BRADFORD – It’s hard to believe that the school year will be over in a little over a month. Seniors will be entering a new world and facing new things. One of our seniors, Kenzie Weldy, has been accepted to participate in Loop Abroad’s High School Veterinary Program based upon her academic record, references and demonstrated interest in giving back and learning about leadership.
This program will offer Weldy a chance to shadow several veterinarians and participating in classes where she will learn how to do surgical procedures, caregiving for animals in both an elephant sanctuary and dog refuge. All of this will happened in Thailand. She will be fully immersed in Thailand’s culture and environment. Loop Abroad provides small, focused travel programs that allow motivated high school students to experience other cultures while giving back and learning about real-world problem solving.
Weldy has already saved $1,000 toward her travel fees but needs to raise $4,000 more. She has already planned a couple events to help raise money. Weldy is having a garage sale from items that have been donated to help her raise money. She is also hopes to find people that want to help her with this dream opportunity by assisting with a donation.
Weldy is not afraid of hard work. She is an exceptional student at Bradford High School and maintains a 4.0 GPA and has received the honor of Salutatorian for her 2016 graduating class. She is involved in numerous activities, organizations and service projects. She is on the National Honor Society, a class officer, Bradford Church of the Brethren Impact Youth Group, KidCity Sunday school and varsity sports such as volleyball, basketball and track. She plans to attend the University of Findlay or The Ohio State University. If you would like to help, please call Weldy at (937) 564-4256. All contributions must be received by June 1.
The Bradford Community Club has a few fundraising events scheduled. The first is for Devin Miller from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 17. Devin is 12 years old and attends Bradford Exempted Village Schools. Devin was born with a condition called cyanosis heart disease. After undergoing five open-heart surgeries, Devin was recently diagnosed with plastic bronchitis, which causes his lymphatic system to leak lymph and protein into his lungs these pieces are called casts and become stuck in his airways. Devin has been given two courses of treatment: A new procedure at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that will repair his leaks or a heart transplant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The family is currently meeting with both teams to decide the best treatment option for Devin. Please join this benefit to help raise funds, awareness and show support for Devin and his family as they prepare to start Devin’s Heart Journey. There will be a spaghetti dinner, raffles, 50/50, Bake sale and more.
The Club will host their Fourth Annual Poker Run in honor of Lorrie Dunn-Koiser, who is battling cancer. The run will take place April 30, starting at 11 a.m. First bike will leave at noon and be back by 5 p.m. Cost is $15 for rider and $5 per passenger. A party bus is going for those who don’t ride motorcycles. There will be an after-party with food, raffles, door prizes, auctions and fellowship. If you would like to purchase a shirt, make a donation or lend a hand please call Rhonda at (937) 623-2604.
Another local is getting ready to start treatment for brain cancer for the fourth time. Family and friends are planning a hot dog and hamburger barbecue fundraiser for Marcia Gephart. This will take place 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 22. There will also be cornhole and Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments. If you would like to volunteer and/or make a donation, contact Melody at (937) 216-4977, Amber at (937) 448-3059 or Rhonda at (937) 623-2604.
The Bradford Lions are having a BBQ Chicken and Pork Chop dinner on Sunday, April 24. All dinners are carry-out and pre-sale tickets at $7 each. Tickets can be purchased by Bradford Lions or Lioness members or at Pittman-Thomas Insurance, Bradford Branch, or either bank in town. You may also call Kathy Myers at (947) 448-2667 or Joanne Ferree at (937) 620-7225 by the ticket deadline of April 17. Dinners include one-half BBQ chicken or two pork chops with applesauce, chips, roll and butter prepared by Romer’s. Dinners may be picked up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 24, at Clark’s Pizza House. All profits will go toward purchase of eye exams and eyeglasses, student recognition and Bradford Lions community projects.
The Bradford Public Library will hold a special educational workshop on parts of the Medicare and type of supplementary coverage. If you have questions concerning Medicare, you will get your answers by attending this event on April 19, at 6:30 p.m. The presenter will be Ronald L. Baker, Licensed Insurance Agent. The workshop will be held at the library, 138 E. Main St., Bradford, in the community room. Signing up in advance will assist the library in ensuring there are seats available for everyone. Call the library at (937) 448-2612.
The Manna Ministries is in need of volunteers to help in the basement of the depot with meals. They are looking for anyone that is willing to give an hour or so of their time one or two days a week. They are also looking for drivers that deliver the food each day. Manna delivers more than 30 meals a day to people who are unable to get out on their own. If you are willing and able to offer an hour or two in the mornings starting at 8:30 a.m. please call Athena Beachler at (937) 621-4995.
There’s so much going on in the world. I’m just happy to be a part of a community that is willing to look out and help one another when it is needed. It is up to us to make this village the best it can be. Be kind to one another.
Heather Canan is a freelance writer who lives in Bradford with her husband and twin daughters. Reach her at
[email protected] or (937) 417-4317.