Portage Center Gleaners recognize many community service volunteers PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 31 August 2013 08:47
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Bill Sherman, president of the Portage Center Arbor Gleaners (from left), with award winners Cathy Harrison, Dylan Benschoter and Thomas Lewallen. (Photo courtesy Portage Center Arbor)
PEMBERVILLE - Members of the Portage Center Arbor No. 5224 Gleaners met recently at Janelle's in the village for its annual Community Service Recognition awards presentations.
This year's awards were presented to Dylan Benschoter, Cathy Harrison and Thomas Lewallen, who are the youth adult and senior recipients, respectively.
Benschoter has volunteered many hours for the Elmwood FFA, has participated in Relay for Life and the Mutt Strut for the Wood County Humane Society. He has also packed food baskets for the needy. The 16-year-old has raked and mowed lawns, and cut firewood for the elderly.
His service also includes mentoring young athletes at baseball and wrestling camp. He has also assisted in cleaning up debris following an area tornado.
Harrison is active in the Elmwood and Wayne community.
She coaches a Wayne T-ball team, and organizing both the Halloween and Christmas parades for the village of Wayne.
She also put on the home game football supper for coaches and players. On Thursdays before each home football game, she invites the team and coaches to her restaurant for a dinner.
Harrison started the Spirit Shop at Elmwood. She caters the prom dinner, all band activities and helps with the FFA banquet.
Lewallen is active at Mt. Zion United Brethren Church in Wayne. He and his son, Ted, laid the bricks around the church. He also laid the bricks around the flag pole at both the Jerry City and Mt. Zion cemeteries. He also helps the Portage Center Township Trustees.
In his spare time, Lewallen restores old tractors and plants a large garden every year that supplies the neighborhood with fresh vegetables.
The Arbor's presentation of these awards is one of the 24 activities the organization does each year.
According to the Arbor's president, Bill Sherman, "It was a wonderful night and people enjoyed listening to what these recipients have done to receive this award."
 

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