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2 Norwalk hotels marked among the finest — again!

Zoe Greszler • Feb 6, 2018 at 2:00 AM

Two hotels have proven once again that they are Norwalk’s hospitality “gems,” according to AAA East Central. Georgian Manor Inn — B & B and The Victorian Lady have earned the AAA Four Diamond Award for excellent service and opulent décor.

“Travelers can rest easy knowing that Four Diamond hotels consistently exceed the expectations of AAA inspectors,” said Jim Lehman, president of AAA East Central. “These establishments are committed to providing every guest with a personalized experience and attentive service in comfortable, high quality surroundings.”

Georgian Manor that has maintained this celebrated designation consecutively since 2000, an 18-year run thus far.

This hotel offers manicured grounds and Victorian-themed decor throughout, including the spacious public areas. The knowledgeable and attentive owners go above and beyond with regard to service.

I don’t know what it is this year but I think there were only 16 or 17 in the state (to receive this award), and that includes The Ritz-Carlton. I think that’s really neat to be in that group,” owner Gene Denney said. 

The Victorian Lady is celebrating six years with the award, having received their first in the succession in 2012. 

The unique and elegant guest rooms feature luxurious bedding with period furnishings and artwork throughout. Some rooms have a fireplace, covered porch and/or deep-soaking tub.

Owners Tim and Vickie Dauch could not be reached for comment before Sunday evening. 

In other business news...

 

Turk joins board of trustees

As announced in January, former trustee Dan McNaull resigned from Firelands Electric’s board of trustees to be the cooperative’s new general manager. Following the process of selecting a new trustee, the board recently filled the position by appointing Rob Turk to represent the members of district 7 that include Mohican, Montgomery, Perry and Vermilion townships in Ashland County.

Turk brings a vast amount of business experience to Firelands Electric’s board. Turk says his past employment skills combined with his small business owner knowledge and insights enable him to make sound financial decisions, while providing oversite and direction for Firelands Electric to achieve its intermediate and long-term goals.

He believes the increased cost of producing and maintaining the electrical system, along with necessary upgrades in a changing environment, are major issues facing electric cooperatives today. In his mind, continuing to deliver reliable electric power that is cost-effective, while meeting the future needs of Firelands Electric’s membership, is very important.

 

Collision center technician recertified

North Central Collision Center, U.S. 250 N., Milan autobody technician Hector Robles recently attended an all-day education in Columbus sponsored by PPG industries to re-certify using the PPG painting system and EC520 and EC550 EN-V Performance Clearcoat, a clearcoat with premium gloss retention over waterborne basecoat.

The clearcoat is a recent upgrade to the North Central Collision Center and is the leading ENVIROBASE high performance clearcoat offered from PPG. PPG Paints is the exclusive automotive paint system utilized by North Central Collison Center, and can produce end results that match all auto manufacturers’ paints.

North Central Collision Center provides auto body repair and paint services from minor damage to major collision on all makes and models of automobiles, trucks and SUVs. A full line of collision and mechanical services are offered to customers, so all auto repair needs are met.

 

Ducks Unlimited supports wetland conservation

Ducks Unlimited (DU) announced a $5 million contribution by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) in support of wetland conservation efforts in Ohio and Louisiana. ETP’s operations overlap several of DU’s priority landscapes and provide excellent opportunities to support DU’s conservation work.

“Wetland conservation work supported by ETP will have positive impacts for waterfowl, other wildlife and their habitats, as well as on water quality and other ecological outcomes that benefit people and communities,” DU CEO Dale Hall said.

 

Waite Promoted at Lake Erie Shores & Islands

Amber Waite has been promoted to visitor information specialist for Lake Erie Shores & Islands. She works in the West Welcome Center in Port Clinton and has served the organization seasonally as a travel counselor since 2014.

A Port Clinton native, Waite is a 2013 graduate of Port Clinton High School and 2016 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a bachelor of science in education for tourism and event planning. Waite also works as events coordinator at Rocky Point Winery in Marblehead.

Her new role at Lake Erie Shores & Islands combines all of the current tasks of travel counselor with increased responsibilities in assisting the visitor services team with special tasks. She joins long-time visitor services team members Martha Stonerook and Jeff Burrow in this expanded role.

 

In other health-related business....

Mercy Health — Willard Hospital receives five stars

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the fourth quarter hospital comparative data ranking Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital and Mercy Health – Willard Hospital with five stars. This rating places both Tiffin and Willard among only 9 percent of the hospitals in the nation to receive this rating.

Five stars are awarded to facilities based on measurements of quality in categories such as death by diseases; the safety of care in regard to pressure ulcers, clots, complications, infections, readmissions; the overall patient experience measured through patient surveys; timeliness and the effectiveness of care.

“I am very proud of the teams at both Mercy Health – Willard Hospital and Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital – both of which deserved this recognition for the excellent level of care they provide every day to our community,” said Lynn Detterman, president of Toledo’s hospital rural market.

The Mercy Health system strives to be a leader at all of their facilities. Throughout the states of Ohio and Kentucky, Mercy Health hospitals received six 5-star ratings, including Mercy Health – Defiance Hospital in Northwest Ohio.

To view the rankings, visit https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html

 

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