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?Freeport dinner to benefit foundation

?Harrison Happenings

April 10, 2010
?KAY?SEDGMER Staff Writer

The silent auction will feature Ohio State and many other items of interest. The event is open to the public. An offering will be taken.

The dinner and auction are organized by Team Serena, a group of 15 to 20 members who participate in the National Great Strides walk in honor of Marty Bardall's granddaughter, Serena, who has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

VOLUNTEERS AT in two local communities will be receiving federal funds to provide fire protection to residents.

The Scio Fire Department will be using federal money to replace a tanker truck that is over 30 years old.

The Scio VFD recently learned they will be receiving $237.500 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The funds will be used to purchase a new tanker replacing the department 1978 truck.

The new vehicle is expected to be in use by the end of the year.

This is the second time the department has been able to used fund through the AFG program. Previously, funds were used to purchase 18 self-contained breathing apparatus kits.

In Freeport, firefighters will use nearly $50,000 of the FEMA grant funding to purchase updated safety gear.

The protective clothing will include 18 near costs, helmets, gloves and other turnout gear.

In addition, Freeport VFD also snagged $8,000 from the Ohio Fire Marshall to be used in conjunction with the AFG program funds.

The FEMA grants were part of $575,000 awarded to fire departments in northeast Ohio. The monies can be used for the purchase of vehicles as well as operational and safety equipment updates.

According to FEMA, the AFG program was developed to assist firefighters and other first responders to obtain needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and any other resources needed to protect public and emergency personnel.

Since 2001, nearly $4 billion in grant money has been award to qualifying organizations.

THE VILLAGE of Jewett will hold spring cleanup days through May 31.

Curbside pickup of various items, including household trash on both April 20 and May 4, will be available.

Bulky residential waste and mixed recyclables, such as plastic containers, aluminum and tin cans, newspaper, magazines, crushed cardboard and other similar items will be accept. Hazardous materials, including batteries, paint, old cleaning products and electronics will not be accepted. In addition, the village will not collect furniture, dead animals or vehicle parts.

A tire collection will be held on April 23 at the community park beginning at 8 a.m. All tires must be rimless.

Dumpsters at the park are always available for recyclable materials.

In addition, area organizations will be participating in a cleanup along Conotton creek Trail and throughout the village. The project is funded through a grant.

CONGRATULATIONS ARE extended to Dayna Rocchi of Cadiz who performed in the halftime show during Wednesday night's Cleveland Cavaliers game at Quicken Loans Arena.

Rocchi, a certified Zumba instructor, was contacted by the Zumba Home Office to participate in the event.

She currently teaches classes in the Cadiz area.

More details on the classes may be obtained by calling 740-491-3955.

THE ANNUAL Lucas D. Sedgmer Memorial Scholarship Sportsman's Feast will be held today at the New Athens Fire Hall. Doors will open at 3 p.m. and food service will commence at 4 p.m. Cost is $15 per person. Tickets or additional information may be obtained by calling 740-968-4419 or 740-491-1371. Tickets are also available at the door. Carry outs are also available.

Several raffles will be held for guns, other hunting and fishing equipment, a 47-inch flat screen television, Deerasic Classic tickets, and much more. In addition, a live auction will be held at 7 p.m. A silent auction is also scheduled along with a cornhole tournament.

All proceeds will benefit the scholarship program which awards scholarships each year to one OVAC wrestler and several graduates of Harrison Central High School in Lucas' memory.

A BENEFIT fundraiser for Greg Albright will be held Saturday, April 24 at 4 p.m. at the Scio United Methodist Church.

Proceeds from the benefit will help Greg in meeting expenses related to advanced stage 3 esophageal cancer.

The event will include a dinner, a silent auction, live auction and a karaoke contest.

To make a donation or for additional details, call 740-945-4951.

A HAM dinner will be held tomorrow, Sunday, April 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Jewett Volunteer Fire Department. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Each meal includes ham, vegetables, salad, bread and dessert. Beverages will also be available.

Sedgmer may be reached at ksedgmer@timesleader



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