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CONTINENTAL — Continental Elementary School art pupils created a 96-square-foot Monet-inspired mural using around 13,000 bottle caps.



The pupils collected bottle caps of all colors and sizes for five months. The caps were saved in boxes in the art room. Art teacher Jennifer Hopps drew the mural on birch plywood, and a few high school students helped paint it. Then, the elementary students filled in all the areas with bottle caps, according to what color the mural was painted.



Students began working on the project on a Monday. By Friday, it was complete.



The mural was designed to decorate a wall in the elementary school cafeteria and involved all students creating artwork out of recyclable materials.



“The mural was just hung up yesterday,” said Hopps. “The kids are oohing and aahing over it,” she added.



Area students spend spring break in Appalachia



LIMA — Students from the Newman Student Outreach organization at The Ohio State University-Lima and Rhodes State College will spend their spring break volunteering in Appalachia from March 10 to March 15.



Eleven students are participating in the WorkFest alternative spring break this year. This is the fifth year the Newman Student Outreach group has volunteered. The group is scheduled to repair substandard housing for low-income families in eastern Kentucky.



UNOH sends 10 students to truck show



LIMA — The University of Northwestern Ohio is sending 10 College of Applied Technologies students to the National Truck Equipment Association’s Work Truck Show. The show is being held in Indianapolis from Wednesday to Saturday.



This show is described as the must-attend industry event for companies and individuals within the work truck industry. The event is partially a trade show — with more than 500,000 square feet of vocational trucks and equipment, informational classes, and seminars throughout the week.



The UNOH students will help convention attendees and assist throughout classes and seminars. The students also will be given the opportunity to participate in and help coordinate the Ride and Drive at the Green Truck Summit, where work trucks are being run on natural gas, propane, hybrid electric/hydraulic and straight electric power.



Students attending the show are Mike Palmer, of Lima; Casey Holm, of Columbus, Ind.; Ezekiel Lewis, of Farmland, Ind.; Todd McDermott, of Orient; Greg McDowell, of Atlanta, Ga.; Robert Overweg, of Zeeland, Mich.; Dan Risely, of Brighton, Mich.; Zachary Scott, of Swartz Creek, Mich.; Josh Stets, of Hiliard; and Jordan Zoutis, of Mason. The students were selected after being nominated by their UNOH instructors and an interview process.



Local man writes book



LIMA — Chad Dennis, of Lima, has published his first book, “Cast the First Stone.” The book took him one year, one month and 13 days to write. He wrote in his spare time after working his full-time job as a cable installer.



“I had a good friend that served in Afghanistan, and he wrote a book. I just had to quit making excuses for myself and sit down and write,” Dennis said.



The book pulls from his past.



“The basic premise came from when I went through a dark period. I got a divorce and contemplated suicide and stuff like that. I got past that, and I just kind of thought what would happen if you took a guy that wants to end it all and a demon that wants to redeem himself with God,” Dennis said.



When asked if he was a spiritual person, Dennis said, “I am a faithful person.”



“I was raised Southern Baptist with my mom, and then I went to my dad’s and was raised as a Mormon. I rebelled and dabbled in the occult, went into the Marines, and when I got out, I was very confused. I delved into the Bible myself. I am a believer,” he said.



Dennis is in the process of writing a sequel, again in his spare time.



“I’ve got five books in this series,” he added.



Dennis’ book can be purchased in print for $12.99 on Amazon or $4.99 on Kindle. If a reader is a Kindle Prime member, he or she can get the book free for 14 days. Dennis also dropped five copies off to the Lima Public Library.



“I spent a lot of time there when I was a kid, so I just wanted to give them back a little something. I gave them five copies, one for each of their branches,” Dennis said.






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