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Kaleidoscope Farms in Hancock County was selected as this year's grand champion Christmas tree at the Ohio State Fair.
Kaleidoscope Farms in Hancock County was selected as this year's grand champion Christmas tree at the Ohio State Fair.
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Kaleidoscope Farms honored at Ohio State Fair

Kaleidoscope Farms in Hancock County was selected as this year’s grand champion Christmas tree at the Ohio State Fair.

Kaleidoscope entered one tree this year, and it was selected for the top prize.

The tree was also the champion spruce in the competition of trees submitted from around the state.

The Grand Champion Christmas Tree from Kaleidoscope Farms will be on display throughout the Ohio State Fair in the Agriculture and Horticulture Building at the Ohio Christmas Tree Association display. Fairgoers can vote for their favorite tree and register to win a free tree this Christmas.

Kaleidoscope Farms also had the Ohio State Fair Grand Champion Christmas Tree in 2004 and the Reserve Champion in 2012. The Ohio State Fair runs through Aug. 3.


Lima Memorial receives accreditation

Lima Memorial Health System received accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. This institution represents the leaders in cancer care and partners with more than 50 organizations, including the American Cancer Society on patient centered initiatives.

After a survey by the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer recognized Lima Memorial Health System as an accredited cancer program for providing high-quality, patient center care. More than 1,500 U.S. cancer programs are accredited.

In addition to being awarded the three-year accreditation with commendation, Lima Memorial Health System was recognized as a best practice institution for its dedication to directing its cancer survivors into the Survivorship Training and Rehab Program. This program is dedicated to returning all cancer patients back tot he normal level of functioning. Cancer Liaison Physician, Dr. Rafael Nivar, was also identified as being an exceptional liaison physician.


Superintendents leading United Way of Auglaize Co.

The United Way of Auglaize County announced that the superintendents of Auglaize County’s two largest school districts, St. Marys Shawn Brown and Wapakoneta’s Keith Horner, will serve as co-chairs of the organization’s 2014 campaign.

During the past ten years, employees from both school districts have donated more than $75,000 to United Way of Auglaize County to assist the organization.


Central Mutual promotes Rauch

The Central Insurance companies has announced the promotion of Timothy L. Rauch.

He has been promoted to vice president of marketing at the home office in Van Wert. Rauch will replace current senior vice president of marketing Edd Buhl when he retires in December of this year. He previously held the position of regional vice president for Central’s Southwest Regional Office in Dallas.

As vice president of marketing, Rauch will be responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies as well as furthering the strength of agency partnerships and strategic alliances.

Rauch is a graduate of the University of Colorado and has been employed by Central since 2009. He has more than 25 years experience in the industry, managing commercial underwriting, marketing and regional operations for the Hartford Insurance Company and, on the independent agency side, as a regional sales manager for USI and as a producing vice president for Insurance Alliance.


Brenneman-Reehling attending annual conference

Sharree K. Brenneman-Reehling, conventions, meetings and events director from the Lima/Allen County Conventions and Visitors Bureau, showcased the Lima and Allen County area at the Ohio Society of Association Executives annual conference and expo held in Cincinnati July 23 through July 25.

Each year the event brings meeting planners and industry suppliers together for three days of updates and discussion regarding meetings being planned and the location alternatives available throughout Ohio.


Ewing to head McComb Family Practice

Dr. James Doone, long-time physician at McComb Family Practice, will be leaving the Hancock County area and McComb Family Practice effective mid- to late-September. Following his departure, the office will remain open, and care will be provided by McComb Family Practice Certified Nurse Practitioner Nicole Ewing.

Ewing has been part of McComb Family Practice for the past two years.

New patients are currently being accepted at McComb Family Practice. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 419-293-0601.


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