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April 25, 2006 - Real World: Ideal careers - sister Mary is quoted

May 25, 2005 - - Mound made a memory

May 5, 2005 - - Now, dig deeper - Sandusky Register

December 11, 2004 - ANITA FEICK, 1920-2004 
REAL WORLD: Ideal careers    (04/25/2006)

Eleven-year-old Shelbi Neidler already knows what she wants to be when she grows up. Not a doctor, lawyer or an engineer. This ever-smiling girl wants to work with money. "A financial person -- to help people with their (money)," said the fifth-grader. She and her 9-year-old brother, Regan, made use of spring break last week to check out books at the Sandusky Library.

A visit to a bank with her dad was the deciding factor, she explained. He needed to have his check cashed, and those behind the counter, who helped in the process, inspired her. She wants to know "how the whole system works," she said. But that will have to wait until after college -- of which she's tabbed either The Ohio State University or Kent State University. Shelbi is not the only young girl with ambitious goals. According to the "2006 Junior Achievement Worldwide Interprise Poll on Kids and Careers," showed female youngsters were drawn to careers requiring higher education.

As the coordinator of career services at BGSU Firelands, John Clark said he has heard continued discussion about trying to attract males to higher education. "Far more females in our culture at this time are pursuing higher education than males," he said. That could mean "women are gravitating toward careers that have higher education."

Poll data -- which reflects the answers of about 860 respondents -- shows the top five career fields are: in computers, being a pro-athlete, a businessperson, an engineer or in the entertainment field. For females, the top five were: teaching, practicing medicine, business, entertainment and practicing law. Females showed a higher preference for the two careers which require advanced degrees -- doctors and lawyers. About 9 percent of females compared to 3 percent of males dream to become doctors, and about 6 percent of girls to 2 percent of boys want to become lawyers. Just beginning her academic career, in kindergarten, Danielle Ramon, a Sandusky Central Catholic School student -- Sts. Peter and Paul campus, was intent on becoming a doctor.

"I want to check everybody to see if they are sick and hurt," Danielle said.

Computers is the path Shelby Whiting is choosing -- the number one profession boys prefer. The Sandusky High School freshman taught herself about computers -- taking some of her family's computers and rebuilding them.

"I stumbled onto it when I was 12," she said. One day, her computer was becoming too slow, and she wanted to fix it. So, she began experimenting -- finding ways to defrag the computer or to get rid of any extra space files were taking up on the computer's desktop. Now, Shelby hopes to attend ITT Tech, an online degree program. While the poll states computer experts do not need a college degree, Shelby said she is also thinking about graduate school.

The trend of more women pursuing higher education could explain their increase in weekly earnings. According to "Highlights of Women's Earnings in 2003," a report distributed by the U.S. Department of Labor, women's weekly earnings increased by about 30 percent from 1979 to 2003 -- about a 10 percent higher rate than men.

However, local boys also have high puruits. Cameron Adams, 12, a Margaretta Local Schools student, said he "wanted to serve his country" by joining the army. But college was also in his plans. He could become a social studies teacher -- a subject he enjoys learning about, he said. Corey Thomas, a Briar Elementary School student in Perkins Township., also wanted to be a teacher -- probably in math. Shelbi's bother, Regan, said he could put his arguing skills to use by becoming a lawyer.

But, these days, no doubt, females have more opportunities. "Girls have higher expectations," said Mary Baughman, a member of the College Women's Club of Sandusky -- a club designed to promote social interaction among university graduates. "They feel like they will be treated fairly. They won't be discounted, because they were women," she said. Baughman remembered a time when society did not treat women with the respect they do today. She witnessed the experience first hand. Her mother had a minimum-wage paying job, Baughman recalled. When her mother left the job, she had to train her replacement -- a man. It was no surprise at the time the man who took over her position received a higher salary. Then there was the incident when she and her mother attended a stockholder's meeting in Sandusky. Her mother raised an important point to the board by asking, "'Why don't you have any women on your board of directors," Baughman said. Their response, "Oh that would be nice to have sex appeal on the board of directors," said Baughman. Her mom was disgusted, Baughman said. Instead of seeing women as intelligent equals, they just saw pretty faces. Such opinions did not deter Baughman. She said she had high standards for herself. She graduated from OSU with a degree in fine arts and went on to a career as a dental hygienist. In the beginning, Baughman said she did not think she had as many chances before her. "I didn't want to be an engineer," she said. "I didn't feel that would have been a very open field (for women). Girls don't feel that way anymore."

February 26, 2006 - SANDUSKY HIGH SCHOOL - Sandusky Register

SANDUSKY - These Sandusky High School Students were named to the second grading period honor roll for the 2005-06 academic year. (* indicates principal's honor roll, 4.0 or higher grade point average):

SENIORS: David Albert, Nathan Arnold, Erin Auble*, Ashley Austin, Kyle Baker, Kayla Birdsell, Vincent Blanca, Ryan Brink, Elizabeth Chamberlain, Amanda Clark, Bryce Cremean*, Lacy Davis, Tyffanee Dawes, Kelli Dietrich, Jordan Edwards, Ashley Evans*, Daniel Flittner, Megan Forster, Dominick Frausto, Derrick Galindo, Hanna Gilchrist, Dominque Gillard, Brian Glorioso*, Joviana Gonzales, Sadie Grant, Margaret Gregory*, Jennifer Grondin, Alicia Gutierrez, Joshua Harpel, Madison Hartley*, Loren Henderson, Benjamin Hixson*, Shaqeria Hunter, Dania Irby, Karmen Jackson, Angelica Jones, Felice Jones, Thirkeshia Jones, Brittany M. Jones, Shane Jordan, Lauren Kerber, Daniel Klohn*, Michelle Lately*, Benjamin Lochotzki, Anna Madsen, Bryan McGookey, Andrew Mees*, Harrison Miller*, Katie Milner, Andrew Montgomery, Hassan Moore, Melanie Mork, Brian Mullins*, Timothy Murray, Nikki Papenfuss, Brionna Patterson, Jermaine Pearson, Seth Petersen, Shekoda Petty, Karunaphon Pimma*, Domonique Pou, Michelle Powe, Lauren Proy, Jessica Ramsey, Kyle Reid*, Kristen Rieger*, Ryan Riesterer, Chad Riggs, Ryan Rowe, Dustin Schwanger*, Janae Smoot, Alexa Walton, Andrea Ward, Daren Warner, Fallon Weaver, Kyle Weber, Amanda Wellman, Brittny Williams, Curtrina Wright, Elyssia Yado


Oct 1, 2005 - Why Johnny Can't Walk to School - Sandusky Register

Poor Johnny. He can't read, still can't read, and now he can't walk to school either.

In 2000 the National Trust for Historic Preservation released a report: "Historic Neighborhood Schools in the Age of Sprawl: Why Johnny Can't Walk to School." It contended that public policies are promoting the spread of mega-school sprawl at the expense of small, walkable, community-centered schools in older neighborhoods.

"Today, fewer than one in eight students walks or bikes to school. The landmark schools that touched the lives of millions and became stalwart symbols of civic pride are fast disappearing." (1)

In the on-line article "Don't Destroy Neighborhoods To Educate Them", Constance E. Beaumont wrote: "Well intentioned but off-target planning regulations are neglecting to create the community-centered schools the public is demanding.....it's virtually against the law in many parts of this country to build places that people love.....Many modern schools have the intimacy and architectural distinction of a Wal-Mart. ...Children can't walk to school. Neither can parents or citizens who do volunteer work in our schools.....This is no accident. Misguided policies and practices make it happen." (2)

The Sandusky Public Schools wish to follow the trend. We will complain that our kids are getting fatter because they don’t get enough exercise but with fewer grade schools most will be riding buses and participating in fewer after school activities because both parents work and cannot provide transportation.

The international programs "Walk to School"(3) and "Walking Schoolbus" (4) promote children walking to and from school because of the many benefits. "Active kids get better grades and have fewer discipline problems." (5)

Perhaps given all the benefits of regular walking, the most progressive schools would be smaller and located in convenient locations for most of the children to walk or ride a bicycle to school. Gee, isn’t that the system we already have?

(1) http://www.nationaltrust.org/news/docs/20001116_johnny_cantwalk.html

(2) Don't Destroy Neighborhoods To Educate Them http://www.planetizen.com/node/39

(3) http://www.walktoschool.org.uk/

(4) http://www.walkingschoolbus.org/

(5) http://www.dot.state.co.us/BikePed/WalkToSchool/WTS_Brochure.pdf


May 25, 2005 - Mound made a memory

Wedding gifts are often forgettable. Ten years later, a dish may be broken, a vase may be in the attic or you won't remember who gave you the tablecloth.

Recently I had the experience of giving my nephew and his bride a wedding gift they will never forget: a photo opportunity at a floral mound in Washington Park in downtown Sandusky.


The out-of-town guests were very impressed. Everyone made the drive to our beautiful parks to take a look and, after the wedding, the entire wedding party gathered in the park for photographs.


This particular mound, on Wayne Street between Washington and Washington Row, was placed during chilly weather, and the city's Horticulture Department typically went the extra mile, covering it every night to keep it from freezing, and uncovering it every morning.

The park attraction was an exciting addition was to our wedding event.


Mary Feick Baughman Sandusky


May 5, 2005 - Now, dig deeper - Sandusky Register

The financial woes of Huron's school system are not unique. Huron may be setting the example that other Ohio school systems will need to follow.

The newspaper did the right thing. In my opinion, the paper still did not go far enough in reporting on this vital issue. The public is entitled to see a copy of the longevity pay table in detail and a listing of administrative and teacher salaries.


It is true that the financing of our public schools is broken. But part of what needs to be fixed is the management and expenditures.


April 7, 2005 - Overpass overruns - Sandusky Register

It seems that former Sandusky City Commissioner John Ginty is the only commissioner with the foresight to see the enormous financial burden the city will incur with being responsible for all cost overruns for the West End overpass. The city has been plagued with cost overruns in the past and there is every reason to think that this project will also come with a financial plague.

According to Edward Feick, local engineer, the cost overruns for the overpass could easily be 30 percent of the entire project. Here's why:

• The land for the proposed overpass is unstable. It will need to be dug out and replaced with stone.
• Lost businesses. The location cuts our industrial park in two. It has already closed a bank.

• Land acquisition cost is underestimated. The piece of land that it will sit on is the middle of one person's property. If the city only buys the center, this leaves no access and no possible development usage for the remaining section. This is unfair to the owner who should be compensated for all the land.
• Cost of moving the truck repair business is underestimated. The building that will be torn down is unique because it accommodates repairing semi-trucks. There are no existing buildings in the area that are similar. The building would have to be rebuilt.

• Area is wetlands.
• The overpass leaves the houses in the Wilson Street area with only one access road. A second access road will have to be built for safety purposes.

• Pedestrians won't be able to walk into town from Ohio 101. A walkway will need to be built.


Unlike in the past when the city had extra funds to pay for the financial mistakes of poor planning, the city is looking at cutting emergency medical services and has no extra funds for bad governmental mistakes.

Article published Saturday, December 11, 2004 - Toledo Blade

ANITA FEICK, 1920-2004
Sandusky teacher developed historic downtown building

SANDUSKY - Anita Feick, a homemaker who developed one of Sandusky's biggest downtown-area buildings, died of pancreatic cancer on Wednesday in her home. She was 84.

Mrs. Feick's family bought the former Engels & Krudwig Winery Building at 224 East Water St. in 1970.

The huge 1863 limestone building two blocks from downtown was converted into a apartment complex with a mall and reconstituted winery on the main floors and a bar in the basement.

When purchased, the building still had full kegs of wine as well as coffee mugs on the desks from its last occupants a decade before. Mrs. Feick sold some of the kegs to California wineries.

Mrs. Feick, who had an art education degree from Ohio State University, designed the apartments and other areas of the structure. Her husband, Edward, did the renovation work.

"This was her vision, her project," her daughter, Elizabeth Wilber, said. "Dad was the builder, but she chose it, designed the apartments."

The effort would land her on the Downtown Sandusky Association Board, where she put her art talents to use envisioning new facades for the downtown area and working to attract new business.

"You mention things, and if it happens, it happens. My mother, one thing she had was opinions," Ms. Wilber said. "Being an artist, she had all kinds of opinions: 'Oh this building's ugly, let's clean that up.' "

"After 80 years in Sandusky, she'd seen everything, but wanted to see more," her daughter added.

Mrs. Feick, the daughter of Carl Martin, who was the owner of Gundlach Sheet Metal, was born and raised in Sandusky. She graduated from Sandusky High School in 1938 and Ohio State in 1943.

Upon returning home to Sandusky after college, Mrs. Feick became a full-time mother, raising six children. After most of them had left home, she began teaching art and music in the Sandusky school system.

Mrs. Feick served on the Sandusky Recreation Board, overseeing summer park programs for children.

She became very involved in genealogy, traveling to Germany six times and writing three books on her and her husband's families, each cataloged with the Library of Congress.

Mrs. Feick was a deacon, trustee, and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Sandusky, a past president of the Presbyterian Women's Association and the College Women's Club, and a member of the United Ladies Sewing Circle, started by her great-grandmother-in-law, and the Ohio State Genealogy Society.

Surviving are her husband, Edward L. Feick; sons, Ed, John, and Carl; daughters, Mary Baughman, Elizabeth Wilber, and Barbara Gregory, and 13 grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 18 at First Presbyterian Church in Sandusky. There will be no visitation. The Groff Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

The family suggests tributes to First Presbyterian Church or to cancer research.



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Barbara F. Gregory, Columbus, Ohio