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Regional Roundup: Local dancers in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 17, 2012

DELPHOS — Dancers from The Dancer By Gina, in Delphos, are dancing in the 86th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thanksgiving Day. The girls will be part of Spirit of America Dance, consisting of dancers from select studios and high schools across the country. This is the fourth appearance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for The Dancer Gina dance studio, although this is the first experience for this group of girls.



The studio was selected from a Columbus dance competition. The Dancer By Gina is the only dance studio representing Ohio this year in the parade.



The girls arrived in New York City on Saturday and have rehearsals every day leading up to the parade. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a 2.5 mile long parade.



While in New York, the dancers and their chaperones will visit historic landmarks of New York City, take in a Broadway show and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes. Director Gina Wiley, will be taking the girls to dance classes at Broadway Dance Center.



The parade starts at 9 a.m. Thursday on NBC.



Otterbein St. Marys resident may be oldest “paper boy”



ST. MARYS — Otterbein St. Marys Senior Lifestyle Community boasts the oldest “paper boy.”



Bob Mowery, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday, collects the morning and evening newspapers that are delivered to the business office and distributes them to various locations throughout the campus center for others to enjoy. Mowery lives independently at Otterbein St. Marys Senior Lifestyle Community and participates in daily community activities.



High school seniors receive award



LIMA — Eleven Allen County high school seniors received the Honda-OSU Math Medal Award. This is a partnership between Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. and The Ohio State University. The award recognizes and honors the top senior math students in each high school near Honda operations in central Ohio.



Students received a pewter math medal, plaque and $100 gift card from Honda of America Manufacturing and Ohio State University’s College of Engineering. In addition, the math medal award comes with a $3,000 scholarship opportunity at Ohio State’s College of Engineering for the 2013-14 academic year. Ohio State’s College of Engineering places 17th nationally among public university engineering programs ranked by U.S. News and World Report.



Math Medal winners from Allen County and their high schools included: Jessica Brockert from Bluffton High School; Trey Gossard from Allen East High School; Katherine Lee from Perry High School; Bryce Ringwald from Spencerville High School; Todd Rode from Delphos St. John’s High School; Austin Schroeder from Lima Senior High School; Kirstan Scott from Shawnee High School; Samuel Shutt from Bath High School; Alex Swick from Lima Central Catholic High School; Aric Thompson from Elida High School and Jacob Violet from Jefferson High School.



Lima man’s war story part of War Era Story Project



LIMA — The Ohio Department of Aging and Veterans Services asked Ohioans to submit their memories from the start of World War II through the 1940s.



“Everyone who lived through the Second World War, whether on the battlefront or the home front, certainly has very vivid memories of those days, ” said Tom Moe, director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services. “It’s important to capture these before this generation passes. There’s much that we can learn from them today about persevering through tough times and often tragedy, yet still maintaining their resiliency and going on to live important and productive lives.”



Robert Bohyer, of Lima, heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor from the radio as a teen. Years later, he joined the fighting and served aboard a popular bomber, 5-Grand.



Bohyer submitted his story to War Era Story Project. His is one of the first submissions to be released. There are 46 stories included in this first release, with more stories planned to be released once per month until all submissions have been shared with the public.



Read, download and print individual stories at http://j.mp/SUN6NT.



Lima Beane Barbershop Chorus holds installation banquet



LIMA — The Lima Beane Barbershop Chorus held its recognition and installation banquet.



Dr. John Wellman was installed as the 2013 president by outgoing president Jim Michale and National Barbershop Harmony Foundation officer Joe Jenkins. Wellman is a New Knoxville native and resides in Allentown.






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