Regional Roundup: 4 generations of family run in Freedom 5K

First Posted: 7/12/2014

Four generations participate in 5K

The Freedom 5K Run, held every year at the Star Spangled Spectacular, has always been touted a family affair, and for the Myers family from Ottawa, that description certainly fits.

Bill Myers, 83, is a longtime runner and 5K participant. This year, he not only ran in the Freedom 5K, but his 58-year-old daughter, his 36-year-old granddaughter and his 8-year-old great-grandson all participated with him.

The race was an opportunity for the four generations not only to get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful weather, but it also gave the foursome the chance to work together for a common goal. All four crossed the finish line together at 43 minutes.

Habitat for Humanity begins 49th local home construction

Habitat for Humanity-Lima Area, Inc. began construction of the organization’s 49th home in Lima Saturday. The location of the home will be 1184 Hughes Ave. and is being built for Crystal Breaston.

This construction is made possible by local individual and business donations, along with funds provided by homeowner payments and proceeds from the ReStore.

Construction began at 8 a.m. Saturday with a “Bless the Build” service, followed by the framing of the house.

Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn donates to reading program

In honor of what would have been the 92nd birthday of Shirley Torsell, the namesake of Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Co., the Bluffton company donated 100 percent of its June 14 sales, totaling $3,133, to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Torsell was a strong advocate for children’s literature, frequently handing out picture books from her seat at the movie theater ticket stand. The funds raised will help 125 children in the Bluffton community receive a free book every month for an entire year.

Genealogical society to hold family inductions

The Allen County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will hold its 38th annual First Families of Allen County and inaugural Civil War Families induction at 2 p.m. July 20 at the Allen County Museum.

The First Families inductees are Donna Wannemacher, Julianne Zuber McClure, Thomas I. White and Susan C. Morris McGee. The Civil War Families inductees will be Deborah Ann Carder Mayes, Cynthia Jean Frueh Freed and Elizabeth Ann Frueh Potts.

Cynthia Freed will be the speaker for the event. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

Harrod youth excels at national junior cattle show

Delaney Jones, of Harrod, participated in the 2014 National Junior Maine-Anjou Show, held from June 21 to 26 in Louisville, Kentucky. The contest was held in conjunction with the National Junior Chianina Show and the National Junior Shorthorn Show.

Jones raised and exhibited the Champion Bred & Owned Junior Yearling Female, who then went on to become the Reserve Grand Champion Bred & Owned Female.

These shows featured 325 young people from 24 states competing for the top prize.

Elida youth inducted into American Angus Association

Lexi Gail Crider, of Elida, was inducted as a junior member of the American Angus Association, headquartered in St. Joseph, Missouri. This organization is the largest beef breed association in the world, with nearly 24,000 active adult and junior members.

As a junior member, Crider is eligible to register cattle in the association, participate in organizational programs and take part in association-sponsored show and other national and regional events.

Soup kitchen looking for “No-shavember” pledges

Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen is seeking corporate men to seek pledges for not shaving or trimming their beards for all of November and December. Pledges can be given on a daily basis, such as $0.25 per day. The pledges will be used to help support the work of the kitchen, with donations of razors and shaving cream being accepted, as well.

A “shearing of the sheep” would then take place Dec. 30 at the soup kitchen.

To participate or for information, contact the kitchen at 419-224-2086 or by email at

Quilters to hold local classes

The West Central Ohio Quilters Guild is sharing its passion of quilting with the public by starting a mentoring program.

The classes would be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13 at Forest Park United Methodist Church. The cost for participation is $10, which includes a provided lunch. All fabric and supplies will be provided, as well.

To sign up, contact Kellie Salsbury at 567-279-9054 or at

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