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6/5/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Manchester alumni to be recognized

NEW FRANKLIN — The Manchester Alumni Association will honor its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award winners at its third annual banquet June 21 at Prestwick Country Club.

The event will begin with a social hour and cash bar at 6:30 p.m., followed at 7 by a buffet dinner and the awards ceremony. William Francis, former president of the Manchester Local Schools Board of Education, is this year’s speaker.

According to event officials, this year’s award recipients are: Todd McKenney, Class of 1982 (Alumni Achievement Award); Sara Shookman, Class of ’05 (Early Career Achievement Award); Rick Sponseller, Class of ’71 (Leadership Excellence Award); James Shrake, Class of ’57 (Posthumous Panther Alumni Award); and Richard Harper (Outstanding Faculty Award).

According to event officials, McKenney has held numerous local and state political offices and was recently appointed judge of the Barberton Municipal Court. Shookman is a TV news anchor for WKYC TV in Cleveland, the only local reporter to cover the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, according to event officials. Sponseller has volunteered countless hours over decades to Manchester Local Schools athletic and school programs and also serves as the president of the Manchester Board of Education. Shrake taught for three decades while also building a real estate and development business in the Portage Lakes area. Harper is the district’s longtime vocal/music teacher and Drama Club director.

Tickets for the banquet, which is open to the public, are $25 each and can be reserved by contacting Judy Williams before June 14 at 330-285-7039 or jud5060@yahoo.com.


Wet and Wild in the Parks combined workshop set for July 8-9

CUYAHOGA FALLS — A combined Project Wild/Project Aquatic/Project Wet Workshop will take place July 8-9.

The curricula teach ecology, wildlife and water resource principles correlated to the Ohio Academic Standards, according to workshop officials.

Participants in this workshop will engage in cooperative, hands-on activities and simulations. Upon completing the training, participants will receive the comprehensive Project Wild, Project Wet and Project Aquatic Curriculum and Activity Guides, as well as other resource material.

The Curriculum and Activities Guides are written for learners of all ages. The lessons incorporate a variety of formats, such as large- and small-group learning, whole-body activities, lab investigations, local and global topics, and community service projects.

Presenters will include Gene Easter, a volunteer with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and Sandy Barbic, of the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District.

The cost is free for July 8 and $30 for July 9.

Send registration and the fee of $30 for both days to: Gene Easter, 540 S. Ridgecliff St., Tallmadge, OH 44278, or, for details, email Gleaster@sbcglobal.net, call 330-928-6691 or fax to 330-971-8172.

The registration deadline is June 27 or until filled.


Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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