Hospital auxiliary volunteers honored

The Blanchard Valley Hospital Auxiliary held its annual volunteer recognition banquet Thursday at Birchaven Village. Volunteers who have served five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 50 or more years were recognized.
The following volunteers received recognition for more than 25 years of service: 64 years — Mary Brucklacher, Edith Kramer and Ann Urbanski; 55 years — Mary Johnston; 50 years — Margaret Haas; 45 years — Ann Whithaus, Gwen Wynkoop, Lanell English and Patricia Luther; 40 years, Betty Folk; 35 years — Marilyn Nonnamaker, Kathleen Donnell, Mary Niemeyer, Jane Routson, Sandy Tavernier and Susan Wolford; 30 years — Beulah Bishop and Jean Eastman; 25 years — Norman Nicholson, Carol E. Walter-Sargent, Betty Williams, Ken Otte, Alice Bowman, Judy Heater, Peg Huffman, Vera Johnston, Roy Lasater, Kathy Raabe and Linda Salvati.
Julia Hanna was recognized as serving the most hours, a total of 27,200 hours.
Volunteers giving more than 10,000 hours in 2013 included Hanna, Joanne Connor, Ruthanna Rule, Tina Beall, Judy Shoupe and Marilyn Noel.
The auxiliary is a group of more than 550 volunteers who give service and raise funds for the hospital.
West Ohio Food Bank
Fresh Encounter, Inc., the parent company of Community Markets and Great Scot supermarkets, will donate $2,375 to the West Ohio Food Bank on Thursday.
The funds are to be directed toward helping to eliminate local food shortages and were raised as part of a collaborative effort between Community Markets, its customers and Making Change, a nonprofit organization that promotes human dignity, wellness and self-sufficient communities.
The donation is a part of over $13,000 in customer donations made at check-out in Community Market stores and distributed to food banks and other similar organizations.

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