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LAFAYETTE — An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held for Benjamin Leis, 14, of Lafayette. He is the son of Lyle and Lisa Leis, of Lafayette, and an eighth-grader at Allen East School. Benjamin is a member of Troop 11.

During his scouting career, Benjamin has earned 51 merit badges as he advanced through the ranks. This is 30 more merit badges than the required 21. He also held leadership positions within his troop including senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader, quartermaster and scribe. He is in the Order of the Arrow and has attended the National Youth Leaders Training and the Senior Patrol Leaders Training.

For his Eagle Scout project, Benjamin chose to do his service project at the Allen County Dog Warden facility. He met with Dog Warden Julie Shellhammer and they discussed ideas on what he could do for the facility to make it better. Benjamin chose to install a beautification fence out front to help update the appearance of the facility. He also decided to build a dog waste disposal system for the dog park inside the facility. This helps the facility in its move to go green and preserve the appearance of the dog park.

Benjamin said he plans to continue his Scouting and looks forward to helping the younger Scouts so they can get the most out of Scouting.

He earned his first Eagle Palm award in February. To earn an Eagle Palm award, an Eagle Scout continues to be active in his troop, earns additional merit badges and demonstrates living by the principles of the Scout oath and law in his daily life.

Benjamin is on the honor roll at Allen East School and has participated on the Junior High Quiz Bowl and Math Counts. He is in the Allen East Junior High Band where he plays the trombone, and will be joining the Allen East Marching Band. He also plays the piano.

Fifth installment of the War Era Story Project includes Celina native

CELINA — Leo Helentjaris, of Celina, has a story printed in the fifth installment of the Ohio Department of Aging’s War Era Story Project. To view his story and others, visit http://j.mp/SUN6NT.

This installment commemorates Memorial Day and the 69th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944. There are 27 stories of Ohioans who participated in or supported the invasion of Normandy and the subsequent march across Europe to defeat Germany.

Helentjaris’ story tells of his ship being sunk off Utah Beach during the D-Day invasion, and his subsequent return to the states and entering the construction field.

These stories join more than 100 others that were posted previously. The agency received about 300 submissions and will continue to release them in small batches until all have been shared.

Auglaize United Way director shaves head

WAPAKONETA — The United Way of Auglaize County executive director, Randy Fisher, shaved his head Thursday to pay off a debt.

Fisher made a deal with the United Way board of trustees and partner agencies that if they were able to sell all 150 reverse raffle tickets before May 18, he would allow them to shave his head. The agencies sold 150 tickets within the week and Fisher had his head shaved Thursday.

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