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Small Business Week events set

The Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce will recognize small businesses in Findlay and Hancock County with events this week.

More than half of Americans either own a small business or work for one. Small businesses create about two of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year, the chamber said.

Events recognizing local small businesses include:

  • 2 p.m. Tuesday at The Sweet Retreat, 1600 S. Blanchard St. — “Business 2 Business,” a networking event, will enable participants to meet up to 20 business professionals, one-on-one, in five-minute increments.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at LaRiche Chevrolet-Cadillac — Amy May’s Rockin’ Tacos and Kona Ice will be offering lunch of one taco and a small Kona ice. The event is open to the public.
  • 6 p.m. Wednesday at Findlay Country Club — Hancock Leadership graduation, in which nearly 20 people from the small business community will be recognized for their commitment to Findlay-Hancock County.
  • 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Findlay Country Club — Many area small businesses will be recognized at the 68th annual Safety Council awards for workplace safety.
  • 11:30 a.m. Friday at Findlay Country Club — Women’s Leadership Forum, meant to engage, educate and develop women in leadership positions in the workplace and the community.

For more information or to register, contact the chamber at 419-422-3313 or visit FindlayHancockChamber.com.

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One person injured in Tiffin Avenue accident

A Findlay motorist was hurt in a two-vehicle crash at 6:56 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of Tiffin Avenue, city police said.
Rainer Mueller, 61, was transported with serious injuries to Blanchard Valley Hospital.
According to the Findlay Police Department, Tim Gephart, 49, of Findlay, was stopped in traffic to make a left turn when his GMC pickup truck was hit from behind by Mueller’s Toyota Avalon.
The accident remained under investigation Sunday night.
Hanco Ambulance and the Findlay Fire Department also were summoned to the scene.

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‘I Am Enough’ effort begins

By GENNA FREED
STAFF WRITER
In 2011, the Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board surveyed 18- to 25-year-olds and found that an overwhelming 78 percent believed that prescription drug abuse or misuse is inappropriate and unacceptable.
The board is building its new “I Am Enough” anti-drug campaign based on that finding.
“The ultimate goal is to raise that 78 percent,” said Zach Thomas, the board’s director of wellness and education, during a campaign kickoff event Saturday in Findlay.
“The ultimate goal is that people will come to feel and believe that who they are is enough, that they don’t have to do anything else to make them be better, and that they’re part of the majority, so they don’t have to do anything they don’t want to do to fit in,” he said.
The board received a grant in 2011 from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, called a state incentive strategic prevention grant. The purpose of these grants is to help a community work through a specific series of steps to determine what issues are most pressing.
Thomas said the board used the grant to survey community needs, and then did an additional survey on community readiness. The board discovered the community realized there was a problem with prescription drug abuse, but didn’t feel equipped to handle or address it.
“… We discovered that really the majority of our target population don’t misuse prescription drugs, and they see the misuse as unacceptable or that it poses a high risk,” Thomas said. “In the prevention world, the idea is working with social norms, and you work to change that norm, or work to promote it or encourage more to join the norm.
“Since we saw our norm was a majority who doesn’t misuse/abuse prescription drugs, we are going to capitalize on that and say, ‘Hey, you know what, good for you! There’s a majority of people that don’t do it and think the same way you do, so keep it going.’”
The hope is that through the campaign, those who are abusing or are at risk of abusing will feel the influence of that social norm.
Modo Media has been working for the board since January to develop the “I Am Enough” campaign. The campaign will exist mainly on social media, to reach the targeted age group, but a campaign launch party was held Saturday at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.
“The idea of today’s event is to introduce the campaign to everybody, so the entire community is aware of the message and they can then share the message with people they encounter within the target population,” Thomas said at the launch party.
“We’re doing a second kickoff in the fall on the University of Findlay’s campus so that we can reach those kids, because they’ve already left for the summer. We thought since the campaign is going to be active on a physical level at least until December, why not reintroduce it when those kids are back on campus?”
A secondary goal of Saturday’s event was to collect selfies from those attending. A photo booth was available, and the pictures will be uploaded to the campaign’s Facebook page and website. The photos are meant to show that these people “are enough” without the aid of drugs.
“I Am Enough” also is accepting selfies submissions through a number of social media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or email.
Online:
www.iamenoughproject.org
facebook.com/iamenoughproject
instagram: iamenoughproject
youtube.com/iamenoughproject
twitter.com/iamenough2014
snapchat: iamenoughproj
Freed: 419-422-5151
Send an E-mail to gennanewman

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Findlay landmark reduced to rubble

AS THE FORMER Elks building was razed Saturday on Findlay’s South Main Street, the name “Elks” was one of the last pieces to fall. (Photos by Nick Moore)

A downtown Findlay landmark, the former Elks building at 601 S. Main St., was reduced to rubble in one day on Saturday.
Demolition work began at the rear of the building and slowly moved toward the front. Near the end, all that remained standing was the building’s front wall, columns and porches.
Then they came tumbling down, too.
Marathon Petroleum Corp. purchased the former Elks building and the former RCM Architects building, which is next door to the south and will be razed next year.
Both buildings will be replaced by trees, green spaces and employee gathering areas as part of Marathon’s plan to add $80 million worth of downtown buildings — two office buildings, two parking garages, and possibly a hotel.
The Elks Lodge purchased and moved to the Northridge Swim and Tennis Club at 900 W. Melrose Ave.

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Weekly road report released

The following is the weekly report of construction and maintenance work on state highways from the Ohio Department of Transportation:
HANCOCK COUNTY
The U.S. 224 interchange with Interstate 75 is currently being reconstructed. The project began in February and is expected to be completed late this fall. The following traffic impacts related to the reconstruction will occur in the upcoming week:
• Interstate 75 both northbound and southbound lanes are narrowed and shifted approaching the U.S. 224 interchange at Findlay during reconstruction of the interchange. Lane restrictions are occurring on occasion in the southbound direction between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. mostly during the week but on some weekends as well.
• Placement of the beams for the new bridge structure over Interstate 75 is expected to take place in early June. Traffic on Interstate 75 will be temporarily stopped for short intervals during the operation.
• U.S. 224 traffic on the bridge over Interstate 75 is traveling on the north half of the bridge, one lane in each direction with no turn lanes, during a complete reconstruction of the interchange. All ramps at the interchange are currently open. The project began in February and is expected to be completed late this fall. Motorists are cautioned to watch for construction vehicles entering and exiting at various locations throughout the work zone on U.S. 224 and along the interchange ramps.
• U.S. 224 on the east side of Findlay between Plaza Road (Best Buy) and Hancock County 236 is occasionally restricted to one lane during a traffic signal upgrade project. The new and upgraded signals are now in operation. Curb ramps and pavement striping will follow within the new few weeks.
• Ohio 235 from Hancock County Road 304 (old U.S. 30) about three miles north of Ada to Hancock County 313 (old 25) just north of Interstate 75 closed April 21 for 21 days for grinding and paving of the roadway. The route is expected to reopen to traffic within two weeks, but work will continue on the project.
• Ohio 568 between Lye Creek just west of the Hancock County fairgrounds to Hancock County 180 will be restricted to one lane for pavement repair and resurfacing.
• Ohio 330 from Ohio 15 to Vanlue High School will be restricted to one lane zone for pavement repair and resurfacing.
• Ohio 15 between U.S. 23 in Carey to Ohio 37 in Findlay is restricted to one lane during daytime and nighttime hours. Paving operations are taking place during the day while removal of deteriorated pavement is occurring at night. Work is occurring in both the eastbound and westbound direction.
ALLEN COUNTY
For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County, visit www.odotlima75.org.
HENRY COUNTY
Through August, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Ohio 18, between Ohio 65 and the Henry/Wood County line for resurfacing and bridge work. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers.
PUTNAM COUNTY
Pavement repair will take place at the following locations during the week with traffic maintained.
• Ohio 190 between Fort Jennings and U.S. 224.
• U.S. 224 between the Van Wert County line and Kalida.
• Ohio 613 between Ohio 108 and Ohio 109.
SENECA COUNTY
• Ohio 12 between Ohio 635 and Ohio 590 will be closed for bridge replacement. The work will continue through July.
WOOD COUNTY
• Through August, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Ohio 582 between Ohio 25 and Ohio 65 for resurfacing. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers.

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Leipsic man hurt in cycle crash

McCOMB — A Leipsic man was injured in a motorcycle accident early Sunday morning in rural Hancock County.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported Michael Peterson, 32, of Leipsic, was driving a 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle westbound on Ohio 613 near Pleasant Township 117 at 12:24 a.m. Sunday when he lost control and traveled off the left side of the road. Peterson, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from the motorcycle.
Peterson was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s office.
Assisting at the scene were McComb firefighters, PMP Emergency Medical Service, McComb Police Department and Ed’s Towing.
The crash remains under investigation.

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Motorcyclist arrested after police pursuit

A Findlay man was arrested following a high-speed chase that began on the east side of Findlay Saturday night.
According to Findlay police, an officer attempted to stop a motorcycle driven by Kenneth H. Beasley, 20, of Findlay, in the 14400 block of Hancock County 212 at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Police reported Beasley, who was riding a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle, failed to comply with the officer and fled.
The motorcycle continued east on Hancock County 212, turning south on to Hancock County 236 until reaching the parking lot of Walmart at 2500 Tiffin Ave.
Police say the motorcycle traveled through the parking lots between Walmart and Kohl’s Department Store at 2310 Tiffin Ave. before turning east onto Tiffin Avenue.
Beasley headed east out of Findlay on U.S. 224, reaching speeds in excess of 130 mph. He came to a stop in the parking lot at 2860 U.S. 224 at the intersection of U.S. 224 and U.S. 23 in Alvada, where he was arrested.
According to police, Beasley has been charged with failing to comply with an order or signal of police officer, a third-degree felony, and is being held at the Hancock County Justice Center.
The pursuit lasted about 9 minutes and covered 13 miles. No one was injured.

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‘I Am Enough’ anti-drug campaign kicks off

By GENNA FREED
STAFF WRITER
In 2011, the Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board surveyed 18- to 25-year-olds and found that an overwhelming 78 percent believed that prescription drug abuse or misuse is inappropriate and unacceptable.
The board is building its new “I Am Enough” anti-drug campaign based on that finding.
“The ultimate goal is to raise that 78 percent,” said Zach Thomas, the board’s director of wellness and education, during a campaign kickoff event Saturday in Findlay.
“The ultimate goal is that people will come to feel and believe that who they are is enough, that they don’t have to do anything else to make them be better, and that they’re part of the majority, so they don’t have to do anything they don’t want to do to fit in,” he said.
The board received a grant in 2011 from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, called a state incentive strategic prevention grant. The purpose of these grants is to help a community work through a specific series of steps to determine what issues are most pressing.
Thomas said the board used the grant to survey community needs, and then did an additional survey on community readiness. The board discovered the community realized there was a problem with prescription drug abuse, but didn’t feel equipped to handle or address it.
“… We discovered that really the majority of our target population don’t misuse prescription drugs, and they see the misuse as unacceptable or that it poses a high risk,” Thomas said. “In the prevention world, the idea is working with social norms, and you work to change that norm, or work to promote it or encourage more to join the norm.
“Since we saw our norm was a majority who doesn’t misuse/abuse prescription drugs, we are going to capitalize on that and say, ‘Hey, you know what, good for you! There’s a majority of people that don’t do it and think the same way you do, so keep it going.’”
The hope is that through the campaign, those who are abusing or are at risk of abusing will feel the influence of that social norm.
Modo Media has been working for the board since January to develop the “I Am Enough” campaign. The campaign will exist mainly on social media, to reach the targeted age group, but a campaign launch party was held Saturday at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.
“The idea of today’s event is to introduce the campaign to everybody, so the entire community is aware of the message and they can then share the message with people they encounter within the target population,” Thomas said at the launch party.
“We’re doing a second kickoff in the fall on the University of Findlay’s campus so that we can reach those kids, because they’ve already left for the summer. We thought since the campaign is going to be active on a physical level at least until December, why not reintroduce it when those kids are back on campus?”
A secondary goal of Saturday’s event was to collect selfies from those attending. A photo booth was available, and the pictures will be uploaded to the campaign’s Facebook page and website. The photos are meant to show that these people “are enough” without the aid of drugs.
“I Am Enough” also is accepting selfies submissions through a number of social media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or email.
Online:
www.iamenoughproject.org
facebook.com/iamenoughproject
instagram: iamenoughproject
youtube.com/iamenoughproject
twitter.com/iamenough2014
snapchat: iamenoughproj
Freed: 419-422-5151
Send an E-mail to gennanewman

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Millstream student named president of state chapter

JADEN STAHL, who is pictured in the medical technologies lab at the Millstream Career Center, has been elected president of the state Skills USA chapter. She is the first Millstream student to hold that position. (Photo by Nick Moore)

JADEN STAHL, who is pictured in the medical technologies lab at the Millstream Career Center, has been elected president of the state Skills USA chapter. She is the first Millstream student to hold that position. (Photo by Nick Moore)

By Max Filby
STAFF WRITER
For Jaden Stahl, joining Skills USA was a way to try to move on.
The 17-year-old Cory-Rawson and Millstream Career Center junior lost her mother last fall. This year, she has risen to the highest office in the Skills USA organization’s state chapter.
“My teacher said it would be a good thing for me to do,” Stahl said. “She thought it would make me happy.”
In April, Stahl was named president of the state chapter, the first student to hold the post in Millstream’s nearly 30-year history.
It’s a position Stahl wasn’t planning on being elected to so quickly, but it’s one she’s excited to serve in.
“I definitely have a nice weight on my shoulders, but I’m happy about it,” Stahl said. “I know now that I have to really be a leader and work extra hard in my field.”
Skills USA is a professional organization for students to network and learn about professionalism. The organization has more than 300,000 student members and more than 13,000 chapters in 54 states and territories, according to its website.
Stahl is a student in the medical technologies program at Millstream. Upon graduation in another year, she’ll have earned her State Tested Nursing Assistant’s license and is hoping to further her medical training by attending the University of Michigan or University of Kentucky.
Stahl credits most of her success in school and at Skills USA to Millstream, its administration and its teachers.
“I owe a lot of it to them,” Stahl said. “They all really encouraged me and really helped me campaign for it.”
As part of her role in serving as the state chapter’s president, Stahl will participate in at least 10 statewide conferences this year and will speak at several.
Stahl’s medical technology teacher, Carol Treece, said she’s proud of her for achieving something that no other Millstream student has.
“Jaden truly is inspirational,” said Treece. “She’s full of confidence and an example for every high school student.”
Competition is fierce for such positions, one reason why Millstream has never before had a student ascend to the state chapter’s presidency, said Chris Renn, director at Millstream.
Renn said Stahl’s abilities and skills make her one of the best candidates for leadership in Skills USA.
“It’s very easy for us to see why it’s Jaden,” Renn said.
Stahl was elected by a group of delegates from the state’s nearly 100 career centers, Renn said. To run for the position, Stahl had to give something of an impromptu speech to an audience of a few hundred.
“You’re up there and you’re just having a heart attack but it was worth it in the end,” Stahl said.
Although the group of students Stahl spoke to may have been an intimidating audience, the delegates who elected her are ones Stahl said she plans on staying friends with for a long time.
“We still have group text messages and I still see most of them, especially the ones nearby,” Stahl said.
Filby: 419-427-8422
Send an E-mail to Max Filby
Twitter: @MaxFilby

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Gas Prices Up To Start The Week

5/12/14 – 8:16 A.M.

Gas prices are higher to start the week. The statewide average for a gallon of regular is $3.70 according to ohiogasprices.com. That’s up seven cents from last Monday. Prices are roughly what they were a month ago.

In Findlay the average price is $3.70 a gallon. Ottawa drivers are paying $3.69 a gallon.

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