Regional Roundup: Perry student competes in pageant

By Merri Hanjora

May 3, 2014

LIMA — Kayla Garcia, 13, of Lima, will be competing this July in the National American Miss pageant held in Columbus. She is a seventh grader at Perry Junior High School and is the daughter of Rafael Garcia and Carrie Kerr.

This is Garcia's first time in a pageant. She is competing for Miss Junior Teen Ohio. The newly crowned Miss Junior Teen Ohio will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California.

Garcia is involved in soccer, volleyball and cheer. She also enjoys babysitting, doing hair and nails, writing and listening to music.

She is being sponsored by her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends and local businesses.

The National American Miss is dedicated to celebrating America's greatness and encouraging its future leaders. The pageant awards thousand sin scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist in the development of young ladies nationwide.

Moms of loss event in Spencerville

SPENCERVILLE — Today is National Mother's Day for moms who have lost babies by miscarriage or were stillborn.

To turn a day of sorrow and pain into a day of pampering and positivity, a Mother's Day Shopping & Pampering Extravaganza is being held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the American Legion in Spencerville.

This is the first time an event like this has been held for mothers in Spencerville.

“I would like to continue doing this. This is something that we can all come together and educate people on,” said Gina Fox, the event's coordinator. “Moms of infant loss deserve to be recognized too.”

Moms can get hand massages, facials and mini makeup sessions. There will be vendors to shop, food for lunch and a bake sale.

“I met a young lady who has lost four babies. I have lost two babies myself,” Fox said. “We talked about this event that was coming up. This young lady told me that May 4th, the day of this event, was National Mother's Day for moms who have lost babies. All moms are invited, but I want to focus on the fact that this day is a national event for moms who have lost their babies. A lot of people don't know about this day.”

Fox added, “This is a day for these ladies to be pampered and feel like they are worth something. It is important for them to come.”

Fox has donated angel charms for women who have lost their babies. Other giveaways include Origami Owl, Damsel in Defense, Mary Kay, It Works, Gold Canyon Candles, Tupperware, Pink Zebra, Lia Sophia, 31 Gifts, Scentsy, Avon, Jewelry in Candles and Perfectly Posh. In addition, a Coach Lanyard valued at $60 was donated.

The event is free and open to all moms in the area.

Botkins man awarded

ADA — Eric Ambos, a senior business management major from Botkins, was presented with a Dankook Award at Ohio Northern University's Honors Day.

The Dankook Award is an annual award which recognizes students with outstanding records in academics, student leadership, co-curricular activities and service.

An ONU undergraduate dean nominates two students to receive the award. Then ONU's vice president of academic affairs selects two students from this pool of eight and send their names to the University president for approval.

Ambos will graduate this month from the Dicke College of Business Administration with a bachelor's degree in management. He serves on the dean's advisory council and is currently vice president. He also served as the president of the university's student senate for two terms and, prior to becoming president, served as the senate's secretary of finance. He is a member of the ONU president's club and the host of the show, “Campus Connections.”

He plans to attend ONU's Pettit College of Law to pursue his goal of becoming a practicing attorney.

Lima resident writes children's book

LIMA — Wendy Burden's daughter, Dale Ann Burden, lost her child when she was seven months pregnant. The child was named Isaiah.

“The doctor had tears in his eyes when he told us they had no explanation why this happened. We just give it to God,” Burden said.

It was very traumatic for the entire family.

“I had a dream, and I just felt like it was a vision. He was letting me know all the things he was doing in heaven,” Burden said.

She told her dream to her daughter, and her daughter told her she needed to write a children's book. The book “Isaiah” is 10 pages in length, geared towards children up to second grade and sells for $11.

“I want to give hope to moms that have had stillborn children or abortions. I am going into hospitals and selling books to give these women hope,” Burden explained.

Burden is also available for speaking engagements. While “Isaiah” is keeping her busy with book signings, she is already in the process of writing two more books.

Burden's book can be purchased from Tate Publishing at the website: or by visiting or

Auxiliary gives toward surgery center

ST. MARYS — The Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently presented a check for $15,000 to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. This check goes toward a $100,000 pledge for the new Ambulatory Surgery Center.

The money for this contribution was raised through proceeds from the Gift Shoppe, book fairs, bake sales, uniform sales, jewelry sales, mum sales and garage sales.

With this most recent gift, the auxiliary has given nearly $600,000 to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital since 1954.

Celina resident places first at World Poker Tournament

CELINA — Keven Stammen, of Celina, placed first in the 2014 World Poker Tour Season XII World Championship at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa on April 26.

Stammen beat a field of 328 players during the six-day event.

Byron Kaverman, of Fort Jennings, placed second in this tournament.

Stammen and Kaverman battled 90 minutes before the final hand, with Stammen winning.

Stammen is currently in the lead in the Global Poker Index Player of the Year race.