Celina resident ‘pays it forward’ for veterans

First Posted: 2/13/2015

CELINA — The Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima was host of the Tri County Gun Collectors Show in January. A Colt semiautomatic gun was raffled at this show by the Angels for Veterans group. This gun normally runs about $1,300, but the Angels for Veterans organization bought it on sale for more than $900.

Angels for Veterans was raffling this gun off with all funds being directed to the organization’s program “Angel PAWS.” This program provides service and companion dogs for veterans. Angels for Veterans is one of the few organizations that provide the dogs as a gift with absolutely no charge to the veteran.

“One dog is thousands of dollars. None of us with Angels for Veterans take a penny from the organization, but the dog trainers are individuals that require pay, as well as boarding and food for these dogs. Most dogs are rescue dogs too,” said Sandra Bohle, founder of Angels for Veterans.

Shelly Tolson, of Celina, won the raffle for this Colt semiautomatic gun. Her companion, Shane Tinch, convinced her to buy the raffle ticket.

“Shane really wanted the ticket but had her buy it because she is more lucky,” Bohle said.

Tolson and Tinch met Bohle at Kramer’s Gun Club in Celina for the federally mandated background check. While they were at Kramer’s they informed Bohle that they were giving the gift back to the organization.

“They could have sold the gun themselves and made money,” Bohle said. “They chose to give us an opportunity to sell raffle tickets again. That was a lot of kindness on their part. They are just nice people.”

The couple had discussed their winning and the organization’s benefits to veterans.

“They talked about it and said that they really wanted to support the cause when they bought this ticket,” Bohle said.

The organization raises money in a variety of ways such as motorcycle runs, golf outings and through private donations.

If interested in donating to Angels for Veterans, mail a check to Angels for Veterans, P.O. Box 611, Celina, OH 45822 or visit the website: http://angelsforveterans.org and use PayPal to donate.

Maple Crest hosts soup cook-off

BLUFFTON — Maple Crest Senior Living Village is hosting a soup cook-off from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Maple Crest Senior Living Village is located at 700 Maple Crest Court, off Augsburger Road. The event will be held in the patio room in the lower level of the Maple Crest main building. The public is invited to attend.

Soup from local restaurants and caterers will be on hand to taste. Some of the participating vendors include: Luke’s Bar & Grill of Bluffton with its tomato basil soup; Bluffton Hospital with cheeseburger soup; Touches from the Heart of Ottawa with chicken noodle tomato; Henry’s of Ottawa with baked potato soup; Apollo Career Center of Lima with cream cheese chicken chili; W.G. Grinders of Lima with Italian wedding soup; and Tu Pueblo of Bluffton with Hispanic chicken soup. Common Grounds of Bluffton will be participating with its soup choice to be announced.

The meal includes soup, salad, bread sticks, beverage and dessert. The cost is $7 per person or $5 with a donation of a canned good or box of cold cereal. Children 5 and younger will be $3. All donated items will be given to the Bluffton Community Assistance Program.

Auglaize County Historical holds scanning day

ST. MARYS —The Auglaize County Historical Society will host a scanning day for historic photographs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at St. Marys Community Public Library. Residents are invited to bring any images of commercial buildings/downtown anywhere in Auglaize County from the 1970s or earlier and they will be archivally scanned. Austin Poyar, an AmeriCorps representative from the Ohio History Connection, will scan the photographs. Another scanning day will be held in Wapakoneta in March.

The scanning day is being held with Auglaize County Historical Society’s “Our Downtown: The Way It Was” initiative. This is an effort of the Historical Society to document the appearance of commercial buildings in Auglaize County through the decades.

Van Wert Y receives donation

VAN WERTThe Camp Clay restroom facility and Splash Pad received two donations from the DJ Drew Co. of Batavia. The two contributions totaled $6,650.

Findlay woman receives Everyday Hero award

FINDLAY — Christina Treece, of Findlay, will be honored with an Everyday Hero award sponsored by the lifestyle apparel brand, Free Country, on Feb. 24 at the Blanchard Valley School Cafeteria, 1700 E. Sandusky St. This award is being presented to Treece for her humanitarianism and generosity towards others.

Treece is the mother of two young sons with autism. She wanted to ensure that her children as well as others were a part of a community that supported children with developmental differences. She started a group, Friends of BVS, an organization that supports, advocates and empowers the special needs community. She handles all fundraising for the organization and plans monthly events, which include special needs students at Blanchard Valley School.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Treece is hosting a Family Book Fair. Free food and fun activities for all children and families will be available. At this event Free Country will be honoring Treece as an Everyday Hero. Treece will be awarded with a Free Country Everyday Hero plaque as well as a Free Country jacket. As a nominated hero, she will be in the running for the grand prize, where the winner will receive a cash prize, as well as donation to the charity of his/her choice.

Free Country is a leading lifestyle brand that produces recreational outerwear, active wear and swimwear for men, women and children at family-friendly price points.

By celebrating the exemplary behavior of Everyday Heroes, Free Country believes that people whose acts display selflessness, generosity, motivation, humanitarianism, perseverance and passion, deserve recognition and should be uncovered and shared. Free Country has released a series of Everyday Heroes on its Facebook page, http://facebook.com/liveinit.

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