Posted on August 1, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ontario OH – The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. is proud to announce that Joe Armbruster
has been selected as the 2020 Crawford County Outstanding Senior Citizen Award recipient. He was
honored on Friday, Aug. 21st on the front steps of the Bucyrus City Building.
“This is the 20th year the Area Agency has honored a volunteer from Crawford county,” said Teresa
Cook, VP of Administrative Services. “As we all know COVID may have changed how we can get
together but what hasn’t changed is the outstanding way individuals, groups and organizations are
working together to support and take care of one another.” Today instead of gathering in the Area
Agencies training room, we are together on the front steps of the Bucyrus City Building.
When most have retired, Joe took on a huge project for the City of Bucyrus— a dilapidated theatre, in the
middle of downtown Bucyrus had suffered terrible fire damage in the 1990’s and was left to decay. Joe’s
plan was to gain control of the theatre and restore it to its former art-deco glory Joe was able to raise a
considerable amount of money, but the damage to the property was more extensive than anticipated. He
turned to Mayor Roger Moore and State Senator Dave Burke to find an alternative for this important site
for downtown Bucyrus and a plan began to create Schines Art Park. The park was opened in 2017 thanks
to the leadership of Joe Armbruster and a generous grant from the State of Ohio as well as local
businesses. Schines Art Park is a jewel in large part to Joe’s “can-do” spirit.
Each year the Area Agency on Aging honors senior citizens who are making a difference in their
communities and present a positive image of aging. There is one award recipient for each county in the
Agency’s service area (Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and
Wyandot.) Awardees are selected by the Agency based on the impact of their contributions and
accomplishments within the community made after reaching age 60.
The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario
419-524-4144, provides leadership, collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with
disabilities, their caregivers & resource networks that support individual choice, independence and