Mark Froelich - Video contest: Tell us why is your dad great in 30 seconds or less

By MARK FROELICH froelich@crescent-news.com Published:

Father's Day is Sunday, June 16. How great is your dad?

In year's past, we've asked you to write about your dad. Things have changed for 2013.

This year, The Crescent-News is asking you to create a video about your dad with the theme "This is Why My Dad Is Great." But here's the kicker: The video has to be 30 seconds or less in length.

Be as creative as possible with this video. Why? The winner receives $50 (which is plenty of money to provide a special treat for your dad).

To be eligible, your dad must live within our coverage area of Defiance, Henry, Paulding, Fulton, Putnam or Williams counties.

What you need to do: Send an email with your name, address, phone number and attach your 30-seconds-or-less video -- along with a picture of your dad -- to photos@crescent-news.com. We will accept videos until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 7. You may also bring a DVD of the video or we can pull the video off your flash drive as well.

All acceptable videos will appear on crescent-news.com on Father's Day.

Emotional video

CBS News was interviewing Barbara Garcia, an elderly woman who survived Monday's massive tornado in Moore, Okla. She had lost everything in the storm and figured her dog was buried under the rubble.

During the interview, her dog was spotted and the emotional reunion was filmed live.

Website: http://bit.ly/14u0AYx

Photo Gallery

We tried a new style of photo gallery this week on crescent-news.com with the outstanding photos from Associated Press of the Oklahoma tornadoes. The photos are a bit larger and you have the ability to view these photos as if you are reading a book, by flipping pages. We see a lot of photos each day of news events throughout the world, but the quality of photos from Associated Press is definitely worth a look or two.

Go to http://bit.ly/10Sbljy and once the page loads, click on the word "Expand." You will be able to see the photos and click on the arrows at right and left to continue viewing more photos.

Tell me whether you like this style of gallery at froelich@crescent-news.com

Website: http://bit.ly/10Sbljy

Reunion

Lt. Col. Will Adams pulled off a huge surprise on May 16 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Stationed in Afghanistan for most of the past two years, he appeared on the big screen during the Tampa Bay Rays baseball game to say hello to his 9-year-old daughter. She was throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game at Tropicana Field. After she tossed the ball from the pitcher's mound, the catcher grabbed the ball and then took off his mask: It was the Adams dressed as the catcher. The video shows her running and jumping into the arms of her dad. Adams' wife joins in. What a great way to have a reunion!

Website: http://bit.ly/14NUOjQ

Ohio reunion

Our sister paper, The Daily Record in Wooster, posted a video about a reunion of a military dad and his daughter. While this happened nearly a year ago, it is still great to see the joy of the child and also noting the people wiping tears in the background. In the video, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Paul Boak surprised his daughter, Carrie, at her "graduation" from fifth to sixth grade at Northwestern Elementary School. Boak returned from Afghanistan, where he was deployed, to be home for the ceremony.

Website: http://bit.ly/10LDt6S

Swimsuit season

If a blog is written by Melissa Naymik-Linebrink, you know you're going to finish the article with a smile on your face.

The former Defiance resident who resides in LaGrange, Ohio, writes about her recent shopping trip to purchase a new swimsuit for the summer months. The article is titled: "Swimsuit season - it's like setting yourself up for failure."

Website: http://bit.ly/11bn29K

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