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Getting some training: Matt Bowman, far right, shows where to cut Tuesday during a training exercise at the Fostoria Fire Department. The training involved using new cribbing equipment called CribBlocks, which is helping hold up the vehicle in the foreground of the photo.
Photo by John Montgomery

Fostoria firefighters get new cribbing through OSS funds

By John Montgomery
Focus Reporter
Fostoria firefighters got some hands-on training with new equipment Tuesday, thanks in large part to a grant from the Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca Joint Solid Waste District.
The fire department used a $5,900 grant it received earlier this year from the OSS Joint Solid Waste District to buy cribbing made from recycled materials. The city matched 20 percent of that grant — $1,474 — as part of the requirements for receiving the funds.
“It’s just a way that gets our goals out in front of residents a little bit more, to show how important recycling is …,” said Amy Drummer, OSS Joint Solid Waste Management…

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Colorful remembrance

Flags adorn the front yard of the Fostoria Fire Department during the city’s annual 9/11 Memorial Service, held Thursday.
Photo by John Montgomery…

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A new look: Corey Loomis from the Home Depot in Bowling Green paints a bench Thursday at the Bradner American Legion. Team Depot volunteers helped renovate and remodel the building as an annual community service project.
Photo by John Montgomery

Bradner Legion gets boost from Home Depot

By John Montgomery
Focus Reporter
BRADNER — When Bradner American Legion Auxiliary President Deb Stiger approached him one day at work about a donation, Michael Nutter had a better idea.
Money just wouldn’t cut it, thought Nutter, store manager at the Home Depot in Bowling Green.
“I said ‘I’ll do you one better.’ The two…

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Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Potter
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Norris, Potter married

Susan Norris and Matthew Potter, both of Columbus, were united in marriage at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Bellpoint United Methodist Church in Delaware, Ohio.
The groom’s brother, Luke Potter, was the presider during the double-ring ceremony.
Following the wedding, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Graf Jr. held a pool-side reception at their Delaware home for the couple.
The bride is the daughter of Bill and Wendy Norris of Fostoria, and the groom is the son of Daniel and Mickie Potter of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the late Martha Faith Potter.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a Mikaella lace bridal gown with an…

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Gerritsens celebrate 45 year anniversary

Richard and Margaret (Mora) Gerritsen celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on Aug. 22, 2014.
They were married Aug. 22, 1969 in Fostoria.
Rick is the son of Beverly Gerritsen-Molineaux & the late Richard Gerritsen. He is retired from Honeywell. He currently works at Reineke Ford, Fostoria.
Marge is the daughter of the late Guadalupe &…

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Bennetts celebrate golden anniversary

Harry and Sandy Bennett celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 15. They were married June 21s, 1964, by Rev. Ling at Wesley United Methodist.
Mr. Bennett is the son of the late Lewis and Helen Bennett, and works at MacRitchie Materials in West Millgrove.
Mrs. Bennett is the daughter of the late Donovan and Grace…

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Following the blocks: Fostoria Jayden Stanton maneuvers around a block by Alex Navarro. Stanton ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns to help the Redmen break a 21-game losing streak with a 36-14 win.
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Redmen snap 21-game skid

By John Montgomery
Focus Reporter
A coach can always find things to improve upon, and Derek Kidwell is no different. But the Fostoria coach also saw some of what he liked Sept. 5 from the Redmen.
A decisive young quarterback.
A resilient team.
The ability to finish drives and keep the other team from doing the same.
The win was nice, too.
Fostoria erased a deficit with four touchdowns in a little more than 16 minutes to beat Cardinal Stritch 36-14 and snap a school-record 21-game losing streak.
“I’m just happy for these 40-some kids who signed up to rebuild this program,” said Kidwell, a former FHS great who returned…

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Racing to the finish: Hopewell-Loudon’s Marisa Heldman (left) races Minster’s Alana Poeppelman in the final meters of the Division II-B race. Poeppelman edged Heldman by 22-hundredths of a second, but Heldman’s effort helped the Chieftains claim ninth out of 27 teams.
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Move up nets top-10 finish for H-L girls

By John Montgomery
Focus Reporter
TIFFIN — Hopewell-Loudon coach Paul Jones has long favored having his Division III team run in the Division II-B race at the Tiffin Carnival.
While it’s a step up in division, the lower number of teams and runners allows for a little more maneuvering room around the challenging course.
Even…

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Heading out: Hopewell-Loudon’s Alex Wood (6698) runs with St. Wendelin’s Nick DeHaven (7039) in the early stages of the Division III-A race.
Photo by John Montgomery

Familiar faces aid DeHaven, Wood

By John Montgomery
Focus Reporter
TIFFIN — One of the challenges with racing at the Tiffin Carnival is competing in a race with hundreds of runners and dozens of teams.
The sheer numbers can throw a runner off his race plan, causing him to either peak too soon or too late. But finding a familiar…

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History of Fostoria: Volume 2 trailer

Micah Hyde visits Fostoria