People Week of 5/20/19

Staff Writer

Genoa art teacher featured in exhibit

The work of a Genoa High School art teacher is featured in an exhibit in the Public Art Exhibit Series in Perrysburg.
“One Line at a Time: Drawings by Jean Gidich-Holbrook” is on display through June 21 in the Perrysburg Municipal Building, 201 W. Indiana Ave.
She’s taught in Genoa High School for almost 30 years and spent her spare time working on her own creations.
In 2017, a graduating senior gave her two ink pens and told her, “I think you could do great things with these.”
The following autumn, she found the pens on her desk and began doodling – and hasn’t stopped.
In the two years since, she’s exhibited her work for the Ohio Arts Council, Riffe Gallery in Columbus and participated in juried shows.
“Art is my way of expressing what I need to say without any words,” Gidich-Holbrook said.
Viewing hours for the Perrysburg exhibit are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and evening hours are posted on the City of Perrysburg website.
For more information about the exhibit contact Main Art-ery at

Medal of Honor recipient recognized
Medal of Honor recipient, Master Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers, Jr., US Navy, was recognized May 8 on the front lawn of the Wood County Courthouse.
The inscription of Master Chief Byers name was unveiled on the Medal of Honor monument, part of the Veterans Memorial site. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2016 for actions in Afghanistan, distinguishing himself by heroic gallantry as an Assault Team Member attached to a Joint Task Force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on Dec. 8, 2012.
Master Chief Byers, a former resident of Grand Rapids and 1997 graduate of Otsego High School, is the first service member from Wood County to receive the Medal of Honor since the Civil War.
The Medal of Honor monument was dedicated at the Wood County Veterans Memorial on the Courthouse grounds on Nov. 10, 2012, as part of a Veterans Day service. The monument was dedicated to six Civil War soldiers who were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions of heroism during the war. Five of the six Civil War soldiers were part of the famed Andrew’s Raiders of the 21st Ohio Infantry: Wilson W. Brown, Robert Buffum, Elihu H. Mason, John A. Wilson and Mark Wood. The other Wood County soldier to receive the Medal of Honor was Charles A. Thompson. He was recognized for heroism after his regiment was surrounded in Spotsylvania, Virginia.
At the conclusion of the Medal of Honor event the Wood County Commissioners unveiled plans for renovation, restoration, and expansion of the Memorial for Wood County Veterans.



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