UP: A canned food drive, with a discount on game tickets, was conducted during the Liberty-Benton at Van Buren basketball game Friday to benefit the Van Buren Food Pantry and the Salvation Army. Over 800 cans were collected.

The event was sponsored by Liberty-Benton and Van Buren athletic departments, Future Farmers of America chapters, Van Buren Lions Club and Stearns companies, which include Ed’s 24-Hour Service and Dick’s Auto Salvage.

UP: There’s a new fair youth building going up. Right now it looks like merely short concrete walls fencing in snow-covered dirt from other snow-covered dirt at the Hancock County Fairgrounds.

But by May the new $608,000, 11,255-square-foot Youth Building will be completed and hosting a spring craft show. As its name suggests, the building’s main purpose will be to accommodate activities and programs of all area youth. It is located south of the Grange and Merchants buildings and across from the North Grandstand. It replaces the old Youth and Education buildings.

Inclusion of youth groups — all of them — is a theme that ran through the years-long fundraising campaign and will continue after the Youth Building opens.

UP: Recovery housing for pregnant women is expected to open in 2020. Pregnant women addicted to opioids will soon have new recovery housing to support them — and the community is banding together to give them a baby shower of sorts.

The Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board is constructing a 2,870 square-foot recovery house in Findlay for pregnant women and women with newborn infants at 2475 Crystal Ave.

UP: Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Jeffery J. Huffman, an Arcadia High School graduate, has been selected 2019 Trooper of the Year for the Bowling Green post.

The selection of Huffman, 29, is in recognition of outstanding service during the past year, based on leadership abilities, professional ethics and courteous treatment of others. Huffman is now in contention for the District and State Trooper of the Year awards to be announced at a later date.

UP: Buffalo Bills’ safety Micah Hyde delivers some punishing tackles on the field. Now he is tackling obstacles such as financial hardships that could hold back Fostoria youth.

Hyde, president of the IMagINe for Youth Foundation, is partnering with the Greater Fostoria Community Foundation, Inc. to establish the IMagINe for Youth Foundation Endowment Fund as a new component fund of the GFCF.

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