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Horvath earns award

Allen County Sanitary Sewer Superintendent William L. Horvath has earned the Ohio Water Environment Association’s 2013 Collection System Award.

This award recognizes one person chosen by his peers who demonstrates advancement of state-of-the-art wastewater collection system operations and maintenance.

Horvath has worked for the department for 31 years.

(P) D&D Trucking recognized

D&D Trucking and Services, Inc., of Delphos, was presented with the ACUITY Outstanding Fleet Safety Award. This award is given to businesses that ensure a safe workplace. ACUITY is a property and casualty insurer that operates in 20 states.

D&D Trucking and Services, Inc. has put an effort into improving and maintaining a highly efficient company, while striving for excellence in safety.


(P) Touchstone promotes associate

Jane Berg, an associate with Touchstone CPM, was recently promoted to the position of project coordinator.

Berg began working for Touchstone in 2007 as closeout coordinator. She is now involved throughout the entire project process and manages the daily needs for the project managers in a high-volume, multi-tasked environment. Her new duties include preparing and properly distributing various types of correspondence, maintaining records and filing systems, providing support to all project team members as well as serving as a liaison between team members and contractors.


(P) Lyons joins chamber of commerce

Deb Lyons has assumed the position of membership coordinator for the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce. Her responsibility will be managing the day-to-day needs of the membership, as well as managing the West Central Ohio Safety Council program.

Lyons started with the Chamber in early July.


(P) Okuley earns designation

Bryan Okuley, staff manager for Western & Southern Financial Group in Findlay, has earned the Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow designation. This designation is presented to individuals who meet or exceed the qualification standards determined by the two organizations that jointly sponsor the designation, The American College and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

The designation marks an agent’s long-term commitment to professionalism on behalf of clients, establishes the agent’s competence and business experience, marks a commitment to the code of ethics and fosters additional professional development.

Okuley is a member of the Blanchard Valley Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and has been active in the profession for nine years. He is a member of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.

He is a graduate of Holgate High School and Urbana University. He received his MBA from Bowling Green State University. Okuley resides in Ottawa with his wife, Kayla, and their daughter.


Crime Victim Services elect officers

The board of directors of Crime Victims Services of Allen and Putnam Counties held an election of officers.

Cindi Hayes was elected president; Brad Brubaker is vice president; Cammie Flores is secretary; and David Ellerbrock was elected treasurer.


(P) OSU-Lima’s Brandesky named associate director

Dr. Joe Brandesky, professor of Theatre at The Ohio State University at Lima, has been appointed associate director of Ohio State’s Center for Slavic and East European Studies by the Office of International Affairs in cooperation with the Division of Arts and Humanities of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Ohio State’s East European area studies are facilitated by the presence of approximately 80 area specialist faculty members who teach nearly 300 different courses in East European languages and area studies.

Brandesky has traveled to St. Petersburg, Moscow and Prague to study and conduct research as a specialist in Russian and Czech theatre. He has organized eight study tours to the Czech Republic and most recently took a group of Ohio State students to Prague in May 2013.

Lane appointed Van Wert County Red Cross Executive

The American Red Cross and the board of the Van Wert County Red Cross announced the appointment of Van Wert resident Sandra Lane as the Van Wert County Red Cross Community Chapter Executive. She replaces long-time chapter executive Edi Laukhauf, who retired in February of 2013.

As part of her duties as Van Wert Community Chapter Executive, Lane will also provide administrative oversight tot he American Red Cross of Paulding County.

Lane has been a Red Cross volunteer for the past four years and was awarded the Red Cross Volunteer of the Year for 2012.


ONU ranks third in return on investment

Ohio Northern University is ranked third among the top schools in the state of Ohio for its students’ greatest lifetime return on investment according to “Affordable College Online: Highest Return on Investment Colleges in Ohio” ranking.

The high return on investment means that ONU graduates earn high starting salaries and are able to pay back student loan debt. ONU ranked in the top tier among the 289 schools statewide that were part of the rankings.

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