Laurel Oaks students break blood-drive record

Students at Laurel Oaks Career Campus stepped up in a big way this month and potentially saved hundreds of lives.

The Health Technology students organized a Hoxworth blood drive on campus, the first of several planned for the year. One out of four Laurel Oaks students, or 115 students, participated in the blood drive — a record number of students participating.

“The Health Tech students went above and beyond expectations, ” said instructor Theresa Chmidling. “They encouraged, promoted, and challenged their classmates to donate blood.”

Chmidling said the students’ efforts reinforce the school’s TYFBA (Thank You For Being Awesome) theme.

According to the Hoxworth Blood Center, a single pint of blood can save three lives. Donations are needed throughout the year. To help meet that need, Laurel Oaks Health Tech students organize two blood drives each year on campus.

Special event at Impressions Created

Join the Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce for an open house and ribbon-cutting at Impressions Created on Friday, Nov. 6 in celebration of their one year anniversary of new ownership. The open house will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. The open house will feature refreshments and door prizes, and the first 25 guests will receive a free gift.

Impressions Created offers creative hair styling for men, women and children. Impressions has been in business for more than 25 years and offers a clean, professional, and friendly environment. Stylists have advanced training with Redken products and offer Bosley products for hair loss. The salon also has experienced nail technicians offering acrylic nails, manicures, pedicures and shellac nails. Learn more about Impressions Created by contacting 937-382-0770.

Eastern Star Chapter earns recognition

Miami Chapter No. 107 of Waynesville was named an “Outstanding Chapter” Sept. 26 at the statewide meeting of the Grand Chapter of Ohio, Order of the Eastern Star, held in Dayton.

The award recognizes chapter excellence in the areas of charity and community service, chapter social activities, performance of chapter officers and communications.

Miami Chapter is one of more than 230 Eastern Star chapters in Ohio. Only 25 chapters received the “Outstanding Chapter” designation. Miami Chapter is one of only six chapters to earn this award three consecutive years. An additional 45 chapters earned “Chapter Excellence” awards, based on a review by state officers and committee members.

Miami Chapter was awarded a gold-tone plate engraved with “2015 Outstanding Chapter” to be added to a walnut sound block awarded to the chapter in 2013, when the Chapter Excellence Program was initiated by the Grand Chapter.

The sound block is placed on the presiding officer’s podium at each chapter meeting.

The awards were presented by Worthy Grand Matron Susan L. Simpson of Cuyahoga Falls, and Worthy Grand Patron Steve Moore of Urbana, during ceremonies at the Dayton Convention Center.

Robyn Redfern and Fred Hoskins, Worthy Matron and Worthy Parton of Miami Chapter, accepted the award of behalf of Miami Chapter No. 107.