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LIMA ‚?? Dr. Christopher Luchese and The Complete Health Institute, recently held an essay contest with the topic, Make a Healthy Change Challenge. This contest was open to all Allen County schools, grades one through eight.

Winning first place was Jessica Scott, a first grader from Elida Elementary School. She won a three month family membership to the Lima Family YMCA. Her essay was written about how she and her brother‚??s lives changed for the healthier. They have become involved in sports, eat well-rounded meals and spend their summer days jumping on their new trampoline.

Second place went to Christopher Soules, a fifth grader from Shawnee Middle School. He won a full size adjustable basketball pole. He wrote about how he‚??s helping his mother to live a healthier and more fulfilling life. She is living with cerebral palsy and through their joint workouts and family walks, she has gained a lot of strength. His essay was about how kids can help their parents to be healthier too.

Third place went to Nate Roessler, a seventh grader from Allen East. Nate won a year of free Subway. His essay was written about how he and his sister made changes to be more active and eat healthful, balanced meals to combat their weight issues. Their healthful changes have been inspiring to their parents who have now joined them in their quest for a healthier life.

Crestview schools display spirit of giving

CONVOY ‚?? The staff at Crestview Local Schools recently collected more than 100 gently used coats in conjunction with the YWCA. All coats will be dispersed to Van Wert County individuals.

Additionally, Crestview students and staff will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army at WalMart during the upcoming Christmas season.

Hair salons hold fundraisers for breast cancer awareness

LIMA ‚?? Angel‚??s Family Hair Salon, in Lima held a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness for the month of October. They sold pink ribbons, which were displayed throughout the salon along with raffle tickets for several prizes. They raised $1,500 during the month of October. Angel‚??s kept the money locally, by giving equal amounts to the St. Rita‚??s Women‚??s Wellness Center and Lima Memorial Women‚??s Health Center.

The staff at Studio 320 in Delphos spent the month of October in the pink to celebrate breast cancer awareness. Awareness information was posted throughout the salon, the stylists participated in ‚??Pink Day‚?Ě for Delphos, and pink wristbands, tattoos and ribbons were sold. All of these proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society to help with the Look Good . . . Feel Better Program.

The program began in 1989 to help women undergoing treatment for cancer off-set the appearance related changes. Forty percent of the donation will be used toward research and 60 percent will be used to help cancer patients in Northwest Ohio.

UNOH students traveling to Spain

LIMA ‚?? Six UNOH students will be leaving Dec. 26 for a trip to Spain. International trips are taken each year for all students who take the university‚??s International Experience course. The students will return Jan. 3.

Professor Holly Norton will accompany the students on this trip. During their travels the students are required to keep a journal. Upon returning, they must write essays describing their experiences. The students will visit Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Seville and the Costa del Sol.

The International Experience course teaches students how to handle transportation, foreign languages, foreign monies, and foreign foods and learn how people in different countries and cultures live. The course is three credit hours and ends with an international trip.

The Spain trip is the 14th international excursion the university has offered. Past countries visited include England, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Spain, Monaco, France and Ireland.

Bluffton University‚??s student-led group raises money

BLUFFTON ‚?? Bluffton University‚??s student-led Family and Consumer Science Association held their annual filling the CUP (Churches United Pantry) spaghetti dinner recently. This year‚??s dinner raised more than $1,700 in donations and 306 pounds of food, surpassing the goal of $1,200 and 150 pounds of food. The donations supported the Church United Pantry located in Lima, which serves between 700 and 1,000 residents each month.

The group would like to thank Bluffton University faculty, staff and students; along with area businesses and restaurants, Bluffton Hospital, Community Market, Ted‚??s Market, Panera Bread, Bluffton University‚??s Student Senate, Bluffton University‚??s Buildings and Grounds, Bluffton University‚??s Family and Consumer Sciences Dept., Sodexo, Common Grounds, Old Barn Out Back, Stratton Greenhouse, Suter‚??s Farm and First Mennonite Church, in Bluffton.

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