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Miami to honor four grandparents


Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center and the Knolls of Oxford have announced Cincinnati residents Gloria Heather (grandmother of Katherine Toensmeyer) and Paul Scheve (grandfather of Krista Warren) the 2013 Grandparents of the Year. Jack and Toni Purdy of Harvard, Mass., (grandparents of Allyson Farren) will also share the honor.

The 11th Grandparents of the Year recognition honors Miami University students’ grandparents who are inspirational to their grandchildren. The awards are based on essay and video nominations that highlight the importance of relationships between grandparents and grandchildren and the role grandparents play in supporting the students’ growth and development.

“The selection process was very difficult,” said Pamela Mayberry, coordinator of academic programs at Scripps and contest coordinator. “All the nominations lovingly described inspirational grandparents.”

A ceremony and reception honoring this year’s winners will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 154 Marcum Conference Center. It is free and open to the public.


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