Kids Life is part of the River of Life Christian Center’s children’s ministry. According to Children’s Pastor, Destiny Leiker, “We provide a fun and exciting atmosphere to help children grow healthy friendships and learn about God’s love. We’re always looking for fresh ideas to reach the kids of our community and give them fun character-building activities. Partnering with the Gloria Theatre allows us to offer this exciting opportunity to the community to come out and enjoy a great movie in a great place with free admission.”
A new bicycle will be raffled off along with several “Movie Fun Packs” that include free tickets, concession vouchers and candy.
The Gloria Theatre is a project of the GrandWorks Foundation whose mission is to reach, restore and revive the community. Staci Weller, GrandWorks CEO, commented that “this partnership with Kids Life is exactly the type of thing our community needs. We hope to see hundreds of children and their parents take advantage of this opportunity. By the way, since it’s a morning movie, we decided it would be cool to offer milk and donuts along with all of our regular concessions.”
More than 100 years of program experience
As the Assistant Director, Judy Richardson oversees the volunteer corps at the youth center and manages the student check-in and check-out process. She works with the other staff members to deliver the programming lineup for UYC and assists the Executive Director with grants, fundraising and the management of the center.
Before joining UYC, Richardson worked at Honda Research & Development for 20 years as a Specialist in the Engineering Dept. overseeing various processes of vehicles such as annual inventory, sales, disposals and tracking. Richardson retired in October of 2020.
“After five months of retirement, I felt there was more to life than just taking it easy,” Richardson explained. “One day I walked into the Urbana Youth Center to volunteer and my whole life woke up with a purpose.”
Already, students have received homework and study assistance, been fed dinner and healthy snacks through the UYC’s nutrition program and had access to fun and safe hangout spaces. In addition, the youth center offers a hygiene program, career readiness program and mentoring opportunities.
Developing, implementing, and monitoring UYC programs based on success, interest and availability are responsibilities of the new Director of Programs, Natalie Frueh.
Frueh studied elementary education and special education at Indiana Wesleyan University before transferring to The Ohio State University to study animal sciences. After graduating from OSU in 2014, she started her role as program director for Marmon Valley Ministries Horse Camp. She was responsible for hiring and training staff, managing programs, planning events and designing marketing materials.
“I have a real passion for serving young people and developing programs that are fun and beneficial for students,” Frueh explained. “My role at the youth center lets me live this passion in an impactful way.”
Frueh isn’t the only person involved in developing programs at the youth center. She has two official program advisors with more than 65 years of combined experience in education. Lance Jackson and Teresa Hill were both teachers in the Urbana City School district for decades and keenly understand the challenges local students face.
“Both Lance and Teresa are former teachers of mine. I know the students at the youth center are incredibly fortunate to have the experience of two of Urbana’s very best educators working on crafting programs for them. Their expertise is a major asset to the youth center and this community,” Weller explained.
Including official advisors and volunteer advisors, the entire program team brings more than a century of combined education and program experience to the table. According to the youth center team, this will be key to deploying an array of new offerings this fall.
“We won’t give too much away right now, but I can tell you that Natalie and our programs team have big plans for this fall to nearly double our existing lineup of programs. You are not going to want to miss everything that’s planned at the Urbana Youth Center this coming school year,” Weller said.
Weller went on to explain the importance of the new team members.
“As I have said before, building bright futures for our youth is no small task. I feel incredibly fortunate to lead a team that is absolutely committed to serving the youth of this community and securing the future of the next generation.”
About Urbana Youth Center
UYC believes that the future of our children impacts our community’s opportunities and success for decades to come. With open hearts and open minds, this community can rally our resources to not only lift kids up but set them on a trajectory for accomplishing amazing things. The youth center serves students in grades six through 12 who attend Urbana City Schools or live in the district.
The GrandWorks Foundation is a local not-for-profit organization leading several efforts to reach, restore, and revive the community. The projects include the historic Gloria Theatre in downtown Urbana, The Big Questions (a podcast exploring some of life’s most pressing topics), and the Urbana Youth Center.
The project was spearheaded by two retired Mechanicsburg firefighters, Tim Shonkwiler and Phil McMahill. Both gentlemen donated their time, labor and materials along with guidance to see the project through.
Members of the Trainer family were joined by the Mechanicsburg Fire Department, area fire and law enforcement departments, along with several Mechanicsburg-area residents sharing in the solemn event to express heart-felt condolences and appreciation.
The inscription on the monument reads as follows:
“On July 24, 2007 our brother Jon C. Trainer answered his last alarm. Jon grew up in Mechanicsburg and followed the family tradition of community service, dedicating his time and soul to the protection of others. In 2011 the Mechanicsburg Fire Department was named Station 30 in honor of Jon’s unit number. Today, July 24th 2021, the 14th anniversary of his sacrifice, we gather as a community to honor Jon’s memory and loss. He is gone from our sight but forever in our hearts."
Bean, serving as Mayor of the City of Urbana since 2012, was born and raised in Urbana. He is an Urbana High School graduate and graduated from Urbana University with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science, majoring in philosophy and religion.
Bean was the owner of L.B. Berry Insurance in downtown Urbana for 36 years. He served as a trustee of Urbana University for 20 years; is a long time member and Past President of the Urbana Lions Club and is a member of Simon Kenton Pathfinders. He serves on the board of the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) for Champaign County. He is one of the founding members of the Champaign Economic Partnership (CEP/CIC) and he also is a member of the Ohio Municipal League (OML) and serves on the Executive Board of the Ohio Mayors Association. Bean is the Chairman of the Champaign District Health Board.
His family came to Ohio in 1806 with three great grandfathers and numerous uncles who fought in the Civil War. His roots in Champaign County extend to his grandfather, Noble Bean, who was President of Peoples Savings and Loan and Past President of the Champaign County Republican Club. His father, Robert (Bob) Bean and mother, Marjorie Bean were very civic-minded, as well, serving on numerous boards and committees.
Bean is married to Audra Bean of Urbana. His daughter, Teresa Matteson, her husband Casey and two children: daughter, Lilly and son, Landon, reside in Montgomery County.
Any man 18 years or older who can prove blood lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership.
The Leadership Champaign County program offers participants in-depth, “behind the scenes” looks at local government, education, and healthcare, among other exclusive opportunities. Participants tour farms, factories, and other local facilities while learning from business owners and community leaders about a wide range of topics. Hands-on activities throughout the program sessions encourage group collaboration and leadership development.
The program meets the third Thursday of every month from September - May. Each full-day session features a different topic; topics include Agriculture, History and Heritage, Education, Economic Development, Government, Healthcare, and Quality of Life.
Applications are available on the Chamber’s website at https://www.champaignohio.com/leadership-champaign-county and will be accepted through September 6. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the Chamber with any questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 937-653-5764.
Saturdays, August 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2021 from 11 am-2 pm: Anime Club Ages 13 +. Do you enjoy the art and storytelling of Japanese manga and anime? Are you looking for a group to fan girl/boy about your favorites? Looking for new series to enjoy? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then Anime Club at the Library is the group for you! Anime Club meets every Saturday from 11:00AM- 2:00PM. Hope to see you there!
Monday, August 9, 2021 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Explorer’s Club Ages 6 (Kindergarten) – 5th Grade. Explorer’s Club meets on the second Monday of every month from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Each month we will explore a different topic. In August, we will explore Dinosaurs!
Thursday, August 12, 2021 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Lego Club Ages 5 – 12. Imagine it. Build it. Legos and K'nex will be provided. Donations of new Legos or money to purchase additional Legos are welcome. We also collect used Legos in good condition. If you have Legos looking for a new home, please consider donating them to the library.
Thursday, August 12, 2021 from 6 pm-7pm: Quilt Guild. All Ages. Come exchange ideas and tricks to quilting!
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 from 1 pm-2pm: Posture Screenings. All Ages. Sertell Chiropractic will be at the Mechanicsburg Public Library Tuesday, August 17, 2021 from 1 - 2 PM for posture screenings!
Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 4:30 pm-5:30 pm: Art with Lisa. All Ages. Come create an art piece with Lisa Ware!
Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 10 am-11 am: Paint Pouring with Lynn. Ages 11+. Come learn the turkey pour technique! Registration required!
Monday, August 23, 2021 from 4 pm-5 pm: Generation What’s Next Ages 11 – 18. Design the future of programming at the library. Let your voice be heard!
Monday, August 23, 2021 from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm: Book Chatter Ages 18 +. Come talk about books and what you are reading or your favorite book!
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm: Mason Jar Lid Coasters. Ages 18+.
Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm: Generation Next: DIY Locker Decor Ages 11 – 18. Come create magnets for your locker for the school year!
Hotspots Mechanicsburg Public Library is pleased to announce their new Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot lending program which will help make information more accessible to community members. The Mobile Hotspot lending collection provides patrons greater access to the Internet away from the library and furthers the Library's mission to support the informational, educational, economical, cultural, and recreational development of Mechanicsburg. Hotspots may be checked out for two weeks (14 days) by patrons age 18 and older. To request a Hotspot, please call or stop by the library.
Hoopla Digital Hoopla Digital is a new service now available that includes instant access to over 500,000 eBooks, audiobooks, comics, streaming video (movies & television shows), and streaming music. Mechanicsburg patrons can borrow 10 items per month. Download the Hoopla Digital app for iOS, Android, or Kindle Fire or visit the Hoopla website to make an account with your library card and get started! If you don't have a library card, you can get a digital card online. Hoopla is also compatible with Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and Roku. Please call or stop by the library if you have questions about Hoopla.
Beanstack! Register Now! Download the Beanstack Tracker app or visit www.mechanicsburgohlibrary.beanstack.com. Complete your goal!
Curbside Click & Collect Service! A new service is available through the SEO Libraries app. Curbside Click & Collect is an easy way to pick up items on hold via curbside service. Look for the Click & Collect button on the Holds section of your app. You can begin the process for eligible items and let them know when you arrive at the library all through the app - no phone call required! Visit their website https://www.mechanicsburg.lib.oh.us/ or call 937-834-2004 for more information!
At-Home COVID-19 Tests! The Mechanicsburg Public Library is excited to provide free COVID-19 at-home tests through curbside pickup. To use a test kit, you must have access to the internet and either a smart phone/tablet with a camera or a computer/laptop with a webcam. Anyone can access a free test during operational hours. Patrons may request more than one test (limit of five tests per family). Thanks to support from the Ohio Department of Health and its partnership with Abbott and eMed to bring rapid, reliable testing into the home. Visit their website https://www.mechanicsburg.lib.oh.us/ or call 937-834-2004 for more information!
Wireless Printing! Mechanicsburg Public Library is pleased to announce that they have installed Princh, a wireless documents! Visit their website https://www.mechanicsburg.lib.oh.us/ or call 937-834-2004 for more information!
Returning this year is the popular “dunk tank,” corn hole tournament, best salsa contest, hot pepper eating contest and suck, chew and blow contest.
The Hoopla Parade featuring the Dayton Antioch Shriners and their miniature vehicles will return and Dwight Paul, parade chairman, welcomes groups, bands, clubs and neighborhoods to participate. If interested, email Paul for details at email@example.com.
It’s time to “tweak” your favorite chili recipe and take advantage of the discount offered to early entries.
Entry forms are available online at www.chilicookoffofurbana.com and are discounted until Sept. 10, 2021.
In addition, vendor applications are available online for those wishing to join the fun. Deadline for all applications is Sept. 17 or until spaces are filled. Spaces are limited.
This grant provides emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by COVID-19.
From US Small Business Administration
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.
Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.
Supplemental documents for applicants
Frequently Asked Questions: The list of FAQs answers common questions about the SVOG program, defines terms, and provides additional guidance. Please refer to and carefully review the FAQs for guidance as you complete the SVOG application.
Application Checklist: The Application Checklist is provided to assist you with gathering and preparing the necessary materials (documentation, information, and technology) needed for the SVOG application. Some of these items will be required, and some are examples of items that can be submitted as supporting evidence. The Application Checklist lists materials needed by all applicants as well as applicant-specific information. The application will direct you as you go through the application portal for your specific applicant type.
Applicant User Guide: The Applicant User Guide is a tool for technical assistance to guide applicants through the SVOG application portal with step-by-step instructions. Screenshots in the User Guide are for illustration purposes only. Content in the application portal will appear differently for different applicants.
SVOG-specific information about the IRS form 4506-T
Who can apply
Eligible entities include:
Other requirements of note:
Grant amounts will reflect either of the following instances:
How to apply
Those who have suffered the greatest economic loss will be the first applications processed under the following schedule:
Note: On January 20, 2021, SBA updated the proposed plan for issuing grants during the first and second priority periods. To clarify, priority awardees will not need to satisfy the small employer set-aside. During the first 59 days of opening SVOG, SBA will reserve no less than $2 billion of program funding for grants to entities that have no more than 50 employees.
First 14 days of grant awards
Entities that suffered a 90% or greater gross revenue loss between April 2020 through December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Next 14 days of grant awards
Entities that suffered a 70% or greater gross revenue loss between April 2020 through December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning 28 days after first and second priority awards are made
Entities that suffered a 25% or greater earned revenue loss between one quarter of 2019 and the corresponding quarter of 2020.
Available after all Priority Periods have passed
Recipients of first, second, and third priority round awards who suffered a 70% or greater revenue loss for the most recent calendar quarter (as of April 1, 2021, or later).
Allowable use of funds
Funds may be used for specific expenses, which include:
Grantees may not use award funds to:
Grantees will be required to maintain documentation demonstrating their compliance with the eligibility and other requirements of the SVOG program. They must retain employment records for four years following their receipt of a grant and retain all other records for three years.
Get technical support with the SVOG portal
For Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal technical assistance such as a password reset, browser suggestions, or how to use the multi-factor authentication with an app and the QR code, applicants can call 1-800-659-2955 or, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 1-800-877-8339 and follow the prompts to SVOG assistance. The call center is open from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. ET, 7 days a week.
What to expect after you have applied:
-Post-application frequently asked questions
-SVOG eligibility matrix, including:
How to clear a "Do Not Pay" hold on your application
Visit the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Do Not Pay - Privacy Program, scroll down to “Data Correction Process,” find the row for the match source, and use the Contact Information on the corresponding row to clear any misinformation. The applicant will have 30 days to provide SBA with information that their name has been cleared from the match source. For more detail, see the Post-application FAQs.
Information for awardees
Program reports and data