Norwalk winery earns Double Gold

Zoe Greszler • Jun 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM

D & D Smith Winery recently earned the highest honor possible for one of its most popular wines.

The business, located at 401 W. Main St., presented several wines in the Ohio Wine Competition, which recently took place in Ashtabula. The competition, which had nearly 300 entries, are evaluated “blind.” Judges do not know which wineries submitted the wines or where the juice or grapes were sourced.

“This really showcases Ohio’s ability to produce high-quality wines from Ohio-grown fruit,” said Todd Steiner, enology program manager and winemaking specialist at the Ohio Agricultural and Research and Development Center (OARDC).

Steiner oversees the Ohio Wine Competition in conjunction with Kent State University’s Ashtabula branch campus, which offers an enology (winemaking) and viticulture (wine grape-growing) program. The OWC welcomes entries from all Ohio wineries. Currently, there are greater than 300 Ohio wineries. Of the 288 entries, there were 27 Concordance Gold winners. This honor is awarded when all judges provide a gold medal designation-Double Gold. There were 32 golds, 93 silvers, and 66 bronze awards given.

The competition was a success for D & D Smith Winery, which achieved a Concordance Gold on the Hillbilly Watermelon Wine.

Some other D & D award-winners included these bronze recipients: Due Vino Miscela-Gold, Moscato, The Locals, and Beach’n all won Silver, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, This’n’That, He Said She Said, and Sangria.

More information can be found at www.ddsmithwinery.com.


Willard’s Paez named chief

WILLARD — A former Willard resident is the new police chief in a central Ohio community.

Justin Paez was promoted to the Dublin police chief position this week, according to ThisWeek Community News.

Paez had served as interim chief since former chief Heinz von Eckartsberg retired from the Dublin Police Department on March 22 to become assistant superintendent with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Paez prepared himself for this role, and the city did some succession planning last year in anticipation of von Eckartsberg’s retirement, Dana McDaniel, Dublin’s city manager, told ThisWeek.

“He’s done a lot to prepare himself,” personally, professionally and educationally,” McDaniel told the newspaper.

Paez joined the Dublin department in 2005 and was promoted to corporal in 2007. He became a sergeant in 2009 and then a lieutenant in 2015.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and is a candidate for a master’s degree in business administration with a focus in leadership and organizational change from Tiffin University, according to ThisWeek, citing a June 10 memo to council.


Realtor named honorary investor

BELLEVUE — David W. Freitag, a Realtor executive from Bellevue, has become a Crystal R Presidents Circle investor in the Realtors Political Action Committee. 

Freitag has supported RPAC for more than 17 years and has been a member of the National Association of Realtors since 2002. He holds mediation and ombudsman certifications, the RCE, ABR, BPOR, and SFR designations. He lives in Bellevue with his wife Marilyn.


4CG initiative expands

Economic development and workforce development organizations in Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties are partnering together under the 4CG initiative.

4CG represents the 4 County Group 4 Collaborative Growth. The group began working together six years ago to collectively address the region’s workforce challenges.

Initially, 4CG focused its efforts on Manufacturing Month in October with manufacturing bus tours for educators, speaker events, and manufacturing/career showcases. These showcase events provide the opportunity for ninth grade students and school leaders to experience today’s work environment and skill sets through interactive stations designed by local manufacturers, businesses and skilled trade organizations.

Recently, Huron, Sandusky and Seneca counties came together to support Ottawa County in the development of a rapid response plan to address the potential closure of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant. As a result of this plan, the counties will begin a comprehensive workforce analysis, with wage and benefit information and strategic priorities developed to assist potential impacted employees and local employers within this labor shed.

This analysis and plan project has received support from the Area 7 Workforce Development Board and the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.

Phase I of the project — the workforce analysis and wage and benefit survey — is fully funded and was awarded to a consulting firm, Poggemeyer Design Group, with subcontracted services through Bowling Green State University Center for Regional Development.

4CG’s consultant, Poggemeyer, will provide assistance in obtaining funding for Phase II of the project implementation, thereby minimizing the need for financial assistance from the economic development organizations, counties, communities and businesses.


Ohio 10th worst for data breeches

California, New York, Texas Oregon and Maryland made the list of the top five states experiencing the most data and breeches, according to a recent study.

Ohio ranked as the 10th worst state for data breaches.

Data breaches are common in headlines these days, but they are not equally spread out in terms of location. Data breaches occur far more often in some US states than others, and the number of records lost or stolen varies as well.

The number of breaches is not always proportionate to the number of records exposed. In many cases, a single severe data breach accounts for the vast majority of records exposed in a state over the last decade.

Ohio has experienced 265 data breeches from 2018 through to date 2019. That caused 3,373,214 records to be affected.


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