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Harry Stensen Memorial Fund to benefit Terra State students

From left, Diane Bascone, Licensed Personal Banker, and Stephani Preston, Branch Teller, represent the KeyBank National Association in presenting the check to Carl Koebel, Terra State Trustee, College President Dr. Jerome Webster, Executive Director Lisa Williams, and Matt Montowski, Terra State Trustee.

The Harry Stensen Memorial Fund recently made a $10,000 donation to Terra State Community College for an endowed scholarship fund to assist Port Clinton High School graduates with their studies at the college.

“This is the first scholarship fund we have that specifically benefits Port Clinton students,” said Lisa Williams, Executive Director of the Terra College Foundation. “We are so appreciative to those who have been instrumental in this donation.”

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Wild About Eyes special reading hour to be held at Ida Rupp Public Library

Prevent Blindness Ohio and the Ida Rupp Public Library are presenting a special reading hour at 10:30 a.m. on August 18.  Senator Randy Gardner and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur will read a book to children gathered for the hour.  

The theme of the reading hour is children’s eye health and safety.  Specially selected books will introduce the children and their caregivers to the importance of taking care of your eyes, and Prevent Blindness Ohio will facilitate five stations of hands-on activities for the children to engage in that will help them understand the importance of eye health and safety. Each child attending will receive a special goody bag that contains a pair of sun/safety glasses, a copy of the book ‘Arthur’s Eyes,’ and assorted brochures for their caregivers.

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Cut-a-thon to benefit local woman with ALS

The owner of a local salon has decided to donate some of her time for her sister-in-law in need. Salon 53 is holding a Cut-a-Thon to benefit Melissa Belcher, a Fremont woman diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 2010. “One of the joys of being a business owner is being able to help out a worthy cause such as this,” said Brenda Belcher, owner of Salon 53. "We just celebrated our one year anniversary, and we were very successful, so we decided to give back."

Melissa is a 1990 graduate of Fremont Ross High School, and has been a teacher at Whitmer High School and Sylvania Northview High School. She and her husband Kelly have two sons, Grant, 10, and Aden, 4. In addition to her teaching duties, she enjoyed coaching volleyball at both of these schools. Her symptoms began while she was five months pregnant with her son, and since then, the disease has forced her to give up her teaching and coaching careers. The Cut-a-Thon will help offset the family’s high medical bills, which include in-home health care and frequent trips to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for specialized treatment.

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