This scholarship provides 10 recipients $1,000 each in financial support for their higher education. Recipients are selected from the submitted applications by a committee of local citizens who have no direct association with Fisher-Titus.
Fisher-Titus designates one of the 10 scholarships in memory of all employees who passed away while still employed at Fisher-Titus. Special preference for this award was given to an applicant who is pursuing a career in health care.
* Kimble Arnold, son of Carrie Arnold, registrar, registration (recipient of the scholarship dedicated to the memory of all employees who have passed away during their service at Fisher-Titus.)
* Lara Danhoff, daughter of Sharon Danhoff, charge nurse, emergency department
* Alissa Daniel, daughter of Jody Daniel, Biller, patient accounts
* Jared Flewelling, son of Jeanette Flewelling, coder, health information management
* Deyer Graffice, son of Heather Graffice, supervisor, patient access center
* Jordan Gran, daughter of Valerie Christian, administrative specialist Fisher-Titus foundation
* Hayden Jaworski, son of Rhonda Jaworski, case manager, home health
* Allison McKinney, daughter of William McKinney, ultrasound technician, imaging services
* Danielle Ott, daughter of Veronica Ott, physical therapy assistant, home health
* Kalee Rakosky, daughter of Randy Rakosky, paramedic, North Central EMS
State Fire Awards seeking nominations
The Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Office of Fire Services is reminding citizens that the nomination period for the Ohio Fire Service Hall of Fame and Fire Awards closes June 20.
The Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of State Fire Marshal and the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS offers a joint awards program that provides an opportunity for firefighters, family members, and friends to honor the sacrifices made every day by Ohio’s firefighters and educators. Whether it is the time necessary to train in the latest firefighting techniques or time putting those skills to use, the men and women who sacrifice for the safety of others will be recognized in a special program in September at the State Fire Marshal’s office.
Categories include Ohio Fire Department of the Year, Ohio Fire Instructor of the Year, Ohio Fire Officer of the Year, Ohio Fire Prevention Educator of the Year and Ohio Fire Educator Lifetime Achievement Award.
Those seeking to nominate someone can review the nomination packet on EMS’ Web site at: https://ems.ohio.gov/links/fireawards.pdf. Nominations can be emailed to [email protected] or [email protected]
Freitag recognized nationally
The National Association of Realtors has announced that David Freitag, a Realtor executive from Bellevue, recently became a Crystal R. Presidents Circle investor in the Realtors Political Action Committee.
RPAC is a national bipartisan grassroots-based political advocacy organization that works to protect the real estate industry and the dream of homeownership for Ohio area residents and across the country.
Freitag has supported RPAC for more than 17 years and has been a member of the National Association of Realtors since 2002. He graduated from Hondros College, and lives in Bellevue with his wife Marilyn.
“I support RPAC because doing so is important to my profession,” Freitag said.
AgCredit announces election results
FOSTORIA — Three farmers have been elected to serve on the board of directors for one of northern Ohio's largest lenders to farmers, agribusinesses and rural home owners.
Kevin Flanagan of Findlay, Dusty Sonnenberg of Hamler, and Deborah Johlin-Bach who resides near Elmore, have been elected to serve three-year terms on AgCredit’s board of directors.
Flanagan will be serving his first term on the board, representing members of the co-op in Region 3 which consists of Hancock and Hardin counties. He replaces Jerry Layman of Kenton, whose tenure on the board expired after serving five consecutive three-year terms.
Sonnenberg and Johlin-Bach were each re-elected to serve an additional three-year term. Dusty was originally elected to serve on the board in 2016 and will continue to represent members in Region 2 (Henry, Wood and western Lucas counties). Deborah will continue to serve members who live in Region 4 (eastern Lucas, Ottawa and Sandusky counties). She was originally elected to the board in 2007.
For more information about AgCredit, please visit: www.AgCredit.net.
New vehicle sales slide; used vehicle sales climb
While new vehicle sales continued to soften in May, sales of used vehicles grew at a corresponding clip to keep overall market volume steady with last year.
Dealers across Northern Ohio sold 21,200 new units in May compared to 22,176 new vehicles in May 2018, a decrease of 4.4 percent, according to figures released by the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association (GCADA). At the same time used vehicle sales increased 3.38 percent, rising from 18,418 units in May of last year to 19,041 used vehicles last month. For the year to date, overall vehicle sales are up 0.38 percent.
“Over the past ten years, manufacturers have engineered vehicles to be more durable and require less maintenance, so they last longer,” says Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the GCADA. “It’s only natural that we would see more of them in the market.
“We could also be witnessing the emergence of a short-term trend, and a rare opportunity for consumers. Because used vehicle sales are up, there is more demand for consumer trade ins. At the same time new vehicle dealers, hungry for sales, are anxious to make a deal. So, there has never been a better time to be in the market for a new vehicle.
However, we are not sure how much longer this opportunity will last, especially with the introduction of new 2020 models just a few months away, when we expect new vehicle sales to rebound.”
Sales of trucks and SUVs actually grew during the month, while sales of cars took a hit, when comparing May of 2018 with last month. Dealers sold 9,851 trucks, SUVs and crossovers last month compared to 9,835 units over the same time period last year, an increase of 0.16 percent. Franchised new vehicle dealers sold 11,349 cars in May compared to 12,341 cars in May of 2018, a decrease of 8.04 percent.
Chevrolet maintained its leadership as Northern Ohio’s best-selling brand despite a 7.33 percent drop in sales month over month, selling 3,150 new vehicles in May compared to 2,849 new vehicles for its rival Ford. Honda’s nailed down third with a whisper thin sales increase in the month, selling 1,918 new vehicles compared to 1,629 new units for its offshore rival Toyota.
13 brands up in May
The following brands posted sales increases in May of 2019 versus May of 2018: Acura, Cadillac, Genesis, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Ram, Subaru, Tesla, Volkswagen and Volvo.
14 brands up year to date
The following brands have posted sales increases through May of 2019: Acura, Alfa Romeo, Cadillac, Genesis, Honda, Infiniti, Kia, Lincoln, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Ram, Subaru, Tesla and Volvo.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Michael Harrington of Tandem Media contributed to this story. If you have an item for the business roundup column, send the information to the Norwalk Reflector in care of Zoe Greszler, 61 E. Monroe St., Norwalk, Ohio 44857, or email it to [email protected]