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From left: Bailey Joseph, Drew Paulus, Debra Goodwin and Jim Mackenbach, of Coldwell Banker Plus One Realtors awarded the president's sales club award.
From left: Bailey Joseph, Drew Paulus, Debra Goodwin and Jim Mackenbach, of Coldwell Banker Plus One Realtors awarded the president's sales club award.
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Grand Lake Home Health named top agency

Grand Lake Home Health has been named a top agency of the 2013 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. The HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

Grand Lake Home Health manager Carolyn Lammers credits the staff and their dedication to providing quality care to the residents in the surrounding areas with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite.

Otterbein Cridersville receives 5-star rating

Otterbein-Cridersville received the five-star overall rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Otterbein-Cridersville has held this honor for the past three years. It is a full-service retirement community offering patio homes, assisted living and skilled nursing and rehabilitation.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rate the nation’s skilled nursing facilities on a one- to five-star scale, with only the top 10 percent of nursing homes eligible for the Five-Star Rating. Factors considered in the rating include staffing, overall quality of care and health inspections.

Coldwell Realtors garner awards

Realtors from Coldwell Banker Plus One Realtors Bailey Joseph, Drew Paulus, Debra Goodwin and Jim Mackenbach were awarded the president’s sales club award of achievement designation from the Ohio Association of Realtors.

Paulus, Goodwin and Mackenbach are members of the Midwest Ohio Association of Realtors Board of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

Joseph and Goodwin are also members of the West Central Ohio Association of Realtors.

The award of achievement is given to agents who achieve $1 million in sales or commercial leases or 25 sale/lease transactions credits.

Rudolph/Libbe, Inc. receives recognition

Rudolph/Libbe Inc., of Walbridge has been honored with the 2013 Build Ohio Award for its work on PRO-TEC Coating Company’s Continuous Annealing Line Facility in Leipsic.

The project won honors in the category of new construction over $30 million. This is Rudolph/Libbe’s 10th Build Ohio award. GEM Inc., one of the Rudolph/Libbe Companies, performed steel erection, plumbing, mechanical and electrical work.

Build Ohio is an annual awards competition that honors members of the Associated General Contractors of Ohio for excellence in construction.

The Rudolph/Libbe Companies is among the region’s largest contractors and employs nearly 1,500 construction trades associates, with offices in Toledo, Walbridge, Lima, Cleveland and Plymouth, Mich.

ONU student society, students receive accolades

Ohio Northern University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter received individual and chapter awards at the national conference.

ONU’s chapter was awarded the Star Chapter Award and is one of only two schools to receive the award since its inception. The award was created to recognize chapters that have outstanding programming and relationship-building opportunities for students.

In addition the 2013 ONU graduates Katie Hozan, Jacob Schwerer and Lauren Tennent received the National Gold Key award. This acknowledges outstanding Public Relations Student Society of America members. It is the highest individual honor bestowed upon members of the PRSSA and recognizes students who display outstanding academic excellence in public relations and leadership qualities.


Bloomfield joins Summit Hearing Solutions

Jim Bloomfield has joined Summit Hearing Solutions as a hearing health practitioner. In this new role, Bloomfield will serve patients at Summit’s hearing health centers in Lima and Wapakoneta and occasionally traveling to Summit’s locations in Fort Wayne and Columbia City, Ind.

Bloomfield was formerly the co-owner of a local family business. He studied at Rhodes State College and is a member of the International Hearing Society.

Bloomfield and his wife, Teresa, also a medical professional, have two grown children.

Lima Mall names new mall manager

The Lima Mall announced the recent appointment of Theresa Morocco as mall manager.

She will be responsible for overseeing daily operations of the shopping center while continually growing Lima Mall’s position as the shopping and recreational destination of choice for local families.

Most recently Morocco served as the assistant mall manager at Newport Centre in Jersey City, N.J., while participating in Simon Property Group’s Management Training Program. Prior to her time in New Jersey, Morocco served as Lima Mall’s director of marketing and business development. Her experience also includes retail management, with past managerial positions at Guess and Justice.

She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Bluffton University and a bachelor of arts in communications and marketing from Bowling Green State University.

Straley joins Straley Realty & Auctioneers, Inc. staff

Warren Straley has joined Straley Realty & Auctioneers, Inc. as an associate of the firm.

He graduated from Paulding High school and Bowling Green State University with dual majors in history and Spanish. In the fall of 2013, Straley obtained his Ohio Real Estate License and began his career with Straley Realty & Auctioneers, Inc. He has plans to obtain his apprentice auctioneer’s license and Ohio Real Estate Broker’s license in the near future. He is a member of the Ohio Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

He will specialize mainly in Van Wert County, but also Mercer, Paulding and Putnam counties.

He currently lives in Van Wert and is active in the community.


Steinbrunner named community chapter executive

William Steinbrunner, of Coldwater, has been appointed to serve as the community chapter executive for the American Red Cross of Auglaize and Mercer Counties. He will begin his duties on Jan. 6, 2014.

Steinbrunner was selected from a pool of more than 45 applicants.


USV counselor elected to board

Upper Scioto Valley’s school counselor, Evan Jackson, was elected to the board of directors of the Ohio School Counselor Association (OSCA). As the Middle School Level board member, Jackson will serve until December 2015 as the representative for all middle school and junior high school counselor members of the Ohio School Counselor Association. He will support leaders in the profession as they work with legislatures, the Ohio Department of Education and other professional groups to advocate for school counselors.


ONU’s nursing program accredited

Ohio Northern University’s BSN nursing program has received a 10-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

To receive this distinction, the ONU program met four accreditation standards: Mission and governance, institution commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching learning practices and the effectiveness in student performance and faculty accomplishments.

ONU began accepting students into its BSN program in 2005. Today, 137 students are enrolled in the ONU program.


Allen County Children Services staff presents at conference

Intake and Assessment director Cynthia Scanland and Allen County Children Services caseworker Ann Jenkins presented at a national conference. The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse held its eighth annual conference on Differential Response in Child Welfare. The theme was “Differential Response: A Catalyst for Change.”

Scanland and Jenkins shared the agencies perspective on differential response implementation successes, challenges and recommendations for enhancement. Approximately 360 people attended the conference.

USV counselor, student present at conference

Upper Scioto Valley school counselor Evan Jackson and student advocate Danny Holbrook were asked to present at the 2013 All Ohio Counselors Conference on issues of fighting poverty in the USV district.

Jackson and Holbrook spoke for an hour to an audience of approximately 40 professionals with school and community backgrounds. Topics discussed were the demographics of the USV community, the success of the “Pay it Forward Day” program and the year-round “USV Food/Clothing Bank” program.

American Trim team presents at seminar

Members of the American Trim Research and Development team presented at the 2013 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition in Columbus, earning first place for their talk.

Jianhui Shang, senior research scientist at American Trim, presented his research entitled “Low-cost Manufacturing of Metallic Fuel Cell Bipolar Plates by Electromagnetic Forming.” The research focused on achieving commercialization of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells through the development of a high volume and low-cost manufacturing process for bipolar plates. Shang’s presentation was awarded by the committee with a first place honor.

ONU professor presents at neuroscience conference

Phillip Zoladz, Ohio Northern University assistant professor of psychology, presented two posters at the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego.

Five research assistants from Zoladz’s laboratory joined him for the presentation. Topics of the presentation were “Stress administered immediately before learning reduces false memory production and selectively enhances true memory in females” and “Pre-learning social evaluative stress exerts sex-specific effects on long-term picture memory.”

Ashlee Warnecke, an ONU 2011 psychology graduate from Kalida, assisted the professor in his presentation.


ONU professor’s research published

Stephen Kolomyjec, visiting assistant professor of cell and molecular biology at Ohio Northern University, co-authored an article that has been published in the Australian Journal of Zoology.

“Regional population structuring and conservation units in the platypus,” the article was authored by Kolomyjec in collaboration with Tom Grant of the University of New South Wales, Chris Johnson, of the University of Tasmania and David Blair of James Cook University.

Kolomyjec and his associates’ research focused on understanding broad-scale population structuring across the platypus’ range.

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