OLLIE’S MESSAGE

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Jolene Buchenroth of Hardin County, left, helps Indian Lake Elementary School second grader Riley Ross put a cowbell on Ollie the miniature horse as teacher Jill Young and student Michael Godfrey watch during a recent program to prevent bullying at the school. Mrs. Buchenroth said when Ollie came to her farm, he felt different because he is so much smaller and looks different than the full-sized horses, cattle and donkeys. To feel more accepted, Ollie pretended to be a cow, and the students helped the mini-horse put on a costume, including a spotted cape, cowbell, ears and a tail wrap. However, they learned that the costume did not make the other animals believe Ollie was a cow, so he decided to just be himself. “It’s OK to be different. Ollie made lots of friends in the barn,” the presenter told them. (PHOTO | INDIAN LAKE SCHOOLS)

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Cancer fight

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The Bellefontaine Fire & EMS Department once again is selling For-A-Cure T-shirts, like this one worn by Firefighter Andy Matt. Each new shirt costs $15 and the proceeds are directed to local cancer fighting efforts or needs. T-shirts are available at the department or on the Web at http://www.ci.bellefontaine.oh.us/fire--ems.html. Firefighters will be wearing the T-shirts on duty throughout October. The department also hosts its annual fall all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the fire station for donation toward their scholarship fund. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)
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Chieftain court

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Bellefontaine High School has named its 2015 homecoming court, which includes, from the left, sophomore attendant Brook Fry; queen candidates Monica Martz, Riley Penhorwood and Mallory Stolly; junior attendant Ryelee Clary and freshman attendant Chalony Tolliver. The queen will be crowned at Friday’s pre-game ceremony before the Chieftains take on Stebbins High School. Other homecoming week festivities include the parade at 6:30 p.m. Thursday that will conclude at AcuSport Stadium for a community pep rally, where the court and football team will be recognized. The Roaring 20s-themed homecoming dance is slated for 8 p.m. Saturday at the school cafeteria. The school’s second homecoming king will be crowned at that time, following the crowning of the first king last year. (PHOTO | BELLEFONTAINE CITY SCHOOLS)

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Mum’s the word

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Visitors at the annual Indian Lake State Park Fall Festival had hundreds of mums to choose from Saturday at the C&S Farm Market display. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | RICK PITTS)

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Laker royalty

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Leading this week’s homecoming activities at Indian Lake High School are queen Michelle Grider, center, and attendants, from the left, sophomore Aubrey Grider, senior Isabella Barnes, junior Kati Bowsher and freshman Kelly Shoffner. The Lakers take on Tipp City at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The seventh annual homecoming parade, under the theme “Laker Power, Activate!,” begins at Paradise Island, west of Russells Point, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, and travels east to the McDonald’s overflow parking lot, 431 E. Main St., for a community pep rally. This year, the parade includes a float for past homecoming queens who are encouraged to attend. (PHOTO | INDIAN LAKE SCHOOLS)

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