Saturday, August 12, 2017

OHIO NOTEBOOK: Ohio State Parks duck blind lotteries set for Aug. 19


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is holding a lottery for more than 270 permits to hunters wishing to construct a blind to hunt ducks and geese on select Ohio State Park lakes this waterfowl hunting season. All but one of the drawings will be held the morning of Saturday, Aug. 19, at 16 state parks. Portage Lakes State Park will hold its lottery on Thursday, Aug. 15. At all parks, applications will be taken locally with the lottery drawings following registration.

Interested applicants must appear in person at a participating state park office with proof of a 2017 Ohio hunting license, Ohio wetlands habitat stamp endorsement in the applicant’s name and a signed 2017 federal duck stamp. Applicants under the age of 18 are encouraged to have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the permit contract, and the applicants must provide the required license and stamps.

Each hunter can apply for only one duck blind permit, and no one can apply or draw for another person. There is a $50 non-refundable permit fee for the state park lottery winners. Most locations accept cash, check or credit card for payment, except Portage Lakes where payment is by cash (exact change) or check only. Lottery winners have 45 days to construct their blinds, and all blinds must be dismantled by March 15, 2018.

Farley awarded Innis Maggiore Endowed Scholarship for Communications

Innis Maggiore President and CEO Dick Maggiore today announced that Kent State University at Stark senior Paul Farley was awarded the Innis Maggiore Endowed Scholarship for Communications.

A marketing major, Farley is a nontraditional student who returned to college after a five-year break. He is the marketing director at Retain Loyalty and also runs his own business, Optimum Designs, a web design company. His future plans include real estate investing and possibly opening a brokerage.

Farley lives in Perry Township with his fiancé and daughter, and also has a son on the way.

“This scholarship has been a godsend to me,” Farley said. “The award came at just the right time as it will help me cross the finish line to earn my degree.”

AU student elected as Archon for Phi Kappa Psi

On June 24, Ashland University senior Hunter Music was elected as one of the new archons to the executive council for the six District Councils of Phi Kappa Psi. Since 1886, the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity has been controlled by undergraduates.

This unique system of governance is achieved by the Executive Council, the governing body, which is made up of 10 members, six of whom are elected as undergraduate students. Archons represent the six Districts of Phi Kappa Psi, which divide the nation into roughly equal parts based on the number of chapters represented. Archons are elected every odd numbered year and serve two-year terms.

Hunter, who represents District II, is majoring in Information Systems and Entrepreneurship at Ashland University. Hunter grew up in Crestline, Ohio. In high school, he was active all four years as a member of clubs as well as several sports such as football, basketball, tennis and cross country. After graduating at the top of his class as Valedictorian, Hunter began his collegiate journey at Ashland University.

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