Carmean named Ohio Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of 2020
MANSFIELD – Habitat for Humanity of Ohio has named Si Carmean the Volunteer of the Year for 2020. Carmean, a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Richland and Crawford Counties (HFHRCC), was nominated by the local chapter.
Carmean, 83, has been a Habitat volunteer for more than 30 years. He continues to supervise volunteers as well as volunteer himself on job sites, most recently leading the rehab of a home acquired through foreclosure.
According to Veronna Drane, HFHRCC executive director, Carmean has volunteered on new build and rehab sites, led volunteer groups, trained young Workforce Investment Act employees, and single-handedly constructed 50% of the fixtures in the former ReStore.
Habitat for Humanity serves as a bridge into home ownership for many individuals and families denied this opportunity through conventional pathways. Applicants are evaluated on a variety of parameters centered on willingness to partner, commitment to the program, financial stability, and completion of the sweat equity requirements.
Anyone who is interested in applying for the program or in volunteering, visit habitatofrcc.org.
Ontario High School selects Royal Court
ONTARIO – Ontario High School has introduced its class of 2021 Royal Court to preside over this year’s prom. Honorees were selected by students and staff for their kindness, leadership, school spirit, and school and community involvement. The king and queen will be named during the prom’s Grand March at 8 p.m. May 1.
Richland SWCD accepting summer intern applications
MANSFIELD – The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) is accepting applications from current college students for a paid summer intern position. The internship is being funded through a grant from the Richland County Foundation Fran and Warren Rupp Fund. The position is varied and provides the opportunity to assist with special events, social media, the website and SWCD activities.
The application deadline is April 30. Details and how to apply for each position may be found on the Richland SWCD website, richlandswcd.net, or by calling 419-747-8686.
Local students present research at Heidelberg University conference
TIFFIN – Two students from Shelby were among 72 students who presented their research April 13 as part of Heidelberg University’s 28th annual Minds@Work Student Research Conference.
Heidelberg hosts the Student Research Conference annually each spring semester as a way to increase student interest and knowledge in academic research and scholarship. The event is designed to recognize, honor and reward academic excellence and give students an opportunity to experience the conference format of academic inquiry.
Rachel Ensman, a senior psychology major, presented research on “Perceptions of Mental Health Treatment.” Kristen Means, who’s also a senior psychology major, presented her research titled “An Investigation into the Connection Between First Experiences with Mental Health and Later Stigma in Help-Seeking.”
Mansfielder named to school’s dean’s list
DAVENPORT, IA – Joshua Hassmann of Mansfield has been named to the winter 2021 quarter dean’s list at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida campus in Port Orange.
Palmer College of Chiropractic, the first and largest college in the chiropractic profession, has campuses in Davenport, Iowa; San Jose, Calif.; and Port Orange, Fla.
Loudonville museum volunteer earns statewide recognition
LOUDONVILLE – Jeanne Griffin from the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum in Loudonville has been awarded the Betty Bryan Volunteer of the Year Award from the Ohio Museums Association. Griffin has volunteered at the museum for about eight years. She is head docent, volunteer coordinator and treasurer. Giffin previously served as trustee and president and served on the Bicentennial Committee.
Obhof receives Awake America award
MEDINA – Former Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof received Awake America Ohio’s Public Servant Award for his work in the Ohio legislature, particularly during his time as the Senate’s leader over the past four years.
Obhof was presented the award by pastor Robert Kurtz of Mansfield Baptist Temple during a service on April 18. Awake America is a statewide and national organization, including Independent Baptist pastors from around Ohio.
Obhof received the award in recognition of his work to protect unborn life and his efforts to preserve religious liberties. During his tenure in Senate leadership, Ohio passed more than a dozen pro-life laws, including the Heartbeat Bill, and spearheaded efforts in the last state budget process to significantly increase funding to pregnancies centers.
In response to the pandemic, Obhof drafted legislative language which was signed into law last fall that prevents any Ohio official from ordering statewide or regional closures of churches or other houses of worship.