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Youth recognized for participating in JFS summer employment

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The Wyandot County Summer Youth Employment program recently held an appreciation banquet at the Elks Lodge in Upper Sandusky. Thirty-four youth participated in the summer employment program at 13 work sites. Youth are placed in different areas, from painting crews to lawyer’s offices and libraries to vineyards, said Kyle McColly, an eligibility and referral specialist with the Wyandot County Department …

Ready for school

Ready for school featured

Open Door Resource Center volunteer Rachel Moore (right) assists Braxton Johnson (back), 12, and sister Brianna Johnson, 10, at a school supply giveaway Tuesday while more parents and students line up behind them. Parents and children flooded the resource center for the giveaway, which was open to all regardless of income, director of development Scott Moore said.

New director appointed to lead JFS

The Wyandot County Department of Job and Family Services soon will have a new director. Tom Bennett is retiring from the post after 10 years, effective Aug. 31. His replacement, Jason Fagan, has been groomed for the position since a promotion to assistant director in 2008 and is an Upper Sandusky native. Fagan was appointed to fill the impending vacancy …

Walk for Open Door

The Pever family was the first group to begin walking at 9 a.m. Saturday during the annual walk-a-thon to benefit Open Door Resource Center. The Pevers include (front row, from left) Jacob, 9, grandmother Gwen; (back) Emma, 11, parents Stephanie and Kevin (right) and grandfather Ken. Stephanie Pever said the family decided to walk because “it’s a good cause for …

Lincoln Highway sales

Gale and Susan John, of Buckland, make their way east with a stop at a multi-family sale on old Lincoln Highway west of Upper Sandusky on Saturday morning during the annual Lincoln Highway Buyway, which coincided with the Upper Sandusky community garage sales. Gale is holding the couple’s Yorkshire terrier, Cody. Many visitors and area residents stopped at the Wyandot …

Free school supplies

Free school supplies featured

Volunteers from the Salvation Army of Upper Sandusky hand out free school supplies during the Wyandot County Youth Commission’s party in the park Friday at Upper Sandusky’s Harrison Smith Park. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Open Door Resource Center in Upper Sandusky will distribute free school supplies after a summer drive seeking donations.

Super squirt!

Super squirt featured

Children dance in the spray of an elephant statue at Harrison Smith Park in Upper Sandusky on Friday during the Wyandot County Youth Commission’s annual party in the park. Wyandot County Commissioner Steve Seitz operated the squirting tusk to the shrills and giggles of children. Jeremiah Broters, 2, of Upper Sandusky, smiles out the window of a fire truck. The …

Wyandot County kicks off its ‘Drive Sober’ campain

Safety first featured

Beginning next week and continuing through Sept. 1, local and state law enforcement will be aggressively targeting drunk drivers as part of a national effort to end drunk driving. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will pair increased public awareness with high-visibility enforcement that aims to curb drunk driving on Wyandot County roadways, according to a press release …

World War II talk

Catherine Gillen, of Upper Sandusky, speaks Thursday during a lecture series about her experiences living in England during World War II, including going through “bombing blitzes,” food rationing and watching the sky turn dark with planes flying overhead — not knowing they were part of the D-Day invasion. Gillen also talked about her life as a war bride and settling …

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