GPA: Five to be inducted as Waite High School Distinguished Alumni

Press Staff Writer

        Morrison R. Waite High School is celebrating its 107th year as an educational institution in East Toledo.
        This year, five Waite graduates will be honored and inducted as Distinguished Waite Alumni at the 57th Annual Purple and Gold Dinner Celebration.
        The 2020 honorees, who are being inducted this year because of COVID-19, include:
        • Holly S. Vargo Brown, class of 1980, honored in the field of Education and Community Service.
        • Richard N. Fields, class of 1965, honored for the field of Business and Community Service.
        • Robert W. Holland, class of 1972, honored for the field of Public Service and Community Service.
        • Margret R. McKeane Niedbalski, class of 1981, honored for the field of Business and Community Service.
        • Larry W. Oberdorf, class of 1964, honored for the field of Education and Community Service.
        Inductees have distinguished themselves as successes in their respective careers. This would include those who have received honors through meritorious service in selected careers and/or served as benefactors to mankind.
        The Purple and Gold Celebration Dinner will be held Friday, Oct. 22 at St. Michael Centre, 4001 Navarre Ave., Oregon. A social hour and gift basket raffle will kick off the evening’s festivities at 6 p.m. Soft drinks, beer and wine will be provided. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
        The five inductees will be introduced at approximately 8 p.m., and fellowship will follow from 9:30-11 p.m.
        A $50 per person reservation is required for the evening.
        Also on Friday, Oct. 22 at 9:30 a.m., the five Distinguished Alumni will be presented to the current Waite student body and staff at a special program in the school auditorium. Each honoree will have the opportunity to speak about their high school experience and how they achieved their life goals.
        For more information regarding reservations and donations, email David M. Yenrick, chairman of the Waite High School Alumni Association, at or call 419-697-1949
Walbridge School reunion planned
        A reunion is being planned for adults who once attended Walbridge School in Walbridge.
        The reunion will be held Thursday, Sept. 16 at the VFW Banquet Hall (former skating rink) at 109 N. Main St., Walbridge. Social time will begin at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by entertainment.
        The cost is $20 per person. Spouses or guests are welcome.
        Reservations are required and must be made by Sunday, Aug. 15. Call Vicki Ducket Sigler at 419-508-4653 or Cheri Sigler Carr at 419-343-1368 for more info.
Small Business Basics
        The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, three-hour “Small Business Basics” seminars designed to answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.
        Seminars will help entrepreneurs avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary steps. Participants will learn the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.
August seminars will be held:
        • Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont, Doepker Leadership & Entrepreneurial Center, Building B, Room 103, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 8:30-11:30 a.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 18, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
        To register or for more information, contact Bill Auxter, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center, at 419-559-2210 or
“All Shook Up”
        The Teen Rep, part of the Toledo Repertoire will present the jukebox musical, “All Shook Up” in early August at the Ottawa Park Amphitheater, 2205 Kenwood Blvd., Toledo.
        Inspired by Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” it’s 1955 and into a conservative small Midwestern town rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everyone’s idea of traditional love. This hip-swiveling, lip-curling fantasy spoof will have audiences jumping out of their blue suede shoes, with many of the rock classics from the Elvis Presley song catalog.
        The production is directed by Julie Zatko and Ryan Mahaffey with music direction by Luke Rosen.
        Production dates are Thursday, Aug. 5 and Friday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at
        Guests are encouraged to ride here in their classic cars and dress in 1950s rockabilly attire.
Eastwood All-Class
celebration planned.

        A celebration of educational excellence at Eastwood throughout the years will be held Saturday, Sept. 4 at Eastwood High School. Alumni from Pemberville, Troy-Luckey and Webster Schools are invited to attend the event.  The schedule includes:
        • 4:30 p.m. – Doors open.
        • 5 p.m. – Welcome and school history.
        • 6 p.m. – Grazing stations and mingling.
        • 8 p.m. – Comments, 50/50 and raffle prize drawings.
        The cost is $25 per person.
        For more info, contact event co-chairs Marcia (Henline) Cousino at 419-287-4078 or Janell (Brinker) Vickers at
        More info is also available at the Eastwood Alumni Website at
        Alumni band to perform
        Eastwood Band alumni are invited to perform with the marching band at the football game Friday, Sept. 3. Social time will begin at 5:15 p.m. Rehearsal will begin at 6 p.m.
        All former band members are invited to play. Those who are not able to play or march are welcome to come socialize. A limited number of instruments will be available on a first come, first served basis. Alumni are asked to wear Eastwood or red clothing.
        To register, call Eastwood High School at 419-833-3611 by Aug. 27, or visit Connect with other band alumni by searching Eastwood Alumni Band on Facebook.
Mark your calendar
        The American Cultural Exchange Service (ACES) international high school students are planning a Haunted GLOW Trail Fundraiser Oct. 8 and 9 from 6-10 p.m. at in Parking Lot #7 at Maumee Bay State Park, 1400 State Park Rd., Oregon.
        In addition to the glow-in-the-dark haunted trail, food and games, the event will also be a Hygiene for Humanity Backpack Drop-off point. Kids donating new hygiene items or a new or gently used backpack will receive a free game ticket.
        Admission will be $5 for ages 6-15, $10 for ages 16 and up and free for kids 5 and younger. Proceeds will benefit Maumee Bay State Park, World Affairs Council of NOW and educational programs for ACES students.


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