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Mount Vernon Cub Scout Earns National Honor for Heroism

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Mount Vernon Cub Scout Earns National Honor for Heroism

Posted on 17 February 2011 by Press Release

Ian Whitaker, an 8 year old Cub Scout from Mt. Vernon Ohio has been awarded the Boy Scouts of America Heroism Medal for his quick and decisive actions in administering first aid to his injured Grandfather.  The Heroism medal is one of the highest honors a Scout can receive.  While there are over 2.8 million boys in Scouts, less than 100 will receive a Heroism medal this year.  

When Ian learned about first aid, and how to stay cool in a crisis as part of his Wolf Pack training, he had no way of knowing that these lessons would enable him to be there for his Grandfather when help was needed most.  On a visit with his grandparents in January 2010, Ian and his Grandfather were watching television together.  Moments after his Grandpa had gone to the kitchen to get a snack, Ian heard a loud thud.  He discovered his Grandfather had passed out, fallen, and suffered a head injury that was bleeding profusely.  Ian applied pressure to the wound to stop bleeding, called 911 to get medical assistance, and provided constant care to his Grandfather while waiting for help to arrive.  

Ian’s quick action prevented a very serious situation from becoming life threatening and is the reason his Grandpa, retired Morrow County School Superintendent Douglas Whitaker calls Ian “his hero.”

Muskingum Valley Council President Steve Buck commented, “We’re very proud of Ian. He represents the very best of what we hope our Scout programs accomplish – lessons that strengthen character and the chance to use that learning in our everyday lives – in a spirit of service to help others.”

Ian was recognized by the Mount Vernon Fire Department as well as the Ohio State Senate for his heroic action and exceptional presence of mind.  Ian will be awarded his Heroism medal at the Muskingum Valley Council Awards celebration this Saturday, February 19 in Zanesville, Ohio.

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CCAD Art Explorer Post 407 Celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary

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CCAD Art Explorer Post 407 Celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary

Posted on 26 August 2009 by admin

CCAD Art Explorer Post 407This year the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) Art Explorer Post 407 celebrates its 10 year anniversary. Professor Ron Tardino created the program in 1999. The Art Explorer Post is a collaboration between CCAD and the Exploring Program and Learning for Life.

For 10 years the art post has given high school students the opportunity to explore many types of art, such as illustration, fashion, photography, sculpting, comics and more. The many subjects offered depend on the interests of each individual student. This program also helps seniors prepare their portfolios in anticipation of attending college. So far, every high school senior who has presented their portfolio for scholarship consideration has received scholarships and awards toward college!

For more information about Art Explorer Post 407 please visit their website: www.artpost407.com

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In Memoriam: Michel James Stokes  2002-2009

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In Memoriam: Michel James Stokes 2002-2009

Posted on 25 August 2009 by Dan

Michael James StokesIt was a tragic weekend for members of Cub Scout Pack 226 or Leavittsburg, Ohio. On Saturday night, Cub Scout Michael James Stokes, age 6, drowned while attending a Cub Scout backyard pool party with his mother and approximately 20 other individuals.

According to Warren Township Police, Michael had been in and out of the pool wearing floaties on his arms. Shortly before being found, he had told his mom he was done swimming, and was believed to be changing.

According to reports, Michael was originally breathing after being rescued from the bottom of the pool, however stopped before the ambulance arrived. Michael was pronounced dead shortly thereafter at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

The Trumbull County coroner’s office ruled the cause of death as an accidental drowning.

A full obituary appeared in papers on August 25, 2009:

WARREN – Mikey James Stokes, 6, entered into the angels’ arms at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009.

Mikey was born the loving son of Mitch and Kristy Brooks Stokes Dec. 24, 2002, in Montgomery, Ohio. He was of the Christian faith and was a member of Cub Scouts Pack 226 of Leavittsburg. He had a great passion for Sprint cars and late models, attending many races at Sharon Speedway and Raceway 7. He also enjoyed model trains, trucks and tractors and playing with his many friends.

Cherished memories will be forever remembered by his loving family, parents, Mitch and Kristy Stokes; brothers, LeeRoy and Cody, both at home; maternal grandparent, Janet Brooks of Cincinnati; paternal grandparents, Jim and Judy Stokes of Groveport, Ohio and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mikey was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Roy Brooks; great-maternal grandparents, George and Margaret Cummings and Herbert and Anna Brooks; and great-paternal grandparents, Roger and Vesper Higgins and Jim and Jean Stokes.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, Warren, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Jon D. Pratt and Dan Laurenzi. Burial will be in Groveport Cemetery.

Material contributions may take the form of tributes to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, c/o 4500 Adam’s Way, Randleman, N.C. 27317.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, 962 North Road N.E., Warren, Ohio 44483. (330) 394-6200.

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