solid Waste Management District.

Event guidelines, specifics and other recycling event information can be found online with the event details listed on the Hancock County Solid Waste District Facebook Page.


‘Findlay Food For All’ Event A Big Success

(From City Mission of Findlay)

Thank you to everyone that helped with Findlay Food for All, we were able to collect nearly a ton of food to help feed the community.

But we can only have one winner for the most collected… and the winner is St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church who collected nearly 700lbs of food!!

“Findlay Food for All” was held at the City Mission warehouse located at 330 Walnut Street in Findlay.

Local organizations were encouraged to participate in a friendly competition to raise essential food supplies and awareness while showcasing creativity through a Canstruction challenge.


Tesla To Install Another Electric Charging Station In Findlay

The Findlay City Planning Commission has approved Tesla’s application to install a charging station at a Findlay gas station.

The electric charging station is planned for the Marathon Gas Station lot at 1215 West Main Cross Street.

The 12 charging stations will be located on the east end of the gas station lot and up against the west side of the car wash.

In November of 2021, a Tesla charging station opened in the parking lot of the Denny’s at 1051 Interstate Court, west of Interstate 75 and north of Trenton Avenue.


Tommy Trojan Sustains Boo-Boo At Camp 911

Camp 911, an interactive safety camp for kids who will be entering kindergarten in the fall and helps them learn basic safety, is being held this week.

At Camp 911 children will learn different safety lessons such as online safety, bike safety, stranger danger and much more while interacting with local first responders. 

During one of the lessons they learned what to do in case of an emergency as Tommy Trojan suffered a knee injury while dancing and a youngster called 911 and Hanco paramedics came. (video below)

We spoke with the fire department’s Beth Baker about the importance of that lesson.



The good news is Tommy will be just fine – the x-ray showed no broken bones and it was only a mild sprain.

Camp 911 is a joint effort led by local emergency response agencies, including Hanco, Findlay Fire and Police Departments, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, and Hancock Public Health.


Training Aimed At Improving Well-Being Of Youth In The Community

(From The Family Resource Center)

Family Resource Center is excited to announce a comprehensive training session on the Youth Thrive framework to be held on July 12, 2024 from 9am-4pm. The training will be offered in room 117 at The Family Center, 1800 North Blanchard Street, Findlay. Lunch will be provided for participants, and registration information is available at

Created by The Center for the Study of Social Policy, Youth Thrive is a research-informed framework that supports the healthy development of youth ages 9–26 by providing insights into brain and youth development based on the latest research in neuroscience, positive youth development, resilience, stress, and the impact of trauma on brain development.

Ashley Cheney, Youth Engagement Lead, says Youth Thrive identifies five key factors that increase the likelihood of adolescents developing into healthy adults.


These factors include:

  • Youth resilience • Social connections • Knowledge of adolescent development • Concrete support in times of need • Cognitive and social-emotional competence

Participants will delve into these factors, exploring the relationship between brain development, social and emotional growth, and how to leverage the critical learning period of adolescence.

This training is ideal for educators, social workers, policymakers, law enforcement personnel, and other direct-service workers. It aims to equip participants with the knowledge needed to understand young people better and promote their long-term well-being.