The Coshocton County Beacon April 1, 2020 - Page 11

April 1, 2020 The Beacon • 11 Coshocton Foundation announces 2 $20,000 grants T he t r u st ees of t he Coshocton Foundation have announced two, $20,000 grants to local organizations providing local citizens and small businesses relief from the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus. The first grant, from the Joseph W., Fred E. and Helen LeRetil- ley Joh nston Fu nd , was awarded to the United Way of Coshocton County for their COVID-19 emergency response fund. Submitted The United Way Board will administer the granting The trustees of the Coshocton have announced of funds to local qualifying Foundation two, $20,000 grants to local charitable organizations organizations providing local operating on the front lines citizens and small businesses from the economic impact in providing local individu- relief of the COVID-19 virus. als and families with assis- “Mr. Johnston, a long-time tance in dealing with the economic challenges pre- automobile dealership owner sented by them having been i n Coshocton, remai ned ordered to shelter at home. throughout his life, a cham- pion of Coshocton County,” said Bob Pell, the founda- tion’s executive director. “He established not only scholar- ship funds for local students, but also the largest single bequest of the Coshocton Foundation for the benefit of our community.” Johnston was named the 1995 winner of the Coshoc- ton Chamber of Commerce esteemed Coshocton ia n award. The second grant, f rom the Edwin F. Mul- ligan Endow ment Fu nd, was awarded to the Coshoc- t o n Po r t Au t h o r i t y fo r their emergency fund. The Port Authority Board will ad mi nister the f u nds i n order to assist local small business owners with rent or lease and utilit y pay- ments, enabling them to meet their obligations at a time when their income is severely restricted due to the concerted efforts to reduce exposure to the COVID-19 virus in our community. “As CEO of Jones Metal Products, Mr. Mulligan not only provided employment for many local individuals, his com mu nit y involve- ment continued to his later years,” Pell said. “He estab- lished a fund at the Coshoc- ton Foundation to benefit local aquatic endeavors, to memorialize his late wife Janet, who was a swim- mer in the Senior Olym- pics. That fund continues to this day and has assisted local pools and swim pro- grams. Before his death, he established another fund, which is being used for this endeavor, to benef it the community needs as may be determined by the Coshoc- ton Foundation Trustees.” Mu l l iga n wa s n a me d Coshoctonian in 1997.   It i s t h e h o p e of t h e Coshocton Foundation Trust- ees, that in announcing these grants, other community members who are in a posi- tion to offer assistance will be encouraged to also contribute to these emergency funds. The Coshocton Founda- tion was established in 1966 through the Last Will and Testament of local merchant Adolph Golden and to-date has distributed $8.5 mil- lion in grants to commu- nity organizations from its unrestricted fund. I n addition, the foundation has 159 restricted funds from wh ich d ist r ibut ion s a re made for specific purposes. More information about the Coshocton Foundation can be found at www.coshoc- tonfoundation.org. Ridgewood discusses school closure Ridgewood Local School District Board of Education met on March 20. Super- intendent Mike Masloski updated the board on the many unprecedented events happening in the Ridge- wood School Dist rict as directed by the Governor of Ohio. A resolution was approved for the Operation of Schools during the pen- dency of Executive Order 2020-01D, ODH Director’s Order regarding the closure of all K-12 schools in Ohio and Future Orders requiring district response. The Trea- surer’s report was approved as presented. Several dona- tions of food, milk and sport drinks were accepted from Troyers Builders, Coshoc- ton Count y Career Cen- ter, and The Dollar General Store. A monetary donation of $100 was approved from Carol Lawless. Masloski updated the board on the deliver y of meals to students during the shutdown. March 19 was the first day of delivery of meals or pick up meals to st udents. R idgewood School Bus Drivers with the assistance of para pros or other personnel on the bus, will stop at all student deliv- ery stops on the afternoon routes to deliver a breakfast and lunch meals daily. Over 556 meals were distributed. All students up to 18 years of age are eligible for this ser- vice. Children do not need to be Ridgewood students to get these meals. Deliveries are scheduled daily through Friday, March 27 and pos- sibly longe r. Me als a re also available at the drive thru circle drive in front of Ridgewood Middle School from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The children must be in the vehicle in order to get their meals. This also covers all children up to the age of 18 and they do not have to be students at Ridgewood. People providing day care during this time can also get meals for children. Call the administrative office for more information at 740- 545-6354. Com mendations were given to all employees and volunteers of Ridgewood Local Schools during this time due to the COVID-19 virus. The public is advised to contact the school at 740- 545-6354 if you have any questions and to follow the Ridgewood School District website: www.ridgewood. k12.oh.us for all updated information. The next board meeting will be Monday April 20, at 7 a.m. at the administrative building, 301 S. Oak St., West Lafayette. 1199 S 2nd Street, Coshocton, OH 43812 740-622-4470 Contract provider for Mental Health & Recovery Services BF-00474960