Top citizens honored for efforts in county (6-10-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN, Sentinel-Tribune Editor   
Monday, 10 June 2013 08:55
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Spirit of Wood County Awards were accepted by (from left) Bernie Scott, accepting for Dave Little; Todd Sheets; Richard Edwards, accepting for John Quinn; Gregg Glamm; and Judith Justus. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Wood County honored citizens for quietly serving their communities and being "Energizer bunnies" for others.
On Sunday, the county commissioners handed out the 2013 Spirit of Wood County Awards to David Little for his work in agriculture education, John Quinn for his efforts to lead Bowling Green, Todd Sheets for growing business in Pemberville, Gregg Glamm for his volunteer work in North Baltimore and Judith Justus for her efforts to preserve history.
Bernie Scott said he nominated Little for his 35 years of teaching agriculture education at Eastwood. His reach went beyond the school, with Little being a founder of the Agricultural Incubator Foundation in Wood County. "That's agricultural leadership," Scott said of Little.
Little also helped start an annual farm safety day held for youth, and for years he organized the Babyland exhibit at the Wood County Fair, where children visit to pet calves and piglets, and watch chicks hatch under heat lamps.
"His commitment to young farmer programs at Eastwood and most recently the Wood County Young Farmer Group is truly exceptional in scope and size," Scott said of Little.
Sheets, owner of Beeker's General Store and Downtown Deco in Pemberville, was nominated by Brian Myers.
"When you step into Beeker's General Store, you step back in time about 130 years," Myers said. The store is one of few that still offers penny candy out of glass jars.
But Sheets doesn't just promote his own business, Myers said. He worked to create the Pemberville Independent Merchants Association, and helps with projects of the area historical society. Sheets is the energy behind several festivals, antique car shows and teas. He has organized the Pemberville Free Fair's Grand Parade for approximately 20 years.
"Todd is the go-to person for any Pemberville event," Myers said. "Without Todd, Pemberville would just be another sleepy Wood County village."
Former Bowling Green Mayor Quinn was nominated by current Mayor Richard Edwards. Quinn has been a long-time fixture in city government, having served on city council, the board of public utilities and other city boards.
"He is not a man who served in elected offices because of power or prestige. He is a man who served because he cared," Edwards said of Quinn.
His legacy as mayor includes the wind turbines used to generate power, the building of the community center, and major road improvements.
"His good natured personality also left a significant mark on the office, which he showed with activities such as greeting the parents of incoming freshmen at BGSU, and his enjoyable and well-known history lessons that he imparted at his many speaking engagements," Edwards said in his nomination.
Glamm, a dentist in North Baltimore, was nominated by Amy Snyder for his volunteer efforts in the community. Among those roles was his volunteer job as head coach for the cross country team. According to Snyder, if students couldn't afford running shoes or other equipment, Glamm would make sure they got the items - then let them work off the cost through chores. He was always positive in his coaching methods, she said.
"He was always an inspiration for the team and the parents," Snyder said.
Glamm could be found working from beginning to end at the Rotary pancake suppers. He served as trustee at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Through his dental practice, he donates bicycles for awards at the elementary school. He has led school bond issue committees, donated his van to the school, and served as treasurer of the town festival committee.
"He works hard and does not call attention to himself," Snyder said of Glamm.
Justus was nominated by Joann Ward for her efforts to preserve history in Perrysburg and beyond. Justus has guided the efforts to create the first Perrysburg area museum in a 1823 home. She is responsible for the installation of several historic markers.
When a historic cemetery near Fort Meigs was accidentally dug up as the city was installing a waterline, Justus was instrumental in the re-burial of those unearthed.
She has written several historic pieces, including a book on Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, and is an authority on the Underground Railroad and area Native Americans.
"I have been instructed, bullied and enlightened by her," Ward said.
"If you want something done, ask Judy," Ward said, referring to Justus as an "Energizer Bunny."
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