Anti-bullying speaker visits Galion

By Chris Pugh - [email protected]

John Halligan spoke Thursday at Galion Middle School.

John Halligan spoke Thursday at Galion Middle School.

Anti-bullying speaker John Halligan paid a visit Thursday to the Galion School District to share his story of losing his son, Ryan, 13, to suicide in 2013.

Halligan spoke during the day to Galion Middle School and Galion High School students and did a presentation for parents Thursday evening.

“You have to pay attention to what your kids are saying and check in,” Halligan said.

Halligan shared advice for parents including social media tips to share with teens and detailed smartphone apps that should be avoided by teens.

He stressed parents to be up-front with their teens.

“Always ask thought-provoking questions and be prepared to deal with the answers,” Halligan said.

MERGER APPROVED – Members of the agricultural cooperative Sunrise, with locations in Crestline and New Washington, recently approved a merger and Trupointe at a recent meeting.

“Our membership is the foundation of our cooperatives,” George Secor, President and CEO of Sunrise said in a press release. “We are excited to bring this new venture together, which we believe will create additional opportunity for increased member value… This merger really was and is about creating more for our members together than we could separately.”

The new cooperative will begin operations Sept. 1, under the leadership of Secor.

“This is a merger of equals and intention, not necessity,” he added. “The fact that we were both able to select a partner who paralleled our strengths and vision for the future is one of the strongest ways to begins new venture.”

COMPUTER CLASS SLATED – The Crestline Public Library will hold a two-night introductory computer class from 6-8 p.m. April 11 and 18,

Those who take part must attend both nights and will have laptops to use.

Call 419-683-3909 to preregister.

WYNFORD ELEMENTARY HELPS OUT – Wynford Elementary School teachers and students recently collected $5,344.47 to support the family of Noah Lear, the Bucyrus High School student who died 18 days after a basketball hoop fell on him.

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM STARTS – Crawford County Job & Family Services started to take applications on April 1 for their 2016 Summer Youth Employment Program. The program will start May 1 and run through Aug. 31.

The program is designed for people ages 16-24 to learn and apply job skills.

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John Halligan spoke Thursday at Galion Middle School. Halligan spoke Thursday at Galion Middle School.

By Chris Pugh

[email protected]