Camp Fire honors, health merger

A Wednesday story (Page A6) about seven extraordinary middle-school youth should inspire the young and old and make us all feel good about the future of our community.
The seven were honored by Camp Fire of Northwest Ohio for their contributions to the community and given Absolutely Incredible Kid awards. The recipients had been nominated by parents, neighbors, teachers, mentors and other adults and were picked from over 50 middle-school youngsters.
All who were nominated deserve applause, but the ones who rose to the top certainly deserve to be called incredible.
One gave up his birthday to organize an event that helped raise money for impoverished families. Another collected gently-used stuffed animals that he donated to a Findlay charity.
Another stuck up for students who are bullied, while others volunteered for Special Olympics, at the Toledo Zoo or at their churches. Several serve as mentors to other students.
While there is not enough space here to detail their efforts, their names are worth repeating: Noah Weaver, Aidan Copeland, Deidra Rose, Avery Charles, Isiah Colvin, Amy Barto and Nicole Peterman.
Great kids, of course, are born every day, but they have to be nurtured to bring out their best. We have a feeling that parents, grandparents, teachers or someone else provided each of the seven a good example to follow. Every child should be so fortunate.
Hopefully, the recognition those seven received will inspire others to reach out and make the lives of others a little better through their actions.
Fittingly, DeBow Freed, former president of the University of Findlay and Ohio Northern University, and his wife, Catherine, were presented the On Behalf of Youth Award, the Camp Fire’s highest award for service to youth.
In comments, DeBow Freed encouraged the young award winners to work harder than anyone else to accomplish their goals, and to do everything with kindness and consideration for others.
Good advice, but he may have been preaching to the choir.
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Plans for combining the Findlay and Hancock County health departments are still inching forward, but the “deal” may be close to being done.
In the latest sign that a long-needed merger may finally happen, the city and county agreed to split the fees of the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio, a consulting company.
There shouldn’t be much left for the consultant to do other than work out the logistics of turning two agencies into one. The biggest chore may be how to combine staffs and decide if the county’s health office on Hancock County 140 is big enough.
We’re optimistic those details can be worked out without causing further delay or controversy, and are glad the two sides have been able to work through their differences.
There may be a cost savings once the dust settles, but the merger of the Findlay and Hancock County health departments has never been just about money.
A combined operation should be more efficient and provide consistency in delivery of services.
It never has made sense why a Findlay resident and one from, say, Alvada or Van Buren would have to go to a different office to receive the same health services.
Soon, we hope, the unnecessary duplication will be over and all county residents will be served under the same roof.

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