Healthy Choices awards announced 12.15.2010

Written by David Green.

Healthy Choices, Caring Communities (formerly Partnership for a Drug Free Fulton County) recently named Max Smith Community Member of the Year. Wauseon Police Chief Keith Torbet was named Coalition Member of the Year.

Smith, owner of WMTR radio station in Archbold has been instrumental in supporting the coalition’s efforts through his work with students in the Parents Who Host Lose the Most campaign. He has made his radio station available for student written and student recorded radio spots that target underage drinking, giving students real life experience in radio broadcasting.

As the first business to partner with the coalition, WMTR helped provide the initial momentum to secure federal funding to combat alcohol and other substance abuse among our youth. 

“The partnership with WMTR-FM and Max Smith, provided the groundwork for further partnership within the county. It is only through these types of partnerships that we are able to truly conduct our work county wide,” said Lou Moody, project director of the coalition

Wauseon Police Chief Keith Torbet has been a coalition member since 2007. He provides the board with valuable direction in regard to youth substance abuse prevention. Youth substance abuse policies and education are only effective when followed up by adequate law enforcement.

He has offered assistance by educating the coalition regarding Ohio laws and the basics of crowd control at large community events. He has served as a link between the coalition and other community law enforcement agencies around the county.

Through Chief Torbet's efforts, party patrols during prom and graduation seasons have increased. Plus, server-seller training has been made even more readily available to businesses and community events which permit the sale of alcohol. He encourages all Wauseon festivals to have their servers trained by the Ohio Investigative Unit.

“Chief Torbet has performed his work with grace and patience as he has guided the coalition through law enforcement work that is foreign to many of us,” said Beth Thomas, coalition program coordinator.

Healthy Choices Caring Communities is an initiative of the Fulton County Family and Children First Council.  It is a group of community members working together to prevent and reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs by youth in Fulton County.

To become a member or for more information, contact Lou Moody, project director, at 419/337-0915 or HC3Partnership@gmail.com.

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