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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)

Last Updated on Friday, 02 October 2015

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Cancer fight


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 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)

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2015

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Chieftain court


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)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2015

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Mum’s the word


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)

Last Updated on Monday, 28 September 2015

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Laker royalty


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)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 September 2015

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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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 September 2015

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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.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2015

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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.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2015

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