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PORT CLINTON (13abc Action News) - He may seem like an unlikely weatherman. A long-time Kroger bagger brings customers the sunny forecast and a bright smile, every shift for the last 26 years.

"This is my life. This is my home."

This is home for Tom Allen. For more than 25 years, he's been working at this Port Clinton Kroger, updating friends, family, and customers on the weather they'll see out these double doors.

"Nice for Thursday," he reads from the 13abc weather update. "Great for Friday. Today: Showers likely, high 62. Tonight: showers ending after midnight."

No matter the weather, twice a day, the forecast shows up in the breakroom or inbox.

"He's always loved the weather. I mean everyday you come into work and you see the weather update," Kim Auxter said.

Kim has worked with Tom for over 25 years - and says he no longer needs to check the forecast at home.

"He loves seeing the customers. They love seeing him," Auxter said.

"For a lot of years, I do watch you guys," Allen said.

Like most weathermen, Tom's passion for weather goes back to childhood.

"I love the weather. Bad or good, it doesn't matter to me. Only thing I need is nice weather to play softball," Allen says of his Special Olympics sport of choice.

MZost days, you'll find Tom working hard and helping customers unload.

"There's all different kinds of customers I like. My family, my friends shops here. My friend Amy shops here, too," Allen said.

That's Amy Cantu.

"He's an amazing young man," she said.

Cantu's an advocate with the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

"I have known Tom since he was a little boy. His family, part of his family were neighbors of mine."

Cantu coaches some of Tom's special olympics teams. He updates the forecasts for her away games, too.

"I have been getting the weather report from him by email for I can't tell you hwo many years," Cantu said.

Tom heads out for vacation later on today. But the forecast won't come to an end. He'll update the Kroger family, even from the road.



Thank You EHOVE Business Professionals of America (BPA)
Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities (OCBDD) would like to take this opportunity to thank students at EHOVE Career Center, who as a part of their Business Professionals of America (BPA) organization, gave their time and energy to raise funds for local Special Olympics. In December 2015, the BPA held a fundraiser called “Pony Up For Special Olympics” at the Thirsty Pony in Sandusky. The fundraiser was a success. Between the Computer Network Tech, Visual Media Tech, and Business and Marketing programs, they collected over $1,500.00. Dustin Lowery, EHOVE BPA Advisor Visual Media Tech instructor, contacted Erie, Huron, and Ottawa County Boards of DD to accept the funds on behalf of Special Olympics. The donation of $665.00 to Ottawa County Special Olympics will help ensure that items needed for local athletes to compete in the upcoming seasons will be provided.

Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities would like to thank the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus #1750 for their recent donations of $1,194.40 (2014) and $617.50 (2015) from their Measure Up Campaigns. Both the Ottawa County Board of DD and the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus #1750 are looking forward to working together to host their annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 13th at 109 East Perry Street in Port Clinton.
**Note: Picture – L to R – Don Gresbech, Dawn Segaard, Kim Strong-Todd, Joe Mayce


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