Sgt. Joel A. Yoder has returned to the United States after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Yoder is a maintenance shop foreman assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for eight years. While deployed Yoder received the Army Commendation Medal.
He is the son of Iva and Alfred Yoder of state Route 39, Millersburg.
The sergeant is a 2004 graduate of Hiland High School.
A GIRL, Bristol Vaughn Woodruff, was born Feb. 13 to Cortney Shane and Zack Woodruff of Millersburg. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Grandparents are Eric and Sharee Miller of Lake Buckhorn and Jeff and Jettie Woodruff of Killbuck.
KARSON JAMES was born Jan. 4 to Kyle and Kelly Tobias of Orrville. He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Grandparents are Larry and Susan Croskey, Steve Tobias, all of Orrville, and Beth Eldridge of Madison, S.D.
Grandparents are Kathy Johnson, Gregory Johnson, both of Wooster, Kendra Manuel, Paul Manuel, both of Shiloh, Michael Kay and Maria Kay, both of San Bruno, Calif. Great-grandparents are Pauline Greenough of Big Prairie, Diane Booth of Willard, Joanne Kay of Sunnydale, Ariz., and Michael Banks of Sanford, Mich. Great-great-grandma is Helen Booth of Willard.
Volunteers preparing tax returns
The Glenmont Food Pantry, located in the Community Building (school), will be open the second Tuesday of each month, 5-8 p.m. Volunteers are now doing income tax returns.
Knitters, crocheters needed
Volunteers are needed to assist in putting together crocheted and/or knitted afghan blocks for the Holmes County Chapter of the American Red Cross disaster services program. Contact Patricia Lang, executive director, at 330-674-5861 or email@example.com.
Scholarship available for fire-fighting, medical studies
Prairie Township Endowment Fund is offering the Daniel O. Schlabach scholarship to residents of the primary coverage area or family members of an active department member that are potential students of medical or fire-fighting studies. This scholarship is renewable.
For application send request to: Prairie Township Volunteer Fire Department Endowment Funds, P.O. Box 268, Holmesville 44633. Deadline is April 1.
Pomerene Family Care extends office hours
Pomerene Family Care is extending office hours during the cold and flu season. Debra DeHass-Lehr, FNP-BC, will be available an additional 10 hours per week to accommodate patients. Hours are: Monday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 a.m-6 p.m.; Thursday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.Call 330-674-3333 to schedule an appointment.
Pomerene Family Care is located in the Millersburg Medical Center, 1261 Wooster Road, Suite 200, Millersburg.
CHIP assistance applications available
CHIP assistance is now available for Holmes County residents. There will be funds available for owner rehabilitation, emergency repairs, home repairs and rental rehab. Millersburg Village has been designated a priority target area. Applications from the village of Millersburg will take precedence over all applications until the grant objectives have been met. If no applications are received within 90 days, the target funds along with the remaining funds will be released county wide. Call 330-674-8625.
Donations needed for Wolf Creek Cemetery
Wolf Creek Pleasant Valley Cemetery is now accepting donations to pay for mowing of the cemetery grounds. Any amount appreciated. Call Robert L. Croskey, 330-276-3322.
Donations may be sent to Croskey at 12049 U.S. 62, Killbuck 44637 or Lilian Duncan, P.O. Box 284 Killbuck 44637.
Issues of the Holmes County Hub needed
The Holmes County District Public Library is in need of all issues of the 2011 Holmes County Hub newspaper. The copies must be clean and intact. Please contact Susan Corl at 330-674-5972 with any questions or take your copies to the library to donate.
Goodwill offers computer training
Goodwill Industries of Wayne and Holmes Counties, in conjunction with Connect Ohio, will continue to offer the Every Citizen Online free basic computer and Internet training program through July.
The computer and Internet basic training is being presented through Goodwill Industries of Wayne and Holmes Counties' Workforce Development program. Coursework includes six hours of training covering computer basics, introduction to the Internet and an overview of the many benefits of using the Internet.
After completing all six hours of training, participants are eligible to purchase computers, pre-loaded with software, at discounted prices.
Classes will be held January-July at the Goodwill Education and Training Center, 1034 Nold Ave., Wooster. The class series will be offered once a month on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon. Any adult can register by calling 330-264-1300, Ext. 221.
The training is open to any Ohio adult.
Coalition offers support services
The Wayne Holmes Mental Health Coalition is the local NAMI affiliate for Wayne and Holmes counties. Free NAMI educational programs for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illness are offered. The coalition also offers support services.
For more information contact Vicki Slater, coalition coordinator, Wayne Holmes Mental Health Coalition, 637 College Ave., Wooster; 330-264-1590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holmes Red Cross collection for relief
The Holmes County Chapter of the American Red Cross is working to help raise funds for the areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 70, Millersburg 44654. For more information call 1-800-red-cross or visit www.redcross.org.
College taking alumni nominations
The University of Akron Wayne College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award.
The person nominated must have earned at least 30 credit hours at the Wayne College campus in Orrville.
Nominations can be made by anyone in the community and forms and guidelines are available at www.wayne.uakron.edu/alumni. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 1.
Last year's Distinguished Alumni Award recipient was David Lehman, president and CEO of the Mennonite Mutual Insurance Co. in Orrville.
Big Brothers, Sisters are needed
Volunteers, especially male, are needed for the Big Brothers Big Sisters programs in Wayne and Holmes counties. For information contact Lisa or Miranda at 1-888-364-5965 or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holmes in need of foster families
The Holmes County Department of Job and Family Services is recruiting additional foster homes in the county for abused, neglected or dependent children ages 0-18.
Prospective foster parents should be mature, stable, caring adults willing to join the team of professionals providing services to children in the community.
Training is required and will be provided at no cost. Contact Nicole Long at 330-674-1111 for more information.
Community Card applications available
University of Akron Wayne College's library has offered to provide community cards to Holmes County residents. These items may be delivered to the Holmes County Higher Education Center for easy pick-up.
To apply for the card and see card holder benefits, visit https://wayne.uakron.edu/library/community-members.dot or come into the Central Library in Millersburg for a paper form. All applications must be returned to the Holmes County Library for processing.
For more information, contact Susan Corl at 330-674-5972, Ext. 227 or email email@example.com.
Project to display old pictures of Holmes County
"Our Town, Memories of Holmes County Project," is an innitative to collect old pictures of an event or people in Holmes County.
Residents are encouraged to share or donate their photos to the "Our Town" project. The images or scanned representations will be gathered in a book and shared at the Holmes County Library, as well as on its website.
Contact Susan Corl at 330-674-5972 with questions or for more information.
Vision screening vouchers available
Sight for Students vision assistance is available for children in need of an eye exam and-or glasses. Prevent Blindness Ohio provides vouchers to cover the cost of an eye exam and glasses based on income guidelines, and is available to Holmes County school-aged children. Contact Jen Menuez at the Holmes County Health Department at 330-674-5035 for more information or to obtain an application.
Number to call for first aid, CPR training
To take a basic first aid, adult or infant and child CPR or AED or professional rescuer CPR class through the Holmes County Chapter of the American Red Cross call the regional contact number at 800-REDCROSS (800-733-2767) or go to www.redcross.org to register.
Holmes can provide birth certificates
The Holmes County Health District is able to issue certified birth certificates to anyone born in Ohio.
Hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost is $25.
The district can be reached at 85 N. Grant St. or 330-674-5035. Cost of a certified birth certificate is $25 .
Kno-Ho-Co can help
Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action, H.E.A.P. and the Food Pantry is located at 224 N. Clay Street, Millersburg.
The agency can help with rent, rent deposit or utilities once a year, per household. Also, the Food Pantry is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 330-674-6479.
Food Pantry customers need ID
Holmes County Food Pantry customers will need to verify income for 2007 by providing proof from 13 weeks of income, a copy of recent Social Security check, child support payments and-or any TANF payments. Also needed are an identification card and Social Security cards for other family members.
The food pantry is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-noon. For information, call 330-674-6479.
Help Me Grow
Are you pregnant? Do you want to learn about your newborn? Do you have questions about your child's development, temper tantrums or potty training? Do you want to learn how you can help your child be the best that he-she can be?
For more information, call Help Me Grow at 330-674-0177 or toll-free 877 674-5035.
- Volunteers are needed at the Holmes County Home. Call 330-279-2801 and ask for Rosemarie.
- The Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes Counties, 2285 Benden Drive, Wooster, is seeking volunteers to befriend those recovering from mental illness. Training and ongoing support are provided. Matches are free to make their own plans as well as join in group activities.
For more information, contact compeer coordinator Sharon Hoffman at 330-264-9029.
- The Child Assault Prevention program, provided by the Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes counties, is looking for reliable adult volunteers. If you are interested in helping children learn ways to stay safe, strong and free, and have at least two hours a month to offer, call Joy Stitzlein, community education specialist, at 1-877-264-9029. Each will be interviewed, receive training and must undergo a background check.
-- Reliable adult volunteers are needed for the Child Assault Prevention program. The Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes Counties provides the CAP program in elementary schools during the school year. Anyone who is interested in teaching children safety skills and has at least two hours a month to offer, call Heather Cole, LSW community education specialist, at 330-264-9029.
-- The Compeer program of The Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes Counties is seeking volunteers. Volunteers are matched with people who are experiencing isolation and loneliness as a result of mental illness. Volunteers and the friend meet for four hours a month. Group events are scheduled throughout the year, too. Training and support are provided.
For more information, call coordinator Amy Anderson at 330-264-9029.
Agency provides service to senior citizens
Southeastern Ohio Legal Services receives funding by the Ohio Department of Aging through the Area Agency on Aging, Region 9, to provide free legal help to senior citizens ages 60 and older.
The agency provides assistance with government benefits problems, including Social Security and Medicaid eligibility, housing problems such as landlord-tenant and foreclosures, consumer matters like problems with car or mobile home dealers or scams to get your money, tax problems with the IRS, family matters that include your being taken advantage of by other family members, and with simple probate matters like wills.
Southeastern Ohio Legal Services assists residents in Muskingum, Holmes, Coshocton, Belmont and Harrison counties. Area senior centers have information, or can call 1-800-LAW-OHIO.