will include autograph signing by former OSU Buckeyes, live music, food trucks, and so much more! This event will take place at the former Urbana University which is located at 579 College Way, Urbana, OH 43078.
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Longtime advisor Neer honored
By Dani Schipfer - Mechanicsburg FFA Reporter- Submitted to Urbana Daily Citizen
MECHANICSBURG – On Friday, May 14, the Mechanicsburg Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter hosted its 2020-2021 banquet.
During the banquet, there were refreshments as well as treats provided by Mr. Kindle, the Mechanicsburg High School science teacher.
There was also a silent auction with goods donated by many of the Mechanicsburg FFA Booster members.
The banquet was held to honor and recognize the accomplishments of the chapter members from this past school year. Due to the cancellation of the 2020 FFA Banquet, we also recognized some of the accomplishments from the previous school year.
The Meats, General Livestock, Dairy and Soil judging teams all received awards for their placings at this year’s state contests. Most of the members also advanced in their status of their FFA degrees. We had several members that went through a long application process to receive their State FFA degree.
The people from the Mechanicsburg chapter who received their state degrees last year and were recognized this year were: Mallory Blakeman, Grace Forrest, Morgan Heizer, McKenze Hoewischer, Cori Kent, Luke Stroud, Emma Violet and Jennifer Wallace. This year the chapter had one recipient of the State FFA Degree and that was Elyse Wilson.
Throughout the night the top individuals in each class were recognized. The Star Greenhand, Star Chapter, Outstanding Junior and Outstanding Senior were given to students who went above and beyond throughout the past year.
The Star Greenhand Award was given to Taylor Rausch and Hannah Dingledine. The Star Chapter Award was presented to Lilly Marsh.
The Outstanding Junior Award recipient was Elyse Wilson, and the Outstanding Senior Awards were presented to Grace Forrest and McKenze Hoewischer. There were also four students, one per grade level, who received a leadership award.
The Freshmen Leadership Award was given to Hannah Dingledine. The Sophomore Leadership Award was given to Dani Schipfer. The Junior Leadership Award recipient was Natalie Tull and the Senior Leadership Award was presented to Kaylee Warfield.
Lastly, the chapter’s officers, members and advisors recognized Kevin Neer for his many years of service and dedication to the Mechanicsburg FFA Chapter. Neer worked at Mechanicsburg High School for 35 years. While working he taught history, business and agriculture. He coached basketball at Mechanicsburg for a number of years as well as coached several CDE teams for the Mechanicsburg FFA Chapter.
Over the course of five years, he brought home 12 state banners for the Mechanicsburg FFA Chapter.
Neer had a huge impact on the Mechanicsburg FFA Chapter and rightfully deserved the recognition.
The chapter made the most of the new circumstances and honored all those deserving of recognition for their hard work, successes and contributions to the chapter.
The chapter would like to thank all who helped make this year a success including Dr. Billy Ayars, the FFA Boosters, all the donors and many more. The chapter would also like to wish all of the seniors good luck in their future endeavors.
The Kick-Off will be held at the North Lewisburg Branch Library on Thursday, June 3 from 10-11 a.m. and at the Main Library in Urbana on Friday, June 4 from 10-11 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.
The Summer Reading Program will run June 1 through July 31 and combines reading with special events and activities for all ages. Some of the highlights this summer include the Glen Helen Raptor Center and Cool Critters (an animal education and rescue organization). Participants will also see a return of some favorite programs including storytime for preschoolers and toddlers, crafts for all ages, Barks and Books, Pokemon Club and the LEGO Club. The library will continue offering Grab & Go Kits for all ages each month, as well.
Students from preschool through 12th grade can keep track of reading and activity progress with special journals received at registration. Anyone completing at least part of their journal will receive a free book. Those participants will also be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing held at the end of the program. Prizes include $50 and $25 gift cards and Kings Island tickets.
An online version of the summer reading program will be available at ChampaignCountyLibrary.Beanstack.org. Challenges for the reader’s age group will appear on the home page. Participants earn badges as they complete activities and log their reading time.
Adults are welcome to join in the fun too. Reading challenges are available online through Beanstack or entry forms are available at the library.
This year we encourage everyone to READ! Make it fun and not a chore. Studies indicate that students who read six or more books during their summer vacation prevent the “summer slide” and even make gains in their reading levels.
For more information and to sign up for the Summer Reading Program, visit champaigncountylibrary.org, call 937-653-3811, or visit the library: Champaign County Library, 1060 Scioto Street, Urbana. North Lewisburg Branch Library, 161 Winder Street, North Lewisburg.
Macy was a reporter for the Roanoke Times in Virginia from 1989 to 2014.
While at the Roanoke Times, she wrote articles for the New York Times as well as other journals and magazines.
Her non-fiction books, “Factory Man,” “Truevine” and “Dopesick,” have each been on the New York Times best-seller list.
“Dopesick” is a study of the crisis of opioid addiction and is being made into a Hulu mini-series starring Michael Keaton.
Her fourth book, The Fix, will be out next year. This one deals with solutions to the overdose crisis.
Macy was the first in her family to graduate from college and credits her late mother Sarah Macy Slack for her grit.
She also credits much of her success to her UHS band teacher, Robert K. Martin, and her early jobs at the Urbana Daily Citizen, where she delivered the paper and later interned as a cub reporter.
When she is not writing or touring promoting her newest book, she lives in Roanoke, Va., with her husband, who is a teacher, and two rescue dogs.
Heisman Elite Football Camp
Presented by Braxton Miller & Troy Smith!
DATE: July 9 - July 11, 2021
TIME: 12 PM EST
LOCATION: Urbana University, 579 College Way, Urbana, Ohio 43078
AGE GROUPS: 8-10, 11-14, & 15-17
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The statewide Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program (CCMEP), offered locally by OhioMeansJobs Champaign County (OMJCC), helps clients, ages 14-24, get the education, training and additional support they need to enter the workforce and break free of the poverty cycle, explains Beth McFann, CCMEP case manager and career coach at OMJCC, which is located in Suite J100 of the Champaign County Community Center, 1512 U.S. 68, Urbana.
OMJCC is part of the Champaign County Department of Job and Family Services (CCDJFS).
“Some of the young people I serve have a hard time seeing beyond their current situation.,” McFann says. “So, I help them discover the career and training options available to them. I help get them in the mindset to plan for their future.”
Amy Sherman, OMJCC workforce supervisor, adds, “Our goal is to reach teens and young adults, to address their barriers in life when they’re still young, so they can live the rest of their lives self-sufficiently and not have to rely on assistance.”
“Every person has different needs,” McFann says. CCMEP services include:
Stacy Cox, director of CCDJFS/OMJCC, recommends anyone working with youth to contact OMJCC to learn more about CCMEP, so they can refer people they know who could benefit from the program. For information on CCMEP, call Beth McFann, at 937-484-1500, ext. 2701, or the OMJCC, at 937-484-1581.
Submitted by Champaign County Dept. of Job & Family Services.
The school cited low enrollment figures that were exacerbated by COVID-19.
Though students no longer take classes at the university, its campus remains in tact. In an effort to bring the property back to life, commercial real estate firm CBRE placed it on the market. There is no list price for the property.
CBRE’s Anne Rahm and Todd Greiner are marketing the campus for sale on behalf of the owner, Franklin University.
“The Urbana campus listing is a rare opportunity for both educational and institutional users as well as investors looking for a unique redevelopment opportunity,” said Rahm, Midwest regional manager for CBRE’s Public Institutions and Education Group.
For more on the campus, visit the Dayton Business Journal.
Congratulations to Urbana High School Seniors Connor Trawick (Air Force), Landon Turner (Air Force) and Trey Williams (Army National Guard) on their military commitments.
Everyone can play a role in preventing child abuse. That’s the message of this year’s Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign in April: Be a Hero in the Eyes of a Child.
Through its Facebook page, @ChampaignCountyDJFS, the Champaign County Department of Job and Family Services (CCDJFS) is offering ways for local residents to participate in the campaign and help prevent child abuse and neglect in their day-to-day lives.
“It takes one simple act of kindness at a time,” says Sara Wright, CCDJFS social services administrator. “I see a mom I know at the store, and I tell her she’s doing a great job. Or maybe I know a family that could be struggling, maybe they have an illness. I could make a meal for them.
“These types of things are heroic acts. That’s what this campaign is about, those little acts of kindness that really help make kids safe, because it helps support families.”
Stacy Cox, director of CCDJFS, adds, “It takes a community to protect a child, or to raise a child. It’s really those simple acts that play into that community connectedness.”
Ways to Participate in Child Abuse Prevention Month
The Champaign County Board of Commissioners has proclaimed April “A Celebration of Family and Children Month, in tribute to concerned citizens, professionals and foster parents who work together in the cause of protecting our county’s children.”
In addition, CCDJFS is promoting Child Abuse Prevention Month with coloring sheets distributed to schools and libraries, as well as pizza box toppers and drink coasters at local restaurants with dine-in service.
2020 Child Abuse Statistics
In 2020, CCDJFS Child Protective Services completed 228 investigations/assessments of reports of child abuse or neglect. Thirty-five of the reports were substantiated or indicated as cases of abuse or neglect. The department served an average of 37 families, on an ongoing basis, per month, and 33 youth were in agency custody.
But the pandemic had an impact on reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect, Wright said. “From March going into April 2020 we saw an over 60 percent decline in calls coming in. What that tells us, people weren’t seeing each other, and people weren’t seeing kids. Connectivity and connections matter” in helping to identify and prevent abuse.
Wright adds, “The more supported we can make people feel, the less we see the impact of hardships, like poverty and substance abuse, and the better that kids are going to be protected.”
The key message of the Be a Hero in the Eyes of a Child campaign, she said, is that “it’s the simple acts of kindness that make a huge difference. We know the numbers of abuse and neglect, because that’s what we track. But the numbers we don’t have is how much abuse and neglect was prevented by those simple acts that adults in the community are doing each and every day.”
400 memberships recorded
In fact, the number of kids participating at the UYC has caused a high demand for two things: more usable square footage and more volunteer help.
UYC Executive Director Justin T. Weller describes “soaring attendance” and hopes success will attract more participation.
Weller said the UYC currently has about 400 student members.
“On the nights we are open, we regularly have more than 100 students attend UYC,” Weller said. The UYC is open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings after school and serves junior high school and high school students attending Urbana City Schools or those who live in the district.