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By Kelly J. Kaczala Press News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian said the public should realize when a snow emergency is issued, there should not be vehicles parked on the streets so that plows can clear away the snow. “We hope people do move them. There have been occasions when we’ve had cars towed. We haven’t lately. Not this year,” said Seferian at a council meeting on Monday. “But we keep trying to threaten it and hope they’ll be moved. People have an obligation to do it. For the most part, people do it. People actually start doing it a lot of times before we call the snow emergencies.” “Sometimes you learn the hard way,” said Public Service Director Paul Roman. “In some cases, if you’re the last car on the road, and you’re driveway is close to where you parked, when that plow comes through, it leaves a bigger wedge than what you normally would have had. Granted, everyone is going to have a pile of snow at the bottom of their aprons after the plow goes through. But it can be a lot worse when a plow goes through there.” Roman said city plows can get the main roads cleared usually within 16 hours of a snow storm. “That’s assuming there’s no other snow, no drifting, the event is done, and they can go straight into the subdivisions,” he said. When the plows encounter a parked vehicle, they will turn around if they can’t get around it, he added. Councilman Joshua Hughes said there are people in his neighborhood who are not complying. “There have been several individuals in my neighborhood thus far this year who haven’t gotten the message,” said Hughes. “Cars remain nonetheless. And my neighbors then ask me, `The city has issued a snow emergency, and the cars are supposed to be removed, so why is it every time the plow has to go around these vehicles?” Seferian said the city, at some point, will issue tickets to residents whose vehi(Continued on page 10)
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Samuel Myers, 5, of Genoa plays on the Early Literacy Station as Mason Beard of Northwood, 2, and Asher Widmer of Genoa, 2, look on. The Early Literacy Station is loaded with educational software programs which encourage learning in areas such as math, social studies, music, and art. The purpose of the Early Literacy Station is to help prepare children for school by encouraging learning through the Five Practices of Early Literacy: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. The station is available at Elmore and Genoa Library. (Press photo by Stephanie Szozda)
Energy projects provide fuel on road to recovery By John Szozda Press General Manager email@example.com Energy is fueling a $1.94 billion fire that could ignite our economy this year and in the near future. That gaudy number reflects the upcoming investments in our community from four energy companies: First Energy, BP-Husky Refinery, PBF Refinery and Clean Energy. Those investments are: • First Energy announced two weeks ago it would invest $600 million to upgrade the Davis Besse nuclear power plant near Oak Harbor; • PBF Energy, owner of the former Sunoco Refinery, announced in December it would invest $140 million in the next 15 months to upgrade its 282-acre refinery on the Toledo-Oregon border; • BP-Husky Refinery in the spring announced it would soon start its $400 million project to enable it to refine sour crude from the Husky oil sands in Alberta, Canada; • The $800 million Oregon Clean Energy natural gas plant in Oregon is clearing environmental hurdles and is expected to break ground this spring. Some 4,000 contractors will work at these sites this year and next and will not only give the local economy a boost, but position our area for potential growth in manufacturing. The Davis Besse and Clean Energy
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projects will assure that manufacturers will have a reliable source of reasonablypriced power. Coupled with the City of Oregon’s capacity to deliver fresh water for industrial use, a Great Lakes’ port, available rail, a skilled labor force and proximity to the interstate crossroads of I-75 and I-80, Northwest Ohio has assets that are the envy of other communities competing for manufacturing jobs. While good paying manufacturing jobs moved overseas some years ago, there are signs that trend is reversing itself. Consider what others have to say about a rebirth in U.S. manufacturing. Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, last year announced the creation of 1,000 new manufacturing jobs in the U.S. through its Made-In-America initiative. Simon stated his company would spend $50 billion in the next decade to
buy American products such as light bulbs, socks, towels, door hardware and televisions. Some local business experts also foresee resurgence. Dr. Sonny Ariss, chairman of the management department and fellow of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization at the University of Toledo, stated in a September interview with The Press that there are two reasons for this rebirth. First, wages in Asian rim countries have increased while wages in the United States have decreased. Second, transportation costs have increased. Dr. Stan Westjohn, professor of international business at the University of Toledo, adds a third reason—lower energy costs. The availability of cheap natural gas through fracking will mean manufacturers will have a stable, inexpensive source of energy. Next to labor, energy is their next highest cost and cheap energy can be the deciding factor in plant location. These three reasons make it advantageous for manufacturers to build closer to their consumers. Tom Nimbley, CEO of PBF Energy, agrees. He spoke in December to the Oregon Economic Development Foundation. He said the “prospect of energy independence in North America is within our sights.” He cited fracking technology and the ability of Midwest refineries to process sour crude from the Alberta oil fields. (Continued on page 2)
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There is strong support for Oregon Clean Energy
By Kelly J. Kaczala Press News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Plans for the construction of a $800 million energy generation facility continued unabated last year in Oregon. “We’re looking at a groundbreaking this summer,” Oregon Administrator Mike Beazley said last week. Oregon Clean Energy plans to build an 800 megawatt energy generation facility on a 30 acre parcel of land at 816 North Lallendorf Road, located within the enterprise zone. The facility will convert clean natural gas to electricity. There will be enough new electricity for 500,000 homes. Council last year approved an enterprise zone agreement with Oregon Clean Energy LLC. for a tax exemption of 100 percent for 15 years on the increase in assessed value of real and tangible property. The Enterprise Zone Act allows communities to execute agreements for the purpose of establishing, expanding, renovating or occupying facilities and hiring new employees and/or preserving jobs within the zone in exchange for tax incentives. The project is expected to create about 450 construction jobs over three years, and 26 new full-time, permanent jobs once the facility begins operations, with a total annual payroll of about $3.2 million. The city approved an agreement with Clean Energy for the plant’s use of the raw water intake system that will generate about $1 million per year, which will help keep the water and sewer rates low. The Oregon school board also approved a tax incentive donation agreement with Clean Energy, which will annually contribute funds to the district for 15 years. At the end of the agreement, the district will have received payments totaling $17.5 million. When Beazley and Mayor Mike Seferian first considered bringing the project to Oregon, “we had to think about whether this would be a great fit for the city,” Seferian said. “We didn’t have to think that long.” William Martin and Bill Siderewicz, managing partners of Oregon Clean Energy LLC, said last year they had been coming to Oregon for three years to discuss the project. Plans call for the plant to begin opera-
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In January 2013, Greg Dunn, Jay Dunn and Andrea Musselman posed in the newly renovated Dunn Chevy Buick showroom. GM dealers throughout the country performed a voluntary renovation of their showrooms. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean) tions in 2017. “About three and a half years ago, we had our first contact with William Martin and Bill Siderewicz, and they were looking for locations in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana,” recalled Beazley. “We had a series of meetings with them and I think they had reached the conclusion that this is the best place to move because of what Oregon has to offer.” Beazley said company officials are reviewing proposals from construction and engineering firms to build the project, and will likely make a selection in April. Retail development The city also saw considerable retail development last year, particularly construction and renovation of commercial buildings on Navarre Avenue. Biggby Coffee, Penn Station East Coast Subs, and Happy’s Pizza last year started in a small strip mall on Navarre. Tireman, which operated for years at
the Woodville Mall in Northwood, moved to Oregon at the site where the Bartz Viviano Flowers and Gifts shop was located on Navarre. Bartz Viviano moved to another site on Navarre, said Beazley. The former Bay Center Recreation Bowling Alley building was renovated into a five bay shopping center. The Dollar Tree is among the stores leasing space there. The former Penske auto service shop just north of the Kmart store on Navarre was renovated for a Hercules Tire franchise, and a vacant building next door where Fifth Third Bank was once located is the site of a car rental company. A building that used to house the Oregon Economic Development Foundation on Navarre will be developed into a gas station/carryout. “It’s still in progress,” said Beazley. A special use exception zoning designation was granted for the gas station. “They are still in a predevelopment phase,” said Beazley.
Business friendly The city has made changes to become more “business friendly.” The city used to have an image as a “hard place” for new businesses - that the building and zoning code was not as user friendly as businesses would like, according to Seferian. Last year, Jim Gilmore, commissioner of building and zoning, facilitated the permit process to make businesses aware of what they will need to move forward. The city also refined its commercial sign code, made adjustments to bring it up to date, and made it easier to understand. Geothermal energy Oregon City Council last year approved special assessments over a 15 year period to fund geothermal energy in the municipal office complex on Seaman Road that will reduce costs. The city for years had been exploring options for increasing energy efficiency at the municipal complex. The buildings tend to have significantly higher energy costs than similarly sized facilities because of the age of the HVAC infrastructure and the way the buildings were assembled into one complex over time. The city partnered with Toledo and the Port Authority to create an Energy Special Improvement District, which allows the city, school district, or local businesses to invest in energy efficiency and cost lowering improvements while paying for those improvements over a period of years through a special assessment on their property taxes.
Flood relief and erosion control, bikeway in 2013 By Kelly J. Kaczala Press News Editor email@example.com The Flood Relief and Erosion Control project was the most significant infrastructure project in Oregon last year, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman. The project provides multiple benefits for both public safety and the environment, he said. “In addition to eliminating ditch bank erosion and improving traffic safety along Wynn Road, the project will alleviate flooding in the immediate industrial areas, as well as help reduce flooding in the residential areas upstream,” said Roman. “By relocating Driftmeyer Ditch to go around the BP Husky Refinery, Maumee Bay will be further protected from any potential, accidental petroleum or chemical releases. The project also provides 12.35 acres of wetlands and 36.25 acres of upland buffer area to help filter sediment and nutrients from the stream prior to discharging into Maumee Bay, he said. The project is funded by $1.8 million from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) and by BP Husky Refinery as part of a joint partnership with the city. Other highlights of infrastructure projects last year include: • Phase 2 of improvements to Dustin Road, which included the replacement of concrete pavement, new curbing, underdrains, curb inlet adjustments, partial re-
placement of driveway aprons, and ADA curb ramps. The remaining sections of Dustin Road will be completed this year with the Coy/Dustin intersection project and the Isaac Streets Drive improvement project, $1,002,100. • Phase 1 of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Secondary Treatment improvement project, which calls for the increase of the secondary treatment capacity of the wastewater treatment plant from 24 million gallons per day to 36 million gallons per day to eliminate secondary treatment bypasses and sanitary sewer collection system overlows during wet weather events. The $6,278,000 project will be constructed in two phases over the next five years. • Phase 2 of the sanitary sewer rehabilitation project, which included the replacement of sanitary sewers on Grasser Street between Dearborn Avenue and Pickle Road; Mambrino Road between Dearborn and Pickle; and on Cresceus Road between Navarre Avenue and Pickle Road. The $2,278,900 project also included sanitary sewers on Wheeling Street between Northvale and Navarre avenues, and Pickle Road between Wheeling and Grasser Street. • Construction of a $499,800 restroom/shelter/concession facility to serve the city’s South Athletic Complex off Starr Extension. The site work included the installation of a waterline, including two fire hydrants, sanitary sewer force main, storm sewer, and stone access path to the building.
• Road improvements in the Cresceus Heights Subdivision, which included Grasser, Mambrino, Cresceus, Fink and Wilkes. The $250,365 project also included various base repairs, including some spot repairs on Patchen Road. • The $479,000 construction of a 1.52 mile bikeway along Stadium Road and bike lanes along Corduroy Road. The new bikeway connects the existing Municipal Complex Connector Bikeway (that ended on Corduroy Road just west of Stadium Road) to the existing shared use path on Stadium Road (that ended on Eagles Landing Drive). The completion of the Stadium Road
Bikeway, Phase 2 was a key phase of the Oregon Bikeway Plan, which provides a continuous bike path throughout the city connecting major parks, schools, and other public facilities. • The Navarre Avenue sidewalk improvement project consisting of the installation of sidewalk along the north side of Navarre Avenue between Coy and Lallendorf roads, $89,000 •The replacement of an existing reinforced concrete slab bridge on Wheeling Street with a 25 foot span precast concrete three sided flat topped culvert, $640,640.
Energy projects provide fuel Continued from front page “This modern energy revolution will provide the foundation for a manufacturing renaissance that will stimulate the economy throughout all of North America,” he predicted. “I say what’s going to happen is people are going to seize that and say, ‘I’m going to build a plant in the United States instead of, say, in Dublin.’” The Midwest and Ohio, in particular, are positioned to take advantage of this new dynamic. The Marcellus and Utica shale oil fields in the eastern part of the state hold vast deposits of natural gas.
All of this doesn’t mean Northwest Ohio will experience a manufacturing boom. However, our energy assets, coupled with a wealth of fresh water, a deep-water port, rail and highways gives us an edge over other U.S. communities. What we do with this edge will determine our future progress as we travel on the road to recovery. Speaking of progress, in this week’s issue of The Press our editors report on the economic development gains our communities made in 2013 in our annual special section: Progress 2013: On the Road to Recovery.
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Ironville warehouse, museum coming to East Toledo
By J. Patrick Eaken Press Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org An $18 million expansion of a warehouse at Ironville Terminal by the ToledoLucas County Port Authority and a $12.8 million maritime museum in the Marina District took steps toward becoming reality in 2013. The port and Midwest Terminals of Toledo hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the warehouse, commemorating the third and final phase of construction on the 180 acre site, which was to make it ready for business this winter. When completed, the total project will have provided up to 100,000 man hours of skilled construction labor for the community. The development of Ironville, also known as the Chevron property, was financed with a public and private investment involving state financing mechanisms utilized by the port along with new market tax credits. “The redevelopment of this land will provide new space for unloading ships and new lay down areas for cargo, which will allow the Port of Toledo to continue as a leader on the Great Lakes,” said Paul Toth, President and CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “Without the help of local, state and federal agencies who believed in this project and administered the programs to help with its financing, the redevelopment of this riverfront site would have not been possible.” Phase three includes the installation of a multi-modal delivery system. Once completed, the newly installed conveyor and material transfer system will create efficiencies through rapid freight unloading and is capable of handling any dry bulk material. Self-unloading ships will discharge into a .65 cubic yard hopper, which feeds a conveying system and mechanized radial stacking system. Phase three also included the construction of a 19,000 square foot warehouse, which has a clear height of 39 feet and will contain two rail spurs and an overhead crane. Officials say the warehouse will allow Midwest Terminals to be prepared for any type of business that may present itself. An additional 5,000 feet of rail for loading operations was also installed. “Once completed, the site will open up access to a second Class I railroad, which will provide customers with a more efficient and cost effective supply chain, and through this, will grow the Port of Toledo and generate more opportunity for job creation,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. ‘Smithsonian’ of Great Lakes While under renovation, an open house was held for the National Museum of the Great Lakes, which will open this spring at its Maumee River front location next to the Toledo Maritime Center and the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship. A feasibility study commissioned by the Great Lakes Historical Society and the port authority found that between 41,000 and 60,000 visitors will visit the museum annually. At a combined admission and per visitor store purchase figure of $12.50 per person, 41,000 visitors would generate about $500,000 annually for its operations. Total annual revenue, including membership, endowment and charitable giving, and grants are estimated at $1.225 million with expenses estimated at $1.075 million. The museum plans to use original artifacts and images coordinated with both low-tech and high-tech interactive experiences to tell the story of the Great Lakes. The experience is to be both educational and entertaining. “This will be the Smithsonian of Great Lakes maritime culture,” Paul LaMarre III, director of the Monroe (Mich.) port, said. “It is only fitting that it is in the port of Toledo, which is commonly referred to as the capital of the lower lakes, anyways. But, this project has come a long way and has overcome many hurdles to bring together many assets of maritime history and culture to present the total package to future visitors.” Art, music, and a land bank Closer to land, on Main Street, at least one person, District 3 councilman Mike Craig, is starting to think out of the box to develop the Main-Starr business corridor, and people are listening, although not everyone likes the idea. Craig’s idea — to bring more music and art to Main Street and he brought Robb Hankins, CEO of ArtsinStark, the Stark County Arts Council, to an open forum to
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John Daugs, an exhibit builder, works on an ice panel for what will be one of the Great Lakes museum’s many exhibits. (Press file photo by Stephanie Szozda) let business owners hear how it works. Hankins played a major role in turning around similar business districts in nine communities across the country. “He’s done this before and I just kind of want people to understand that this isn’t
just something that I’ve come up with and that it’s some wild idea that I have,” Craig said. “This is an idea that he has used…and it’s worked. Other people have used it all over the nation and it worked. And, I am happy to steal their idea.”
Perhaps one of the biggest improvements to East Toledo comes from the demolition of old housing stock. The Lucas County Land Reutilization Corporation, or land bank, increases property values by tearing down dilapidated homes with little value and turning homes with a tax delinquency to new owners for rehab. Demolition removes properties of little value from the housing stock thus increasing the value of remaining properties. In 2013, the land bank demolished 60 houses in East Toledo. There are typically at any time close to 100 homes in East Toledo identified for demolition. Cindy Geronimo, land bank director, said “It’s a fluid list that keeps changing. Some may come off because of an appeal.” In July 2011, the land bank was awarded a $3.6 million grant from the Ohio Attorney General. With matching funds from the City of Toledo, the land bank had $6.8 million available through December 2013.
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Pemberville getting new water tower, 40-lot subdivision
By J. Patrick Eaken and Cindy L. Jacoby email@example.com In Pemberville, two properties were purchased by a local developer, who plans to subdivide them into individual lots for home construction. â€œOver 40 lots will be created, providing growth for our community after several years of no growth,â€? wrote Pemberville Mayor Gordon Bowman in his annual newsletter to the villageâ€™s sister city, Rodinghausen, Germany. â€œThe board of public affairs, which is charged with providing utilities to this new development, is also planning for upgrades to our water system and a second water tower to replace our current tower, which was constructed in 1936. A successful new well was completed, and will be connected to our water system in a few weeks,â€? Bowman continued. Bowman also noted how the upcoming widening of Interstate 75 through Wood County, which begins this summer, the $300 million intermodal containerized freight handling facility built by CSX Railroad in the southern part of the county, and a 30-acre Home Depot warehouse under construction in Troy Township, will impact economies in Pemberville and Northwest Ohio. Mayor Bowman adds that the village, for the first time in five years, purchased a new state-of-the-art police vehicle. â€œThe up-to-date equipment in the vehicle allows our police officers to record and communicate police business much more efficiently,â€? Bowman wrote. â€œHowever, since our regular officers are all part-time, there has been turnover as these officers find full time positions in other departments. We are fortunate to have comprehensive law enforcement training at Owens Community College nearby.â€? On the lighter side, Bowman also mentioned a new Christmas event hosted by the Pemberville-Freedom Historical Society â€” a lighted Christmas parade. â€œOver 30 lighted vehicles participated in the first parade that was enjoyed by over 500 residents and friends,â€? Bowman said. The Pemberville Independent
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The villageâ€™s wastewater treatment plant has been in operation since 1958, with major upgrades in 1975, 1989, and 2000, according to the village website. Oak Harbor also began a new parking ticket bureau with a new appeals process. It was the direct result of a dispute that got the City of Port Clinton in trouble two years earlier, Mayor Eberle said. The new bureau will allow parking fines to be handled as criminal or civil complaints. Village solicitor Jim Barney told the village that criminal complaints are harder to enforce because the ticket has to be handed to the driver. The village was to determine a fine, create an appeals process, and hire a hearing officer. Village officials said ticket fines would remain $10. The new hearing officer would be paid $100 per month, fiscal officer Debbie Carpenter said. On average, village police officers write between 60 and 70 tickets annually, Police Chief Steve Weirich said. Up until the establishment of the bureau, fines were to be paid at the police station and unpaid tickets were sent to Ottawa County Municipal Court. In Rocky Ridge and Oak Harbor, five structures were approved for demolition as part of the Moving Ohio Forward Grant Program. Attorney General Mike DeWine allocated about $75 million statewide to demolish blighted structures. The five are part of 20 blighted or abandoned residences scheduled for demolition in Ottawa County by Ottawa Residential Services, Inc. Demolitions also were planned for Danbury and Clay townships.
At the new Community Health Services, which opened in Stony Ridge, are employees Annete Moore, Steve Fleckner, Mark Behnfeldt, Juile Rowe, CHS Chief Executive Officer Joe Liszak and Emily Brickner. (Press file photo by Ken Grosjean) Merchants attempted to create a new worldâ€™s record for Most Lighted Santa Clauses in a Downtown Area. Nearly 100 lighted Santas and snowmen filled every storefront and window in the downtown area, he added. South of Pemberville, two area farmersâ€™ cooperatives began making plans for a state-of-the-art grain and agronomy hub. Luckey Farmers Co-op and Sunrise Cooperative entered discussions on the proposed joint venture that would include forming a new company to build the facility near the intersection of State Route 6 and U.S. 23, a few miles west of I-75. They hope to break ground this spring. The location offers easy access to a CSX main rail, Andy Swerlein, CEO of Luckey Farmers told The Press, and he added that new technology in grain handling opens more markets to farmers. North of Pemberville, in Stony Ridge, the Fremont-based Community Health Services opened a new medical facility. CHS, founded in 1970, which is not part of ProMedica, a non-profit health care system that serves Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, but CHS CEO Joe Liszak told The
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Bike trails, sewers and solar array on area towns’ lists
By Larry Limpf News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org In the Village of Woodville, the light can be seen at the end of the tunnel – or the end of a sewer line. The village has entered the final phase of a multi-million dollar project to separate sanitary and storm sewers, Mayor Richard Harman said. A new lift station was constructed on Port Clinton Road as part of the project, he said. Village officials have entered into contract negotiations with Solar Planet for a solar field proposed for property near the village utility building. When complete, the field will have a capacity of 750kW. Last year, the village completed the purchase and razing of a building on Main Street where a walkway will be built to link Main to a village parking lot. “Personnel” additions included “Raider”, a Dutch shepherd, who joined the police department. The canine partners with Officer Steve Gilkerson. The dog’s care is funded completely be donations, court fines, and forfeited drug money. Other future projects include upgrading the water treatment plant and electricity distribution system, the mayor said, and updating the village website. The village’s financial condition remains strong, he noted, ending the fiscal year with a budget balance of a little more than $2.5 million. “We plan on continuing to finalize existing projects and implement new initiatives to keep our forward momentum going and continue to be fiscally responsible, smart in our services and practical in our thinking,” the mayor said. Village of Millbury Mayor Michael Timmons said the village’s income tax revenues dipped slightly last year, which will cause village officials to be cautious with major projects in 2014. Still, a walking/bicycling path that would connect Veterans Memorial Park at Fostoria Road and Cherry Street to Fireside Park in neighboring Lake Township is on the drawing board. “We are investigating all the grants and loans available for this project and the timing involved for applying for these grants,” the mayor said, adding he expects it to be a three or four-year process. This year the village will be completing the third and last phase of a storm sewer line between Hille Drive and Cherry Street. The village made its final payment in December on a $139,000, 10-year loan for widening and repaving Main Street. Lake Township The trustees see much of the township’s development potential in transportation and plan to market it as a “transportation center of opportunity,” said trustee Richard Welling, noting the area’s access to the Ohio Turnpike, interstate highway system, railways and intermodal capability. “Good jobs are the key to real economic recovery and we as a board stand ready to help in our capacity,” he said. A feasibility study of a proposed regional emergency dispatching center to serve the township, villages of Millbury and Walbridge and cities of Rossford and Northwood is “moving along well,” said Mark Hummer, township administrator
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provements position the village for future development and the village and Harris and Woodville townships continued to meet to discuss the formation of a Joint Economic Development District at an 80-acre site near the Ohio Turnpike exchange.
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A 28kW solar array installed this summer at V.E. Petersen Co., Inc., 28101 E. Broadway, is expected to produce about 30 percent of the power the company consumes. Other solar projects in the area include arrays at Starr and Jerusalem elementary schools that began operating last year and in the Village of Woodville where village officials have entered into contract negotiations with Solar Planet to build a solar field near the village utility building. and police chief. He expects a decision to be made this year on whether the proposed joint center will be implemented. Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, said the board of trustees wants to re-invigorate efforts to market a Joint Economic Development District the township formed with the City of Toledo for property at Toledo Executive Airport. Chief Hummer said the township’s investment in an 800 megahertz radio system for the police and fire departments has increased safety for first responders by opening “…the door for true interoperable communications.” Village of Gibsonburg From flags to fun events as well as infrastructure improvements, the village met several goals last year, said Mayor Greg Gerwin, and set objectives for 2014. The construction phase of the industrial park was completed and village officials plan to develop a marketing plan this year for it. The mayor said the village wants to be more inviting to business. “Our goal is to encourage and promote business and get out of the way,” he said. “If we are not part of the solution we are the problem.” With a successful campaign last year to pass levies for operating expenses for the fire department and replace a fire truck, the village and Madison Township plan to complete a transfer of fire department administration to the township, “This streamlines and simplifies the operation,” the mayor said. The village last year continued with a sewer replacement project to eliminate storm water infiltration and replaced obsolete equipment in the water and wastewater facilities. The mayor credited Amanda Weaver and friends and relatives for initiating a Farmers Market during the summer and Marsha Morelock and Tammy Hemminger for hosting a Fall Festival. Wade Weaver, a former member
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of village council, led a contest for the Gibsonburg School District to design a flag for the village. The contest winner, Marcus Tille, was presented a flag at a recent basketball game. The flags will be displayed downtown, the mayor said. The village will also use a $5 fee for fishing and boating on Silver Rock Lake to restock the lake with perch. Village of Elmore Village officials anticipate the completion of two major projects in 2014. The construction of a new $5.2 million wastewater treatment plant – the last phase of a three-phase to alleviate overflows of sewage into the Portage River – is expected to be complete by the end of June and a new electric substation is also expected to be operating by this summer. The treatment plant project is being funded by a 0.75 percent income tax approved by residents in 2005. The first two phases of the project, terminating several overflow locations and the construction of a new trunk line, have already been completed. The village had been relying on a treatment plant with a capacity of 450,000 gallons while the new plant will be able to treat 1.8 million gallons per day. Village Superintendent Buck Stoiber said the new facility will be able to meet new regulations for mercury and phosphorus levels and its design will allow for expansion if needed. To avoid a repeat of the 56-hour power outage in July 2011, village officials have agreed to build a $1.3 million electric substation to increase capacity and serve as a back-up for the current substation. The new substation will be able to supply power for the entire village, said Mayor Matt Damschroder, and both units will receive power from lines coming from both the Toledo and Oak Harbor areas. Stoiber said equipment will be in place to switch over quickly if one line is incapacitated. Village officials plan to hold an open house so residents can tour the treatment plant and get information about the substation. Mayor Damschcroder said the im-
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Village of Genoa For the Village of Genoa, as with other area towns, work began last year on the final phase of a major sewer project. The sixth and last phase of the Northwest Storm Sewer Replacement project was completed with much of the work centered along a stretch of Buckeye Street. The second phase of a construction project on Washington Street, between Sixth and Eighth streets, also started and is expected to be completed this spring. A combination of village funds and state loans and grants were used to pay for the projects. Administrator Kevin Gladden said the village’s 2014 paving program will concentrate on Industrial Drive. In February, organizers of the Genoa Food Pantry welcomed visitors to an open house held to showcase the pantry’s move to larger quarters at Christ Community Church on Fourth Street. Village officials in April also modified the municipal code to bolster enforcement efforts regarding nuisance properties. A master plan for Veterans Park is being “fine tuned,” the mayor said and upcoming projects will include the replacement of a bath house, water slide and diving board. The tennis court will also be resurfaced. The village will apply for Community Development Block Grant funding on behalf of the Senior Center for window, door and roof repairs, the mayor added.
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Village of Walbridge Among the goals Mayor Ed Kolanko has set for his administration this year are support for a green initiative by upgrading electronic storage and using less paper in village offices. The mayor said the village ended 2013 in a strong financial position. Municipal income tax receipts last year were $850,722, compared to $864,142 in 2013 and $780,736 in 2011. Total revenues were $1.3 million last year; $1.2 million in 2012 and $1.15 million in 2011. The parks and recreation program was awarded grants from the Wood County Park District and Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the community pool was upgraded with a new liner system. State grants will be used to repave and re-curb Union Street, between Main and Dixon streets and upgrade curb ramps in the downtown area to make them compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act. A grant from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will be used to upgrade signs at rail crossings.
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Wales Road overpasses, industrial growth in 2013 By Kelly J. Kaczala Press News Editor email@example.com Industrial growth, new construction, and the completion of the long awaited Wales Road grade separation project were among the highlights last year in Northwood. “It’s been a long time coming,” Mayor Mark Stoner told The Press last week of the $14 million grade separation. The project consisted of the construction of two overpasses over the CSX and Norfolk Southern railroad tracks on Wales Road that effectively eliminates three railroad crossings and opens up traffic that had been frequently delayed by trains. Wales Road is the only east-west road linking the city’s business district with its westerly neighborhoods. As a result, the trains had separated the east from the west sides of town. To adjust, the city had to build fire stations on the east and west sides to avoid serious delays when emergency vehicles responded to calls. “It’s going to help unite the east and west sides of the city,” said Stoner. “Police, fire and residents will be able to get back and forth from one side of the city to the other. This much awaited project allows a motorist to travel with less fear of train blockage from Woodville Road to East Broadway.” Stoner recalled that the project was first discussed back when he was a councilman 19 years ago. “Council had talked about it and got quotes to see if we could do the project ourselves, but it cost way too much,” he said. The city got a shot in the arm when ex-Governor Bob Taft came to Northwood in 2000 to announce a $200 million, 10-year program to fund railroad overpasses at busy grade separations in Ohio. “We thought we would be number one on the list, but we turned out to be one of the last,” said Stoner. In 2006, the city learned that Congress had transferred $4 million in funds earmarked for the project to two other communities in Ohio. The project had been scheduled to start in 2007. Stoner went to Columbus to get support from the
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Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC), which had pledged to cover the shortfall in funding. The city had earmarked $900,000 for its local share of the project. Local economy In his state of the city address last month, Stoner said the city started 2014 with a positive general fund carryover. “We have approved a balanced 2014 budget totaling $4,544,175 and we project our 2014 general fund revenue to total $4,548,435,” he said. “We will continue to provide quality services and the city will be judicious and vigilant in its spending.” Over $7 million was spent for new construction projects last year. “Although this amount is a decrease from the $18 million in new construction in 2012, it compares favorably with the $5 million invested in 2010 and the $8 million spent in 2011,” he said. The city is poised for a good year this year as well, he added. The city also saw several new industrial and commercial businesses last year, including A.J.Kats on East Andrus; DNA Fitness on Oregon Road; TLD Services on Woodville; Hardtail Saloon on East Broadway; Loan Max on Woodville Road; Strike Zone Sports on Woodville Road; Educare on Woodville Road and Sahm Glass on McNerney. The city also experienced industrial growth and new construction and expansion last year, including Spartan Warehouse & Logistics, which invested $3.5 million in addition to their existing structure; Scot Bartholomew & Sons (Stop & Stor) invested
$104,000 for an additional storage building; Whitiker System spent $500,000 for an addition to their existing structure and AC & Sons LLC/IC Power Fluid invested $1.4 million in a new facility, he said. The city also experienced residential growth within the Birchwood Hollow subdivision, off Wales Road near Rossford, which was purchased at the beginning of the year and is in the process of being built out by MS Builders. Over $1.2 million has been invested in the property over the past year with 15 homes/villas being constructed. To attract industrial, commercial and residential investments, the city passed legislation last year combining two existing Community Reinvestment Areas (CRAs) with other land to create a new CRA covering a majority of the non-developed land. The CRA came about through the cooperation of the mayor, city council’s Economic Development Committee, city council and the city administration who continue to work on economic development issues with an eye on future economic growth. The Planning and Zoning Department is also committed to continuing regular inspections and enforcement of the city zoning code, including regular field checks. Income tax collections were up 16 percent from 2012, and total General Fund expenses decreased by $89,756, or 2.1 percent from 2012. Police The police department, under the direction of Chief Thomas Cairl, has continued to be progressive in its approach to providing quality police services, said Stoner, with 22 full-time and four parttime employees. Major crimes last year were down 21 percent and traffic accidents were down 4.25 percent compared to 2012. The public can access police reports on the Internet at www.northwoodpolice.com. There is also a link on the city’s webpage to CrimeReports.com where the public has free access to neighborhood crime data in near real time. The communications center received 7,204 Calls for Service (CFS) from the public, along with receiving an additional
3,995 calls that were initiated by officers while out on patrol, totaling 11,199 CFS. Fire There was a 10 percent increase in the number of calls to the fire department last year compared to 2012, bringing the total number to 791 last year. Of these, 149 were for fire runs in the city, 564 were for EMS runs in the city and 78 were for mutual/automatic aid fire and/or EMS runs outside of the city. In addition to service runs, the department conducted 207 initial fire inspections and 151 re-inspections at businesses in the city. The city hired six recruits last year, bringing the total number of staff to 36. Also last year, 18 firefighters continued various levels of state training and one firefighter is currently enrolled in paramedic classes and is scheduled to graduate this March. In addition to state training, local training opportunities included live fire training at a house donated for that purpose on Curtice Road last June. The fire department, along with the Lake Township Fire Department and the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District received a Regional Assistance to Firefighter Grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This $438,623 award was used to purchase state of the art 800 MHz radios that enhance the agencies’ ability to communicate at emergency scenes. This year, the fire department will host the Northwest Ohio Volunteer Firefighter Association Convention in June. The event will bring hundreds of firefighters and their families to the city to celebrate their accomplishments in the past year. Public Service Last year, the department oversaw the completion of resurfacing and drainage projects involving Wynn Road, the southern part of Tracy Road and Dillrose Drive. Additionally, the public service department contracted for the cleanout of the Curtice Road ditch. Last year, the city was awarded a $60,000 CDBG award, or 50 percent of the total $120,000 cost of adding a turn lane on Wales Road to the intersection of Wales at
THANKS, WOOD COUNTY The economy in Wood County continued to improve and attract private involves the construction of a new road that will open up additional land for investment in 2013. In Perrysburg Township, Precision Strip and Lako Tool development. The Wood County Economic Development Commission also began both announced expansions of their existing operations. The City of Rossford working on a “Good Jobs” initiative, which is an effort to develop more interest in a saw the attraction of Camping World next to the Bass Pro Shops location. EPI skilled trades education in Wood County to provide the future workforce required Global announced a new facility for their operations in Lake Township near by many of our employers. This initiative is a result of an issue identified through Metcalf Field and Willmar International opened their new building across from our business retention program and specifically is targeting higher skilled and the CSX Intermodal Terminal in Henry Township. Finally, Home Depot began higher wage occupations. We would like to thank the Wood County Commissioners construction on a 1.6 million square foot distribution center in Troy Township and the WCEDC members listed below for making our county a great place to do that when complete will be the largest building under one roof in Wood County. business. This facility represents a $130 million investment in Wood County and also 2014 BOARD LEVEL MEMBERS AA Boos & Sons Associated General Contractors Bennett Enterprises Bowling Green State University Chrysler Corporation City of Bowling Green City of Northwood City of Perrysburg City of Rossford Clouse Construction CSX Transportation
Dominion East Ohio Eastman & Smith Ltd. Farmers & Merchants State Bank Fifth Third Bank FirstEnergy Corporation First Federal Bank Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC Hancock Wood Electric Huntington National Bank Key Bank Lake Township Trustees
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Schools see gains in tech, safety, academics and other areas
By Tammy Walro Press Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Oregon Superintendent Lonny Rivera offered these highlights from 2013: • Responding to achievement data, the district reconfigured five of six buildings to better meet the needs of students. Fifth- and sixth-grade students now attend Eisenhower Intermediate School, where instructional services are highly focused on the unique needs of middle grade students. • In the spring of 2013, core subject area teachers at Clay took part in intensive Quality Core training provided by ACT. Other curriculum alignment work completed last year included the development of common syllabi and course maps for core courses, which are being implemented this year. • K-8 teachers are implementing the Common Core State Standards in English, Language Arts and Math, and are developing materials and trying new approaches along the way. • Music and physical education were increased at the elementary levels tin 2013, • Talks are currently taking place with the University of Toledo regardiing expanding educational opportunities for high school students. • Last year, the board of education made a commitment to the community that with the renewal of the Permanent Improvement Levy, the district was going to make major improvements in the areas of technology. As a result the following initiatives are taking place: At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, each seventh- and eighth-grade student was issued an iPad. Students are now able to complete homework assignments, conduct research, view online textbooks and materials, and communicate electronically with fellow students and staff members. For the 2014-2015 school year, every student at Clay High School will be issued a laptop computer. The district is actively pursuing electronic textbooks and other digital resources that will provide students with cutting edge learning opportunities. Beyond 2015, students in grade K-6 will be given increased access to technology. • Upgrades under way designed to increase safety for students and staff, including upgraded camera systems; panic buttons at each school that connect directly to police and fire, and improved “buzz-in” systems at all schools. • The district currently utilizes three wind turbines located at Eisenhower and Clay. In addition, LED classroom lighting at Fassett Junior High School will offer superior illumination and run at one-quarter of the cost of conventional lights.
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The Penta Career Center in May unveiled a truck donated by the City of Toledo for use in the school’s Public Safety/EMT-Fire Science program. From left, Mike Bell, then mayor of Toledo, Ronald Matter, Penta superintendent, and Luis Santiago, chief of fire and rescue for Toledo, are shown with students of the program. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)
St. Kateri Catholic Schools/ Cardinal Stritch High School • All high school students have iPad’s. • STEMM has expanded course offerings in medicine and engineering • Boys locker-room has been renovated. • Master facility planning complete. • Saw an increase in high school applications.
Northwood Local Schools Northwood Local Schools Superintendent Greg Clark noted the district continued its goal of integrating technology into student instruction in 2013, including putting “iPads and/or laptops in the hands of each student in in every classroom to provide our students with the opportunity to learn with the latest technology.” Professional development is offered for staff members to effectively use technology in student instruction. Server, laptop and desktop upgrades were also part of the technology plan. Other highlights include: • Continued implementation of New Ohio Standards in preparation for PARCC tests, which begin in 2015. • Development of Student Learning Objectives in preparation for new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System. • Continued purchase of needed classroom and cafeteria furniture to replace that which has become worn out. • Continued updating transportation fleet with the purchase of one new bus and one new truck with snow plow.
• Continued updates to safety and security equipment in school buildings. • Refinished floor in NHS gymnasium. • Placed facility plan before voters in effort to replace aging infrastructure and consolidate operations for more efficient operations moving forward. • Ongoing “Band-aid” repairs of the 1938, 1957 and 1964 buildings were completed.
Toledo Public Schools Two of the biggest events from 2013 have a connection to East Toledo, according to Patricia Mazur, the district’s Communication Director. Dr. Romulus Durant , who was named the 30th superintendent for Toledo Public Schools, is a proud graduate of Waite High School, where he earned multiple awards for athletics as a three-year varsity letterman and two-year captain. He also maintains a strong connection with his East Side roots. In addition, Waite High School kicked off its 100-year anniversary celebration in 2013.
Penta Career Center Several significant initiatives took place at Penta Career Center during 2013. Highlights include: • In May, the City of Toledo Fire and Rescue donated a fire rig to Penta Career Center’s Public Safety/EMT-Fire Science program. The Tele Squirt 50 rig enables students to learn about pump and ladder operations, pump pressures, hose lays, and appli-
ances. The vehicle was no longer in use by Toledo Fire and Rescue. • Students from the Construction Carpentry, Remodeling, Masonry, and Electricity programs spent much of the 2012-2013 school year building a 2,243 square foot soccer building on the campus of Eastwood Local Schools. The students’ work included framing, roofing, electrical, shingles, siding, and masonry. The project provided the opportunity for the students to gain experience in their chosen career field on a working job site. • As a member of the nationally-recognized High Schools That Work (HSTW) school improvement network, Penta participated in a HSTW Site Review in 2013. The process helped the district look at its progress, evaluate its accomplishments and discuss objectives for the future. • Penta Career Center was recognized with the Community Partnership Award from the Ohio Association of Senior Centers (OASC). Denise Niese, executive director of the Wood County Committee on Aging, nominated Penta for partnering with the aging network in Wood County on a number of projects. For the past several years, Penta’s Automotive Technology program has hosted car safety inspections for mature drivers. In addition, Culinary Arts students have worked with several senior centers in Wood County to prepare meals and pastries. Other Penta programs have provided services to seniors at various special events in Wood County. • Students and staff donated money and gave of their time to several community service activities in 2013. In April, students organized a Relay for Life that raised more than $5,400 for the American Cancer Society of Wood County. In addition, Business and Health students organized a Bowl-A-Thon for Special Olympics. Held at Interstate Lanes in Rossford, students raised over $6,500. In December, students organized a toy, clothing and food drive that collected more than 2,000 food items plus nearly 1,000 toys and clothing items to benefit Operation Breadbasket in Perrysburg Township. • Penta ABLE/GED Program helps more than 375 area students earn their GEDs in 2013.
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2013 brings renovations, technology upgrades, accolades By Tammy Walro Press Staff Writer Mercy St. Charles Hospital marked its 60th anniversary with a blessing ceremony held Oct. 8 in the hospital’s Healing Garden. Free flu shots were also offered to community members. Street banners in Oregon lauded the hospital’s six decades of serving the community. ProMedica Bay Park opened new a Endoscopy Center and dedicated its new Intensive Care Unit in 2013. Other highlights include: ProMedica Bay Park • The new 4,600-square-foot Bay Park Endoscopy Center features 10 patient bays, including one isolation room; two procedure rooms and expansion space for one more; storage and reprocessing rooms for equipment; ocker rooms; a lounge/break room; office space and a consultation room. The new $1.4 million center also includes energy-saving features in keeping with the hospital’s Green Initiative; stateof-the-art equipment, including software upgrades and larger, movable monitors in the procedure rooms. Pyxis medication dispensers are designed to improve medication safety, and conveniently located, dedicated workstations offer enhanced convenience for staff. • The hospital’s new 10,000-squarefoot Intensive Care Unit includes renovated space and about 7,000 square feet of new construction. It features eight patient rooms, which are about 20 percent larger than current ICU
Technologist Rebecca Wegrzyn and David Prehpan, director, Business Research and Development at DECA Health, Inc. look over the equipment at the Comprehensive Centers for Pain Management, Oregon. (Press file photo by Ken Grosjean) rooms. One room is designed to accommodate bariatric patients. The rooms are equipped with ceiling-mounted patient lifts to help hospital staff with moving patients. They also include telestroke technology, which provides two-way visual communication between the ICU and neurologists and other experts in stroke treatment and care located at other ProMedica locations.
to other sub-specialties over the next few years. • Bay Park patients may now request food anytime between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. from Bay Park’s hotel-style room service menu and soon, patients system-wide will be able to order room service for their meals when they are hungry instead of receiving food at pre-set times, which will help to reduce wasted food.
• BPH began its robotics program in the summer with the da Vinci Surgical System. Physicians are using the robotics program in general surgery, gynecology and urology procedures, with a potential to expand
Mercy St. Charles • Renovations are currently under way in the St. Charles Physician Lounge. The project will add an additional restroom, provide more private computer worksta-
tions and meeting space, along with other upgrades. Work is expected to be completed the first week of April. • The American College of Surgeons re-accredited the St. Charles Level 3 Trauma Program. • St. Charles worked with the East Toledo Family Center to sponsor 26 families during the Christmas season. • The St. Charles Foundation and St. Charles medical staff made financial contributions toward the purchase of a new CareA-Van vehicle. • The hospital’s Radiology Department recently purchased a new GE LOGIQ E9 Ultrasound Unit. The state-of-the-art unit offers extraordinary image quality, improvements in workflow that reduce patient delays, and the ability to do musculoskeletal (MSK) imaging. • “Facelifts” are planned for the Emergency and the Surgical departments. Centers for Pain Management In April, the Comprehensive Centers for Pain Management held an open house at its facility at 846 S. Coy Rd. in Oregon. The $2.2 million, 11,000-square-feet center has two surgery suites (West Central Surgical Center-Bayside). In addition to interventional, diagnostic and outpatient surgical pain management procedures, the center offers non-surgical approaches to reducing pain, including Flo, an enhanced therapy and wellness program; steroid injections, acupuncture, behavioral management, nutritional support, sleep hygiene and exercise programs.
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Olney Market still open Mike and Sandi Bailey were miffed to see The Press reported their store, Olney Market, was Hot then and gone today in a Nostalgia Highway column written by John Szozda. The husband and wife team report the market is open and serving customers at Bayshore and Stadium roads for the 58th year. Sandi said the couple hopes to sell before Mike retires in a few years. Meanwhile, the two continue to cut their own meats and make their own hamburger. Hours are Monday thru Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The phone number is 419698-8195. Mike’s mother, Hazel and her husband Lester ran the market for many years. Hazel passed away in 2010 at age 88.
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Time capsules Darlene Limmer, Walbridge Centennial Committee, displays items that will go into two time capsules that will be presented at a Walbridge Council meeting on February 19 at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to the presentation. A centennial year scrapbook will also be presented to the Walbridge Library, to be housed as local history. This will be the final opportunity to purchase the centennial cook book, Walbridge-Lake Alumni photo book, and t-shirts. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)
A Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage Dinner will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Hungarian Club, 224 Paine Ave., East Toledo. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m. The dinner will include the Hungarian Club’s stuffed cabbage, St. Stephen’s potatoes and vegetables, and dessert by VFW 4906. A cash bar featuring pop, beer and wine will be available. A raffle will also be held. Carryouts are available. The donation is $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12. All proceeds will benefit the Birmingham Festival Committee. Reservations are required. Call Mary Lou Tomsic at 419-691-1396 for reservations or more information.
$108 million economic impact coming from project By Larry Limpf News Editor email@example.com Administrators of the Benton-CarrollSalem School District expect the planned steam generator project at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station to have a financial impact on the district but say it’s too early to know how much. FirstEnergy management, citing a study by Applied Economics, a Phoenixbased consulting firm, said the project will provide a boost of more than $108 million to the local economy and overall benefits statewide will exceed $150 million. The $600 million project to install two new steam generators and the subsequent refueling will require about 2,300 additional local union and traveling contractor workers besides Davis-Besse’s regular workforce, the utility company said. Outage workers began arriving to prepare for the project last fall but the peak number is expected this month and next,
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according to FirstEnergy, which estimates wages for on-site temporary workers to reach $147 million. The financial benefit to the B-C-S district can’t be quantified at this time, said Tim Coffman, district treasurer. “The work they are performing could affect both real estate property values and personal property value,” he said. “Real estate property values are set by the Ottawa County auditor and the values at the DavisBesse site have not changed. Personal property tax values are set by the Ohio Department of Taxation based on tax values filed by FirstEnergy.” During the current calendar year, B-C-S schools are receiving real estate taxes based on 2013 valuations. Personal property tax revenues are based on 2012 valuations. Coffman said FirstEnergy dropped an appeal in September the company had filed with the Ottawa County Board of Revision to have the valuation of property at the power station lowered by about $22 million.
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At the time, a drop in valuation of $22 million would have cost the school district about $210,000 annually in tax revenue, Coffman said. Ray Lieb, Davis-Besse Site Vice President, described the installation of the two 470-ton generators as “one of the largest projects to occur at Davis-Besse since construction of the facility.” “The effort requires much more equipment, supplies and manpower than a regular refueling,” he said. About 1,000 union workers from Carpenters Local 744, Boilermakers Local 85, Laborers Local 480 and Electricians Local 8 will be hired for the project, he said. The economic impact study estimates the project will provide about $2.1 million in benefits to Ottawa County as workers from outside the area stay in local hotels and patronize restaurants and retail outlets. The generators were delivered in October via a transport ship across Lake Erie to Toledo, then by train to Davis-Besse.
Lifelong Learning at Terra State Community College is looking for individuals who would like to teach for this summer’s KidsCollege session. KidsCollege course offerings typically include classes in art, computers, fitness, history, language, math, music, science and more. The fun, informative courses are developed for children in first- through eighth-grades. “The children just love to learn new things and meet new friends,” said Amanda Pochatko, coordinator of the program. “And we offer so many courses that sometimes the kids have trouble just picking a couple. KidsCollege is really the highlight of our summer.” KidsCollege is July 14 through 18 this year. Visit www.terra.edu/learning, or call Amanda Pochatko at 419559-2205 for more information.
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Rudyâ€™s Hot Dog gets waterline easement By Kelly J. Kaczala Press News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Oregon council on Monday approved an agreement with Aldi for the purchase of a permanent easement to install a waterline on the south side of Navarre Avenue. To proceed with construction of the waterline, which will extend from Aldi to adjacent property owned by Rudyâ€™s Hot Dog, the city required the purchase of the easement on property owned by Aldi. The city and Aldi agreed to a purchase price regarding the value of the permanent easement. Mayor Mike Seferian said Public Service Director Paul Roman had worked diligently to get the agreement. â€œUnder the circumstances, I think itâ€™s a pretty fair arrangement for the city, fair for Rudyâ€™s and fair for the future development on Navarre Avenue,â€? said Seferian. Rudyâ€™s Hot Dog is looking at developing the property just west of Aldiâ€™s, said Roman. â€œWe noticed there really wasnâ€™t a hydrant close to their site, at least on the south side of Navarre,â€? said Roman. â€œAnd through our fire department, we felt a hydrant would be needed. The best way to get one there is from the tap that was installed by Aldi a few years ago when it was developed. We looked at all kinds of ways of extending it. But the simplest and lowest
cost is to do it in a waterline easement just south of the right of way line. You can try to put it in the right of way, but to work around Aldiâ€™s existing infrastructure and even right of way restoration, it would be more expensive than the easement. So the easement is the way to go.â€? There is a 20 inch trunkline in the middle of Navarre Avenue. Commercial properties like Rudyâ€™s would otherwise have to bore across Navarre to tap into it. Getting a local line on the south side instead of the long tap would be a much better use of the cityâ€™s money. The agreement includes some conditions from Aldi, â€œmore or less regarding no disruptions to their site when weâ€™re performing any waterline work. Thatâ€™s pretty much our norm anyway,â€? said Roman. Councilman James Seaman asked whether there was a timeline for Rudyâ€™s to develop the site following the completion
of the waterline installation. â€œQuite frankly, I donâ€™t know where they are at in terms of their schedule,â€? said Roman. There was progress on the architectural designs when officials met with them last fall, he added. â€œTheyâ€™re working on the site plans, but Iâ€™ve not received any plans from them since,â€? he said. â€œThis easement will provide a waterline extension both east and west of Aldi. So it will help promote development on either side, whoever comes in,â€? said Roman. â€œI did speak with some of the owners of Rudyâ€™s,â€? added Seferian, â€œand I am under the assumption that we would not be holding them up. So our waterline will be ready before they will need it. Theyâ€™re working within their own time parameters.â€? Roman said Rudyâ€™s has owned the property for about 20 years.
Snow plans Continued from front page cles are blocking the snow plows. Also at the meeting, council: â€˘ Approved the purchase of a new prisoner transport vehicle. The city will purchase the 2014 Ford E250 cargo van from Mathews Ford for $16,324, which is less than the original price of $22,324 due to a trade in credit worth $6,000. The new vehicle is replacing another van from 1995. â€œIt was in dire need of being replaced,â€? said Police Chief Mike Navarre. â€˘ Approved the purchase of two solar powered message boards from Howard T. Moriarty Co., Toledo, for $42,655.62 to be used by the street and water divisions. â€˘ Heard Councilman Tim Zale comment on the death last month of John Oberwegner, who had retired as an Oregon police sergeant in 1992. â€œJohn was a really well liked sergeant with the Oregon police division,â€? said Zale, who is also retired from the Oregon police division. He contributed an awful lot to the department while I was here. He was instrumental in starting the special response team, instrumental in getting our weapons updated years ago to where we went to semi-automatic handguns. We were proud to have him here.â€?
Indictments returned After a recent session of the Ottawa County Grand Jury, indictments have been returned against the following individuals, according to Prosecuting Attorney Mike Mulligan. â€˘ Ryder C. Brecht, 20, who is currently being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, has been indicted on multiple felonies, including Grand Theft, Possession of Weapons under Disability and Improper Handling of Firearms in a Motor Vehicle. Brecht is accused of taking firearms from an Elmore residence in January. â€˘ Nicholas M. Camp, 19, who is currently being held in the Sandusky County Detention Facility, was also indicted on multiple felony counts of Complicity. According to reports of the Elmore Police Department, Camp provided assistance to Brecht in taking and disposing of weapons last month. Brecht and Camp were both recently charged in Sandusky County on numerous counts of Burglary, Breaking and Entering, Theft, and Receiving Stolen Property, which occurred in the Woodville area. â€˘ Michael T. Williams Jr., who is currently being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, was charged with several felony drug-related charges. According to reports of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers reportedly found heroin and prescription drugs in Williamsâ€™ vehicle after he was stopped on the Ohio Turnpike near Elmore for a traffic infraction last month. Warrants have been issued for the arrest of all defendants.
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While some have no use for the cold weather, it makes perfect conditions for winter sports. Shane Luce, of Curtice, hones his hockey skills at Pearson Metropark. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)
A bill to name a stretch of State Route 51 after a fallen Clay Township police officer is expected to be signed by Gov. John Kasich. House Bill 19 was passed Wednesday in the Ohio Senate and with the governorâ€™s signature will recognize officer William J. Hetrick, who was killed while on duty in 2000 in a vehicle accident. Route 51, between Witty Road and State Route 795, will be named The William J. Hetrick Memorial Highway. State Sen. Randy Gardner and State Rep. Chris Redfern sponsored the legislation for renaming the route at the request of Terry Mitchell, the township police chief. A memorial page on the police department website says Hetrick was killed July 10, 2000 when his vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer. Hetrick was assisting another agency when the accident occurred. He was 30 years old and had been with the department for five years.
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Oregon approves new tornado sirens Oregon council on Monday approved local funding that will pay for part of the installation of four more warning sirens in the city. Oregon currently has five sirens, which were deemed inadequate after a resident from Starr Avenue told council at a meeting last Nov. 25 that he did not hear tornado sirens go on when a tornado tore through the city on Nov. 17, causing property damage. The Lucas County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) last summer applied and was approved for a federal grant to fund the installation of additional warning sirens throughout the county. As part of the grant, Oregon agreed to provide a local match of $11,500 per siren for a total of $46,000. “This opportunity availed itself to us in mid summer when we were approached by Lucas County EMA Director Matthew Heyrman, who asked us if we were interested in participating in a grant with other cities and townships in Lucas County to add additional sirens,” explained Police Chief Mike Navarre. “After speaking with Administrator Mike Beazley and Mayor Mike Seferian at that time, we indicated that we did.” Fire Chief Ed Ellis looked at a map to determine the best locations for the new sirens, said Navarre. “We asked for four sirens, and didn’t anticipate we were going to get approved
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for all of them, but we were. That was about the same time the tornado went through. We were told last week by Matt Heyrman that we needed to get an ordinance before council prior to the end of this month in order for him to accept the grant.” The new sirens will be stronger and cover more land area. The sound will travel within a one mile radius compared to the half mile radius of the current sirens. The sirens will be installed at Starr Elementary School at Starr and S. Coy, Eagles Landing at N. Stadium and Eagles Landing, at Parkgelande Estates at Pickle Road one half mile west of S. Wynn Road, and Cedar Point Development Park at Parkway Road and Blue Heron PT. The November tornado was one of three that struck the area. The width of the EF2 tornado in Oregon was 150-200 yards and had an estimated maximum wind of between 120-125 mph. There were no reports of injuries, but some trees were uprooted and several homes were damaged in the aftermath of the storm.
Water symposium set Urban Waters Federal Partnership will meet to discuss priorities in water quality and environmental justice for our urban watershed Thursday, Feb. 20 from 1-3 p.m. in the Sanger Branch Library, 3030 Central Ave., Toledo. Key areas will focus on promoting clean urban waters, promoting water conservation and more. For more information, call the Natural Resources Conservation Service at 419-893-1966, ext. 3.
Lucas County currently has 119 emergency outdoor warning sirens, which are owned by the jurisdiction in which they reside, though they are maintained and operated by the county. The grant will fund the purchase and installation of 14 emergency outdoor warning sirens in Lucas County, including the four in Oregon and one at the Jerusalem Township Fire Station at 9501 Jerusalem Rd. The new siren at the fire station will replace a failing one. It provides three pronged alerting for general, fire and Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station emergencies. The 119 sirens currently in place provide coverage to 83 percent of the population and 62 percent of the land area of the county. Lucas County falls within a wind zone that represents an area in the country that experiences both the greatest number and strength of tornadoes with maximum wind speeds of 250 mph. When all 14 new sirens are installed, emergency warning siren coverage of the population will increase from 83 percent to 94 percent, and from 62 percent to 77 percent of the land area in the county. Councilman James Seaman said the new sirens will fill in the gaps in coverage that have been a concern for some residents over the years. “These four sirens are quite welcome. We’ve had at different times people comment that they did not hear the sirens. Over the years, I’ve heard that concern at least half a dozen times. I’m anticipating a safer community because of this,” said Seaman. The installation of the sirens will start on April 1 and be completed by May 15.
T-shirt sale The Downtown Toledo Pub Club is offering memorial t-shirts to honor fallen firefighters Steve Machcinski and Jamie Dickman. The shirts, available for $20, are available at six downtown locations including The Blarney Irish Pub, Cock n’ Bull, Homeslice, Pizza Papalis, Table Forty 4 and Ye Olde Durty Bird All proceeds raised from the sale of shirts will be donated to the Dickman Family Memorial Fund. More information will be available at http://www.toledofallenfirefighters.com.
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State Sen. Edna Brown (D-Toledo) was sworn in last week to serve as a member of the Ohio Retirement Study Council (ORSC). The council was created in 1968 to help facilitate the formation of sound public pension policy in Ohio.
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Misplaced revulsion To the editor: After reading comments by the Rev. Robert Schramm, an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, I realized another reason why I have left the Catholic Church. He said “it is a personal source of revulsion that the death penalty is still in use here.” He was referring to the execution of Dennis McGuire for rape and killing a young lady and her unborn child. This man was a wild animal who had no respect for life and only wanted to satisfy himself. Rev. Schramm never once mentioned why the death penalty was used. He never mentioned this young, innocent woman and her unborn child who were brutally killed by a wild animal. It was a horrid act of violence and the family of the wild animal now wnts to sue the State of Ohio over how his execution was carried out. Did this family contact the family of the innocent people who were taken by the wild animal father? Did they ask how long this innocent woman and her unborn baby suffered at the hands of their father? This wild animal deserved to die and if he suffered 20 minutes, it certainly wasn’t long enough. The family of these innocent victims should sue McGuire’s family for their loss and the pain and suffering the mother and her unborn baby endured. This horrid act against them lasted more than 20 minutes. The last comment
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that Schramm made was, “Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing is wrong?” So did you want the State of Ohio to put him in jail for five years and let him back out to kill again? Is that justice? McGuire made that choice himself the day when he took two lives. Wild animals are killed because they will kill again. Rev. Schramm showed no compassion for the victims, but was only upset about the death penalty. Joanne Schiavone Walbridge
“Angels” appreciated To the editor: It is unfortunate that in the city of Toledo that the East Side has such a bad reputation. There are many good neighborhoods with hard-working individuals – people who work eight to 10 hours a day, come home and find the time to clear the sidewalks of neighbors that are physically unable to do so. Our “Clark Street Angels” are Darrell and Denise Metcalf, Mike Nichols and Bryan Reichard. We are so grateful they care about us. Our hope is this letter serves as inspi-
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Confused To the editor: In response to several letters, I have to admit I’m somewhat confused. From the Affordable Care Act to immigration, the Obama administration has offered the conservatives a seat at the table and open debate on any issue facing this country. Some readers of this newspaper are under the impression that President Obama will have nothing to do with them. I recall watching on C-SPAN Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) standing at the podium in the Senate, proclaiming it is the intent of Republicans to make sure this president is a one-term president, or words to that effect. While the president was giving the State of the Union address this year, Republicans were tweeting vile messages that were completely unfounded and Congressman Steve Stockman, of Texas, got up and walked out. At least they don’t shout, “you lie” anymore.
This Congress is the least productive in the history of this country. And while Republicans are wont to ignore the fact that the filibusters restrict any forward movement, and the constitutional fact that all legislation that pertains to any spending has to start in the House of Representatives first, the Republicans take every chance they can to blame this president. I used to vote Republican but the lies have become unbearable and it is not hard to know who watches Fox News because they tell the most. I have books by O’Reilly, Rand and Greenspan and the like, but that was some time ago. They’ve changed for the sake of money and it is hard to argue with someone whose paycheck depends on what they think. Jeff Pitzen Northwood
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Advice to you: Get over it or get stuck in the past We all experience a variety of circumstances as we go through life. We are confronted by both good, bad, fair, and unfair situations. After you encounter a less than ideal situation, the important questions to answer are “where do you go from here?” and “what’s the next step?” Too often, people use the past as justification for either giving up or being doomed to fail in the future. The excuses are endless. “My parents didn’t treat me well,” “I made bad financial decisions,” “I married the wrong person,” “I was taken advantage of,” “I was lied to,” “People always made fun of me,” and “I tried my best but it didn’t work” are just some of the many reasons given for not moving forward. A common syndrome is remaining stuck in the past or allowing your past to pollute your future. Of course everyone has many examples of what they would do differently if they only had the chance to do things over. But your past does not dictate your future unless you permit it to. Lamenting the past prevents you from moving forward. Bemoaning what you could have, should have, or would have done is pointless. You can’t turn back time, so stop complaining about mistakes you’ve made. It doesn’t help you and nobody wants to listen to constant whining. No one is happy when they make mistakes. Major blunders are demoralizing. The key to succeeding is getting up when you stumble or fall. If you have the need to kick yourself for making a stupid mistake, only do it once. You may be embarrassed or really upset. Perhaps you are subjected to criticism or ridicule. Pick yourself up, shake it off, and decide what you need to do next. Ignore the naysayers. Unfortunately there may be some people who take pleasure in your misfortune. They can’t influence you if you don’t pay attention to them You must get over what has already
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Titanic Artifact Exhibition docking at Imagination Station Visitors to Imagination Station Toledo are invited to step back into time as the hands-on science center presents “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,” which runs Feb. 15 through June 15. RMS Titanic, then the world’s largest ship, sank in 1912 after a collision with an iceberg. Over 100 years later, Imagination Station is exploring engineering, physics and social studies with the science of Titanic. “The sinking of Titanic has captivated the world for over 100 years,” said Lori Hauser, CEO of Imagination Station. “The real artifacts and compelling human stories in the exhibition bring science and history to life in a way few things can.” The exhibition has been designed with a focus on the Titanic’s compelling human stories as best told through 150 authentic artifacts and extensive room re-creations – perfume from a maker who was traveling to New York to sell his samples; china etched with the logo of the elite White Star Line; a pair of men’s dress shoes – these and many other authentic objects offer haunting, emotional connections to lives abruptly ended or forever altered. Upon entrance, visitors will be quickly drawn back in time to 1912 as they as each receive a replica boarding pass of an actual passenger on board Titanic. They then begin their chronological journey through the life of Titanic, moving through the ship’s construction, to life on board, to the illfated sinking and amazing artifact rescue efforts. They will marvel at the re-created firstclass and third-class accommodations, and press their palms against an iceberg while learning of countless stories of heroism and humanity. In the “Memorial Gallery” guests will take their boarding pass to the memorial wall and discover whether their passenger and traveling companions survived or perished. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is sponsored by BP. Timed tickets are required. Admission is $6.50 for members; $19.50 for adults 13-64; $17.50 for seniors 65 and older; $15.50 for kids 3-12 (includes admission to Imagination Station). Kids 2 and under get in free. Imagination Station Toledo is located at 1 Discovery Way, downtown. For more information, call 419-244-2674 or visit https://imaginationstationtoledo.org.
“Tuileries Garden” exhibit brings Paris to the Midwest When it comes to daily life in the capital of France, the Tuileries Garden has always been something of a theater –the stage for everything from the political intrigue of 17th-century royals to the leisure activities of 21st-century citizens. Now, the Parisian park can be experienced at the Toledo Museum of Art with the major international exhibition, “The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden,” on through May 11. Organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Portland Art Museum in Oregon and the Toledo Museum of Art, with the special collaboration of the Musée du Louvre, the exhibition presents a rare chance to experience the design and art of a pivotal Parisian public space. “If you know the Louvre and you know the Tuileries, you know the history of Paris,” said Richard Putney, co-curator of the exhibition and a University of Toledo professor of art history. “It’s arguably the most important space in the city.” One hundred works related to the garden will be on display, including largescale sculptures, paintings, photographs,
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Imagination Station Toledo is hosting the exhibit, "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition," which features artifacts recovered from the ocean floor, personal stories and room re-creations, including this third-class cabin. (Photo courtesy of Premier Exhibitions) prints and architectural models. On loan from the vast collections of the Louvre, as well as the Musée Carnavalet, the Palace of Versailles, and other museums and private lenders, many have never before been exhibited outside Paris. The garden has served as a muse to artists across more than four centuries. Sculptors punctuated the greenery with their renderings of Greek and Roman myths. Painters, like Impressionists Camille Pissarro and Childe Hassam, looked upon the Tuileries from high vistas and captured its visitors through their energetic brush strokes. Photographers from Brassaï to Henri Cartier-Bresson shot the garden in the 20th century, transmitting its magic through their lenses. But the Tuileries has not only been an idyllic gallery and inspirational model for artists. It has endured the brunt of class politics, revolution and religious strife as well. Originally commissioned in 1564 by dowager queen Catherine de Medici, it was created to serve as the adjacent garden to her magnificent palace. The Tuileries served as the struggling widow’s playground for hosting lavish parties that would establish her influence amid European nobility. The palace stood until 1871, when it was burned during a violent uprising in Paris, leading to its eventual demolition in 1882. Before its demise, many of French history’s most extravagant characters lived there and strolled through its garden: Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and Napoleon Bonaparte, among them. The exhibition will explore the garden’s storied past, as well as its art. “It’s a splendid moment for both institutions—the Toledo Museum of Art and the Louvre,” said Museum Director Brian Kennedy. “This collaboration offers a rare chance to bring the magic of the Tuileries to Toledo.” The exhibition is presented in part by The Andersons, Brooks Insurance and
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Ntl. Ice-carving championship Coming to Perrysburg Feb. 21-22 Toledo’s premier ice carving company, Ice Creations, will host the National Ice Carving Championship Feb. 21-22 in downtown Perrysburg as part of the Perrysburg Winterfest. “We are excited to be partnering with Downtown Perrysburg, Inc. to bring this outstanding level of competition to Northwest Ohio,” said Chad Hartson, 2005 World Champion Ice Carver and owner of Ice Creations. Limited to 24 carvers classified as either Master or Pro status, carvers must qualify and apply to compete in the competition, which will take place in two parts. The first, on Friday, Feb. 21, requires carvers to carve a one-block design in three hours. The second, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 22, requires carvers to carve a two-block design in four hours. Blocks of ice weight more than 300 pounds. Scores will be combined from the individual competitions to determine the winner of the coveted National Champion title which will be announced at Saturday’s award ceremony. The National Ice Carving Championship will take place in conjunction with the Perrysburg Winterfest, Feb. 21-23, which will feature 60 commissioned ice sculptures that will line the streets of downtown Perrysburg. Additionally, Winterfest offers a full schedule of familyfriendly activities and beer and wine tastings. Visit www.perrysburgwinterfest.com for a full list of activities and information
Friends of Pearson invite the community to join them Sundays in March for a series of discussions on “Building a Community: Living Along the Eastern Maumee River.” The programs will be held at 2 p.m. each week in the Macomber Lodge, 4999 Navarre Ave, Oregon. Refreshments will be available. The schedule includes: • March 2: “Richly Dressed and Handsomely Attired: Daily Life of Our Earliest Residents, Native Americans,” presented by Dr. Janet Rozik, of Heidelberg University. • March 9: “Farming Pioneers: Early Settlers on the East Side,” presented by Joanne Crandall, Johlin family historian, and Floyd Hagedorn, Oregon historian. • March 16: “Early Days of the East Side: from Villages to Townships to Cities,” presented by Larry Michaels, local historian and author. • March 23: “Pearson and Progress: George Pearson’s Leadership in the Development of the East Side,” presented by Mary Breymaier, author of “George W. Pearson, A Modest Hero.” • March 30: “Landmark of Pride, The First Hundred Years of Waite High School,” presented by Robert Clark, former East Side District Leader for Toledo Public Schools. For more information, visit www.metroparkstoledo.com.
Spring Alive at Toledo Zoo, February 27 – March 2 Spring comes early to the Toledo Zoo Feb. 27 through March 2, with a floral extravaganza called “Spring Alive: Fairy Tales, Fables & Flowers.” The event, free with regular zoo admission, is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. For these four days only, Nairobi Pavilion (near the Zoo’s multispecies Africa! exhibit) will become a storybook garden with thousands of flowers bringing beloved childhood stories into bloom. Toledo-area landscape companies, garden centers, college groups and designers from as far away as New York City are creating the expansive themed floral displays that pay tribute to Peter Pan, Hansel & Gretel, Sleeping Beauty and more cherished family favorites. How-to gardening demonstrations, kitchen gardening/cooking sessions with the zoo’s executive chef and personal tours of the historic Conservatory are just some of the highlights. There will also be children’s story times, puppet shows, live harp performances and more. The zoo’s animals, too, will be a colorful part of Spring Alive, including a keeper talk about wolves inside the Wolf Cabin filled with floral interpretations of Little Red Riding Hood’s cabin. Spring Alive will also include animal feeds, enrichment demonstrations and chances to meet zoo animals up close. Optional, separate-fee princess tea par-
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Dealing with Dementia “Dealing with Dementia” will be the topic of a program being held at St. Clare Commons, the Franciscan Living Community located at 12469 Five Point Rd., Perrysburg. The program, which will be presented by Dr. Govind Bharwani, will be offered Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. and again Friday, Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m. Attendees will learn tips and techniques for caring for, cooperating with and calming those with dementia. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, or to RSVP, call 419-931-0050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Among the works at the Toledo Museum of Art's exhibit, "The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden," on display through May 11, is VictorJoseph Chavet's oil on canvas, Le Louvre de Napoleon III. Photo by Alfredo Dagli Orti/The Art Archive at Art Resource, NY.
Outstanding seniors sought The Ohio Department of Aging is accepting nominations for outstanding individuals to be inducted into the 2014 Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. Individuals and organizations interested in nominating a neighbor, colleague, family member or friend may visit www. aging.ohio.gov/news/halloffame/ for more information, to submit a nomination or download the nomination form. “So many of our older Ohioans - our Golden Buckeyes - are defined not by their age, but by the good work they have done and continue to do,” said Bonnie K. Burman, director of the department. “The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors the vital roles our elders play in their communities, across the state and nationwide, while it promotes the benefits of active, productive and purposeful living at all points in our lives.” Nominees must be age 60 or older and be native-born Ohioans or residents of the state for at least 10 years. Posthumous nominations will be accepted. The nominee (or a representative of the nominee if he or she is unable) must consent to the nomination. Nominees will be evaluated on the
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For the benefit of older adults, Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will begin offering a monthly podiatry clinic, with the first clinic set for Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. at the Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main St. Bowling Green. Drs. Joshua Morris and R. Scott Johnston of Maumee Bay Foot and Ankle Specialists will offer help with foot screenings, ulcer and open wound care, toenail trimming and diabetic education. Patients should check with their insurance companies about coverage and co-pays. Medicare and Medicaid will be accepted. For information about future dates, contact Megan Nole at 800-367-4935 or email@example.com. For more information about Maumee Bay Foot and Ankle Specialists, visit www.maumeebayfoot. com.
Million Dollar Quartet The national tour of the Broadway musical, “Million Dollar Quartet” will make its Toledo premiere March 20-23 at the Stranahan Theater. The international Tony Award Winning musical, tells the true story of the evening of Dec. 4, 1956, when an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” who was responsible for launching the careers of each icon, brought the four legendary musicians together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The resulting evening became known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history. Tickets, which start at $28, are on sale now online at theaterleague.com and stranahantheater.org, at the Stranahan Theater box office at 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd, or by calling 419-381-8851.
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Calendar Through April 13: â€œRutherford B. Hayes: Buckeye Presidentâ€? exhibit, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. In his first term as Ohio governor, Rutherford B. Hayes urged the legislature to establish a landgrant college funded by the Morrill Act of 1862. His persistence resulted in creation of The Ohio State University. www.rbhayes.org. Through April 25: â€œNatural Toledoâ€? exhibit, Community Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art. The Museum issued a challenge to two- and three-dimensional artists to submit works of art that would transform it into a sensory experience inspired by the natural beauty of the Toledo region. www. toledomuseum.org. Through May 4: â€œLove & Play: A Pair of Paintings by Fragonard,â€? Gallery 28, Toledo Museum of Art. Jean-HonorĂŠ Fragonardâ€™s playfully sensual companion paintings, the Toledo Museum of Artâ€™s Blind-Manâ€™s Buff and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madridâ€™s The See-Saw, are reunited for the first time in 25 years. Through May 25: Varujan Boghosian, Wolfe Gallery Mezzanine and Gallery 18, Toledo Museum of Art. The Armenian-American artistâ€™s poetic works incorporate unconventional objects, like childrenâ€™s toys, ancient paper and shoes. Feb. 13-May 11: â€œThe Art of the Louvreâ€™s Tuileries Garden,â€? Canaday Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art. Featuring 100 paintings, photos, drawings and sculptures of some of the most acclaimed European artists from the 17th to the 20th century. Feb. 21-May 18: Paper Roses: GardenInspired Works on Paper, Works on Paper Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art. Through February: Enjoy the outdoors indoors at the Metroparksâ€™ National Center for Nature Photography, 10001 W. Central Ave., Berkey. The national touring exhibit, â€œThe Owl & The Woodpecker,â€? is on exhibit through February. Open Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m., free. Through March 4: PRIZM Creative Community, a local 501 c. 3 non-profit for the arts presents, â€œBeauty Has No Boundariesâ€? at the Way Public Library Gallery, 101 E. Indiana Ave. Featuring more than 75 works of Dr. Timothy B. 6
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Austin Adams on the verge of joining a select group By Yaneek Smith Press Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org For most players, reaching the 1,000-point plateau is something that’s done during their senior season while they’re running short of games left to be played. Cardinal Stritch Catholic guard Austin Adams is making it look easy. Currently at 992 points, Adams is poised to join that elite group of players his junior year. But it’s not the only major record he will have set this year. Adams scored 44 points in a game, breaking the previous single-game record of 43 held by Joe Gajdostik. However, Adams is not concerned with individual accomplishments so much so as he is with how his team finishes. Currently 8-9 overall and 7-5 in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, the Cardinals have experienced their share of ups and downs but are hoping to right the ship as they head into the stretch run. The rotation primarily consists of seven players. Joining the 6-foot-5 Adams in the backcourt is junior point guard Chris Blazevich, who is 6-1. The rest of the starting lineup consists of three seniors, 6-1 Jake Empie at small forward and Brooks Gasser (6-2) and Karl Zacharias (6-3) in the post. The primary reserves off the bench are two juniors, 5-10 guard Brandon Payeff and 6-2 G/F Joe Sinay. After starting the year 5-3 (4-1 TAAC), the Cardinals hit a rough patch, losing six consecutive games, though every setback came to a team that is faring well in their conference. The combined record of all six opponents is 84-21 (.800). However, Stritch has recovered to win three straight and, with three games remaining and has a chance to build some momentum heading into the postseason. “We’ve been so inconsistent,” said Coach David Rieker, a 1983 graduate of the University of Toledo. “The great thing is (the kids) play very, very hard. We just keep making the same mistakes over and over. We’ve played really hard over the past few games and that’s a plus. “We played really well against Ottawa Hills the first time and just broke down at the end. We’ve gotten better, the kids got better. I think once the kids understand things, we’ll just need to pull out a big win for them to believe. They’re one of the better teams we’ve ever had.” Rieker played basketball at UT and was part of two Mid-American Conference title teams (’80, ’81), including one that qualified for the NCAA tournament. Despite his team’s disappointments this season, Rieker has helped rebuild the program and has seen an increase in victories in his first three seasons. He is proud of the effort his players put forth.
Cardinal Stritch junior guard Austin Adams scores in a 46-28 win at Emmanuel Christian. (Press photo by Doug Karns/Kateri Schools.org) “The kids are believing in the system,” he said. “The kids want to win. They’re not just showing up. I’m from the old school of (former UT coach) Bobby Nichols where you hate losing at chess. You have to instill that mentality. Each summer, the commitment has been better and better. I tell the kids to appreciate everything you have because it goes so quick.” Although Adams leads the league in scoring (19.8) and rebounding (8.3) this
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ing. When you’re a marked man, it’s harder.” Another challenge Adams deals with is changing between playing the post and on the perimeter. He does it constantly throughout any game. “It’s difficult to play in the post all game and then come out and try to hit a three or jumper because you’re so used to post and also getting doubled in the post, but that creates kick outs for the rest of the team. I try to make it so that I move around a lot so (opponents) have to keep an eye on me.” The team employs a four-out, one-in motion offense. “We changed to that halfway through the season,” Adams said. “I guess you could say that’s our base. It frees everyone up by having us all move. We try to wear down the defense and keep them on their toes at all times.” Rieker also wants his players to understand that playing well on defense can also create opportunities for them offensively. “If we have to take the ball out of the basket every time, you don’t get much of a flow,” he said. “If you can create some turnovers, get some quick shots, it gets you in a flow and in a rhythm. If you move the ball, reverse, you might get the ball again and might be able to make (the shot).” The silver lining in all of the Cardinals’ struggles this season may have been their 49-41 loss to Ottawa Hills, which has a front line of 6-foot-9, 6-7, and 6-7. In that game, Stritch held a 37-30 lead midway thru the fourth quarter before things fell apart and the Green Bears, the fifth-ranked team in Division IV, rallied for the win. Should the Cardinals defeat North Baltimore in the tournament opener, they’ll get a chance to face Ottawa Hills in the sectional final. Besides being a great player, Adams is a model student. “With his ability to play the game, he’s definitely helped the basketball program,” athletic director Craig Meinzer said. “The fact that he chose to come here and gets recruited by colleges is huge. — the publicity we get is huge. He’s made the other players around him better. It’s a win-win for everybody.” Meinzer also speaks highly of Adams as a person. “(Austin) a good all-around kid,” Meinzer said. “He does a lot of things the right way. We don’t have any problems with him grade-wise. He’s buying into the faith-based (system) in the school and there are no issues with his integrity and character.” The feeling is mutual with Adams, a Northwood resident. “It’s been an adventure,” he said. “I’ve loved every moment at Stritch. The Catholic experience is great.”
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All things being equal, Jody DeMeo would have rather had her Clay gymnastics team win the team title on Feb. 8 at the Three Rivers Athletic Conference Championships, held at the Exceleration Gymnastics Center in Toledo. DeMeo, however, isnâ€™t complaining after winning the individual all-around TRAC title. She earned that title by winning the floor exercise and tying for first place on the beam. She tied for third on bars and tied for sixth on vault, earning her TRAC Gymnast of the Year honors. She is the first Clay gymnast to win that award since Kylee Ault led the Eagles to the City League title in 2011. â€œI didnâ€™t really think about (winning the all-around) until a week before the meet,â€? said DeMeo, a senior. â€œMy coach (Nick Distel) was like, â€˜you could win this TRAC meet.â€™ I didnâ€™t think about it, then it was in my head. It was kind of a goal going in. I really wanted my team to win, too. We did really well, so I was really happy.â€? Clay finished second behind TRAC champion Findlay for the second straight year, by a final combined team score of 141.70 to 140.60. â€œTheyâ€™ve been the team to beat all year, and last year,â€? Distel said. â€œThroughout the season we havenâ€™t had a full lineup on all events, but the girls have really been upgrading their skills and getting healthy, and I can sense the confidence in them. Iâ€™ve been doing this sport a long time, and you get the feeling as a coach when the team is peaking. I feel absolutely this team is peaking. I think they have more in them.â€? The Eagles will compete at the district meet on Feb. 21 at Bowling Green State University. The top two teams and top six individuals in each event advance to the state meet in Hilliard. Clay competed at the state meet in 2011 and â€˜12. The 5-foot-1 DeMeo scored a career-best 9.300 on the floor exercise and said that performance was one of her best, along with the beam. She and Kyleigh Baird of St. Ursula Academy tied for first on beam. â€œWhile I was doing it, I wasnâ€™t thinking about winning,â€? DeMeo said. â€œI was really happy and in the moment, and my team was really supportive. I had one of
Clay gymnast Jody DeMeo. (Press photo by Scott Grau) the happiest floor routines Iâ€™ve ever done. I have trouble smiling (during the event), but I smiled a lot. I tried to do my best. I didnâ€™t have any big flaws and I thought I did well. â€œOn beam, I just have to do what I know I can do. Just stay solid in everything and just have confidence. You canâ€™t second-guess yourself. You practice every day and I always would make my beam routine in practice and then fall in a meet.
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the way theyâ€™re supposed to be. Just really good technique. Thatâ€™s her specialty. This last meet, she was just dialed in. That was definitely the best meet Iâ€™ve ever seen her have in four years. She is consistent and is good on all of the events. Jodyâ€™s biggest strength is she is working very hard and is a very level-headed kid.â€? DeMeoâ€™s all-around TRAC title was even more special given the fact that she didnâ€™t compete at the conference meet last season. She suffered a stress fracture in her lower back, which caused her to miss nearly three months of the 2012-13 season. She hasnâ€™t had any issues this season. â€œI do think about it, because it scares me that it could come back,â€? DeMeo said. â€œI have to continue to do physical therapy. It doesnâ€™t really bother me. Sometimes if you work it too hard, it will hurt and you just have to take it easy.â€? DeMeo added that she appreciated winning the all-around TRAC title because she is a senior and this was her last TRAC championship meet. â€œI knew I had a chance, but I had to have a good meet,â€? she said. â€œI didnâ€™t win by that much, so I really did have to have a good meet. Sometimes you win meets and you know going in youâ€™re going to win because there isnâ€™t much competition. I felt this meet was a true victory because I had to beat other people who could beat me and have beaten me in the past.â€? Some of the other top performances turned in by the Eagles at the TRAC meet included senior Amtheyst Floyd, who was fourth in the all-around, third on floor, tied for fourth on beam, sixth on vault and tied for sixth on bars; senior Emilie Roman tied for fourth on vault and tied for 15th on bars; senior Erin Gyruke was sixth on beam, 10th on vault and tied for 10th on floor; and sophomore Ashley Oâ€™Neal was third on beam and tied for 19th on bars.
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Devon Dunbar sets eyes on state wrestling tourney
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I donâ€™t want any of these MVPs to get to me because I know that if I get too big of a head, it will get worse.
One point. That was the difference between Northwood junior Devon Dunbar qualifying for the Division III state wrestling tournament last winter. Dunbar, competing at 106 pounds, fell in heartbreaking fashion, 1-0, to Woodmoreâ€™s Evan Ulinski, in the consolation semifinals, the match that would determine who would advance to the state tournament. Oddly enough, Ulinski finished second at state, an indication of just how close Dunbar might have been to making noise had he gotten down to Columbus. This season, that loss has been the primary motivation for Dunbar in his quest to get to Columbus. But Dunbar doesnâ€™t just want to get to Columbus, he wants to place, and should he get out of his district, one that includes Ulinski, heâ€™ll have a good shot at doing so. â€œIt comes back to my mind every day,â€? Dunbar said of last yearâ€™s loss to Ulinski. â€œIâ€™m always thinking about it.â€? Dunbar, whoâ€™s been wrestling since he was in fifth grade, is 29-8 while winning his weight class at three separate invitationals and being named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the last two. Dunbar, whoâ€™s been wrestling primarily at 120 this year, competed in a number of other weight classes, including 126 at the Ohio Wrestling League meet and the Rossford Invite, for both of which he earned MOW honors. He also finished first at the Woodmore Classic in early
Devon Dunbar January and defeated some of the areaâ€™s best wrestlers at both the Perrysburg and Clay Invites. â€œI was up at 132 for about a month and was at 138 once,â€? said Dunbar, who also plays wide receiver and cornerback on the Rangersâ€™ football team. â€œI donâ€™t find it dif-
ficult switching weight classes, but you can tell the difference when you move up. The only real difference is the muscle.â€? Had he not been consistently wrestling against heavier wrestlers, Dunbar likely would have an even better record. As for his accomplishments, Dunbar doesnâ€™t want to get too far ahead of himself. â€œI donâ€™t want any of these MVPs to get to me because I know that if I get too big of a head, it will get worse,â€? he said. â€œI start anew each week. I try to keep everything the same and I practice the same way each week.â€? â€œWith the way heâ€™s been wrestling and training, I think weâ€™ll do great, said Cannon. â€œHeâ€™s trying to peak at the right moment. Heâ€™s aggressive and heâ€™s beating kids that heâ€™s not supposed to beat. Itâ€™s been a rough road getting here.
â€œBut Iâ€™m worried about districts. The district at 120 is loaded. I think we can get out of districts at 126 with no problem but I donâ€™t think weâ€™d get on the podium in Columbus. If we make it out in 120, then we can get on the podium. Devonâ€™s not afraid to wrestle anybody, even if it means missing out on state for a year.â€? Dunbar is hopeful that his late-season push will be enough to help him perform well in the tournament. â€œI think that (being) undefeated two weeks in a row and winning MVP going into sectionals will help me a lot,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s a big momentum swing.â€? Cannon, now in his third year at the helm, is trying to build a strong program at Northwood, something that he says can be very challenging at a small school. Thus far, however, he appears to be on his way. The Rangers finished fourth at the OWL meet on Feb. 1 with Dunbar and Trevor Mack (138) finishing first and Brad Meeks (113) placing high. It was the second consecutive year in which Northwood had the MOW. Brandon Kretz won the award in 2013. Cannon feels that if he had his full team at this yearâ€™s meet, they wouldâ€™ve come close to challenging Gibsonburg for second place. â€œWeâ€™re small but mighty,â€? said Cannon, who is confident that Mack and Meeks can advance to districts. â€œWe had four guys on the team last year and we have six this year. I do feel (like weâ€™re making progress). I have a few kids coming out of junior high next year. My goal is to get a wrestler to place at the state tournament.â€?
Waite grad reaches coaching milestone â€” 300 wins By Mark Griffin Press Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org It is safe to say that Joe Guerrero wouldnâ€™t have had to wait this long to reach 300 career coaching victories if heâ€™d had more teams like this yearâ€™s version. Guerrero, the former boys basketball coach at Waite and Clay, is in his fifth season at Bowsher and has the Rebels sitting at 17-2 and ranked 10th in the state in Division I. The Rebels, who have scored more than 100 points in a game eight times this season, improved to 8-1 in the City League with Tuesday nightâ€™s 89-86 win over Rogers. â€œThis team plays together exceptionally well,â€? Guerrero said. â€œThe system weâ€™re running fits this team better than any other team Iâ€™ve had. We are athletic, we are fast and we can shoot. We shoot a lot of threes. We get up and down the floor and we press. Weâ€™re pretty much doing the same thing we did my first year at Clay. We scored 110 points that year against Bedford, and Bedford was pretty good.â€? Guerrero, in his 27th season as a head coach, earned career win No. 300 on Feb. 7 in a 105-80 home win over Waite. The irony was not lost on Guerrero that he reached that milestone against the Indians. â€œI thought it was pretty cool,â€? he said. â€œI graduated from Waite and coached there and really enjoyed it. I had a feeling it could happen that night and I was excited.â€? Guerrero had a 77-70 record at Waite
from 1987-1994 and then went 158-163 at Clay from 19942009. He is 67-36 at Bowsher, for a career mark of 302269. Guerrero, who is in his 20th year as a teacher at Clay, resigned at the Eaglesâ€™ head coach in March 2009, citing the need to get away from basketball. He Joe Guerrero said he realized that he and the program needed to go in a new direction. The coaching bug, however, bit him right after he left. â€œI realized I wasnâ€™t ready to stop coaching,â€? Guerrero said. â€œBowsher had struggled for a lot of years. They just decided to hire a new coach, and Dick Crowell (former Bowsher coach) called me and said, â€˜Would you be interested in coaching at Bowsher? Why donâ€™t you think about applying?â€™ I applied and I got hired.â€? How did that sit with his family, particularly his wife, Donna? â€œThey were glad,â€? Guerrero said. â€œThey knew I still wanted to coach. The last couple years things really didnâ€™t work out at Clay. We all decided to move in a different direction.â€? Guerrero took over the Rebelsâ€™ program in 2009-10 and heâ€™s never looked back. Fast forward to two weeks ago, when Guerrero realized he was approaching his 300th win.
â€œI told my daughter, Dana,â€? he said. â€œI didnâ€™t really plan on telling anybody. Iâ€™ve been coaching a long time, and sooner or later I was going to get to 300. Dana is a daddyâ€™s girl and she told quite a few people on Facebook and Twitter. Since then itâ€™s been tons of calls and emails and messages. â€œThe thing Iâ€™m proud of is, Iâ€™ve coached at three great schools that really donâ€™t have a lot of tradition for basketball. The year before I got the Waite job, they were 0-21. My first team went 4-17, and by the fourth year we were 19-4 and (ranked) fourth in the state.â€? Guerreroâ€™s son, Joe Jr., 33, is an assistant coach at Bowsher and has been â€œon the bench for 99 percent of my games since I started coaching,â€? said Guerrero, whose brother, Gil, is the head boys coach at Start. Guerrero said his 300th win was accompanied by an announcement in the gym after the game, followed by interviews with local TV stations. â€œDana made sure to contact each one,â€? he said. â€œWe had a cake in the cafeteria and quite a few people were there. It was really neat. I appreciate our athletic director, Terry Reeves, and Dana for organizing that.â€? Guerrero said he plans to continue to coach for a while, and he looks back on his career with many fond memories. â€œThis is really about the players more than anything,â€? he said. â€œIâ€™ve been fortunate to have some great players at Waite, Clay and Bowsher. Great people, too. Some of my best friends came from being a basketball coach. Iâ€™m still enjoying it.â€?
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The Press Box Five Clay athletes ink dotted line on college signing day By J. Patrick Eaken Press Sports Editor email@example.com The original signing day for high school athletes committing to play college sports was postponed because of snow on a Wednesday two weeks ago. The following Tuesday, five Clay senior athletes signed letters of intent to play at NCAA or NAIA colleges across the Midwest. Brooke Gallaher will play softball for the Lourdes College (NAIA) Gray Wolves, distance runner Erin Gyurke will run cross country and track and field for the Ohio State University (NCAA Division I) Buckeyes, goalkeeper Alyssa Heintschel will play soccer for the Ball State University (NCAA D-I) Cardinals, quarterback Joshua Pennington will play football for the University of Findlay (NCAA D-II) Oilers, and Honnah Susor will play softball for the Wright State University (NCAA D-I) Raiders. Brooke Gallaher is Clayâ€™s ace pitcher and a three-year varsity starter. In 2013, Gallaher pitched her first varsity no-hitter against Notre Dame. Gallaher not only led the team in the circle, she also hit in the number three spot in the lineup. She led the team in RBIs and doubles, earning Toledo City League honors as a freshman, and first team All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference in each of the past two seasons. She earned TRAC AllAcademic, All-Ohio All-Academic, TRAC Pitcher of the Year, first team Northwest District, and second team All-Ohio honors. Erin Gyurke has participated in three sports at Clay, cross country, gymnastics
Clay athletes who signed on to play collegiate sports â€” left to right â€” Alyssa Heintschel, Honnah Susor, Joshua Pennington, Erin Gyurke, and Brooke Gallaher. and track. She was first team all-league in cross country all four years. She was individual league champion two of those four years. Her personal best time of 17:57.6 was run at this yearâ€™s TRAC championships. This time earned her a TRAC meet record on the Fremont Ross home course. Gyurke was the team leader on the first Clay girlsâ€™ team to run in the state cross country championships. Running in the state meet all four years, she has already been honored as All Ohio in cross country twice. Gyurke came off her junior year of cross country ready to go for the 2013 track season. Due to some off-season cross training on ice, Gyurkeâ€™s track season got off to a late start, running her first race on April 23. By the middle of May, she was a threetime champion at the TRAC championships. She had first place finishes in the 4x800 meter relay, 1,600 and 3,200 runs. After helping the girlsâ€™ team capture a first ever district team title by running multiple events, she concentrated on the 3,200 run for state. At state, Gyurke placed sixth in a time of 11:04.13 to earn All-Ohio Honors. Alyssa Heintschel started at keeper all four years for the Lady Eagles. She is the
first player ever to be voted by her peers as a team captain all four years. Heintschel earned TRAC Keeper of the Year, first team All-TRAC and first team all-district her sophomore, junior and senior years. She is the second girlsâ€™ soccer player in Clayâ€™s history to earn first team All-Ohio. Heintschel was recently awarded AllRegion by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Region IV is made up of five states, and she was one of five keepers to earn this recognition. She had 32 career wins and holds the school record for career shut-outs with 24. She says her highlights include playing this year with her freshman sister Sami, winning the 2012 TRAC championship, and receiving a yellow card against Anthony Wayne in 2011. Academically, Heintschel earned allleague, all-district and All-Ohio honors. She ranks third in the senior class with a 4.38 GPA. Josh Pennington was a team captain and named honorable mention All-TRAC in 2012 and 2013. He finished his senior season with 111 completions for 1,889 yards and 18 touchdowns and also rushed for 385 yards and six touchdowns. As a ju-
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nior, Pennington threw for 2,025 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 411 yards and 7 touchdowns. He broke numerous school records while quarterbacking the Eagles, including most TDs in a game, 5 (2013), most passing yards in a game, 367 (2012), attempts in a season, 243 (2012), attempts in a career, 468 (2012, 2013), yards thrown in a season, 2,025 (2012), yards thrown in a career, 3,914 (2012, 2013), career TDs thrown, 34 (2012, 2013). Pennington also earned All-Academic TRAC honors his sophomore, junior and senior year. Honnah Susor is â€œa very gifted athlete who is blessed with speed and strength,â€? says a school press release. Susor led the team in runs scored, singles, total hits, walks, stolen bases, batting average and home runs. She got at least one base hit in 27 out of 30 games and multiple hits in 18 games. She got four hits in seven different games and three hits in two games. Susor broke the Clay High single season batting average record (.566). She led the TRAC in batting average in 2013, earned first team ALL-TRAC honors twice, TRAC Player of the Year, first team NW District and Honorable Mention All-Ohio. Susor was also a four-year starter in soccer, earning first team All-TRAC her junior and senior year. She finished her soccer career with 23 goals and 22 assists.
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days CCNO, $112 court costs and fines, unauthorized use of a vehicle. â€˘ Frederico Faith Ortiz, address unknown, $25 court costs and fines, possession of drugs. â€˘ Peter Douglas Magris, 3337 Arlington, Toledo, 180 days CCNO, 170 days suspended, $187 court costs and fines, obstructing official business. â€˘ Tiffany L. Bollinger, 525 Bush, Toledo, 180 days CCNO, 150 days suspended, $287 court costs and fines, theft. â€˘ Casey Alan Leathers, 2707 Pickle, Oregon, 180 days CCNO, 100 days suspended, $337 court costs and fines, domestic violence. â€˘ Casey Alan Leathers, 2707 Pickle, Oregon, 180 days CCNO, 100 days suspended, $200 court costs and fines, domestic violence. â€˘ Stephanie Danielle Warner, 3149 Wick, Oregon, 90 days CCNO, 90 days suspended, $200 court costs and fines, obstructing official business. â€˘ Billy Joe Rafferty, 3650 Corduroy, Oregon, $187 court costs and fines, disorderly conduct. â€˘ Tracy A. Phillips, 2033 Franklin, Toledo, 30 days CCNO, 30 days suspended, $100 court costs and fines, theft.
People Waite reunion set The Waite High School, class of 1964 will hold a 50th Class Reunion May 9 at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg. Invitations were recently mailed. Those who did not receive an invitation may email email@example.com or call 419215-4394.
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â€˘ Brittany Leigh Agee, 4317 Douglas, Toledo, 90 days CCNO, 90 days suspended, $187 court costs and fines, theft. â€˘ Chelsea E. Serrato, 832 Woodville, Toledo, 180 days CCNO, 180 days suspended, $187 court costs and fines, receiving stolen property. â€˘ Brett Michael Williford, 2420 N. Erie, Toledo, 90 days CCNO, attempt to commit an offense. â€˘ Tyler L. Gates, 2662 Pickle, Oregon, bound over to the Lucas County grand jury, theft. â€˘ Tyler L. Gates, 2662 Pickle, Oregon, bound over to the Lucas County grand jury, forgery.
Marge Brown, former mayor of the City of Oregon, will speak about her 20-year quest to set foot in all 3,143 counties, parishes or equivalent political subdivisions in the United States.
Thurs. Feb 20 at 12:30 p.m. at the East Toledo Senior Center. The talk is sponsored by the East Toledo Club and is open to the public. RSVP to Jodi at 419-691-1429, ext 213.
The Senior Center is located at 1001 White Street in Navarre Park between Woodville and Navarre.
NOTICE OF FIRST PUBLIC HEARING FY2014 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM The City of Oregon intends to make application to the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) Office of Community Development to access approximately $40 million of funding available under the Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities Program, a federally-funded program administered by the State of Ohio. The City is eligible for approximately $75,000 of CDBG Community Development (Formula Allocation) Program funds; up to $300,000 each for three competitive set-aside programs - Downtown Revitalization, Neighborhood Revitalization, and Critical Infrastructure Investment; and up to $400,000 of CHIP funding, providing the City meets applicable program requirements. CDBG Community Development funding requests from eligible entities are due to the City Finance Department by March 21, 2014. Projects will be reviewed, ranked, and selected based on: compliance with a CDBG National Objective; inclusion in the City of Oregon Community Assessment & Strategy (CAS); application completeness; number of beneficiaries served; and number of previous awards. The Cityâ€™s Community Development application to ODSA is tentatively due June 20, 2014. The City of Oregon may apply for funding under the following programs:
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