Food drive delivers
Sincere thanks to everyone involved with last Saturday's Stamp Out Hunger food drive. From organizer Jeff Rife to those who collected the food and the community's response to help those in need, we are so grateful for the 4,000 pounds of food received.
John and Catherine Gase,
FISH of Tiffin
Queen of the airwaves
I was surprised recently to see an obituary for Roberta "Joy" Tarbert of Bucyrus printed in The Advertiser-Tribune.
Originally from a rural area of Crawford County between Galion and Bucyrus, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her radio show, "Just Between Friends" on WBCO-AM, and caught a little of her television program, "Joy in the Morning" while growing up. Listening to her gave me an opportunity to learn a great deal about the history and happenings in Crawford County. From local businesses to service organizations, fairs, festivals and upcoming events, Joy came through with a down-to-earth, homespun flavor that is not heard much today in the media.
Crawford County certainly has lost a "queen of the airwaves" who will be missed by many.
Thanks for striking back
Columbian baseball and softball programs would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who helped make our fifth annual Strike Out Cancer benefit games a huge success. Through the corporate sponsorship of Reineke Family Dealerships and the help of Viewpoint Graphics, Tiffin Ace Hardware, Rock Run Bulk Foods, Walt Szablewski, Fremont St. Joseph baseball team and the Margaretta softball team, we were able to donate more than $3,000 to the American Cancer Society and The Relay for Life in Tiffin.
We are proud of the support that was shown and feel humbled and honored by the service exhibited by our community. Thank you once again,
Curt Mellott, head baseball coach,
Columbian High School
Walk for NAMI a success
Thank you to more than 200 wonderful people who supported NAMI Walk by braving the cold and windy day and walked the 5K at Conner Park May 3 in Fremont. Through the team, corporate and individual donations, we raised more than $20,000.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness affiliate office serves Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties. All the donations stay with the affiliate office to continue our mission of education, advocacy and support. All the NAMI resources are free to the communities we serve.
We offer support groups (two weekly and three monthly); family-to-family education classes to teach about mental illness and coping methods; crisis intervention training for law enforcement and other first responders; QPR - suicide prevention sessions to high school and college students; and much more in the way of support and advocacy. All the donations from the 5K walk event goes to support these resources for persons affected by mental illness and their families.
We appreciated the donations of food items from the following businesses, which made our free walk lunch a success: Cash Land, Burger King, Great Scott, Krogers (west), Ideal Bakery, DaVinci's and McDonald's, all of Fremont; and TPC Food Service of Tiffin.
We also give many thanks to those special volunteers who helped us out that day at Conner Park. With the volunteer help, our fundraising event was successful.
Contact us at www.namissw.org or call us at (419) 334-8021 if you need help with a loved one or want to learn more about NAMI resources, or contact us at 428 Croghan St., Fremont, OH 43420.
NAMI executive director
Fun Day a success
The teachers and staff at Family Learning Center would like to thank the Clinton Township volunteer firefighters and the horticulture students at Sentinel Career and Technology Center for helping to add fun to our Fun Day.
The students couldn't wait to see all of the firefighter equipment, start up the siren and spray water from the hose. It is always a favorite. The young men volunteered for two mornings to provide fun and information to our 170 students. The Sentinel students were so polite and kind as they gave us wagon rides around the property. Sentinel students are always willing to help and participate.
Our Fun Day wouldn't be a success without the help of volunteers like you. Thank you,
Hats off to Carol Young
What a great time we had May 12-16. Carol Young did a wonderful job planning something every day for nursing home week:
May 12: a bridal show. Girls in wedding dresses and bridesmaids and prom. Even a flower girl. We had cake, punch and chips.
May 13: residents had a family-style dinner, with Carol Arnold playing violin and then a gourd craft show with Duane Scherly showing how to take gourds and make stuff.
May 14: Rustic evening with Ralph Keiffer playing and snacks to eat.
May 15: Brad playing instruments.
May 16: Michael and his accordion.
The residents enjoyed everything, and so did I.
Thank you, Carol Young, for everything you do to make our loved ones a nice place to call home.
Stevie N. Zellner,