The Hancock Park District has selected the winner of its 24th Annual Photography contest.
Findlay resident Scott Bechtel claimed the grand prize with his image of a bird singing at Riverbend Recreation Area.
Findlay resident Mary Banks’ untitled photo taken at the Findlay Reservoir was declared the People’s Choice winner.
Her photo received the most ‘Likes’ out of all of this year’s contest entries on the park district’s Facebook page.
All winning photos will be featured in a 12-month 2020 wall calendar.
• Grand Prize winner-“Northern Parula” by Scott Bechtel • People’s Choice winner-Untitled by Mary Banks • “Autumn Hue” by Kristin Fraley • “Blanchard Redwing” by Mike Conrad • “Curious Chipmunk” by Scott Bechtel • “Ducklings” by Shawn Arnold • “Fallen Leaves” by Kristin Fraley • “Fall Evening Along the Blanchard” by Scott Bechtel • “Fall Sunstar” by Scott Bechtel • “Green Frog on a Log” by Scott Bechtel • “Snapping Turtle Sunning” by Shawn Arnold • “Winter Reflection” by Caitlin Oman • “Riverside Park 3” by Whitney Sciko
Winners will receive one printed copy of the 2020 calendar. Additional copies will be available for purchase on and after December 16, 2019 by cash or check payable to “Hancock Parks Foundation” at the Hancock Park District Administrative Office, 1424 East Main Cross Street, Findlay, OH 45840. The calendar will also be available as a free PDF download at www.HancockParks.com.
The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol has selected its 2019 Trooper of the Year.
Details are in the following news release from the highway patrol.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Garry M. Odom has been selected 2019 Trooper of the Year at the Findlay Post. The selection of Trooper Odom, 49, is in recognition of outstanding service during 2019 at the Findlay Post.
Fellow officers stationed at the Findlay Post chose Trooper Odom based on leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude, and cooperation with supervisors, peers, and the public. Trooper Odom is now in contention for the District and State Trooper of the Year Award to be announced at a later date.
Trooper Odom joined the Highway Patrol in 2004 and has served at the Fremont, Toledo, and Findlay Post. In addition, he also served as an instructor at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy.
Originally from San Diego, California Trooper Odom served in the United States Marine Corps prior to joining the Highway Patrol.
Other Highway Patrol awards received in the past include: the Ohio State Highway Patrol Fitness Ribbon and the Safe Driving Ribbon. Trooper Odom resides in Wayne.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library children’s literacy program in Hancock County recently celebrated a big milestone.
In early December the program sent out its 100,000th book in Hancock County.
“The books come to the kids, they come in their name so they get mail to themselves, so it’s something really special,” said Brittany Lutes, Children’s Services Manager at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library.