Castle hired as Gaymont marketing director

Zoe Greszler • Jan 11, 2018 at 2:00 AM

Gaymont Nursing Center has hired Chris Castle as its director of marketing. The position formerly was held by Kelly Lippus, who began her new role as the executive director of the Huron County Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 2.

Castle spent nearly three years as the assistant director with the Norwalk Economic Development Corp. He currently serves as the Norwalk fourth-ward city councilman.

“I’m not sure that anyone could have foreseen this opportunity,” Castle said. “Kelly has been a huge part of the Gaymont family over the years and she has always done an amazing job in promoting the business throughout the community and beyond.”

In his new role, Castle will be responsible for developing and implementing an overall marketing strategy for the family-owned facility, directly engaging various community stakeholders and coordinating assorted events throughout the year. Additionally, he will oversee the annual marketing budget while identifying and tracking key promotional metrics.

From 2014 through 2015, Castle created and implemented the Imagine Norwalk series. He said he expects his experience with those bi-weekly events will serve him well in his new job at the nursing home.

“Gaymont does so much throughout Huron County,” he said. “From Senior Day at the County Fair to the Summer Concert Series, Trick or Treat, and everything in between, I’ve always appreciated what they bring to Norwalk and the surrounding area. And I’m very excited to take part in those family friendly events moving forward.”

Visit www.gaymont.org to learn more about Gaymont Nursing Center and any of its upcoming events.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Staff writer Cary Ashby contributed to this story.


Free snow, ice removal for vets, families

With several months of winter weather still to come for most of the country, BOSS Snowplow invites snow and ice professionals and military families to sign up for SnowCare for Troops, a program that pairs volunteer snow and ice removal contractors with local military families and disabled veterans in need of a helping hand.

Now in its eighth year, SnowCare for Troops has provided free snow and ice removal services for more than 1,500 of our nation’s heroes and their families. Those interested in services are encouraged to visit the website for qualifying details and to sign up.

“Snow and ice professionals do the hard work of restoring order to their communities after winter snowstorms. Through the SnowCare for Troops program, we’re able to help our nation’s heroes and their families when they need it most,” marketing vice president Mark Klossner said.

The program actively seeks volunteers willing to add a few more stops to their winter service route this season. Volunteers provide complimentary snow and ice removal services to qualifying military families. Interested volunteers can learn more online. Volunteers are particularly needed in Ohio.


Mack named president

Steve Mack has been elected 2018 president of the Firelands Association of Realtors. 

Mack has been a licensed Realtor since 2000 and is currently employed with Berkshire Hathaway Stadtmiller Realty. He has been an active member of the board and served as vice president in 2017. This is Mack’s fourth year serving on our board as a director. He also has served on several committees during this time.

Firelands Association of Realtors encompasses Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Seneca and Sandusky counties with more than 500 members and affiliate members. The Firelands Association is a service organization that promotes the advocacy of home ownership and community involvement through its members. The Multiple Listing Service, continuing education, community service and extensive political action program are just a few of the service FAOR provides.


Free health care for kids in need

SANDUSKY — Lata Stefano, D.D.S., of Stefano Dental of Sandusky will join the Erie County Health Department Dental Clinic for the 15th annual Give Kids a Smile Program of the Ohio Dental Association on Friday, Feb. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Free exams, cleanings and x-rays and other dental services will be offered at the Erie County Health Department in Sandusky for children in need. Stefano will be volunteering alongside the Erie County health department dentists. For more information, call the Erie Co. Health Dept. at 419-626-5623, ext 218, or go to www.stefanodental.com.

Children, ages 1 to 18, in need of dental care, will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. The volunteer services are offered to children whose families meet the following criteria: they have no private dental insurance, nor the means to afford dental care; are living on a limited income; are experiencing financial difficulty (could be due to divorce, illness, death, loss of job, etc.); child is in apparent need of dental examination and may need care; and the child is not a current patient at another dental office.


Tax services offered at Walmart

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service makes it even more convenient for taxpayers to prepare their tax returns with the opening of about 3,000 locations in Walmart stores. While customers are busy shopping, they can rest assured that Jackson Hewitt Tax Pros will dig deep to find each credit and deduction available. The IRS announced Thursday that it will begin processing tax returns Jan. 29, for income earned in 2017.

The IRS continues to strengthen its security measures in an attempt to minimize tax-refund fraud and Jackson Hewitt is a leading member of the Security Summit that works collaboratively with the IRS, state governments, industry stakeholders and others to reduce tax return fraud. It's just another way that Jackson Hewitt is working hard for the hardest working.

To get ready for your visit with a Tax Pro, Jackson Hewitt provides an online checklist of items needed for filing a tax return.


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