PRICELESS TREASURERS: On Feb. 16, school board treasurer Greg Markus was presented with the Auditor of State Award with Distinction from state auditor Dave Yost. The recognition is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. The following criteria have to be met for a “clean” audit report:
• Timely filing of financial reports
• The report must not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, single audit findings or questioned costs
The city’s finance department, led by finance Director Mike Thomas, was also honored with a Certificate for Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Financial Officers Association. This is the 24th year in a row that the department has been recognized.
VALENTINE ROYALTY: Love was in the air at the Northwesterly Assisted Living Community last week as residents celebrated Valentine’s Day with family and friends. The dining room was transformed into a ballroom where residents danced to their favorite tunes, courtesy of Dave Michaels. Residents and staff voted prior to the event to crown a king and queen and a prince and princess. Six couples were in the running for the crowns, and at the end of the evening, Wally and Lillian Wirtz celebrated their 67th Valentine’s Day together by being crowned king and queen. Jerry O’Malley and Gloria Rizzo were prince and princess of hearts.
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLAR: Rocky River High senior John “Patrick” Corcoran has been named a National Merit Scholarship finalist. The recognition reflects excellence in academic achievement.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Future Steven Spielbergs were given the chance to strut their stuff during the first River Film Fest Feb. 9. Sixty-one films were entered, and three staff members judged each category. The top three films in each category were shown, then the winner was announced. Winners were:
High school division– Creative category– Joelle Fleming, Brendan Cain
Documentary – Christina Drobney
PSA – Rachel Avila
Sports – Ben Liberatore
Middle school division – Creative – Liam Duncan
Documentary – Dante Centori
Foreign film – Winni Gao
Staff Winners – John McKenna, Russell Shuster