Orrville Exchange Provides Emergency Settlement Update; embroiderers sew

Orrville Exchange Club

Dick Glessner, assistant director of training for the Wayne County Regional Training Center, presented the Exchange Club with a program of slideshows on the 32-year-old facility at 2725 S. Millborne Road, Apple Creek on Thursday. He was assisted by Orrville Fire Chief Chris Bishop and Capt. Kevin Baldwin, who is also an EMS instructor at the facility.

Glessner praised Alan Auble, who served as an EMS instructor for many years at the training center.

With the passage of Senate Bill 200 through the Senate and House of Representatives in 1989–90, Governor Dick Celeste signed the deed that delivered 56 acres and four buildings to the association for $1.

In 1992, a survival maze was built; 1994-1995, the Beaverson Burn Building was constructed and commissioned. A shopping center was built in 1997-1998 and put into operation. This includes an officer, a grocery store and a church. Puffer II was commissioned in 1998; drilling rig built in 1999; OOGEEP area built and commissioned 2000-2001.

A confined space area and fire station was built with the Seagraves Safety House donation in 2001. A ventilation building was built in 2003; the trench rescue prop was built in 2006.

The start of the CHIEF fundraising campaign began in 2015. In 2018, the Kirila Burn building was constructed. The Seaman Corp Hazardous Materials Training Site and Aquatic Rescue Training Site were constructed in 2019. The Roger and Betty Lou Geiser Education Center was constructed in 2019-2020 and the Grain Bin Rescue was constructed in 2020-2021.

There is also the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program classroom, the J.M. Smucker classroom, the Marian and Ben Romich Jr. Foundation auditorium, the computer lab at the Noble Foundation and the Wayne County Community Foundation Boardroom and includes the Administration Office, Education Office, and Instructor’s Office.

All buildings, classrooms, accessories, auditorium and heated kitchen are available for rent.

Glessner, who is called the “godfather” by fellow firefighters, saluted the late Audrey Beaverson, who donated thousands of dollars to the facility. Since his death, the Beaverson Fund has been established at the Wayne County Community Foundation. The burns unit also bears names in his honor.

In club business, Lisa Reusser introduced Steve Lorson, owner of Lorson Financial Planning at 1024 W. High St., Orrville, as her guest and potential member.

Dr. Heather Howley, Director of Secondary Campuses at the University of Akron/Wayne College, was inducted by Auble as a new member of the Exchange Club.

A highlight of the meeting was the Exchange Club’s participation in the Soup-er-Bowl with Rotary and Lions clubs who donated canned food, muffins, etc., for the Salvation Army. Club members donated $663 and Lisa Reusser bought the many items that filled her sport utility vehicle. The items were donated to the Salvation Army.

Wayne County Embroiderers

The Wayne County Stitchers met at Parkview Christian Church with sewing machines and supplies for a Sew-in; 17 members and two guests from Mission Possible A to Z were present.

Dorene Miller, Founder and Project Director of Mission Possible From A to Z, along with Kitty Valencia, who has been sewing since she was 10, guided the members through the process of making the pads. Miller will pack up and make sure they get to orphanages in Africa.

There is a need in Zambia for washable pads for young girls. Many members brought fabric (flannel and terry cloth), Velcro, thread and supplies. They also brought in ready-to-sew cut pieces and made fabric tote bags to put the stamps in for distribution to recipients.

Club members formed an assembly line to complete the pads. This will be an ongoing project.

Seven club members will compete in the Thornville Smorgasbord on March 19 at Sheridan Middle School. They will have a display table where they will share ideas, demonstrate and advertise the sewing festival. This event is open to the public.

TOPS OH1573, Nashville

On February 2, TOPS OH1573 opened with pledges. Joni Schonaur was the top weekly loser. She said to eat less high calorie foods. Leo Tope was the re-dedicated top weekly loser. Lana Rush was the best KOPS. Bonnie Porter received an award plaque for being the division queen in the region.

Porter brought unstuffed cabbage, along with the receipt, for the monthly tasting. Schonaur gave a Noom program. Thought distortion is a distraction from positive thinking. Healthy eating and weight loss force people to reframe their thought processes. She gave several examples. When you have a craving, just three bites can satisfy the craving. People need breakfast to kick-start their metabolism.

Nashville TOPS meets every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. with a 5 p.m. weigh-in at the Nashville United Methodist Church. For more information, call 330-231-1382 or 330-600-2649.

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