Mansfield Power Squadron, Service Award and University Honors


Mansfield Power Squadron hosts annual picnic

MANSFIELD – The Mansfield Power Squadron recently hosted their annual training and awards picnic. This non-profit organization, which is aligned with the United States Power Squadron, promotes boating safety and education.

Jay Wells of Ashland received the Milliken-Brewer Award for Excellence in Teaching Boating for teaching three courses. Wells is also the current commander of the Mansfield Power Squadron.

Mansfield’s Tom Etzwiler was recognized for earning 50 merit points earned in his 52 years of service. Shirley Fort of Mansfield was recognized for her many years of leadership as a squadron education officer and dedication to the organization.

Dan and Lynn Fortman of Shelby and Dennis and Denise Tenison of Lexington were recognized for receiving academic achievement awards and Senior Navigator (SN) status from the United States Power Squadron.

The Mansfield Power Squadron offers a variety of six to eight week navigation courses as well as two to four hour seminars. For more information, visit usps.org> mansfield or call 419-975-9724.

Galion schools honor staff members for service to students

GALION – Galion City Schools hosted their annual Staff Appreciation Banquet at the Hub in Village Square on May 27. The district honored a range of staff for their years of care and commitment to the children of the Galleon community.

The neighborhood has recognized its retirees, who take with them over 120 years of combined service to Galion students. 2020-2021 retirees include: Stephanie Kiger (26), Sara Palmer (34), David Rinehart (31) and Travis Watson (31).

Additional staff members have been recognized for one, five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service in the district. Recipients and their years of service include: (One year) Samantha Altstadt, Adam Buxton, Gabrielle Carsey, Scott Chase, Nicole Cotton, JT Harris, Connie Kiser, Jennifer Marsh, Randall Padilla, Claudia Riedy, Melanie Schaffner, James Sparks, Sam Staton, Samantha Tanner and Ashley VanDyke; (Five years) Jennifer Butcher, Heather Carney, Matt Dick, Lindsey Gribble, Elizabeth Ice, Regina Jutz, Isaac Keinath, Stasha Lucas, Jessica McCabe, Marianne Thorpe and Alison Weltmer; (10 years old) Freddy Beachy; (15 years old) Lucinda Glew and Theodore Maglio, Jr; (20) Shelly Barton, Lesley Buzza, Jennifer Jackson, Amy Keller, Jamie Maguire, Donna Shipley and Jennifer Tanner; (25 years old) Fred Rinehart and Doris Weals; (30) Kimberley Chandler, Sue Stark and Mira Zeisler; (35) Kathryn Alguire, Sue Kindell and Roxann Ramsey.

Staff members were also recognized for their perfect attendance during the 2020-2021 school year which included: Kyle Baughn, Jessica Hammond, Dawn Hunter, Thelma Huntsman, Terri Keckler, Connie Kiser, Marsha Rundell, Bruce Weirich, Angie Brocwell, Lynne Foust, Kyle Mann and Suzanne Woodmansee.

Nuhop visits the FIRST School

MANSFIELD – As part of FIRST School’s commitment to fostering social and emotional development, 40 students participated in a day of activities last spring with the Nuhop Center for Experiential Learning. A TAP grant from the Richland County Foundation was used to pay for the activity, which was postponed from 2020 when all activities were canceled due to COVID-19.

Nuhop representatives presented a program comprising several activities focused on improving communication skills and team building. Students, teachers and staff participated in activities that required them to work in groups and discuss the results of each activity.

Private Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) programs include the Abraxas School and the FIRST School. The Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center partners with the administration and staff of the Residential Treatment Program to deliver an educational program that meets the requirements of the Ohio Department of Education for students in correctional facilities.

Honors and recognitions from the College

MANSFIELD – The following local college students have recently been recognized for their academic achievement by their respective colleges and universities:

• Bowling Green State University: Dean’s List – Mycah Blevins, Bellville; Alyssa Lambert, Shelby; Hannah Hess, Lexington; Brenden Manco, Mansfield; Cayla Schaad, Mansfield; Olivia Kegley, Mansfield; Jared Lind, Bellville; Aaron Berg, Bellville; Daniel Desterhaft, Lucas; Alexis Uplinger, Shelby; Natalie Zitko, Shelby; Isabella Snyder, Mansfield; Anthony Sansalone, Ontario; Hannah Skropits, Ontario; Madine Collins, Mansfield; Samuel Sharick, Lexington; Courtney Gouge, Mansfield; Abigail Prendergast, Mansfield; Olivia Schofield, Mansfield; Alexis Dials, Lexington; Vincent Zhang, Ontario; Hunter Nelson; Mansfield; Avery Chambers, Mansfield; Hailey Diana, Galion; Julieann Clouse, Galion; and Colten Skaggs, Galion.

• Ohio Wesleyan University: Claire Yetzer, Shelby – inducted into her Eta chapter of Phi Beta Kappa

• Mercy College of Ohio: Dean’s List – Courtney Gouge, Mansfield; Honor Roll – Lori Holzworth, Mansfield

• Mount Vernon University: Dean’s List – Tori Fanello, Lucas; Andrew Hathaway, Lexington; Gwyneth Hollenbach, Perrysville; Brittany McCauley, Ontario; Jalyn Oswald, Galleon

• University of Greenville (IL): Dean’s List – Faith Weinhardt, Mansfield

• University of Heidelberg: Dean’s List – Jessika Cotsmire, Crestline; Morgan Sweat, Lucas; Amanda Nething, Mansfield; Brandon Reed, Mansfield; Dawson Shambaugh, Mansfield; Allison Wiggins, Ontario; Kade Collins, Plymouth; Rachel Ensman, Shelby; and Kristen Means, Shelby

• Jacksonville State University (AL): President’s List – Jacob Dennison, Mansfield

• University of Edinboro (PA): Dean’s List – Morgan Rae Spitler, Lucas

Ashland Poetry Press publishes lyrical meditation on slavery in the North

Author David Mills is the first African American to have published a book of poetry by Ashland Poetry Press in its 52-year history.

ASHLAND – Although almost always considered the nickname for New York’s financial district, Wall Street started out like this: a wall. It was built largely with slaves from the early 17th century, and Dutch settlers believed it was a good way to keep not only the natives but the English as well. In just a few decades, Wall Street was the site of the first slave market in what had now become the growing city of New York.

Much of the history of free and slave African Americans in New York City was lost or forgotten over time, until 1991, when contractors opened a federal office building in lower Manhattan. It was then that they found hundreds of bones. In total, it evolved into a site of over six acres with around 15,000 skeletal remains of enslaved and free African Americans, as well as poor Native Americans and whites.

There have been non-fiction articles and fictional accounts of the cemetery, but this is the first time it has been the subject of poetry. David Mills brings the dead to life, imagines their stories and their times in his book “Boneyarn”.

This is the first time in the 52-year history of Ashland Poetry Press that she has published a book of poetry written by an African-American.


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