Christine Dillon, manager and floral designer for Findlay’s Bo-Ka Flower & Gift Shop, was named 2014 Designer of the Year during the Ohio Floral Association Cultivation ’14 conference in Columbus. It is Dillon’s second Ohio Designer of the Year title. She also is a past winner of the next level of competition at the National Alliance of Floral Associations. Dillon is a Hixson Floral School graduate and master designer; a Florist Transworld Delivery master florist; a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers; and a past winner of the Midwest Design Trade Fair Designer of the Year, in Indianapolis.
A green Black Hills spruce from KaleidoScope Farms in Hancock County was selected as the 2014 grand champion Christmas tree at the Ohio State Fair. The tree was displayed through the fair in the Agriculture and Horticulture Building. Kaleidoscope Farms also had the Ohio State Fair grand champion Christmas tree in 2004 with a white pine entry, and the reserve champion in 2012 with a Canaan fir.
The Heritage has received the President’s Diamond Service Award for excellence from Trilogy Health Services, based on customer satisfaction results from a semi-annual survey of residents’ family members. The Heritage offers short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, 24-hour skilled nursing, assisted living, memory care, respite care, and adult day services. Residents’ family members gave The Heritage high marks for staff attitude, quality of nursing care, food quality, activity programming, and appearance and cleanliness.
Sharinda Welton and Christina Terry of Findlay have become members of the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute. Welton is director of student activities, commuter services, and leadership development at the University of Findlay. Terry is a student at the university. They were among 22 women who were selected to participate in the eight-month program, which is designed to inspire, prepare and empower women to assume leadership roles in their community. The institute’s curriculum includes seven full-day seminars. In May, the class also attended a three-day networking and training program in Washington, D.C., where class members met with national elected and government leaders, and women leaders in business and politics.
National Association of Professional Women has honored Dr. Lorie Thomas as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. Thomas is director of robotic gynecologic surgery and pelvic pain programs at Blanchard Valley Hospital Women & Children’s Center.
Helen Russell of Findlay recorded a hole-in-one on No. 10 at Birch Run Golf Course during the North Baltimore High School football golf outing. Her prize, presented by Reineke Family Dealerships and the high school, was a three-day, two-night stay at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, including golf at the Revere Golf Club.
Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, together with CoBank, an electric-distribution banking firm headquartered in Atlanta, made a $10,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity of Findlay/Hancock County for repairs at the organization’s ReStore facility in Findlay. The Habitat ReStore, at 2042 Tiffin Ave., houses building materials and supplies for the construction work Habitat performs in the area. It also serves as a recycled building supply store. Lately, the building has become dilapidated and needed lighting and maintenance work.
The Hancock-Wood Electric Community Trust Fund awarded $19,590 in third-quarter grants to seven nonprofit organizations: CHOPIN Hall received $3,000 to restock food for needy Hancock County residents; Findlay Area Safe Kids was awarded $5,000 to purchase smoke detectors for children; Hancock Christian Clearing House received $3,000 toward providing emergency supplies to residents; North Baltimore Schools was granted $3,000 for e-books for students; Rawson Volunteer Fire Department was granted $1,590 for three laptops and laptop-mounting equipment for a fire truck; Riverdale Local Schools received $2,000 to buy touch-screen tablets and covers for student use; and University of Findlay was awarded $2,000 for a high school tutoring program.