Briefs: Top Dog coloring contest winners announced

Marion County auditor honors annual coloring contest winners

Marion County Auditor Joan Kasotis has announced this year's winners of her annual Top Dog coloring contest. This year thee were 29 entries.

Auditor Joan Kasotis poses with this year's Top Dog coloring contest winners (left to right) Everlee Townsend with her dog Mayla , Reid Roston, and Madilyn Stamp.
Auditor Joan Kasotis poses with this year's Top Dog coloring contest winners (left to right) Everlee Townsend with her dog Mayla , Reid Roston, and Madilyn Stamp.

Taking first place was Madilyn Stamp, a second grader at Marion Preparatory Academy, and her dog Emmy. Second place went to Reid Roston, second grade at Liberty Elementary, and dog Sammie. Taking third place honors was Everlee Townsend, a second grader at Elgin Elementary and dog Mayla.

This year’s judge were Kasotis, County Commissioners Kerr Murray and Ken Stiverson, Treasurer Office Chief Deputy Linda Davis, Dog Warden Scott Mills and County Recorder Deb Miller and Harding Presidential Sites Manager Sherry Hall.

Kasotis reminds residents that 2023 dog tags are now on sale at the County Auditor’s office.

Area Agency on Aging hands out annual awards

MANSFIELD — The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. presented several awards during its annual meeting Dec. 1 at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center in Mansfield.

The Project Collaboration award was presented to the focal points in the service area, including Ashland County Council on Aging Inc., Crawford County Council on Aging Inc., Enrichment Centers for Huron County, The Station Break Senior Center of Knox County, Marion Senior Center, Morrow County Services for Older Citizens, Seneca County Commission on Aging, and Wyandot County Council on Aging Inc.

The Community Partnership award was presented to Schmidt Security Pro. The Advocate of the Year award was presented to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Volunteers – Region 5. The Award of Excellence was presented to Grant Hollenbach, LPCC-S, and Rick Crouch. Inducted into the AAA Hall of Fame was John Kastelic.

Proceeds from the annual meeting will provide scholarships to students in pursuit of a field of study, certification program, or degree benefitting the field of aging.

Ohio gun hunters have successful week of deer hunting

COLUMBUS — Hunters harvested 71,932 white-tailed deer during the 2022 gun week that concluded on Sunday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. In the same weeklong period over the past three years, hunters checked an average of 68,534 deer. In 2021, the weeklong number was 70,381.

In Marion County, 312 deer were harvested compared to 419 in 2021. Coshocton County once again led the state with 2,457 deer taken.

Deer gun season opens again for the weekend of Dec. 17-18.

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