APC Annual Dinner - "We Salute You" Awards

Oct 26, 2021
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

APC Annual Dinner

And “We Salute You” Awards


Tuesday, October 26, 2021    5:30-8:30


Valley Vineyards in Morrow


Cost -  $55 per person

To pay by check – make payable to  Area Progress Council

                                                  mail to  P O Box 802, Lebanon, Ohio  45036


Indicate Entree choice:

NY Strip; Filet; Salmon; Shrimp; Veg Kabob or Crab Cakes

Includes 2 drink tickets


RSVP by Thursday, October 21, 2021






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"Steps to Starting Your New Business" Class

Oct 27, 2021
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


The Warren County Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a FREE SEMINAR “Steps to Starting Your New Business” on October 27th, 2021 from 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

The seminar will be held at Deerfield Township Government Center, 4900 Parkway Drive, Deerfield Township, OH 45040 Topics to be discussed: Business Plans, The Business Name, Professional Service Providers, Taxes, Licenses, Permits, Legal Issues, Record Keeping, The 5 C’s of Credit Management, Business Loans, early-stage Marketing and much more…

>>Presented by Graydon Law and Heritage Bank Anyone considering starting up a business or anyone who recently started a business should attend. **Attendance Limit = 18**

You have four ways to register for the event: Register on line at: Call Rebekah Brigano at 513-695-2090, Email 6cz2a0f942a5


Nov 11, 2021 - Nov 12, 2021

Since the Civil War, the Y has provided services to the military, and they continue to support military members and their families. On Thursday, November 11, Countryside YMCA will give back to veterans by honoring all the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces at their annual Veteran’s Day event.


This event is free and open to the community. The Y especially welcomes veterans, their spouses, and their children. The program, held at the Y’s Lebanon location, will begin at noon followed by a boxed lunch. Julie Fennessey, coordinator of the Countryside YMCA Stolle Center said, “We hold this program annually to honor all our veterans, and to recognize our local heroes.” The event, which averages 300 in attendance, is a full military protocol program.


The first class of participants from the Y’s newest program, Veterans Connect, will also be honored during the ceremony. Veterans Connect is a FREE 12 week program designed specifically to meet the needs of local veterans and is lead by Mike Morang, a former Senior Medical Advisor in the Navy. He retired from the military after 28 years of service and started a new career as an ACE certified personal trainer at the Y.


“When we realized there was no local program for veterans that offered fitness opportunities, nutrition information, mental health support and comradery with other veterans we decided to create that type of comprehensive program,” said Executive Director Zach McCollum. “It will be great to honor the first class of participants at this year’s Veteran’s Day event,” he added.


Each year the Y honors one of the oldest living veterans in Warren County with a United States flag. This year’s recipient is Don Ellis. Don, age 87, served in the US Army Airborne from 1954 – 1957. He attended Airborne parachute jump school at Ft. Bragg, NC and served in the 82nd airborne division. Don is now an active member in Countryside YMCA’s Stolle Center.


The guest speaker is Major General Retired Sheriff Gordon Ellis. Ellis was the commanding general for Task Force Spartan. He participated in Operation Joint Guardian, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He earned 14 military decorations, 3 foreign medals, and 2 military badges including a Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster and a Bronze star. After retiring from the Army with 39 years of service, Ellis began his full-time law enforcement career in 1985 as a Deputy Sheriff. He went on to be a Police Officer, Sergeant and Police Chief in several Ohio cities before moving to Brown County where he now serves as Sheriff.


The Little Miami High School JROTC will present the Colors and the Warren County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard, Pipe and Drum Corps will give a 21-gun salute. In addition, there will be a moment of silence to remember all Prisoner’s of War and those Missing in Action. The Lebanon High School jazz band will perform.


To help pay for this event, the Y is selling flags for heroes. To honor any soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen or guardians, the public can purchase flags for $5 from their website. Flags will be displayed on the front lawn of Countryside YMCA through November 12. All proceeds will be used to fund the Veterans Day event and other veteran programs at the Y.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Julie Fennessey Countryside YMCA 513.932.1424.148

Reservations for the event are required. To make your reservation, to purhcase a flag, or to learn more about Veterans Connect for more information, check the YMCA’s website at or contact Julie Fennessey at 513 932 1424.

About Countryside YMCA Since 1978, Countryside YMCA has embodied the Christian principles that welcome everyone in an environment where people of all ages can achieve a balance of spirit, mind and body. Located on a beautiful 126-acre property, Countryside YMCA is one of the world’s largest YMCAs offering eight pools, five gymnasiums, two indoor tracks, a rock climbing wall, a 13,000 square ft. cardio/ weight room, the Arts Center, Stolle Center for active seniors, the Motion Zone for active youth, a wide range of exercise, sports, and creative expression classes, disc golf, summer day camp for kids, and scenic trails. To learn more, please visit



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Mike Morang : Mike Morang, a former Senior Medical Advisor in the Navy, is now an ACE certified personal trainer who leads Countyside YMCA’s newest program, Veterans Connect.

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Mike Morang : Mike Morang, a former Senior Medical Advisor in the Navy, is now an ACE certified personal trainer who leads Countyside YMCA’s newest program, Veterans Connect.
Mike Morang : Mike Morang, a former Senior Medical Advisor in the Navy, is now an ACE certified personal trainer who leads Countyside YMCA’s newest program, Veterans Connect.

Deck The Halls Annual Christmas Bazaar - St. Francis de Sales

Nov 13, 2021
Deck the Halls
Deck the Halls

Join us on November 13th for "Deck The Halls Annual Christmas Bazaar" and Pictures with Santa!

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Grand Raffle
Grand Raffle

Deck the Halls - Grand Raffle!

Pictures with Santa
Pictures with Santa