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After purchasing Madison, Barker and Campbell Schools for five dollars at an auction last fall, Dr. Richard Koonce is embarking on a new vision in an effort to bring together the youth in Sandusky. In this interview, Dr. Koonce reveals what lies in store for the former Campbell School – now The Nehemiah Community Learning and Youth Outreach Center scheduled to open at the end of May – and how his doctoral work will influence decisions made at The Nehemiah Center and throughout Sandusky City Schools. Dr. Koonce also authors The Covenant, a monthly publication of the community’s spiritual journey.


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Dr. Richard Koonce & The Nehemiah Center | Podcast

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The Library and Reading Room at The Nehemiah Center (click on photo for slideshow). photo: Lauren C. Berlekamp

Dr. Richard Koonce preparing for a grand opening at The Nehemiah Center (click on photo for slideshow). photo: Lauren C. Berlekamp

One of many volunteers helping remodel Cambell School to open The Nehemiah center (click on photo for slideshow). photo: Lauren C. Berlekamp

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This Model Reel was produced by Bayard Studios out of Brooklyn, NY, by the talented Kevin Foong and crew, and funded by The Erie Wire and it’s affiliate The Art Studio in an effort to promote Art & Culture.

The beautiful Jessica Pribanic from Sandusky, OH, is featured in the video. She has modeled swimsuits for six years; and is experienced in high fashion, runway and print modeling. Jessica can be reached to work with your company via email: Pribanic9@yahoo.com – and her website will be available to view in June of 2010.



In this video Larry Smith reads “The Winter Rain” by Wendell Berry from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry, published by Counterpoint, 1999. This reading took place in downtown Sandusky at Citizens Bank during one, of many, snow storms for 2010. The video location will remain undisclosed, but we’re sure some will recognize its whereabouts.


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Larry Smith is a professor emeritus at BGSU Firelands College and director of The Firelands Writing Center. A native of the Ohio River Valley, he now lives along the shores of Lake Erie. He is the author of eight books of poetry, four books of fiction,and two literary biographies. He and his wife Ann are two of the founders of the Converging Paths Meditation Center in Sandusky. See: Larry Smith’s Homepage.




In this video Larry Smith reads “The Cold” by Wendell Berry from Collected Poems, published by North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. This reading took place in downtown Sandusky at Citizens Bank during one, of many, snow storms. The video location will remain undisclosed, but we’re sure some will recognize its whereabouts.


Note: To view video in HD, move cursor to HD within video and turn it on: please pause video and wait for it to load before viewing. If your connection is slow then turn the “HD off” by rolling your cursor over the video and pressing “HD” to off.

If the video player will not appear you may need to update your Adobe Flashplayer (or refresh the page). See: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ – to update Flashplayer. You may need to change the computer operating system to download latest version if your using Internet Explorer. Also, we suggest using Firefox for all internet operations and browsing. You can download their FREE software here – http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/

Larry Smith is a professor emeritus at BGSU Firelands College and director of The Firelands Writing Center. A native of the Ohio River Valley, he now lives along the shores of Lake Erie. He is the author of eight books of poetry, four books of fiction,and two literary biographies. He and his wife Ann are two of the founders of the Converging Paths Meditation Center in Sandusky. See: Larry Smith’s Homepage.

Sandusky, OH - Citizens Bank in 2010 snowstorm. photo: The Erie Wire

Lauren Berlekamp



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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 13, 2009 8:04 am

    Nice Ohio poem…in the midst of calm, there is the threat. I could feel and see it here

  2. February 22, 2010 7:57 am

    Reading about our local cultural events makes me value more our “local artists and writers” who speak of our sense of place but also for it. Here is a fine quote on this from the editors of Orion magazine.
    ” A literature grounded in the natural world . . . narratives that chronicle lives lived, as all are, in places—is as humbling as it is compelling . . . the writing itself earns a place in people’s hearts and, once there, can promote the idea that nature is what makes us human, that what we do to the environment, we do to ourselves. The more people relish this good literature, the more they come to understand the danger we are in ecologically speaking, the better the chances that humanity will rise to meet the challenges that lie ahead.”
    –Editors of Orion magazine (March-April 2010)

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