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A “wall raising ceremony” took place October 17 as construction work begins on a Habitat for Humanity house at 223 Bacon Street.
Above, Penta construction students are joined by city and school leaders to raise one of the walls.

Penta students celebrate school’s 50th by building Habitat house

By Beth Church
As part of its 50th anniversary activities, Penta Career Center has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Wood County and the City of Rossford to help build a new home at 223 Bacon Street.
The future owner of the energy efficient home is Rossford native Alex Coronado and her two children.
Mark Ohashi, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Wood County, welcomed everyone to a “wall raising ceremony” on Friday, October 17, bringing together city and school leaders, neighbors, sponsors and supporters.
“This is an awesome opportunity for Habitat for Humanity,” he said.
Mr. Ohashi thanked the Penta students for their hard work, which began in early September when the project broke ground.
“Your hands are doing all this labor–free of charge,” he added.
Students and instructors in the construction carpentry, construction masonry, construction electricity, construction remodeling and construction concepts programs will work on the project during the school year as part of their career-technical training.
“Since the year 2015 is our 50th anniversary, we wanted to give something back to the community through this type of project,” said Ron Matter, Penta Career Center superintendent.
He noted that the school built a Habitat home in Rossford for its 40th anniversary, as well.
“We’re very excited to do another house,” the superintendent said. “The lesson of building this house is: the best thing our students can do is give back to your community.”
Rossford and Penta share historical roots, he added, as William Ramsey, a former Rossford Schools superintendent, also served as Penta’s first superintendent.
Rossford Mayor Neil MacKinnon III said he is proud for the city to participate in the project.
He greeted Ms. Coronado and her family, adding “Welcome to the neighborhood. I live about three streets over.”
The mayor thanked the many partners in the project.
“It means a lot that you made us better today,” he said.
Father Kent Kaufman, pastor of All Saints Catholic Church, blessed the new house, pointing out that the earliest members of the church met in homes.
“If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labor,” he prayed.
Ms. Coronado and her family are All Saints parishioners, and Fr. Kaufman recalled that her grandfather, Jim Richards, told him, “This is going to be good for Alex.”
The future new homeowner, who now lives in Northwood, said she appreciates the opportunity for her two children, Jaxon and Levi.
“I’m excited to come back to Rossford,” she explained. “And more excited for my kids to have a home and roots in this community.”
A 2010 Cardinal Stritch High School graduate, Ms. Coronado works at Barton Carey Medical Products and is studying accounting at Herzing University.
Mr. Ohashi thanked the following companies for contributing to the new house–Ace Hardware Distribution, Hunger Hydraulics, Pilkington, Rudolph Libbe, Electro Prime Group, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Northstar Windows, Toledo Window and Awning, Hunter Douglas, Wood County Winnelson Company–Yale Locks, International Union of Operating Engineer’s apprenticeship program, Tri County Block and Brick, Palmer Brothers Concrete, Nail It Down Remodeling, Poggemeyer Design Group, Technicon Design Group, Dow Chemical Co., Scheider Electric–Square D, Whirlpool and the William Fall Group.
“This doesn’t happen without a lot of different players coming together,” Mr. Ohasi explained. “We’re grateful to all of them.”
Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2015.
Habitat for Humanity of Wood County is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization.
Habitat for Humanity of Wood County works in partnership with people in need to build and rehab decent, affordable housing.
The houses are sold at 0 percent interest with affordable mortgage payments.


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Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.

Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.

The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.

Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.

The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.

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