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Both projects will boost our economy, take advantage of new technology and have a positive effect on our air quality.
Two energy projects coming down the pipeline in the next 12 months are expected to bring $1.26 billion in investment to Ohio and nearly 2,800 construction jobs, most of that in the City of Oregon. Construction for the Oregon Clean Energy Center, a natural gas-fired power plant, is expected to start this summer, according to the developers, William Martin and William Siderewicz, managing partners of North America Project Development, LLC. The $860 million project will create or support 1,356 jobs throughout Ohio during the expected two-and-a half year construction phase, 986 of those jobs will be in Lucas County, according to Calypso Communications, a Boston area marketing firm. BP-Husky will begin construction in late 2013 or early 2014 on a $400 million project to enable it to refine its own sour crude from the Husky oil sands field in Alberta, Canada, according to spokesperson Mary Caprella. More than 1,500 contractors will be on site during peak construction. The project should be completed in 2015. Both projects will boost our economy, take advantage of new technology and have a positive effect on our air quality. The Oregon Clean Energy Center will produce 800 megawatts of electricity. It will replace 1,611 MWs produced by three coal-fired power plants. First Energy shut down three of four units at its Bay Shore plant and plants in Avon Lake, Ohio and Erie, Michigan are expected to close in 2015, due to the investment needed to meet new environmental regulations. This is particularly good news--Northwest Ohio will have adequate and competitively-priced power for the manufacturing sector as the U.S. economy grows while improving its air quality. Of the $860 million total development cost, $225 million will be made in Lucas County. In addition, a pipeline will be constructed from the plant’s location on Lallendorf Road in North Oregon to the natural gas hub in Maumee. The plant will be able to use Ohio shale gas which will be delivered via the proposed NEXUS gas line from the Utica and Marcellus Shale Oil Fields in Eastern Ohio. The plant and ancillary operations are expected to have a $900 million economic impact in the state over 20 years. It is funded entirely by Energy Investors Fund and commercial banks. It is expected to be operational in 2016, pending approval of environmental permits. Once the plant comes on line, it will employ 25 full-time workers. The City of Oregon will realize about $1 million in income tax revenue over the three-year construction period, said Mike Beazley, city
An artist rendering of the Oregon Clean Energy Center.
BP-Husky will begin a $400 million processing project. Pictured, a shift supervisor surveys the reﬁnery’s tank ﬁeld operations. administrator. This will help buffer cuts to the city made by Governor John Kasich who, when he took office, faced a $8 billion deficit. In addition, the plant is expected to purchase water and sewer services for an annual boost to the city of $1 million,
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two reasons. The refinery has been processing Canadian crude since 1999, but this newest upgrade will allow it to process the more acidic crude from the Husky fields. A new coker gas plant will be added to remove the higher sulfur content in this crude. Caprella said overall pollutants will decrease by two percent once the project is complete. Refining its own crude versus buying it on the open market was the genesis for the 2007 BP-Husky partnership. It will secure a reliable source for crude, improve the bottom line and give the refinery more flexibility to keep it competitive in the future. “We want to make sure this refinery is set up in the most sustainable way possible and we believe we have the ability to run a full slate of crudes. It really gives us flexibility,” she said. BP-Husky has also just completed another $400 million project to improve energy efficiency and reduce air emissions by five percent. These major investments are good news for Oregon and Northwest Ohio. These are high-paying construction and energy jobs. We live in a unique area, one that is attractive to both industry and tourism. We have assets for industry that are the envy of other regions—highways, rail, shipping, water and industrial power. We have assets that are the envy of the tourism industry—a Great Lake for water sports and recreation, the most productive spawning river for walleye and the Lake Erie marshes, a stopover on one of the nation’s busiest flyways for migratory birds. Both projects should be welcomed by business leaders and naturalists.
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THANKS, WOOD COUNTY The economy in Wood County picked up steam in 2012, with the unemployment rate falling from 8.1% in January to 5.8% by year's end on the back of numerous new investments throughout the county. The Ohio Department of Transportation constructed and opened a new configuration of State Route 18 that provides better access to the CSX Intermodal Terminal in Henry Township with an eye towards future development in the area. FedEx Freight, following the FedEx Ground Distribution Center investment, decided to locate their distribution center in Northwood and is currently under construction. Also in Northwood, Johnson Controls is
constructing an expansion of their existing facility that will lead to the creation of 86 new jobs. In Perrysburg Township, locally owned Northwood Industries doubled the size of their building, while in the City of Perrysburg OI announced an investment of $35 million for a new research and development facility. Lastly, Calphalon (a division of Newell Rubbermaid) constructed a new 360,000 square foot distribution center in Middleton Township that will also retain their manufacturing operation located in Perrysburg Township. We would like to thank the Wood County Commissioners and the WCEDC members listed below for making our county a great place to do business.
2013 BOARD LEVEL MEMBERS AA Boos & Sons Associated General Contractors Bennett Enterprises Bowling Green State University Bowling Green State University Continuing & Extended Education 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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2013 SUPPORTING LEVEL MEMBERS ACI Construction Co. Inc. Asset Protection Corporation B2B Sales Boost LLC Bowser Morner Brooks Insurance Agency Inc. Buckeye Telesystem Campbell, Inc. Center for Innovative Food Technology Charles Construction Chicago Title Continental Valuations Inc. Control Design Solutions, Ltd.
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Henry Township Hilton Garden Inn Hylant Group Independent Concrete Pipe Company John Newlove Real Estate Jones-Hamilton Company Keating, Muething & Klekamp P.L.L. Louisville Title Agency Mechanical Contractors Association Middleton Township Miller Bros. Const., Inc. North Baltimore Chamber of Commerce Northwood Realty Occupational Care Consultants Palmer Energy Perfect Packaging Proudfoot & Associates Quality Ready Mix Radel, Smith & Associates Reichle Klein Group Ridge Stone Realty
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Northwood seeing new investment, new businesses By Kelly J. Kaczala Press News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Northwood last year saw new construction and businesses, and increased investment. New businesses include the Genesis Community Center, Tri County Wheel & Rim, Ladies Movement Fitness Club, Double Down Consignment, Northwood Quick Lube (Pennzoil), Styling Sunsations and Liberty Tax. “The city experienced industrial growth and new construction and expansion in 2012,” said Mayor Mark Stoner. Johnson Controls invested $3 million for an addition to its existing building, Fed Ex Freight constructed a new $15 million facility on the city’s west side, and Burger King invested $400,000 to remodel its current structure. Over $19 million was spent for new construction projects in the city, an increase from $8 million in 2011 and $5 million in 2010. Income tax collections were up by 4 percent in 2012 compared to 2011. Total General Fund expenditures increased by $305,448 or 7.9 percent from 2011. The city began the year with a positive general fund carryover, and council approved a balanced 2013 budget totaling $4,399,380. Wales overpass The $11.2 million Wales Road overpass project, after years of delays, is finally underway. The project entails the construction of two overpasses over the CSX and Norfolk Southern railroad tracks on Wales Road that would effectively eliminate three railroad crossings on Drouillard and Wales roads. As part of the project, Wales and Drouillard will be realigned south of their current locations. The project is expected to be finished this fall. The purpose of the project, as with other railroad grade separation projects, is to improve safety and eliminate delays. Wales Road is the only east-west street linking Northwood’s business district with its westerly neighborhoods. The project is being financed by 90 percent federal, five percent local and five percent railroad funds. The city has been earmarking $100,000 per year for the last 10 years as part of its local match, said Mayor Mark Stoner. The project got a shot in the arm in 2000, when former Governor Bob Taft trav-
Construction of the $11.2 million Wales Road overpass project, after years of delays, is ﬁnally underway. (Press ﬁle photo by Ken Grosjean) eled to Vickers Crossing to announce a $200 million, 10 year program to fund railroad overpasses. In 2006, Congress transferred $4 million in funds earmarked for the project to two other communities in Ohio. The Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) later announced it would fill the shortfall caused by the transferred funds. Public safety Last year, the police department transitioned to the Lucas County 800 MHz communications system, which allowed for direct communication with all Lucas County emergency responders as well as adjacent Wood County police agencies using the system. The city also purchased two new marked patrol cars with related equipment; an electronic criminal fingerprint machine; a WebCheck civilian applicant fingerprint system used for background checks for various positions, such as teachers, child care workers, municipal employees, coaches and nurses; two tasers and an audiolog recorder that records 9-1-1 calls and radio and telephone traffic in the communication center. The department has now made police reports more accessible to the public by providing them on the Internet at www.
northwoodpolice.com. There is also a link on the web page to CrimeReports.com, where the public has free access to neighborhood crime data in real time. The fire department last year began staffing an ambulance with two trained personnel 24 hours a day/7 days per week, which reduced response times in the city. When not actively responding to calls, the crew conducts fire safety inspections of businesses along with performing routine vehicle and equipment maintenance. In addition, the fire department initiated an automatic aid agreement with the Lake Township Fire Department to assist with response times to structure fires. Sharing resources greatly enhances the safety and efficiency of both fire departments while operating on a fire scene, according to Stoner. Road projects Road improvements last year included the completion of a $1.8 mile, $224,169.45 resurfacing project involving portions of Curtice, Steck and West Andrus roads. Also completed was a paving and drainage improvement project on portions of Sharon Drive and Florence Avenue in the northwest part of the city. The $164,747 project involved the replacement of about 1,631 feet
of 6 to 8 inch storm sewers with new 6 to 10 inch storm sewers, and the replacement of one-fifth mile of road surface. The city received a $50,300 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for this project. Stoner is expecting a busy 2013, beginning with the continuing construction of the Wales Road grade separation project, funded by ODOT and the city. The city also plans on resurfacing a portion of Wynn Road from the north corporation limit to Curtice Road, Tracy Road from the south corporation limit to Wales Road, and Wales Road from Oram Road to Woodville Road. In addition, work on replacing the storm sewers on Flag Street and Goodrich and Harding avenues is slated for 2013 if funding permits, according to Stoner. This year will also see continued efforts to improve drainage issues in the city. “The message for 2013 is one of continuing challenge and guarded optimism,” said Stoner. “We will continue to adhere to a prudent spending plan as we move through a difficult economic time in our city. While the challenges of the current economic downturn linger, with its slow but steady recovery, we are extremely hopeful about the future of our community.”
Oregon’s wastewater treatment plant to be expanded By Kelly J. Kaczala Press News Editor email@example.com Oregon last year began laying the groundwork for the expansion of the city’s wastewater treatment plant, a multi-million dollar project that will be done in two phases over five years. The project, as required by the city’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit from the EPA, will increase the secondary treatment capacity of the wastewater treatment plant from 24 MGD to 36 MGD to eliminate secondary treatment bypasses and sanitary sewer collection system overflows during wet weather events. Phase 1 project improvements consist of the replacement of two influent screens, replacement of three raw sewage pump motor drives, replacement of two blowers, full replacement of air piping and replacement of air diffusers in the aeration tanks and a dissolved oxygen control system, site restoration, and associated Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition upgrades. The improvements are expected to improve energy efficiency and provide cost savings. For Phase I, the city received a $700,000 loan and a $700,000 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC). The local share is $7,612,000, which will be financed mostly by the Ohio EPA’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund. The city, the Northwest Sewer and Water District, and Lucas County will contribute toward the local share of the project. Public Service Director Paul Roman will apply for more funding for Phase 2. Part of the project, which will cost over $15 million, will be paid by an increase in the sewer rate. “Overall, everything is on schedule and going well,” Roman said at a recent council meeting.
Phase I will cost about $9 million, while Phase 2 will cost $6 million. Sewer rehab Other infrastructure projects last year include sanitary sewer rehabilitation Phase 2, which calls for replacing sanitary sewer lines located within the right of way of Cresceus Road, Mambrino Road, and Grasser Street between Pickle Road and Dearborn Avenue. The project also includes sanitary sewer lining on Wheeling Street between Navarre Avenue and Bleeker Street, and Pickle Road, between Grasser Street and Wheeling Street. A new sanitary sewer was installed on Fink Street, between Patchen Road and Cresceus Road. To provide additional flood relief, a new storm sewer was installed within the right of way of Fink Street, from the dead end east of Mambrino to the dead end west of Patchen Road. A new detention area was created at the east end of Fink Street to provide temporary flood storage, and eventually drain properties between Grasser Street and Mambrino Road. The city received $900,000 in grant/ loan funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) and a low interest loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Water Pollution Control Loan Fund to pay the estimated $2.3 million project cost. Bikeway Council hired Poggemeyer Design Group last year to provide professional engineering services for the final design and bidding for the Stadium Road Bikeway Phase 2 project. Stadium Road Bikeway Phase 2 will connect the existing Municipal Complex Connector, currently ending on Corduroy
Road on the Clay High School frontage, to the existing Stadium Road Bikeway that currently ends just north of Eagles Landing Drive. The bikeway will be a 7,300 feet long and 10-feet wide asphalt multi-use path along Stadium Road with two, five feet wide bike lanes along Corduroy Road. The project is the last leg of the master plan of the main bikeway path that would go from Pearson Park to Maumee Bay State Park. The estimated construction cost of the project is $525,000. The city received a $440,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant from the Federal Highway Administration to construct the project, which is expected this year.
(80/20 grant), according to Roman. Also last year, roads projects approved by council include the repair of roadway base failures, deteriorated concrete joints and deteriorated surface defects at various locations, including: • Navarre Avenue – Stadium Road to the railroad underpass; • Starr Avenue – West corporation limit to Wheeling Street; • Brown Road – Woodville Road to Wheeling Street; • Oregon Municipal Complex; • S. Eastmoreland Boulevard – Coy Road to Edward; • Pickle Road – Woodville Road to the railroad tracks.
Dustin Road The city last year started the first phase of a multi-phased improvement of Dustin Road, which serves a commercial area. Dustin Road and Isaac Streets Drive for years have been in poor condition. Roman said last year that Dustin and Isaac Streets are among the worst roads in the city. Dustin Road Phase 1 consists of replacing approximately 1,247 feet of the existing “6” concrete pavement with a new “8” concrete pavement. The project will also include curbing, underdrains, curb inlet adjustments, driveway approaches, and sidewalk, including ADA-compliant curb ramps. The rest of Dustin Road is expected to be reconstructed in two more phases throughout this year and 2014. The estimated cost of the additional phases to finish Dustin Road is approximately $950,000. In addition to improving Dustin Road, the intersection of Coy and Dustin will be improved in 2014 through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
2013 budget In this year’s capital improvements budget is the Flood Relief & Erosion Control project, estimated to cost $5,830,835. Local funding sources include $2,435,418 from BP/Husky, the city’s partner on the project, a $900,000 grant from the OPWC, a $900,000 loan from the OPWC, and $1,595,417 from the city. Other projects include: • The Navarre Avenue sidewalk improvement project (from Coy to Lallendorf), estimated to cost $112,000; • The Wheeling Street Bridge over Otter Creek, at a cost of $735,000. The city will fund $159,000 while the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will fund $576,000. • Safe Routes to School Program at Pickle and Starr, estimated to cost $278,000. The project will be funded by a $240,000 Safe Routes to School grant from ODOT. The city will pay the $38,000 balance. • The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, sewer lining and storm improvements, estimated to cost $88,000.
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Las Vegas-style casino gambling comes to East Toledo By J. Patrick Eaken Press Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Las Vegas-style gambling came to East Toledo in 2012 in the form of the 290,000 square foot Hollywood Casino Toledo on the banks of the Maumee River, which opened just after the Memorial Day holiday. The land-based $200 million casino is on a 44-acre site off the Miami Street exit just west of Interstate 75 and five minutes from downtown Toledo. The casino paid for all road improvements in the area, including new ramps off I-75 and two stoplights on Miami Street. The architecture reflects the design and décor reflective of the glitz and glamour of 1930s art-deco Hollywood. “The art deco motif (is) complemented by the latest technology and amenities, including movie trailers and sports and entertainment programming shown on a giant serpentine video wall, plasma screens, and video trees for guests to enjoy while they play,” states a casino fact sheet. More than 2,000 slot machines, 80 table games, and five restaurants and lounges are expected to attract more than 2.8 million guests annually. There are 2,666 gaming positions and 2,002 electronic machines, and it is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The casino can handle up to 10,000 guests per day. Owned and operated by Penn National Gaming, it is one of Northwest Ohio’s largest employers with at least 90 percent of its employees from the Toledo metropolitan area. Thirty-three percent of gross revenue goes to taxes. The casino is expected to bring $25.3 million in projected annual tax revenue for the City of Toledo, Lucas County, and all school districts in the county once all four casinos in Ohio are open. Great Lakes National Museum The Great Lakes Historical Society, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, and the City of Toledo are bringing the National Museum of the Great Lakes to Toledo’s eastern riverfront. The museum is slated to open this summer. The historical society, port authority, and city have worked together to create an integrated experience with the Col. James M. Schoonmaker museum ship and a maritime park. The museum ship, formerly the Willis B. Boyer, has been relocated from its former home in International park to a location downriver next to the museum. The 14,000 square foot Toledo Martime Center will be retrofitted to house nearly 10,000 square feet of state of the art exhibits on all aspects of Great Lakes history. The $10 million project has been funded extensively through the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission with a grant worth over $6 million. Further funding comes from private and public sources, including a lease from the port authority for the building for $1 per year and a capital campaign driven by the Great Lakes Historical Society. It is expected that the museum will serve as an anchor point for future riverfront development as it is adjacent to Edison Park and the new developed Marina Drive area.
The Col. James M. Schoonmaker museum ship is towed to its new spot at the Toledo Maritime Center. (Press ﬁle photo by Ken Grosjean)
The roulette wheel is one of 80 table games at the Hollywood Casino Toledo. (Press ﬁle photo by Ken Grosjean) Main Street sees change Businesses say new angle parking on Main Street in East Toledo is an improvement, although at least one East Toledo resident called The Press to say that bus drivers and some local residents do not like it. The new parking spaces replace parallel parking spaces, and the new look also includes a reduction of traffic from two lanes to one lane each way and the removal of parking meters. Mayor Michael P. Bell’s public information officer, Jennifer Sorgenfrei, says to expect an announcement this spring regarding making the changes permanent “provided we can secure the funds.” At that time, the black rubber bump-outs would be replaced with concrete bump-outs. “When we put the permanent improvements in, it will be more aesthetically pleasing. There are going to be bump-outs at all the intersections and there will be some green areas and planting areas inside the bump-outs, said Dan Steingraber, who
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acquire and sell foreclosed tax delinquent properties without going through the long court process leading to a sheriff’s sale. It was the second land bank established in Ohio. Continued funding for the program comes through an increase in the interest rate charged delinquent property taxpayers. County Treasurer Wade Kapsukiewicz estimates annual revenue at $1.5 million. In partnership with the city, land bank executive director Cindy Geronimo expects close to 900 homes city wide will be identified for demolition by the land bank each year, which is about half of the 1,800 vacant and abandoned homes that have become nuisance properties. She expects about 600 per year to be demolished, double the 300 per year the city was demolishing before the land bank was created. “Collectively, we are trying to get things done. Hopefully, after taking down 900 homes we can make a difference in the community. There is a lot of frustration. I’m there and I see how hard it is to make changes,” Geronimo told East Toledo Club luncheon guests. Not all acquired properties enter the land bank’s demolition program. Others may be rehabilitated or entered into an urban gardening program. Also torn down was The Playdium, a lavishly designed historic recreation center equipped with a theater, bowling alley, and other activities for the Hungarian community. The Playdium, built in 1902, was designed in the Second Empire Style with Hungarian embellishments and served as a landmark for the Birmingham community for over a century. Originally, it was called Strick’s Hall after prominent Hungarian immigrant and builder John Strick, and renamed The Playdium in the 1940s. “It was all Old World — Hungarian,” said retired police detective Gene Fodor. “They had the hall upstairs, which was an old hall with a stage, and I was married upstairs there in 1954. There were some good people, including an opera star who sang at my wedding.”
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Area schools see many improvements, successes in 2012 By Tammy Walro Press Staff Writer email@example.com Lake High School students began the 2012-13 school year in their much-anticipated new building – a 144,000-squarefoot, $25.5 million facility that included 28 classrooms, four science labs, a new auditorium with state-of-the art acoustics, and a new gym with an arena-style bleacher arrangement. Other highlights from schools include:
Northwood Local Schools www.northwoodschools.org • The district instituted building security upgrades requiring all guests to be identified and buzzed into each school building. • Major upgrades in technology for student use and instruction were instituted at all grade levels. • In all schools, wireless access points were added to handle modern demands. Oregon City Schools www.oregoncityschools.org • Jerusalem Elementary, Starr Elementary and Clay High School were recognized as “Excellent” by the Ohio Department of Education. The district met 24 of 26 indicators, increased the Performance Index (PI) and met Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) measurements. • Eisenhower Middle School celebrated its 50th year anniversary with a community event that included scrapbook photographs, a video slide show and a reunion of staff and students who have been a part of the Eisenhower family. • The district continues to promote renewable energy. Recent initiatives include the wind turbine at Clay High School, solar projects at Starr and Jerusalem Elementary schools, along with investing in extending the natural gas line from Eisenhower Middle School to Jerusalem Elementary, which enables local homeowners and businesses to gain access to natural gas for their operations. All projects will result in lowering utility costs and increasing operating efficiencies. • Clay Marketing and Medical Technology students received iPads, which are used to deliver curriculum including research, notes, and other applications in health care and Anatomy and Physiology classes. Cardinal Stritch High School & St. Kateri Catholic Academy www.katerischools.org • Kateri Schools updated and reviewed safety and security procedures, which includes installation of a new intercom system, a new safety plan manual and A.L.I.C.E (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) training for both St. Kateri Catholic Academy and Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School. • The district updated the parent notification system, renovated the girl’s locker room and added new scoreboards in the gym. • Cardinal Stritch welcomed the larg-
Former board member Eric Hirzel walks through Lake's new weight room. (Press ﬁle photo by Ken Grosjean) est freshman class in five years. • Cardinal Stritch students logged more than 5,500 Community Service Hours. • A new Stritch Speaker Series invited successful members of the community to talk to the student body about business, life and leadership. Penta Career Center www.pentacareercenter.org • A Dual Enrollment Partnership announced in October between Penta Career Center and Owens Community College enables Penta juniors and seniors to earn transcripted college credit from the college. More than 80 percent of Penta’s programs now offer transcripted credit. Since October, about 723 Penta students have registered for the Dual Enrollment program. • Penta alumnae Laura Luckey (class of 2012, Woodmore), who completed the Exercise Science/Sports Health Care program, and Megan Hess (class of 2012, Northwood), who completed the Culinary Arts program, earned top awards at the
SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. in June. Luckey earned first place and a gold medal in the medical math contest and Hess earned third place and a bronze medal in the culinary arts competition. • More than 150 students who studied in Penta’s construction programs spent the 2011/2012 school year building a 2,200square-foot ranch house in Perrysburg. Woodmore Local Schools www.woodmore.k12.oh.us • The “Drop Everything and Read” – “DEAR” program at the junior high and high school is encouraging a love of reading among students. During the last 25 minutes of every day, all students spend the time in pleasure reading or intervention activities. • Thanks to the dedication and generosity of a local volunteers, a new press box was constructed at Woodmore High School. The project was funded entirely through private donations and was built by volunteers, including Tim Roth, owner of
Crowzfoot Construction. • The Olweus Anti-Bullying Program is being implemented at Woodmore Elementary. Gibsonburg Exempted Village Schools www.gibsonburg.k12.oh.us • Gibsonburg Schools entered the Toledo Area Athletic Conference and won the All-Sports Trophy in its first year as a conference member. • The district staff trained in Universal Design for Learning, which guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences. • Student Response Systems and clickers were installed in classrooms to promote greater student engagement by offering immediate feedback to teachers, which provides formative assessment and instruction. • The district developed strategic plans for the Commom Core Curriculum, PARRC
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Toledo Public Schools www.tps.org • The district’s Building for Success Program is complete – a total of 42 new, state-of-the-art schools are now open across the district. • The renovation of six other schools is nearly complete. Renovations at Waite include installation of a new HVAC unit, new technology, renovation to the main office and addition of new labs for student use. • A district-wide breakfast program – offered free to all students – has been implemented at all elementaries. • TPS now offers distance-learning courses at all high schools. Through the use of technology, students at one school will now have the opportunity to enroll in classes that are offered at another high school. • Qualifying seventh- and eighth-grade students now have the opportunity to take high school courses in their learning communities. Course offerings range from algebra and world studies, to art and choir. • Incoming freshmen at Toledo Early College High School can now follow an academic path that will prepare them for a career in the medical field through a partnership with ProMedica. The four-year program gives students an opportunity to enroll in specific courses, attend pertinent seminars, participate in job shadowing programs and participate in internships and clinical experiences that are focused on their particular career interest.
Area schools (continued from page 8) testing, and the new Ohio Teacher/ Principal Evaluation Systems, which will be phased into Ohio schools over the next two years. • A “Walk to School Day” and several other events were held to promote student and staff wellness. Genoa Area Local Schools www.genoaschools.com • The Genoa High School gym was renovated to include new locker rooms, new restrooms, 300 additional seats and a new 94-foot playing floor. The renovations were part of the bond levy that included the elementary school. • The Genoa Academic Committee was formed to help honor students academically and to help with other academic pursuits in the high school. • The annual Cheer-for-a-Cure event raised more than $22,000 through a cheerleading competition, tshirt sales, and donations. • The 2012 Genoa Comet Football team won an NBC Championship and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. That makes six consecutive playoff appearances. • High school students raised more than $4,800 for 17 families in the Genoa High School community to help with Christmas presents and food items. • The middle school passed all seven sections of the Ohio Achievement Assessments. • The eighth-grade Girls Basketball Team and Wrestling Team were crowned NBC Champions. • Middle school students raised $750 plus 26 boxes of food and 66 jars of peanut butter to benefit the Holiday Bureau that serves needy families in the Genoa area during the holiday season. • Through grants and funds, Genoa Elementary has purchased several iPads and iPods for student and classroom use. • New daily video announcements are performed by the fifth-grade Student Tech Team. Lake Local Schools www.lakeschools.org • The new Lake High School opened its doors to students Aug. 21. The 144,000-square-foot school, which replaced the former building that was mostly destroyed by a tornado in June 2010, cost $25.5 million – none of which came from local taxpayers. • The district earned an “Excellent” from the Ohio Department of Education. • The district increased technology tools in all buildings. Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Schools www.bcs.k12.oh.us • Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools underwent a successful reorganization into three buildings – Oak Harbor High School, Oak Harbor Middle School and R.C. Waters Elementary. • In October, the board of education approved a new financial forecast, which reflects a balanced budget for the first time in more than four years Eastwood Local Schools www.eastwoodschools.org • For the third time, the district earned an “Excellent with Distinction” rating on the state report card. • The Eastwood Board of Education agreed to lease the top floor of the Webster Elementary School building to Acadia Careers, which operates a nurse training program. • The district is moving ahead with its plans to implement a 1:1 laptop program in 2013-14. All policies and procedures have been approved by the board and 11th-grade students will be receiving theirs after parent meetings to be held in mid-March. • Significant steps are being taken to improve school security including the installation of camera and buzzer systems to gain access to buildings during the school day. In addition, the district will be installing a laminate overlay on all door glass and sidelights to prevent shattering. There have also been improvements made in all district and building level communications that will help manage any type of crisis or significant event.
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Woodville, Oak Harbor exploring solar fields By Larry Limpf Press News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org From plans for a new solar field to the completion of a sewer project, several items are on the agenda for 2013 in the Village of Woodville. Mayor Richard Harman said the sewer project – which includes separating storm sewers from sanitary sewers in residential areas – has entered the final phase. And Woodville and Oak Harbor village officials are “exploring” the development of a solar field. A parcel near the village’s utility building has been proposed for the field, which would be able to generate 750 KW of power, according to the mayor. Several upgrades over the next five years to the village water treatment plant are also being planned, he said. Residents will also see a change to the downtown business district. “We look forward to purchasing the Temple Furniture building (which also housed the Limelite Theatre) and working with the Woodville Business and Community Association to develop the space into a walkway to connect Main Street to the village parking lot,” the mayor said. “Where we shop, eat, and have fun – all make our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an essential part of the distinctive character of our village.” The opening of new businesses – Main Street Mocha, Novelties & Nostalgia, and a Dollar General store – is evidence of a thriving business district, he said. Dollar General recently opened two new stores in the area. One is at 1221 W. Main St. in Woodville and the other is at 18300 Pemberville Rd. in Pemberville. According to a company spokesperson, Dollar General stores offer convenience and value to customers by providing a focused selection of national brands and private brands of food, house wares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health and beauty care products. Each store employs approximately six to 10 people. Dollar General is an ardent supporter of literacy and education. In 1993, the company founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which has awarded more than $74 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.4 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. The Woodville village police department will be adding a canine unit. Officer Steve Gilkerson will partner with a dog that will be trained in drug sniffing, patrol assistance, and tracking. Mayor Harman said the unit will also be available for administrators in the Woodmore School District to help with random searches and recovering illegal contraband. The mayor said the village is sound financially despite the economy still recovering from a recession. “Although economic times continue to strain our budgets, it is with great pleasure that I report that the state of our village remains fiscally strong,” he said.
Medical facility to open in April By Larry Limpf and J. Patrick Eaken email@example.com Community Health Services plans to open its new Wood County facility on U.S. Route 20 in Stony Ridge in April. Construction is currently underway for the two-story building. The 6,700 square-foot facility is located at 5734 Fremont Pike. Joe Liszak, chief executive officer of Community Health Services, estimates the construction and related costs are about $1.1 million. Liszak, a graduate of Lake High School, said the facility will be staffed by physicians providing care in family practice, pediatrics, and possibly obstetrics/gynecology. There will be nine exam rooms and one procedure room. Liszak said there will also be a community room that will be available for non-profit groups to use. “We were recently awarded funding through the Department of Health and Human Services to open a health center site in Wood County,” Liszak said. “We looked around and we’re originally going to go to Bowling Green. When that didn’t work out we decided to look farther north and realized some of the communities like Mill-
Architectural drawing of new medical facility coming to Stony Ridge. bury, Stony Ridge, Pemberville, and Luckey didn’t have many physicians in that rural area. This is centrally located to those areas. Anybody from any town can come and receive care.” The HHS grant can be applied to operational costs, while construction expenses are being paid by CHS. Farmer Savings Bank had a branch located at the site. Liszak said CHS had considered renovating that building but decided those costs would have been prohibitive. The building has been razed. CHS is also purchasing the former carry-out next door, which will be razed and become green space. CHS has seven facilities in Henry, Seneca, Huron, and Sandusky counties and offers services in family practice, pediatrics, podiatry, internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, and dentistry. About 20 physicians are on the organization’s staff. Community Health Services began in 1970.
Pemberville upgrades pool By J. Patrick Eaken Press Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Pemberville will see the installation of a handicapped accessible chair lift at the community swimming pool and installation of a new pool heater. Pemberville was awarded CDBG funding to provide Justice Department mandated access to public pools for physically challenged individuals. Last September, Wood County commissioners approved the $11,000 project to install a mechanical chair lift that could lower and raise individuals in and out of the pool, and could be operated by the individual. Pemberville was awarded $11,784 by Wood County Parks for the purchase of a new 35,000 BTU heater for the Pemberville pool, and new fixtures for the change room and restrooms at the pool. This new gas powered heater will be installed by village employees, and should operate at improved efficiency, said Mayor Gordon Bowman. The pool water is heated nearly every day from season opening through June, and then as needed throughout the season. Installation of the new handicapped access chair and heating system will take place this spring before the pool opens. Mayor Bowman says the financial stability of Pemberville continues to be good. “Village departments have been conservative and responsible in providing services and maintaining equipment this past year. Tax revenues have been spent wisely maintaining the village infrastructure. The financial ledger balances have been maintained, even though tax revenue from the state continues to decline,” Bowman wrote in an email to The Press. The village police department purchased a new police cruiser to replace the old 2008 Ford Crown Victoria cruiser. The police got a 2013 Ford Police Interceptor, with delivery in approximately 90 days. The village also received a donated 2007 police vehicle “by the good graces of the City of Perrysburg,” said Mayor Bowman, to be used as a back-up until the new police vehicle can be delivered. The replacement car was repainted, and some mechanical work was done. The Pemberville Independent Merchants Association and village council have agreed to co-produce a new village directory. The last directory was produced in 2007, and listed all local businesses and government phone numbers. In addition, businesses are encouraged to place ads in
this publication. Distribution will be at local businesses, or residents can pick up a copy at village office. This directory will also be included in welcome packets for new residents who move to Pemberville. Completion date for the Directory should be July 2013 or sooner. On a personnel note, Gale Loebrich will retire as Pemberville’s village superintendent from the water department in November. Randy Ross was hired January 2 to train with Loebrich and take over those responsibilities. Bowman says Ross brings considerable experience in water services, including foreman of distribution and collection, Ottawa County Sanitary Engineers. He also has two state water and wastewater licenses and heavy equipment operation experience. Margaret Wilka retired this past year as deputy fiscal officer after 26 years of service to the village. Sarah Dyer was hired September 17, 2012 to fill the position. Bowman says Dyer has extensive experience in tax preparation, accounting and office management. Adam Waggoner of Wood County and Jared Hornyak of Oregon have joined the Pemberville Police Department as auxiliary officers.
Oak Harbor revises plan for downtown By J. Patrick Eaken Press Staff Writer email@example.com The Village of Oak Harbor has revised and updated the Village of Oak Harbor Downtown Revitalization Plan. Council adopted this plan effective April 16, 2012. The plan is valid for five years. Mayor Bill Eberle says the new plan is designed to take advantage of the access to the Portage River waterfront. "We want to figure out some way to tie the river in with our downtown," Mayor Eberle said. "There's really no access, so we're going to be working on that. In the near future, we are going to be putting in benches, planters, and trash can receptacles downtown, and that was part of the implementation group that was formed basically with a partnership with the (Oak Harbor) chamber." In addition, new LED lighting was installed on 297 street lights from a $400,000 federal grant Congresswoman Marcy Kapture secured that will provide a 48 percent energy efficiency savings, and a new energy Efficiency Smart Program three-year plan is being mapped out with American National Power. "It was implemented to reduce our overall load for energy, to help residents and businesses put in energy efficient lighting, and old refrigerator replacements with rebates available for those things. It was a three-year program that we met our goal in 17 months, so that was a good thing," Mayor Eberle said. New businesses include a Verizon store, Lexi and Emma's Closet consignment shop, two excercise faciliities (Body Works and Lisa's Fitness Studio), Millstreet Brew coffee shop, Jewelry by Laurie, Medi-Quip Repairs medical supplies, Kocher & Gillum law office, Senior Helpers home health aids, Primitive Cupboard home decor and craft store, LDJ Nutrition vitamin supplement store, and new businesses coming soon are a jiu jitsu center and an art gallery. A combined sewer offerflow basin renovation costing over $1 million was the largest project the village undertook in 2012.
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Capital improvements projects on this year’s “to do” lists By Larry Limpf News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Millbury With the completion last year of storm sewer replacements along Cherry Street and Hille Drive the Village of Millbury is ready to proceed with extending the storm sewer this year along Hille Drive, says Mayor Mike Timmons. Village officials also hope to enhance recreational facilities for residents. “We are also looking at available money for a bike/recreation path to tie the Lake Township Park with our Veterans Memorial Park. We also believe that there may be money available for the acquisition of the railroad property for the Millbury terminal end of the North Coast Inland Trail,” the mayor said. The village contracts with Lake Township for police service and Mayor Timmons said the two are in negotiations for a new pact. Village voters in November approved a 1-mill continuing levy to help fund the service which costs the village about $65,772 annually. Declining revenues from an existing 2.1-mill property tax – originally passed in 1984 - for the service, led village officials to seek the additional revenue. The township board of trustees last year agreed to a request by Mayor Timmons and village council to waive a scheduled 3 percent increase in the contract for the service. Prior to the passage of the 1-mill levy, council had to tap into the village’s general fund to make up the difference in what the revenue generated for the service. Mayor Timmons said revenue in 2012 was up slightly from 2011 but still lower than in 2008.
Lake Twp. Lake Township trustees this year plan to focus more of their time on job creation, including holding a jobs initiatives “summit.” “We had very good results from the 2009 meeting and hope to build on the continuing state and federal economic recovery to help create jobs for Lake Township residents,” said Richard Welling, a trustee. “We are also looking at the possibility of having a Lake Township jobs fair for local residents and businesses to get together and compare employment opportunities.” He said the trustees have made “every effort possible” to assist the local business community. As an example, he noted their work with Love’s Truckstops, which located along I-280. Mark Hummer, township administrator, said a feasibility study of a proposed merger of the emergency dispatching systems for the township, villages of Millbury and Walbridge, and cities of Rossford and Northwood will be completed in the first half of this year. If officials from the entities agree, one dispatching center would handle calls for all. Currently, the township provides dispatching service for itself, the two villages, and Rossford. Northwood handles its own dispatching service. Township residents may also see changes at the township cemetery. Welling said the board of trustees is looking at having columbariums installed. Last year, the trustees established a third park in the township – Moline Meadows Park – to have a park area in the western end of the township. A shelter house and playground area are planned for this year.
Genoa FFA gives farmer’s market a boost Two Future Farmers of America students at Genoa High School, Rachel Weber and Madison Sheahan, were the driving force behind the rejuvenation of the farmer’s market in the village last year. and the owners. Gerwin said village officials plan to periodically review a plan by the state to issue bonds backed by revenue from Ohio Turnpike tolls to help finance infrastructure projects. He said he was wary of a “slight of hand similar to the Ohio Lottery.” Among the projects that were completed last year were a contract for free Wi-Fi Internet service village-wide, a new generator installed at the municipal well field, and a water line replacement and upgrade along Stevenson Street. Village officials banded together with officials in the Village of Woodville and neighboring townships last year to block the merger of two judgeships of the Sandusky County District Court and replace that court with a new Sandusky County Municipal Court and one full-time judge. In a case that went to the Ohio Supreme Court, the district format, which has courts in Woodville and Clyde, remains intact.
Genoa Whether it’s the infrastructure, economic development, or utilities, Genoa Mayor Mark Williams says he expects the village to build on projects started last year and embark on new initiatives. He said the village is expecting funding this year from the Ohio Public Works
Commission for the final phase of a storm sewer project and the replacement of water meters with radio-read systems is about 85 percent complete. “What used to take five days has been cut to one day to read,” the mayor said. The third phase of replacing street lighting with more energy efficient lights will also continue this year. The building that housed Brunner Elementary School has been sold to private owners and opened as a home for small businesses and the mayor said the downtown business district is filled. The mayor described the building as a “great asset to the community” that encourages new development. The village is securing a loan and grant for the second phase of the reconstruction of Washington Street and the next phase of a village-wide sidewalk program will begin this year. Village council’s ad hoc committee continues to engage in negotiations with property owners for the Rails to Trails project and to update the master plan for Veterans Park. Some projects in the park that will be done in phases include replacing the bath house, water slide, and diving board. The tennis court will also be resurfaced. The mayor said new software will be installed to help the village deal with delinquent utility accounts.
Gibsonburg Work on an industrial park and continued repair or replacement of sewer lines and connections to prevent storm water infiltration are some of the capital improvement projects on Gibsonburg Mayor Greg Gerwin’s list of objectives for 2013. The administration also plans to work with the Gibsonburg Community Improvement Corp. to come up with ways the downtown business district can be improved, he said, adding village officials want to continue to work with businesses to improve the relationship between the municipality
New ﬁre truck for Jerusalem Township Jerusalem Township got a brand new $333,000 Pierce ﬁre truck, the culmination of years of research by Chief Harold L. “Larry” Stanton. From left, Jerusalem Township trustees Dave Bench, Joe Kiss, Chief Larry Stanton, and trustee Ron Sheahan with the new ﬁre truck. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)
The Village of Walbridge celebrates its centennial this year. Mayor Ed Kolanko, who took office recently when Dan Wilczynski forfeited the office, said village council is planning a special event for the council meeting set for April 7 – the 100th anniversary of the village’s first council meeting. The meeting is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. in council chambers and there will be a video feed next door at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 9963 where there will be refreshments and a display commemorating the village’s history. The village ended 2012 with a surplus in the general fund budget, Mayor Kolanko said, even while absorbing some unexpected costs. “This is a testament to everyone’s attention to operating within our budget,” he said. “However, there are expenses on the horizon for infrastructure and equipment of which we must be mindful.” Village officials are working on a prioritized list of road repaving and curb replacement projects for the year and the mayor said the village will be awarded an Ohio Public Works grant of $209,000 to improve a section of Union Street. The mayor and council will continue to develop a policy for setting speed limits in town, he said, crediting councilman Fred Sloyer for working to make sure the policy is implemented properly. The village police department is organizing a Facebook page and Kolanko said it will be a “great tool for communication between our residents and police department.” Council’s recreation committee continues to work on completing upgrades to the municipal pool. Mayor Kolanko said he’s hopeful they’ll be completed before the pool’s scheduled opening.
Elmore Two major projects are scheduled for completion this summer in Elmore. A $5.2 million wastewater treatment plant is scheduled to be operating by June 30, said Mayor Lowell Krumnow, and an electrical substation that will step down high voltage is also planned for completion this year. Village voters in 2005 approved a 0.75percent income tax increase to help fund the treatment plant, which is being constructed to alleviate overflows of raw sewage into the Portage River. The project includes the installation of a new sewer line from the west side of the village to the east where the plant is located. The new facility will treat all of the water entering the village’s sanitary sewer system as well as address overflow problems. The village has been relying on a treatment facility with a capacity of processing 450,000 gallons a day, the mayor said. The new plant will be able to treat 1.8 million gallons daily. Village Superintendent Buck Stoiber said the new facility will also be able to meet regulations for treating mercury and phosphorus. The decision to construct another electric substation was made after the village suffered through 56 hours of having of no power in July 2011 when a lightning strike knocked the town’s only station out of service. Both stations will receive power on 69,000-volt lines coming from the areas of Toledo and Oak Harbor. Equipment will be in place to switch over almost immediately if one feeder line is incapacitated, which should cause only minimal power interruption during the switch over process, according to Stoiber. The mayor said the village is positioning itself for business growth by completing the projects. In turn, an agreement to establish a Joint Economic Development District with Harris and Woodville townships may be completed this year, he said. If it is approved, the district would encompass about 80 acres near the Ohio Turnpike Exchange south of the village. Village and township officials have been meeting for about five years with the Ottawa County Improvement Corp. to discuss a JEDD for the area. Under a JEDD format, the townships and villages would share tax revenues from business locating there.
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Hospitals add technology, programs to improve patient care Acute Care Model of Patient Care – In October 2012, ProMedica Bay Park Hospital’s medical-surgical and step-down nursing units combined to become one acute care unit. The transition was prompted by an initiative to provide 50 inpatient beds that function under the “universal bed mentality,” meaning patients could be either step-down or medical-surgical status and stay in their rooms. All registered nurses are certified in advanced cardiac life support, have received additional training related to medications given to step-down patients, and have become familiarized with the standard of care for each type of patient. This initiative is designed to improve continuity of care for the patients, improve communication with physicians and families, and enhance the knowledge base of all nursing staff. Jeep Donation – In March, Bay Park donated a 1998 Grand Cherokee Limited Jeep to Cardinal Stritch High School in Oregon. The vehicle, previously used for hospital security, will be used to aid on-campus transportation for the high school. Mobile MRI – ProMedica Bay Park now has access to a mobile wide-bore MRI unit. The unit: • Offers nearly one foot of free space between the patient’s head and the magnet; • Accommodates patients up to 550 pounds • Accommodates claustrophobic patients • More than 60 percent of scan types can be completed with the patient’s head outside the unit; • Lightweight coils enable shorter scant time to improve patient tolerance; ACR Accreditation – ProMedica Bay Park Hospital is the only hospital in Oregon to receive the American College of Radiology (ACR) Gold Standard for Accreditation for MRI, CT, ultrasound, nuclear medicine. Vascular and echocardiology are accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commissions. To achieve these accreditations, Bay Park’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. The ACR gold seal assures that prescribed imaging tests are being done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. Electronic patient satisfaction surveys – The hospital has converted to an electronic patient satisfaction survey that is emailed to out-patients and a shortened condensed phone survey for discharged in-patients. The new surveys make feedback more accessible and anonymous. Walk to Cure Parkinson’s – On Oct. 13, ProMedica Bay Park hosted the 7th Annual Team Fox Walk to Cure Parkinson’s Disease, which raised $2,742 for research. Walk participants joined Team Fox, the grassroots fundraising arm of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF), for refreshments and a half-mile walk around the ProMedica Bay Park campus.
Mercy St. Charles Hospital • Joint Replacement Program – Mercy St. Charles Hospital is enhancing its orthopedic joint replacement services in order to better meet the specific needs of patients undergoing joint replacement.
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In March, ProMedica Bay Park Hospital donated a Jeep to Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School. The vehicle, previously used for hospital security, is being used to aid on-campus transportation for the high school. On hand at the donation were (L to R) Holly Bristoll, president, ProMedica Bay Park Hospital; Karen Weber, director of operations, Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School; Dan Karamol, maintenance supervisor, Cardinal Stritch; Tom Borer, vice president, professional services, ProMedica Bay Park. The new Joint Replacement program is designed to improve outcomes, decrease length of stay and increase patient satisfaction. Patients will benefit from a specially trained staff of nurses and therapists, a pre-
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hospital initiated a new comprehensive Breast Clinic, which takes a multidisciplinary approach for patients diagnosed with breast cancer. Clinic patients will be able to see a general surgeon, medical oncologist, radiologist, pathologist, radiation oncologist, and plastic surgeon all in one visit. The clinics are held on Friday mornings. • Dietary services spotlighted – Mercy St. Charles Hospital dietary services department, led by Robert Snoad, was profiled in Premier’s Viewpoint newsletter for operational excellence in dietary services. • New ultrasound unit – St. Charles obtained a new ultrasound unit that will provide state-of-the art technology for patients. • Minimal Patient LIFT Initiative – Mercy St. Charles, with Catholic Health Partners, initiated a minimal LIFT – Living Injury Free Together – project to provide an additional level of patient and employee safety. The project focuses on education and training, as well as a significant investment in patient lift equipment in all patient care areas that is expected to reduce patient falls and increase comfort, as well as, to reduce employee injuries. • Partnership with SummaCare for Medicare Advantage Plan – Akron-based SummaCare’s Medicare Advantage plan will offer in-network access to the Mercy health system and its affiliated quality primary care and specialist physicians, a comprehensive network of convenient outpatient services.
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*Buy price includes all rebates and incentives, plus tax, title, license & document fees extra. With approved credit. **Lease is for 39 months with $2,000 down, 10,000 miles per year, plus tax, title, license & documents fees extra. With approved credit.
Offer Ends 2/28/13
Or Lease For $199** mo. x 24 mo. $2,500 due at signing *Ford rebates included. Ford Credit Financing required. Security deposit, tax, title, documents and plates extra, subject to credit approval. See dealer for details. **Ford rebates included. Ford Credit Financing required. 10,500 miles per year allowed, 15¢ per mile thereafter. Security deposit, tax, title, documents and plates extra, subject to credit approval. See dealer for details. Offer ends February 28, 2013.
2013 FORD ESCAPE SE
2013 Chevy Silverado1500 LT #FC13151, Crew Cab, 4x4
2013 FORD FUSION SE
Or Lease For $205** mo. x 24 mo. $2,500 due at signing *Ford rebates included. Ford Credit Financing required. Security deposit, tax, title, documents and plates extra, subject to credit approval. See dealer for details. **Ford rebates included. Ford Credit Financing required. 10,500 miles per year allowed, 15¢ per mile thereafter. Security deposit, tax, title, documents and plates extra, subject to credit approval. See dealer for details. Offer ends February 28, 2013.
2013 FORD FOCUS SE
Or Lease For $140** mo. x 24 mo. $2,500 due at signing
2013 Chevy Cruze
*Ford rebates included. Ford Credit Financing required. Security deposit, tax, title, documents and plates extra, subject to credit approval. See dealer for details. **Ford rebates included. Ford Credit Financing required. 10,500 miles per year allowed, 15¢ per mile thereafter. Security deposit, tax, title, documents and plates extra, subject to credit approval. See dealer for details. Offer ends February 28, 2013.
ALL 2012 F-SERIES 99¢ OVER INVOICE Example: Ford F-150
Example: Ford Super Duty
2012 Ford F-150 XL
2012 Ford F-250 XLT
#4113, Reg. Cab
#2950, 4x4, Super Cab
Offer Ends 2/28/13
2013 Chevy Malibu
*Ford rebates included. Ford Credit Financing required. Security deposit, tax, title, documents and plates extra, subject to credit approval. See dealer for details. Offer ends February 28, 2013.
BAUMANN FORD PRE-OWNED Offer Ends 2/28/13
Baumann Chevy Certiﬁed Pre-Owned
2012 Chevy Malibu LTZ #FC130107
2011 Cadillac CTS Base #FC13167A
2012 Chevy Silverado #FC13064B
2002 Chevy Impala Base #FC13167A
2008 Ford E-350SD XLT
Terry Paul Exec. Mgr.
Jeff Brown Gen. Mgr.
2006 Chevy Silverado 1500
2007 Honda Accord #FC13070B
2007 Chevy Equinox LS #FC130174A
2013 Ford Explorer Limited
2011 GMC Terrain SLE
2007 GMC Acadia SLT #FC13069A
2010 Ford Flex SEL #F21008
2008 Ford Focus S
2010 Hyundai Elantra #F3068A
2009 Mazda CX-7
2007 Chevy Monte Carlo LS 2011 Ford Escape XLT #F21009
2011 Ford Explorer XLT 2007 Ford Ranger XLT #F3154A
2012 Ford Focus SE #F21004
2006 Buick Rendezvous
$14,000 #F3373A $9,500
2010 Ford F-150 #F3387A
2002 Ford F-150
$29,500 #F3192C $7,000
2008 Chevy Impala LT #FC12474A
BAUMANN CHEVROLET GENOA 22215 W. St. Rt. 51, Genoa • 419-855-8361
Terry Paul Exec. Mgr.
Jeff Brown Gen. Mgr.
BAUMANN FORD GENOA
22110 W. St. Rt. 51, Genoa • 419-855-8366
Putting our energy
in all the right places With almost a century of roots in the community, BP-Husky Toledo ReďŹ nery is proud to support the area in which we work, live and raise our families.
FEBRUARY 18, 2013