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Funeral directors recertified

PIQUA — Jerry L. Sowers, CFSP, and Brian A. Sowers, CFSP funeral directors with Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home in Piqua, Ohio, have recently qualified for recertification of the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

A number of professions grant special recognition to members upon completion of specified academic and professional programs and “CFSP” is funeral service’s national individual recognition.

A select few have distinguished themselves among their peers within the funeral service profession as they continue their education to exceed the highest standards of care. This achievement is especially notable because Jerry and Brian have voluntarily elected to participate in quality educational and service opportunities that far surpass what the funeral service licensing board in Ohio requires. Jerry and Brian have committed to a program of lifelong learning to serve you and families in your community with the level of excellence expected of a CFSP.

The Board of Trustees of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice commends you for choosing to put your trust in the hands of a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner.

Since its 1976 founding, the Academy has had as its goals: 1) to recognize those practitioners who have voluntarily entered into a program of personal and professional growth, 2) to raise and improve the standards of funeral service and 3) to encourage practitioners to make continuing education a life-long process in their own self-interest, the interest of the families they serve, and the community in which they serve.

To initially receive this award, the practitioner must complete a 180-hour program of continuing education activities and events. In addition, the practitioner is required to accumulate 20 hours per year to recertify.

U.S. Bank supports nonprofits

SIDNEY — U.S. Bank awarded $159,000 in grants to nonprofits organizations in the northern Ohio counties of Allen, Erie, Guernsey, Jefferson, Miami, Muskingham, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Tuscarawas and Van Wert, and $26.2 million in total across the country in 2016. The grants, made through the U.S. Bank Foundation, support the three core pillars of the Community Possible corporate social responsibility platform the bank introduced last year: Work, Home and Play.

“Work, Home and Play are the building blocks that make our country great: a stable job, a home to call your own and a community connected through the arts, recreation and play,” said Andy Counts, regional president for U.S. Bank. “We’re proud to help hundreds of organizations strengthen local communities across the country and look forward to continuing to make Community Possible in 2017 and beyond.”

The grants were distributed across the company’s 25-state footprint. The total giving also includes grants made to U.S. Bank’s national partners United Way and American Red Cross as well as employee giving match programs.

This year, U.S. Bank will provide grants in the areas of Work, Home and Play through three grant cycles. More information can be found on U.S. Bank’s website.