Salute to Scouting


Dominic Adkins, left, and Troop 65 Scoutmaster Doug Ditto are pictured in this Hometown Stations photo during the dedication of the Venedocia Veterans Memorial in May 2016.

Local Scout Recognized for Community Service efforts, Eagle project

Troop 65 Eagle Scout winner of 2021 Jefferson Award

Dominic Adkins recently was named one of 12 local Jefferson Award winners as a result of an outstanding Eagle Scout project.
Dominic led an effort to expand the Veteran's Memorial Park in Venedocia in Allen County, combining his efforts with community member John Lloyd.
The inspiration behind this effort was when local Mr.  Lloyd wanted to build a memorial to honor local service men and women. 
"The neat part is this Mr. John Lloyd, whose dream it was to see this memorial park in Venedocia, lived to see this happen," said Linda Meyer, who nominated Adkins for the award. "Dominic persevered. He lives the Boy Scout Oath! ..."

Dominic worked with the local veterans to acquire a cannon used in World War II and he constructed a cement pad for the cannon to sit and placed war memorial on the pad to honor those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. 
Learn more about Dominic's recent recognition by CLICKING HERE!

Recently, The Lima News featured Dominic's work in an article and it can be read CLICKING HERE!

Exploring program has 11 area learning opportunities for high school students

Hancock County Sheriff's Office latest learning experience restarting

Exploring is a unique career exploration program for young men and women ages 10-20, providing students with an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career fields and network with professionals already in those fields. 
Currently, there are 11 area businesses starting their Exploring Posts. These current Posts are for high school aged youth and they include: Crown Equipment, Marathon Engineering, Findlay Airport Aviation, Doty Dental, Seneca County Agricultural Post, Marathon Information Technology, Neil Armstrong Aviation and Hancock County Sheriff's Office.

To find an Exploring Post for you, CLICK HERE!

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Scouting in the Black Swamp Area Council began in 1915 when the Scouting program was introduced to the young people of West Central and Northwestern Ohio.More than 5,400 individuals are participating in the local program as a Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers, Explorers and adult volunteers. In 2020, these individuals participated in 8,069 hours of community service. For more information about finding Scouting near you, visit