NEW Family Fun Trail in Champaign County
Champaign County is full of hidden gems and so much to discover. Whether you want to let the kids run off pent up energy, provide educational opportunities, or need a place to cool off, you can easily plan a fun-filled day or weekend on our Family Fun Trail. Pick up your passport at the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau located at 127 W. Court St. in Urbana and enjoy quality family time together as you explore all of the stops on your journey! Once you have visited all the locations on the passport, return it to the Visitors Bureau to claim your prize! The passport will be active from June 1st to August 11th.
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Each student was given a future occupation based on their current plans, whether it be going straight to the workforce or continuing their education (options included trade school, community college, bachelor’s, and master’s degree options). Each occupation provided a student with a gross income.
Next, students completed a worksheet by documenting their level of education, gross annual salary, income, marital status, and a certain number of specifically aged children. Then they were asked to determine their net pay based on the following deductions:
Students then headed to the simulation. The simulation included 12 stops at various tables, where life happens. Students were asked to calculate what the costs in the following areas:
The goal was to end the game with money left in their monthly budget. Most students did well with having at least a little bit of money left over, but many students were surprised at the cost of living and how hard it was to stretch their income out for a month. Many students mentioned that what they thought was a good salary turned out to not really be enough. Molly Smith, HS Counselor said, “I think the experience was fairly eye-opening. The students I talked to found it helpful and enjoyed it.”
Real Money. Real World. is a collaboration between The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences and their county extension offices. If you’d like to learn more about the experience, visit Home | Real Money. Real World. (osu.edu).
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Bair is a 2023 Health Care Hero in the Manager category.
The Federally Qualified Health Center operates in Bellefontaine, Indian Lake, Urbana and West Liberty. The group provides primary care, integrated behavioral health care, wellness care, chronic care management, medication assisted treatment for substance abuse, pharmacy, nutrition and other services.
"Tara is constantly working to reach more underserved patients through expansion and better serve current patients through thoughtful innovation," says Kelly Borth, chief strategy officer at GREENCREST.
Originally focused on Logan and surrounding counties, CHWP in 2022 expanded to a community health care center in Urbana, Champaign County.
“It was clear that Urbana needed a community health center not only for recovery patients, but to also eliminate barriers to primary care and other health services for all community residents," Bair said.
CHWP improved patient engagement through a two-way text communication system. CHWP is the only Ohio provider with a two-way interactive messaging system where a patient can ask questions and schedule exams.
“Tara is an innovative leader willing to adapt to best serve her community,” Borth said in her nomination of Bair. “She goes above and beyond to reach those who are not getting the health care they need due to financial restraints or geographic accessibility. She meets them where they are.”
Bair also serves as the incoming chair of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers and chair of its Ohio Primary Care Workforce committee.
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In January, she had a booth at the Cincinnati National Fishing Expo and followed that show with the Expo in Columbus. Brezlyn started making baits when she was 12. At this point she was making baits at no charge for her stepfather and his bass club buddies. Two years later, she officially started Breezy Bombers.
“Sales were super slow,” said Brezlyn.
Her baits were being sold on Instagram and Facebook, but her retail instincts told her that drastic measures were needed to increase sales.
When the 2021 National Fishing Expo hit Columbus, Brezlyn was there to promote her baits. She did not have a booth at the show, nor did she have a price tag on any of the 30 bags of baits she had with her. Brezlyn was giving her baits away to anybody who would take them. However, she did have one person targeted to receive a sample of Breezy Bombers.
“I introduced myself to Brian Latimer and gave him a bag of baits. That really got things started,” said Brezlyn.
Latimer, a professional bass angler and guest speaker at the Expo, was so impressed that he invited Brezlyn to his Z-Man Fishing Products booth where he filmed a segment with her for his Facebook page.
“After that segment ran on Facebook, I had 30 orders in one week!” said Brezlyn.
Latimer did not stop with the Facebook broadcast when it came to Brezlyn. One month later, Brezlyn received an invitation from the president of Z-Man Baits to visit the company’s headquarters in Ladson, South Carolina.
“We were there on March 30, 2022. I’ll never forget that date,” said Brezlyn. “I didn’t sleep the night before, I’ll tell ya!”
“I was very impressed that Brezlyn and her family made the trip all the way to South Carolina to visit us,” said Daniel Nussbaum, president of Z-Man Fishing Products.
“She’s the most impressive teenager I’ve ever met,” is how Brian Latimer describes the young lady from Quincy, Ohio.
Another interesting event resulting from her Facebook experience with Latimer took place at the recent Expo in Columbus.
“All of a sudden, I heard ‘There she is!’ It was two adults almost running to my booth,” explained Brezlyn. “Then they asked for my autograph.”
The couple’s son lives in Maine, and he had seen the Facebook post with Brezlyn and Latimer. Once Brezlyn signed her first ever autograph, she then posed for several photos with the couple who had been given specific directions from their son to do so.
Brezlyn’s friendship with bass fishing’s best does not end with Latimer. Over the past 18 months, she has become fast friends with Shaw Grigsby. One of the most popular professional anglers of all-time, Grigsby expressed his total astonishment of this young lady.
“Her work ethic and dedication are tremendous,” said Grigsby. “She’s pouring those baits in two- and four-piece molds. That’s just unreal.”
When Grigsby attends ICAST, the fishing industries trade show, this summer, his pass to the show will read “Shaw Grigsby + 1.” The 1 will be Brezlyn Reneer. She will be staying at Grigsby’s home in Gainesville, Florida, prior to ICAST.
“ICAST has a tournament that Shaw is fishing. I can’t fish the tournament with him but he is going to take me fishing on the practice day before the tournament. How cool is that!” exclaimed Brezlyn in a voice that climbed higher with each spoken word.
“Shaw is going to take me to visit Terry Scroggins, too,” added Brezlyn. “His nickname is Big Show.”
For a 12-year-old girl who started making free fishing lures for her dad and his fishing buddies, her accomplishments and professional contacts seem astonishing until you meet her. Brezlyn already has her goals set for the next 10 years. Her short-term goal is to expand her fishing expo appearances from two to four per year. She has her eye on a fishing show in Indiana and possibly one in east Tennessee. She expects to have an increased inventory by that time as well.
In five years, she would like to travel to multiple states such as Michigan, Virginia, and Kentucky as well as her incursions to Tennessee and Indiana.
She hopes to be into a full-time lure-making career in seven to 10 years. Her determined attitude is a clear indication of her academic skills. This young businesswoman is an honor roll student, but she sheepishly admits that “I get an occasional B in history.”
Brezlyn tries to allocate three hours per day or 15 hours a week for lure production. However, that goal is often unreached since she is a full-time student with plenty of extracurricular activities at school. In addition to playing soccer, Brezlyn is involved in announcing basketball games and a group called P.B.I.S.
“P.B.I.S. stands for Positive Behavior Intervention Supports,” explained Brezlyn. “We try to make school a better place to be.”
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Souders & Timm competed in the Project Management Community Awareness event where they conducted mental health efforts within UHS. During this project, Souders & Timm organized mental health education activities like virtual graphics (displayed on the CEP televisions placed throughout the community), mental health walls (set up beside the UHS main office), and conducted the 3rd annual mental health fair at UHS. This year, 400+ students participated in the fair and 12+ vendors were present to inform students about their services and on mental health topics. Souders & Timm finished the competition placing 5th overall out of 160+ teams. This marked the 2nd time UHS DECA had a 5th place finish, the first occurring last year in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2023-2024 the UHS DECA Chapter will pursue these achievements once again, as the planning for ICDC in Anaheim has already begun. Stay updated on the Chapter’s plans and progress on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @urbanadeca. The Chapter has plans to bring back Real Money, Real World, Mental Health Fair, UHS PowderPuff Game, Chapter Sponsorship & Banner Fundraiser, as well as adding new events. If you, someone you know, or a local business would like to support please contact Thomas Russell, DECA Advisor at email@example.com.