Briefs: State rep to hold office hours – Marion Star

Richardson to hold district office hours

COLUMBUS –—State Representative Tracy Richardson (R-Marysville) will be holding office hours in the 86th Ohio House District in early January. 

Office hours will take place Jan. 3 at the Marion Public Library, 445 E. Church St, and Jan. 7 at the Marysville Division of Police.

To schedule a meeting, call 614-466-8147 or email

Area Agency on Aging presents awards at annual meeting

ONTARIO — The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging handed out several awards during a recent virtual annual meeting.

The Project Collaboration award was presented to V&M Family Restaurant for the local restaurant initiative made possible through CARES Act funds and Richland County Community Block Grant. V&M provides meals to individuals who may be homebound.

The Elected Official of the Year award went to the Knox County commissioners for investing a portion of the Knox County Senior Levy funds that would assist vulnerable older adults through Adult Protective Services.

The Community Partnership award was given to the City of Mansfield and the Richland County Land Bank for their collaboration in awarding HOME funds and donating land to make the development of Ritter’s Run Senior Housing possible.

The Advocate of the Year award was presented to Paul Higgins for his advocacy in working with the OSU Extension office and the Knox County Task Force for Older Adults in promoting the Area Agency on Aging’s Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.

The Award of Excellence went to Dr. Sarah Redding and the late Dr. Mark Redding. They started the Community Health Access Project.

The Hall of Fame award was given to Teresa Cook, former VP of Administrative Services for the Agency.

During the event, the kickoff of the 2022 scholarship program was announced. Three scholarship awards will be provided to individuals who are within the nine-county region and are pursuing higher education or classes benefitting the field of aging.

Christmas Eve service 

 Christmas Eve services are 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Prospect Street United Methodist Church, 185 S. Prospect St.

How holiday traditions tie to Ohio

COLUMBUS — An evergreen tree strung with twinkling lights, mistletoe hung from the door frame and the reindeer that guide Santa’s sleigh — all of these things have some connection to the Buckeye State. Experts with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) have connected the dots to help bring theses holiday symbols home.

Through a series of videos being released each day this week, ODNR experts explain just how that tree made it into your living room and if you could see an actual reindeer here in Ohio. 

You can find the videos online at