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Sound Off — Dec. 15

Veteran Stand Down
On behalf of the Northcoast Jobs Connection Veteran Services team, I am extending a large thank you to all who supported our day. For our first time doing this, I was pleased and proud at the thoughtfulness of so many people.
The event was held at the VFW Post 1238 Bellevue, and was aimed at connecting homeless Veterans or those who may be experiencing difficulties with their housing situation to the appropriate services. Medical, educational, financial, legal and employment services were also available. The day was filled with a color guard presentation, three guest speakers, two meals, camaraderie and a chilling bagpipe tribute.


I have to recognize the students in the Medical Assisting Program at Terra Community College who stepped up last minute to conduct mini-health screenings.
Trainco Truck Driving School was there to haul our purchases to pack the duffle bags. Each duffle bag was packed special for our struggling Veterans with a blanket, sweatshirt, laundry soap, hygiene items, gloves, stocking hat, food, lip balm, hand sanitizer; the list goes on and on … Church & Dwight’s (Arm & Hammer products) generosity was amazing. The bags were loaded.
A grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans Employment and Training Services, Homeless Veteran Re-integration Program was used. To add extra value to the event, many local companies became sponsors and were most gracious with their donations. They include: Ottawa County Safety Council, WSOS, Church & Dwight — Old Fort, Green Bay Packaging, Ottawa County Veterans Services, Marion H. Peck American Legion Post 295 — Ladies Auxiliary of Green Springs, Am Vets Post 10 Port Clinton, Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Ability Center, Fifth Third Bank, Clyde VFW Post 3343, Fostoria VFW Post 421, Culligan Water Systems, American Legion 547 Monroeville, First Ohio Credit Union of Fostoria, Stein Hospice, True Value of Woodville, Terra State Community College, Carmeuse Lime & Stone – Maple Grove and Millersville plants, Ballreich’s of Tiffin, Sandusky County Safety Council, Bellevue VFW Post 1238, Walmart, Trainco Truck Driving School and Sue Risner of Stone Fossil Studio.
We are already planning the 2012 event. To become involved, contact me at 419-559-2236 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Respectfully submitted,
Bonnie Nusser, chairwoman
Northcoast Jobs Connection Veteran Services Team

Women of the year

Each year our club elects a Women of the Year. This is a very high honor.
What makes this award so very special is that it is awarded by our peers here in the club. Although we all have an idea of the criteria needed for Women of the Year this is a very subjective decision, on a blind ballet, meaning no voter names are attached to the votes.
So, not only is this a person who is a leader, a mover and a shaker in our group. But also a person who is “held in high regard” by the members of the group. This also is a very high honor.
This year’s recipient has all the traits expected of a “Women of the Year.” She is an extraordinary person who gives to the community; to her family and to the BPW club each year with abundance.
This year’s recipient volunteers not only for the BPW, but has started a chapter of Compassionate Friends here in Port Clinton and is very active in the Downtown Business community as well has the Port Clinton Chamber and Main Street organizations.
She owns her own successful business in Downtown Port Clinton. And is not only an inspiration to others emotionally, but is helping to beautify Port Clinton one “UPDO” at a time.
This year’s “Women of the Year” recipient is Roseann Hickman.
Congratulations,
Lori Madison
BPW member and 2010 Woman of the Year

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