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Bath department recognizes firefighter

The Bath Township Fire Department named Travis Fillhart as its 2013 Firefighter of the Year.

Fillhart joined the department in June 2010 and serves as a firefighter and an advanced EMT. He attended Hocking College and is a graduate of Rhodes State College.

He was nominated by his fellow firefighters for the award and was presented with a plaque and uniform commendation pin at the department’s annual awards banquet.


Juvenile drug treatment certified

The Allen County Juvenile Drug Court has received notice of its initial certification as a specialized docket by the Ohio Supreme Court. Certification recognizes that the Allen County Juvenile Court has met the standards and requirements of the Ohio Supreme Court for the operation of a specialized session of court that offers a therapeutically oriented judicial approach to providing court supervision and treatment for juveniles struggling with the effects of drug and alcohol abuse.

The Allen County Juvenile Drug Court has been in operation since 2002 and was one of the first juvenile drug treatment courts in Ohio. In 2013, the Ohio Supreme Court, for the first time, established standards for the certification of specialized docket courts, and the Allen County Juvenile Court is one of the first in Ohio to receive its initial certification.

Certification permits the drug court to continue to operate as a specialized docket and to utilize the unique procedures only available to specialized docket courts.

Feison earns specialty credential

Nicholas Feison, a certified physician assistant originally from the Lima area, has earned a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Feison, who is employed by Emergency Physicians Medical Group in Ann Arbor, Mich., was awarded a CAQ in emergency medicine, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing an exam in the specialty. He is one of only 16 certified physician assistants in Michigan and 530 certified physician assistants nationally to earn a certificate of added qualification since the program’s inception in 2011.


Swonger joins Auglaize Audiology

Bruce Swonger has joined Auglaize Audiology. Auglaize Audiology will begin offering free in-home hearing aid consultation visitations for anyone who may be considering a hearing instrument or anyone who may like to upgrade to a better hearing aid.

Swonger has 35 years of wearing various hearing aids. He will visit in the home or office at no charge. He can be reached at 419-852-1212 or call the office at 419-739-7575 to set up an appointment.

Auglaize Audiology is owned and operated by Dan and Vanessa Lee and has been serving customers in West Central Ohio since 2004. Vanessa Lee is an audiologist with 18 years of experience.


Horn appointed to new position

Jon Horn has been appointed chief human resource officer by the firm Clark Schaefer Hackett.

Founded in 1938, Clark Schaefer Hackett is one of the region’s largest professional service firms, operating six public accounting and business consulting offices throughout Ohio.

Prior to joining Clark Schaefer Hackett, Horn was the director of human resources at Rhodes State College in Lima and director of manufacturing at Airstream in Jackson Center.

Kasich appoints Archer to board

Governor Kasich has appointed Dr. Cheryl Archer as a member of the Ohio State Board of Optometry.

This appointment is a five-year term that will expire on Sept. 24, 2018. The Optometry Board consists of five licensed optometrists and one public member over 50 years of age.

Dr. Archer graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 1984. She received her bachelor’s degree from DePauw University. She is one of five doctors in Premier Vision Group, with locations in Bowling Green, Lima and Minster.

She is a past president and board member of the Ohio Optometric Association and currently serves on the board of directors for the Ohio Optometric Foundation and Optometry Cares, the American Optometric Foundation. She served on the board of directors for the Wapakoneta Area Community Foundation and was a member of the Rotary Club.

Dr. Archer and her husband, John, also an optometrist, love to travel and spend time with their family.


Allen County Bar Association elects officers

The Allen County Bar Association has elected officers for 2014. Mona Willamowski has been elected president; Clay Balyeat, vice president; Shannon Bartels, secretary and Susan Prueter, treasurer.

For information regarding the Allen County Bar Association, visit their website at www.allencountyohiobar.com.

Bluffton Library Board announces officers

The board of trustees of Bluffton Public Library have announced the 2014 officers. They include Elizabeth Hostetler, president; Bob Beer, vice president; and Carrie Phillips, secretary. Board members also include Emily Goldsberry, Amy Lehman-Mikesell, Robert Scott and Nancy Yeager.

Board meetings are open to the public and are held at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month in the library’s Riley Board Room, 145 South Main St., Bluffton. There are no board meetings held during the months of July and December.

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