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STATE MEETINGS PLANNED – The Ohio Coal Development Technical Advisory Committee meeting will be held Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held in Columbus at the Vern Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, 31stFloor, Room South A. The Ohio Coal Technical Advisory Committee reviews and makes recommendations concerning Ohio coal development project proposals and other topics related to Ohio coal development.

Members of the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) board will meet Wednesday, July 22, at the OAC office on the 33rd floor of the Rhodes State Office Tower, located at 30 E. Broad St. in downtown Columbus.

NATIONWIDE HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES PATIENT CHAMPIONS – The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon is pleased to announce its “Patient Champions” who will represent 24 of the 26 miles on this year’s course. The other two miles along the Marathon route will be deemed the “Encore Mile” and “Angel Mile,” and many miles will be sponsored by a corporate or community organization.

After reviewing more than 170 submissions of personal stories through social networking sites and the hospital’s website, Patient Champions, who are current or former patients of Nationwide Children’s, were selected by a committee of hospital staff based on various criteria, including diversity of diagnosis, age and enthusiasm to cheer on race participants at their mile. A full list of Patient Champions can be found below.

The Encore Mile will feature Patient Champions who were honored along the 2012, 2013 and 2014 race routes. The Angel Mile is dedicated to the angels of Nationwide Children’s who have already run their race. The Angel Mile will be lined with white feather banners and represented by families celebrating the lives of their children while cheering on participants.

The 2015 Patient Champions:

• Jacob Addington, 5, Infantile Cerebral Palsy, Plymouth

• Charlotte Baker, 3, Wilms’ Tumor, Glenford

• Jenna Barnett, 24, Ewings Sarcoma, Columbus

• Brenna Burrell, 11, Prematurity, Columbus

• Olivia Cameron, 6, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Dublin

• Billy Chapman, 13, Legg-Clave-Perthes Disease, Columbus

• Roman Cumpston, 7, Unilateral Hearing Loss, Columbus

• Stormy Cushing, 23, Traumatic Brain Injury, Caledonia

• Jermaine Davis, 13, Severe Hemophilia, Lancaster

• James DeSantis, 7, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Columbus

• Caroline Gilani, 7, Wilms’ Tumor, New Albany

• Ailee Gilliland, 4, Facial Burns, Hilliard

• Emily Gordon, 11, Cystic Fibrosis, Groveport

• Sebastian Longstreth, 3, Down Syndrome and Chronic Respiratory Failure, Zanesville

• Makaila Manley, 8, Spina Bifida, Grove City

• Casper Montgomery, 18, High Triglycerides, Dublin

• Owen Mottie, 5, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Chillicothe

• Gwen Mouat, 9, Metabolic Disorder, New Albany

• Gunner Myers, 2, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Wellston

• Deirdre Ogilvie, 4, Congenital Heart Defect, Lancaster

• Madeleine Scott, 6, Chronic Allergic Inflammation , Delaware

• Kolby Sherick, 4, Langer Giedion Syndrome, Marysville

• Asher Taylor, 1, Cleft Lip & Palate, Grove City

• Marissa Womack, 19, Autism, Reynoldsburg

PARISHES MERGE IN TOLEDO – The Diocese of Toledo announced that Bishop Daniel E. Thomas has merged Good Shepherd Parish, Toledo, with Epiphany of the Lord Parish, Toledo. This merger, known canonically as an ‘extinctive-union merger,’ means that Good Shepherd Parish will close and its territory will become part of Epiphany of the Lord Parish, effective August 24, 2015.

This announcement was shared at Masses today at Good Shepherd and Epiphany of the Lord parishes. A copy of the announcement made to parishioners at Good Shepherd and Epiphany of the Lord and the official canonical decree regarding the merger can be found at

After nearly a year of discussing the grave challenges facing the parish, the community and various representative councils and organizations of Good Shepherd Parish forwarded their collective considerations to Bishop Thomas in April 2015. Bishop Thomas, in turn, met with Sister Marguerite Lamberjack, OSF (pastoral leader of Good Shepherd Parish), the Bishop’s Cabinet and the Diocesan Priests’ Council to receive their counsel on how best to proceed. Following this broad consultation, Bishop Thomas made the final decision taking all the relevant facts and recommendations into serious consideration.

“Sadly, in cases such as this, the inability of a parish to be self-sustaining and remain viable means that the parish has essentially closed itself,” Bishop Thomas wrote in a letter to Good Shepherd parishioners. “While such a merger may invoke feelings of deep pain, uncertainty and a sense of loss, it should not diminish our faith. Challenging times call us to encourage and support one another as holy disciples of Jesus Christ. The primary way we do this is by continuing to live and practice our Catholic Faith in love.”