BHS Class of 1975


The Bellefontaine High School Class of 1975 recently gathered at the Café 212 for their 40 year reunion. Thirty-eight class members were in attendance, including from the left, seated: Teresa McConnell Miller, Dallas Williams, Kimeta Warwick Dover, Beth Maier Christian, Larry Thompson, Dixie Titus Kauffman, Pam Crissman Stevens, Becky Rambacher Harris and Julia Fitzpatrick Cooper; second row: Mickey Yoder Gorham, Stacy Kinchen, April Branson Davis, Chris Duchac Booher, Julie Misplon, Debbie Wallace Keeran, Anne Zupp Schmees, Cathy Berg Dinovo, Robyn Stahler Wunderle, Tina Landis Sojda and Debra Lyman Henderson; back row:  Bruce Collins, Ed Carpenter, Gary Payne, Don Lewis, Bob Cummings, Tom Coate, Gary Contner, Sharon Fout Brown, Julia Heath, Coral McPherson Kerns, Rob Barnwell, Chris White, Jerry Beach, Mike Stolly, Miles Pickering and Dave Allison. Absent when the photo was taken was Brenda Smith Fridley.


ILHS SADD members join the Harbor Tour


The Indian Lake High School Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter recently elected its officers for the 2015-16 school year. They are, from left: Treasurer Parker Grothaus, vice president Lindsey Huffman, president Tyler Butterfield and secretary Morgan Evilsizor. The group also named Hunter Valentine an honorary officer. Hunter, who would have been a senior this year, tragically was killed in a 2013 auto accident. He made the SADD plaque the students are holding in the photo. The first activity for SADD members this school year is “The Harbor” tour in Dayton on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Nearly 50 chapter members from ILHS will attend this character-building event at the University of Dayton. Additionally, students are collecting socks and underwear for the homeless to donate at the event. Items can be dropped off in the ILHS Media Center prior to Sept. 30. SADD also hosts a blood drive in the ILHS auxiliary gym on Nov. 18.  


MRH, health district team up to promote fall prevention


Mary Rutan Hospital Physical Therapy and Health and Wellness Team and the Logan County Health District are partnering to provide community fall prevention education, including the Matter of Balance classes offered through the Solid Ground Fall Risk Screening and Prevention Program. 

While falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injury for people 65 years of age and older, studies show that a combination of behavioral changes can significantly reduce falls among older adults.

“Seniors who have fallen once are nearly three times more likely to fall again,” Logan County Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott said in a releae. “Nearly 55 percent of those falls occur inside the home. We can change this by bringing greater attention to the many preventive measures that can be easily adopted to keep our seniors safe and more active.”

Community Health Nurse Nancy Harmon is facilitating the Matter of Balance classes in the Bellefontaine and Indian Lake area. During this free four-week course, participants will learn to:

• View falls and fear of falling as controllable;

• Set realistic goals for increasing activity;

• Make changes to reduce fall risks at home; and

• Increase strength and balance through exercises.

Participants that are identified to be at further risk of a fall after the completion of the program will be encouraged to follow-up with their primary physician and/or take advantage of the Solid Ground Fall Prevention Program available through Mary Rutan Hospital Physical Rehabilitation Center.

While the initial programs are targeted towards Logan County assisted/independent living sites, senior centers and various community churches, the team also will be working in the near future with home health agencies, community groups and the hospital’s emergency and surgical department to identify and help alleviate fall risks.

For more information about the Solid Ground Program and to register for one of the upcoming Matter of Balance sessions, contact the MRH Community Relations Department at 599-7005.




Students raise nearly $600 for suicide prevention organization


Students at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center raised $585.16 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention earlier this month in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month.

As a competition between the main campus program labs, the Cosmetology program raised the most money at $110, while the Diesel program was a close second after raising $107.

English teacher Diana Sperling and the FCCLA chapter, consisting of the Culinary Arts and Early Childhood Education students, hosted a week of activities to remind students a simple act of kindness can change someone’s life.

Throughout the week, students saw positive messages in the hallways and could send positive messages to others in the school. Students could also pick up a phone, computer or notebook decal made by the Printing and Graphic students.

The Multimedia Marketing students played large part in delivering the message of kindness through a powerful video they created that was posted on the school’s TVs and social media channels.

The Printing and Graphic Arts students also partnered with the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Logan and Champaign Counties and Vicario’s Pizza for the annual Design A Pizza Box contest focused on sharing the Coalition’s message for awareness and prevention.

Learn more about the warning signs for suicide and the helper tasks that can save a life on the local Suicide Prevention Coalition’s new Web site, The local crisis hotline is (800) 224-0422.


Lakers host first alumni softball tournament



The inaugural Indian Lake High School Alumni Softball Tournament was a big hit Saturday at Emil Davis Park in Lakeview, with 84 graduates on 16 teams combining to raise $800 for the Indian Lake High School softball program. The Class of 2000 took first place. Organizers have slated the next event for Sept. 17, 2016. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | RICK PITTS)