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Music, art could drive Main St. By J. Patrick Eaken Press Staff Writer When the LeSo Art Gallery on Starr Avenue celebrated its one-year anniversary, 400 to 500 people showed up to celebrate, estimates District 3 councilman Mike Craig. The art gallery is joined on the MainStarr corridor by Frankies Inner City Rock Club and Mainstreet, which both play host to some of the most recognized artists while they tour through the nation. Craig sees an opportunity, and he’s not the only one. Earlier this month, he held a two-anda-half hour forum at LeSo Art Gallery to discuss with the corridor’s property and business owners the future of the Main Street corridor. He, and about a half dozen property and business owners in attendance, would like to see more art, music, and culture. “This is an idea that can really revitalize five or six blocks of Main Street,” Craig said. “You know what the good part is? We don’t need very much from the city. If we get something from the city, if we get grants and stuff, that’s great. “If the business owners are satisfied with the way things are going now, then you know what, I’m done. But if they are

This is an idea that can really revitalize five or six blocks of Main Street.

Brad Morrison and the other 31 fulltime employees at Maumee Bay Turf Center in Oregon are truly feeling “Super” these days. MBTC, 7240 S. Stadium Rd., was contracted to help install the turf at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., home of Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2. The Jets and Giants both share the stadium. Morrison, MBTC’s chief executive officer, said the turf was installed last June and July. “There were six installers that go, from all over the country,” Morrison said. “We have guys from the state of Oregon, Texas, and Canada. We did 16 fields this summer and had zero punch list items. A punch list is like when you walk through your house and find things and fix them. We want the field to be perfect. The surface has to be pristine and we did that, and that’s unheard of. We are trying to set a new standard in the industry.” It is the second year in a row that Maumee Bay Turf has installed the turf at a Super Bowl stadium. When New Orleans’ Louisiana Superdome, home of last year’s Super Bowl, decided it was time to replace the field, they invited the leading synthetic turf companies to install test strips so they could evaluate the playing surfaces. When the evaluation was over, the players, coaches, and Superdome management group decided to install the Speed S5-M synthetic turf system by UBU Sports and Oregon-based Maumee Bay Turf Center. Morrison said six people can install a turf field in about 20 days. He said what is unique about MetLife Stadium is that, although the NFL shield logo in the middle of the field is permanent, the aluminum “trays” in the end zone have to be replaced nearly every week during the 16-game NFL season. “One week it will say Giants,” Morrison said, “and another weekend it will say Jets.” It’s the same turf that will be used for the big game — the Super Bowl logo and other art are painted when the time comes.

not satisfied, and they want something better for their businesses, for their property, then this is a good plan. It’s nothing that I came up with on my own. We just need to get the business owners and the property owners together and organize. We have to show them what’s possible. That’s all we need to do because they’ll see what’s possible and they are the ones with the property there. They are going to do what they need to do to make their property more profitable.” Craig plans to hold another forum January 22 at 6 p.m. at a site to be announced, and he’s bringing in a special

presenter — Robb Hankins, the CEO of ArtsinStark, the Stark County Arts Council. Craig is also expecting economic development representatives from Mayor-Elect Mike Collins administration and the Toledo Arts Council to be there. Hankins played a major role turning around similar business districts in nine communities across the country. His latest project was in Canton, beginning seven years ago, where the arts council and the chamber of commerce partnered to revitalize the downtown business district. “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 in two or three different places and it’s worked. Other people have used it all over the nation and it worked. And, I am happy to steal their idea.” There’s safety in numbers Believe it or not, Main Street has been rated highly for this kind of thing by at least one study. “Part of neighborhood development, they talk about walk-ability. How walk-able a neighborhood is. What services can you get by walking if you live in that neighbor-

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Students deliver for Holiday Bureau This year, the Allen-Clay-Harris Township unit of the Ottawa County Holiday Bureau packed food for 133 applicants, serving 215 children, 91 families and 45 senior citizens. Children from 40 families were sponsored for toys by local community members, businesses, schools and organizations. Pictured, Woodmore seniors Cailey Willhardt and Grace Weirich, and fellow members of Woodmore High School and Genoa High School's National Honor Society, packed food for delivery from Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Genoa. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)

British cyclist shares an adventurous message By Allie Burner Staff Writer Window To Woodmore Anna McNuff, resident of London, England, is cycling 12,000 miles through all 50 states in America. McNuff is doing this all solo and has no sponsors behind her. The cause for this adventure is to help raise money to donate to the “Right to Play” foundation, which helps kids participate in games and sports in communities affected by war, poverty

and disease. McNuff was passing through on her way to the East Coast and stayed with Gordon Hille, who lives in Elmore and is also a cyclist. He passed the information to Mary Makalinski, who then suggested that she speak to her GATE elementary students in the Woodmore School District. McNuff talked to students about the adventures she has been having and tried to encourage them to begin cycling or become active in some way. “I think Anna’s story is very inspira-

tional because it has adventure. She is also a very good role model for the children and promotes athleticism and cycling,” said Makalinski. “What I found most interesting is what she saw,” said fourth grader Drew St. John. “I also loved the adventure behind it.” The Right to Play foundation helps over 800,000 children per week participate in sports, regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, religion, and social background. (Reprinted from Window To Woodmore, a student publication)

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maintain our operating costs at the lower levels we’ve moved to, but increase our capital expenditures. There’s always an economic cycle. When the next lean time comes, our streets and infrastructure will be in good shape,� he said. “I think it was a good team effort coming up with this consensus budget,� said Councilman Jim Seaman, chairman of the Finance Committee. Senior center The city has, for the fourth year in a row, earmarked $47,715 in the recreation department’s budget for operations of the James “Wes� Hancock senior center. Even though voters in November approved Oregon’s first levy for seniors, the city won’t begin to collect the $207,000 in revenue until later next year. The Area Office on Aging of Northwest Ohio, Inc., which contributed over $63,000 to the senior center in 2012 and 2013, will also contribute a similar amount to the center next year. Neither the city nor the agency will guarantee future funding now that there is a local senior levy. Senior center officials this summer rejected the possibility of getting $250,000 from the agency to expand opera-

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Sentenced A Fremont man was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison after previously being found guilty of three counts related to child pornography. According to Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, Robert Lehman, 57, was arrested in January after investigators determined he downloaded more than 50 images of young boys being sexually abused. According to court documents, Lehman was previously sentenced to eight years in state prison for corruption of a minor in 1987, and nine years in state prison for corruption of a minor and sexual imposition in 2009. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alissa Sterling following an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations.

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Super Bowl Continued from front page â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fields are typically replaced every eight years depending on usage threshold,â&#x20AC;? Morrison said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The turf that was installed by our group during the summer is the same turf that will be in there for next eight years. Special logos are painted on and then cleaned off with a special scrubber we developed for various events.â&#x20AC;? Morrison added that installing turf on a football field typically costs between $600,000 and $700,000, although he did not have final figures on how much it cost to install the turf at MetLife Stadium. Morrison said UBU Sports, located in Dalton, Ga., manufactures all of the turf products for MBTC. He said all NFL teams use what is called a UBU speed series with a slit-film fiber, which is a wider fiber that is more durable for high-use fields. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a monofilament fiber that is almost like a tall piece of grass,â&#x20AC;? Morrison said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We put monofilament in at Lake and slit-film in at Bellevue and at Strobel Field in Sandusky. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a sand and rubber mix in it. Once we get the field laid down and the numerals and the logos and hash marks, we bring in a rubber granual (rubber/sand) mixture. We did Paul Brown Stadium for the Bengals and there is about 650,000 pounds of rubber in that field, or about 40,000 car tires. They are all recycled tires that go through a pretty rigorous process.â&#x20AC;? From Lake to New York Morrison said MBTC hooked up with UBU Sports President Mark Nicholls after MBTC installed the new turf field at Lake High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stadium in 2010. Nicholls â&#x20AC;&#x153;does all negotiating and selling on all the NFL projects,â&#x20AC;? according to Morrison. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mark started out as an installer in Canada at age 11, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phenomenal,â&#x20AC;? Morrison said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is the dean of turf worldwide. After the Lake project went so well, he heard about us. There are only 13 of us worldwide who install for him. He handpicks who does his stuff. He has a certain standard and he reached out to me after we did the field at Lake.â&#x20AC;? Morrison said a minimum amount of maintenance will be required in the week leading up to the big game at MetLife Stadium â&#x20AC;&#x153;because of they way itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s con-

Maumee Bay Turf Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly-installed turf at MetLife Stadium, New York. structed.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fields are pretty resilient,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quality control guys may come in and clean it up. The Super Bowl shield will get painted on, and any other sponsor logos. We deep-clean the field and groom the field. You almost have to treat a turf field like your living room. It has to be kept clean and be swept. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re partnered with 15 other companies worldwide, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to whoever has guys available that week to do that. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually done by guys with 1520 years of experience.â&#x20AC;? Fans who attend the Super Bowl need not worry about the turfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to hold up to freezing, snowy or even rainy weather in February.

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More music Continued from front page hood?â&#x20AC;? Craig explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Main Street has a walk-ability score that is between moderately walk-able and very walk-able. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the best scores in the city.â&#x20AC;? This is not the first time anyone has suggested this for Main Street. In the 1990s, because of the success of three Main Street night clubs, Frankies, The Main Event, and Club Nucleus, the owner of all three clubs, Rob Croak, suggested creating the River East Entertainment District. According to Croak, between 1,500 and 2,000 people were hopping from club to club on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. However, much of the momentum from the 1990s came to end when local residents complained about loud music late at night, fights, and underage drinking. Although the crowds are coming back, Craig stresses that to be successful those issues cannot come into play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing outdoor music, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let that go on until midnight. You stop it at 10 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock and take it indoors, and control your crowds,â&#x20AC;? Craig said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the way youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to act. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People who are elderly and worried about safety and stuff, there is nothing better for safety than having two or three hundred people out in the street. You have half a dozen people in one group, and three or four in another, and everybody is going from business to business. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better than having a police car dedicated to Main Street.â&#x20AC;? Now nearly a dozen years later, Innovation Concerts, is resurrecting the spirit of The Main Event at its original east side location by converting The Main Street Bar back into a live music venue. Innovation Concerts currently books local and touring acts at Headliners and Mickey Finnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Toledo, and Howardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club H and The Cla-Zel Theatre in Bowling Green. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we will continue to do so,â&#x20AC;? says Broc Curry, founder of Innovation Concerts, regarding the other venues his company currently books. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We decided to re-launch a venue at The Main Eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prior location because there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a room of that size with as much legacy in the city. Toledo had a great music scene. My goal in doing this is to bring that energy back to Toledo.â&#x20AC;? Craig added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;To get people to come to your neighborhood, sometimes you have to have events, like sponsor an outdoor concert or three or four in the summer. If you get people to come to your neighborhood, they feel safe, they look around, and they start going, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, you know what, this would be a great place for this.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artists donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any money, right? But, guess what, you know how much income people who buy art have? You get those people coming to your neighborhood, your Main Street, and they come to an art show and they might want to stop and have a drink or two, and grab a bite to eat, or they might want to do some additional shopping. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to shop at (a department store), they want to shop somewhere they can get unique items,â&#x20AC;? Craig continued.

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Oregon eyes the return of Christmas tree lighting By Kelly J. Kaczala Press News Editor Fred Gerke, of North Eastmoreland, told Oregon City Council on Monday that the community should have a Christmas tree lighting ceremony to spread more holiday cheer. The city every year decorates a tree on Navarre Avenue, but Mayor Mike Seferian said the location was too dangerous to invite the public for a lighting ceremony. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably not a proper place. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of dangerous out there, so we will not be having one,â&#x20AC;? said Seferian. Gerke agreed it was not safe, but thought the municipal complex on Seaman Road would be an ideal site next year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went to a lot of towns that had Christmas tree lighting ceremonies for the first time. Why canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we have it here at the city? We got parking. We have a police department. We should have a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we? I see Northwood had one. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just saying, the people of Oregon love this city. Where is

the love of the council people to just put up something for the city? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like saying to me, `Ok, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a city, but we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to have ceremonies for Christmas,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Gerke. He praised officials for organizing Boomfest, the annual Fourth of July celebration Seferian started four years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fantastic you guys doing that for the community. But would a Christmas tree ceremony affect our budget, our council, our people? You should be out there to meet the citizens of Oregon who voted for you,â&#x20AC;? said Gerke. Seferian said there had been Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in the past, but few attended the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each year, we had less and less people show up. There was almost no one attending when we did have it. Some people here felt obligated to come. We were the only ones who were here. There wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a strong outcry for it. You are the only one. If we see a desire for it, we will consider it,â&#x20AC;? said Seferian. Council President Dennis Walendzak said he was also open to having a Christmas

tree lighting ceremony again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The current place on Navarre, our Christmas tree, is not a safe area to have, unless you close down Route 2. But we could potentially have it in the future. Last year we did have Christmas lights and a display here at the administration facility. Obviously, a sense of community, a sense of pride in the community, is something we should all strive for,â&#x20AC;? said Walendzak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a citizen of Oregon, I feel I have a right to come before council and give my opinion,â&#x20AC;? said Gerke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the city. I love the workers. I love the people of Oregon. I love Christmas. I love to give people holiday cheer and stuff like that. It makes me happy.â&#x20AC;? Administrator Mike Beazley said the city has added more Christmas decorations in the last few years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oregon has upped its public investment in public decorations and lighting. Every year, three years in a row, we do more than the year before. We take a little step at a time. Navarre Avenue weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still working on. The city has increased its investment in lighting and display,â&#x20AC;? said

Beazley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I appreciate it,â&#x20AC;? said Gerke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But like I said, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chance for people to meet you guys. We vote to put you in office. A lot of times, people are afraid to say hi. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just citizens of Oregon like I am. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a higher authority. If I want to find out things, I talk to you guys. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the people I come to. If we could just get the community of Oregon together to meet you guys one day of the year. A lot of people need to meet you.â&#x20AC;? Councilman Jim Seaman agreed with Seferian about the weak public attendance at previous tree lighting ceremonies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we tried to reach out more in advance, with stronger public relations - have candy for the kids â&#x20AC;&#x201D; maybe more people would come. Maybe we could put you in charge of notifying everyone if we ever did that,â&#x20AC;? Seaman said to Gerke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the idea of handing out candy canes,â&#x20AC;? said Gerke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And you guys, too, could talk to people. A lot of people open up at Christmas time.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll encourage Mr. Seaman to organize that event next year,â&#x20AC;? said Walendzak.

Council makes changes By Kelly J. Kaczala Press News Editor Oregon City Council on Monday agreed to move the combined positions of law director and prosecutor into classified services. Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s act, which amends the municipal code, creates the positionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pay range, which is consistent with that of the police chief and fire chief. Oregon Law Director Paul Goldberg and Prosecutor Tom Dugan retired this month after years of service. Mayor Mike Seferian said he and Administrator Mike Beazley had talked about combining the two positions into one for the last two and a half years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another way we chose to consolidate some services within the city. After looking at it for about two and a half years, we thought this might be the best manner in which to proceed,â&#x20AC;? said Seferian. Beazley said it was necessary for council to amend the municipal code because it had provided a detailed reference to the way the law director was compensated for base hours and an hourly rate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That would simply be replaced by having the law director become part of the classified service,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Holiday special to air Toledoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s German-American Hour radio show, a 60-year tradition on Toledo radio, will present its annual Christmas show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;WeihnachtsSpecial,â&#x20AC;? Sunday, Dec. 22 from 9-11 a.m. The special, which will include both traditional and new German Christmas carols, will be presented without commercial interruption. Hosted by Jack Renz and Tim Pecsenye, the German-American Hour broadcasts live every Sunday morning from 9-11 a.m. on WCWA 1230 AM, on iHeart Radio at, and on WIOT 104.7 HD2 Toledo. The weekly show includes all genres of German, Swiss and Austrian music, plus announcements about events in the German and Swiss community, German â&#x20AC;&#x153;Word of the Week,â&#x20AC;? soccer scores and standings and a periodic cooking segment. Visit www.germanamericanhour. com and German-American Hour or Facebook for more information.

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Genoa couple Officer suspended over domestic violence seeking help By Cynthia L. Jacoby Special to The Press

By Tammy Walro Pam Brown is worried...not about how sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get her Christmas shopping done, or what kind of ham to buy for Christmas dinner. Her worries are bigger. Pamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband, Randy, is already dealing with health problems that require him to go for dialysis three times a week. On Jan. 2, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll undergo surgery where doctors will amputate his right leg below the knee. Since learning Randy would need surgery, Pam has been trying to arrange to have a ramp constructed on their porch at their home in the Greenwood Mobile Home Court on Woodville Road. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contacted different agencies and has been turned down or told there is a six- to eight-week waiting period. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My nephew was going to help and he ended up having surgery,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in a wheelchair for awhile,â&#x20AC;? Pam said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will take at least six weeks for him to heal; after that, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be fitted with a prosthesis, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to learn to walk with that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to have a ramp built so that I can get him to and from our van for dialysis and other appointments,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If someone could help build one, we would be so grateful,â&#x20AC;? she said. Anyone wishing to offer assistance may call Pam at 419-855-0197.

Dog adoption Lucas County Canine Care & Control (formerly the Lucas County Dog Warden) will hold a Year-End Adoption Close-Out Saturday, Dec. 28 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 410 S. Erie St., Toledo. All 2013 dogs must go to good homes. For more information, call 419213-2800 or visit Lucas County Canine Care & Control on Facebook.

A Carroll Township police officer has been suspended indefinitely while a criminal case against him is resolved. William Windnagel, 56, is free on an $8,000 bond related to a single charge of domestic violence filed against him last week, according to the Ottawa County Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty via paperwork submitted by his lawyer Terry Rudes of Port Clinton and is scheduled for a 10 a.m. Feb. 18 pre-trial hearing. In the interim, he will not be allowed to work for the township police department, according to Police Chief Jody Hatfield. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has been relieved of his duties. All of his equipment has been turned in,â&#x20AC;? Hatfield said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has been suspended until any and all charges and investigations against him are resolved. That could possibly take up to a year.â&#x20AC;? A disciplinary hearing took place Dec. 12. Hatfield notified Windnagel and his lawyer of the results on Monday. Windnagel was arrested the evening of Dec. 8. Officers were sent to the home in the 7500 block of Salem Carroll Road after a woman called 911, whispering that she needed help, according to the Ottawa

County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. Both Carroll Township and sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputies were sent to the home. The woman apparently stayed on the line until the dispatcher told her a deputy had arrived outside the home. As deputies approached, a partially dressed woman ran to them, screaming hysterically, according to the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office report. The woman claimed that Windnagel, her boyfriend, had held her down forcibly on the couch, creating red marks on her arms. Hatfield turned the case over to the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office since it involved one of his part-time officers, Sheriff Steve Levorchick said. The argument apparently started over a post the woman had made on Facebook the day before. She has written something like â&#x20AC;&#x153;You never truly know someone till they live with you,â&#x20AC;? according to the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report. She was, the report said, referring to a computer device she had found in the home in July 2013 which she claimed contained questionable material. She reportedly told Windnagel about the post and that she had discussed â&#x20AC;&#x153;his problemâ&#x20AC;? with another person. Windnagel wanted to know who she

had told about the device, sparking the argument. Deputies tried to talk to Windnagel several times about the incident. But he refused to say anything, according to the report. He was eventually arrested on a single count of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor, and taken to the Ottawa County Detention Facility. Large portions of the report were blacked out but deputies requested search warrants for the Salem Carroll Road home, vehicles on the property and Windnagelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garage on Titus Road. The device and other computer equipment were sent to the Toledo Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crime lab for analysis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It could be weeks before we get anything back from them,â&#x20AC;? Levorchick said. Windnagel has worked for Carroll Township as a part-time officer since 2011, making about $16.50 an hour. Prior to that, he worked as a road patrol deputy for the Ottawa County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department. He retired from service about five years ago, Levorchick said. Windnagelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suspension should not cause a disruption in service at the township police department, Hatfield said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He worked a couple of times a month, mostly on an on-call basis,â&#x20AC;? Hatfield said.

Caucus formed to address Lake Erie issues By Press Staff Writer The first meeting of the newly-formed Lake Erie Caucus of state legislators will likely be scheduled early in 2014, when it will hold an organizational session, according to State Sen. Randy Gardnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. The Bowling Green Republican last week announced the formation of the bipartisan group to provide leadership on issues pertaining to the lake. Sen. Capri Cafaro (D- Hubbard) will serve as joint chairman of the caucus, Gardner said, and State Rep. Chris Redfern (D â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Catawba) has agreed to a leadership role. Combined, the districts of Redfern and

Gardner represent more of the lakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoreline than any other legislators with the two serving Ottawa and Erie counties. Cafaro represents Ashtabula County, which borders the lake in eastern Ohio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just believe the lake and all it means to Ohio needs even more focus,â&#x20AC;? Gardner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As state legislators, we have an obligation to provide that focus and leadership.â&#x20AC;? Gardner was a sponsor of the Healthy Lake Fund, which was established to help fight problems with algal blooms in the lake. Redfern has been a steadfast opponent to drilling under the lake for natural gas and oil.

Cafaro said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anticipating â&#x20AC;&#x153;substantive discussionsâ&#x20AC;? about the lakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in economic growth and tourism as well as preserving the environmental health of the lake. Gardner and Cafaro said they expected a strong contingent of Senate and House members to join the caucus. Members of Gov. John Kasichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration, including personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Commerce, will be asked to provide input, Gardner said, as will travel and tourism organizations, environmental groups, boating and fishing associations and small businesses affected by the lake.























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But at least once or twice a year we hear of a branch coming down and hitting a car.


Woodville officials are planning a review of the villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policies covering the maintenance and planting of trees, hoping to make residents more aware that while trees bring many benefits to a community they can also cause problems. Keith Kruse, village administrator, said the utilities department has had to contend with trees planted along boulevards between sidewalks and street curbs in particular as they grow and block traffic signs, interfere with overhead electric lines, and their root systems burrow into water and sewer and gas lines. Residents who purchase trees through the village tree commission are charged a fee of $50 for trees planted along boulevards and $100 for trees planted in their front or back yards. The village contracts

with North Branch Nursery to have the trees planted. Typically, the village sponsors plantings in the spring and fall with about six to 12 trees being planted each time. Kruse and Mayor Richard Harman said the policy review will include looking at possibly changing the fee structure to give more incentive to residents to purchase

trees for their yards rather than boulevards Mayor Harman said North Branch does a â&#x20AC;&#x153;great jobâ&#x20AC;? before planting of contacting the Ohio Utilities Protection Service, a locating coordinator for utility companies, but, as trees mature, and their branches and roots grow, so do problems with signage being obstructed from the view of motorists and underground utility systems being clogged. Tree branches hanging so low over streets they are routinely hit by village maintenance vehicles as well as commercial trucks have also become prevalent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not anti-tree. Not at all,â&#x20AC;? the mayor said, noting the village has received the Tree City USA designation for 22 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But at least once or twice a year we hear of a branch coming down and hitting a car.â&#x20AC;? Ben Brien, utilities supervisor, said village crews have been spending more time trimming trees to clear space for electricity lines and make traffic signs more visible, as well as unclogging sewers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; time that

could be spent on other village work. He said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not uncommon to see branches above streets that have been broken by delivery trucks, moving vans or other large vehicles. Even snow plows attempting to work close to curbs are hampered by branches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If residents see a crew working on trees along a street right-of-way weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not doing it just because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re bored,â&#x20AC;? Brien said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing it because there is an issue that needs to be addressed.â&#x20AC;? Easements and right-of-way regulations give the village the authority to go on private property to trim trees, including those planted along lot lines in back yards, he said. Kruse said he plans to meet with administrators in other villages to see how their tree policies are implemented. As a practice, the village has avoided â&#x20AC;&#x153;toppingâ&#x20AC;? trees to keep branches clear of electrical lines, Mayor Harman said.

Lake Twp. community garden called qualified success By Larry Limpf News Editor Lake Townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community garden was a qualified success but it will need more volunteers to keep it going next summer, Melanie Bowen, a township trustee, reported during the trusteesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tuesday meeting. The trustees last May approved a resolution to establish a garden to benefit needy residents of the township. A 50- by 50-foot plot along Lemoyne Road adjacent to the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emergency dispatching facility was planted with vegetables and tended by volunteers. Bowen last week said about five car trunk loads of produce were harvested and donated to the Feed Your Neighbor

Program and Food Pantry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a good project,â&#x20AC;? Bowen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be able to it again.â&#x20AC;? Volunteers planted tomatoes, squash, zucchini, corn, pole beans, peppers and cabbage as well as some herbs. Bowen said organizers of Feed Your Neighbor were especially glad to have the gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harvest to offer in the food pantry as many of the needy lack the funds to purchase fresh produce. However, tending the garden required a lot of time and volunteers and the patch was often in need of being weeded and watered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would love to see it continue but I personally donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the time,â&#x20AC;? she said, adding anyone who would like to â&#x20AC;&#x153;championâ&#x20AC;? the effort should contact her.

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Security changes coming to Ottawa County Courthouse By Cynthia L. Jacoby Special to The Press Early next year, expect to see changes in security at the Ottawa County Courthouse. New metal detectors and an X-ray machine will be installed at the southeast door off the main parking lot behind the courthouse. In addition, two deputies will be stationed at the entrance throughout regular business hours. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope to have everything operational by Feb. 1,â&#x20AC;? Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There will only be one way to enter and leave the building and that will be through that doorway.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The common pleas court has had metal detectors for years,â&#x20AC;? the sheriff explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we have to look at everything as a whole. The increased violence in our society. The increased propensity for workplace violence. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to protect the rest of the courthouse.â&#x20AC;? Metal detectors on the third floor are slated to be dismantled when the new detectors begin service. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll likely go up for sale on a governmental sale website. County commissioners are picking up the equipment and installation costs for the metal detectors purchased through Smith Detection of Edgewood, Md. The $90,000 annually necessary for salaries for six part-time deputies to fill the courtroom security rotation schedule will be included with the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department budget, Levorchick said. Installation could begin within a couple of weeks, according to Jim Adkins, the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facilities manager. The company will send a crew to install the equipment and then train the deputies. The X-ray machine will be used to view contents of purses, boxes, backpacks and other packages coming into the courthouse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the package is too big, they may have to open it. Or we will have a procedure in place to check with offices about whether they are expecting a package or not,â&#x20AC;? Adkins explained. In emergencies, those within the courthouse will be able to use the emergency exit doors. A revamping is also in the works for the main door way. Doors that swing in and out will be replaced with slider doors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are getting new main doors. The old ones are pretty worn out. We figured since we were working on this upgrade we might as well replace them,â&#x20AC;? Adkins said. The heightened security will not include a camera set up at the metal detector station. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We already have cameras inside and outside of the building. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if people realize that or not but anyone entering and leaving this courthouse can be seen on cameras,â&#x20AC;? Adkins said.

Grant awarded for E. Broadway By Larry Limpf News Editor A grant awarded to Wood County to help pay for the resurfacing of a stretch of East Broadway was welcomed by Lake Township officials, who say the project is sorely needed. The county commissioners recently approved an agreement with the Ohio Public Works Commission for a grant of $325,000 to partially pay for the project, said Andrew Kalmar, county administrator. The funds will be used to pay for milling and resurfacing East Broadway, between State Route 795 and the Northwood corporation limits, a distance of about 2.67 miles. Tim Murphy, roads project manager for the county engineerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, said the estimated cost of the project is $742,695. He said contract bids may be awarded by March or April 2014 and work could be completed by the July 4 weekend. The road is about 22 feet wide and the project will include some berm work, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We welcome that news. That road desperately needs to be paved,â&#x20AC;? said Richard Welling, a township trustee. He said some sections of East Broadway are in â&#x20AC;&#x153;pretty bad shapeâ&#x20AC;? due to being dug up by utility companies replacing underground gas lines and then patched. Welling said he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t aware the coun-

By Cynthia L. Jacoby Special to The Press Village council in Oak Harbor has selected a new engineering firm to help the village fix its sewer system overflow problems. At a special meeting, council voted unanimously to hire Jones & Henry Engineers Ltd. for its environmental needs regarding the sewer system, councilman Jon Fickert said. The company has offices in both Toledo and Cincinnati. Council then directed Administrator Robert Pauley to negotiate a contract with the firm. The decision to hire Jones & Henry came after the utilities committee interviewed four candidates the day before. In all, 10 companies had submitted proposals. The village ousted its former consultant on the project, Poggemeyer Design Group, because of problems developing in a system the firm helped create. More than a year ago, the village had to replace a flawed overflow pond designed by Poggemeyer that deteriorated. The persistent overflow issues came to a climax this spring and summer after heavy rains resulted in flooding in some homes throughout the village. Angry residents filled council chambers several times.

Obituary Norma Lee Goodrich 1926 ~ 2013

Our mom quietly passed with her children at her side on December 16th. She loved and was loved. Among her favorite things were lemon meringue pie, fishing, African violets, and Helen Steiner Rice, which were all surpassed by her love of the Cleveland Indians. Her pride and joy was that of being a homemaker to her husband of 51 years, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doc,â&#x20AC;? and their three children George (Linda), Curtice, OH, Laurie Tucker (Pete), Denver, CO, and Sandy Tucker (Bruce), Millbury, OH. She boasted of her 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Norma has donated her body to The UT Medical Center in Toledo. Her wishes for a private, simple service with her family were honored at the Lutheran Home of Toledo.

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ty was seeking the grant. Although that section of East Broadway is in the township, the county has jurisdiction over it for maintenance purposes. The commissioners also approved a payment of $48,827 to Mannik & Smith Group, Inc., for 2013 bridge inspections. Murphy said the engineerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office divides the county into quadrants for inspections. Mannik & Smith was assigned the northern quadrant and personnel in the engineerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office are responsible for inspections in the other quadrants. Welling said the trustees have sent a list of three township bridges to the engineerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office that they consider priorities for improvements.

The village has requests pending with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regarding the opening of a combined sewer overflow valve to relieve the stress. However, the EPA will not review the request until the village has an engineering firm in place to lead the review, according to Mayor Bill Eberle. Fickert said he backed hiring Jones & Henry because the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal offered other possible solutions to the sewer problem. They were not just looking at the pending sewer overflow request, Fickert said. The firm suggested asking the EPA for permission to open a number of other overflow sites to get the situation under control. Then as they analyzed the problem more intensely, the village could slowly shut down sites that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to stay open.

Obituary David N. Overmyer

7-1-1938 ~ 12-18-2013 David N. Overmyer, age 75, of Walbridge, passed away December 18, 2013 in Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. He was born on July 1, 1938, in Elmore to Corneal â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dutchâ&#x20AC;? and Lucille (Magsig) Overmyer. On July 1, 1972, he married the former Ellen Reed. David along with his wife Ellen owned and operated D & E Trucking Inc. He enjoyed driving truck as well as working on them. In his spare time he loved riding his motorcycle with various family members.

He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Ellen; children, Kathy (Terry Cook) Overmyer, Jeffery (Shirley) Overmyer, Dalene Voigt, Kelly (Marina) Overmyer, Christopher (Merlin) Overmyer, Marvin (Annelle) Reed, Lynda Wagner, Craig (Sharon) Gosch, and Scott (Debbie) Gosch; fourteen grandchildren; fifteen greatgrandchildren; brothers, Pastor Roger (Darlene) Overmyer, Gaylon (Frances) Overmyer, and Darwin (Virginia) Overmyer. Friends will be received on Friday, December 20, 2013, from 2-8pm in the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home 701 N. Main St. Walbridge (419-666-3121). Funeral services will be held on Saturday, st December 21 at 11:00am in Bethel United Brethren Church 2920 S. St. Rt. 590 Elmore, Ohio. Interment will follow in Lindsey Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's' Association or the Wood County Humane Society. Thoughts and prayers to the family may be made at

Police Beats Lake Twp. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Shelly Ramosocky, 34, Northwood, was charged Dec. 14 with burglary after walking into a residence in the 4100 block of Waltham Road. â&#x20AC;˘ A driver reported Dec. 12 about 80 gallons of diesel fuel had been siphoned from his truck while parked at the Super 8 Motel parking lot. â&#x20AC;˘ A resident of the 3600 block of Lakepointe Drive on Dec. 13 reported the theft of a 1998 Ford F-150 from the parking lot of the apartment complex. â&#x20AC;˘ A resident of the 1600 block of Pemberville Road Dec. 13 reported a stolen credit card. â&#x20AC;˘ A resident of the 29000 block of Tracy Road Dec. 16 reported the theft of a television, wallet, cash and gift card. Police said entry was forced. â&#x20AC;˘ A lap top computer, compound bow and Harley Davidson shirts were reported stolen Dec. 16 from a residence in the 5500 block of Moline Martin Road. Entry was forced, police said. Oregon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; An unknown suspect entered a home in the 400 block of S. Fargo St. in an unknown manner on Dec. 9 and took unknown items. â&#x20AC;˘ Unknown suspect(s) damaged door/lock to gain access to a home in the 4600 block of Pickle Rd. on Dec. 8. â&#x20AC;˘ Scripts, a ring and a computer were stolen from a home in the 3000 block of Eastmoreland Dr., after an unknown suspect kicked in the door to gain access on Dec. 9. s

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Obituary Carol A. Barkhau Carol A. Barkhau, 78 of Elmore, OH went to be with her Lord on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg, OH. She was born December 6, 1935 in Genoa, OH to the late Rolla and Evelyn (Wolter) Sondergeld. She was baptized by her uncle, Rev. Dr. Louis Wolter. She was confirmed at St. Paul-Trinity Methodist Church and again confirmed in 1955 at Trinity Lutheran Church, both in Elmore. She was a 1953 graduate of Elmore High School. On December 18, 1954 she was married to Marvin Barkhau, who preceded her in death June 16, 2010. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Elmore where she was a member of Ladies Aid, Thursday morning Bible study group, choir, and served as secretary for Church Council, and on the counting schedule. She worked as a secretary at Trinity Lutheran and law offices in Toledo. She was an inspiration to all with her upbeat outlook in dealing with her 9 year struggle with cancer and loved to meet new people and her friends to play dominoes. Survivors include her daughters: Lee Ann Barkhau of Bowling Green, OH and Mary (Ed) Ashley of Rossford, OH; grandchildren: Grey (Sarah) Barkhau, Dayna West, Charles and Daniel Duggan; great- grandchild, Vayda Schmidt; step grandchildren: Brittney, Brooke, and Bailey Dey; brothers: Gordon (Betty) Sondergeld, Robert (Meta) Sondergeld, and Raymond (Leona) Sondergeld all of Genoa, OH; sister- in- law, Janet Sondergeld of Genoa. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Glenn Sondergeld. Arrangements were handled by Crosser Funeral Home, Elmore-Genoa Chapel. Funeral Services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Elmore with the Rev. Stephen Lutz officiating. Burial was in Harris-Elmore Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Trinity Lutheran Church (150th Anniversary Fund), or Harris-Elmore Public Library. Online condolences may be shared with the family at


Your Voice on the Street: by Stephanie Szozda

DECEMBER 23, 2013


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What is the best Christmas gift you have ever received?

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Judy Atherton Oregon "My son got in a horrific automobile accident December 17th 1987 at 17 years old, and the best Christmas gift I ever got was him surviving the accident."

Josh Chevalier Toledo "Last year my daughter gave me an ornament that said, 'I love my Daddy.' I cried. It was very special."

Support needed, appreciated To the editor: Most people have no idea how much money it takes to run a shelter. At the Humane Society of Ottawa County, the electric bill is $500-600 per month in the winter. Then there is the gas, phone, water, and trash service. Our veterinary bill is between $5,00010,000 per month. We take in animals that have been surrendered and respond to calls of abuse, neglect, abandonment. We have to take care of all of these animals. There are employees to pay who care for the animals while they are waiting for homes. The animal shelter is a 24/7 operation; no holidays or weekends are taken. Medications, which include flea treatments and de-worming supplies, run several hundred dollars a month. We do five to 10 loads of laundry a day to maintain a clean environment for the animals. Sheltering homeless animals has to be done right, which means that every animal needs to receive the care it needs to be comfortable until its family arrives. At HSOC, we pride ourselves in taking exemplary care of the animals in our charge. Our shelter is a no-kill facility, and we need your help. Our goal is to have 1,000 people donate $5-20 or more per month. This will just cover our basic expenses. Your donation is tax deductible, as we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Most people do not realize that we do not receive any funding from any city, county, township, state or federal funds – we survive on individual donations alone. We do have many folks that do donate food, litter, etc., and it is greatly appreciated by the animals. We also have many volunteers who come out and walk dogs, play with cats and kittens and help clean

Brooke Mershon Millbury "A gift from my oldest son. It was a wrapped ring box that said love was inside. He had made it himself at school."


Leslie Scheanwald Curtice "My favorite Christmas gift had been finding the pickle in our Christmas tree three years in a row. It is a competition that has been a family tradition for years."

Kayleigh Hughes Northwood "The 1st year me and my husband were together he got me a gold heart necklace. That was the best Christmas gift I've gotten so far."

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the shelter, and we can always use more. We also need members to join HSOC. Dues are $25 for individuals and $50 per family. Supporting members, who pay $100 dues and Kennel Sponsors, who pay $150, enjoy voting rights at meetings, which are held the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Ida Rupp Library, Madison St. Port Clinton. To those who help, we extend a big thank you from the animals, staff and board. Denny Hammond Humane Officer, Ottawa County Humane Society

Stopping the trend To the editor: Your recent front page editorial about what happened to East Toledo was full of real estate statistics. There is more is to the big picture about the problems east of the river. We have been lied to and taxed without proper representation by council members. All the neighborhoods in Toledo have sent the homeless, jobless and, how do I say this nicely...criminals. I have been an East Toledoan most of my 56 years. (I left in 1975 because, like now, there was no employment in Toledo for a high school graduate). For most of the time, most of the families in East Toledo were working in the many jobs in the area – American Ship Building, Interlake Steel, refineries and food, stores and the service industry. When I was growing up on Howland Avenue, every home had an income – some

two. Homes were owned by the occupant. All the children of the Baby Boomer generation went to school and had passing grades. I could go into detail, but most were living, working and spending money in East Toledo. Yes there were exceptions, but it was safe, happy and full of East-Side-Bornand-Raised Pride. As we have grown older, our parents have moved to follow jobs; so did the children. Take a look at Main Street; many businesses that prospered back in 20th century, like the Sports Arena, Eastwood Theater, G.C. Murphy’s, Food Town, Penney’s, Sears, Anchor Printing and East Side Sun newspaper., But those businesses are now gone. Why would anyone want to move here now? Shopping and employment have moved. The parents have died off leaving the homes, which, like you stated, are too expensive to make habitable or up to code. So now we have few if any reasons to attract new business and good homeowners. Instead of spending tax dollars to change parking on Main Street. the money should have been spent to find and attract small or large employers to our area. Now if you need to shop or work, you have to go outside of East Toledo. Many are not going to go to West Toledo to shop or work. My family has lived in East Toledo for more than 100 years. My great-grandfathers helped to build East Toledo. A.G. Zeller and the family business of my grandfather moved the buildings to widen Main Street and relocated homes to build the Anthony Wayne Bridge. They also built irrigation ditches to

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drain the Great Black Swamp to make land useable. W.H. Young Sr., my grandfather, was an East Toledo activist, who worked to help Mr. Pearson locate and purchase the property for Pearson Park. My great-grandfather, uncle and dad were all Toledo firefighters. All of the relatives I mentioned lived, worked and spent the money they made in East Toledo. Your next article should be about the things East of the Maumee River that are positive – including many nice homes and businesses along the Maumee River. It has a great location on two major interstate highways, railroad and water transportation. All the cities east or south of the river could help each other. Rossford and Perrysburg are growing, with many new and relocated businesses and homes. Oregon, Northwood and East Toledo are stagnant, and losing taxpayers and businesses. As can be seen in The Press Police Blotter, crime is increasing. Why? The funny thing is, when I talk to old school mates or neighbors that moved out of East Toledo to escape crime and low home values., it is following them to the suburbs in Oregon and Northwood. The trend needs to be stopped. How? Todd Algie Young Via Facebook

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“It’s too late” a common excuse, can become an easy crutch Dare to Live

by Bryan Golden

Regardless of what has already happened, you have the option to move forward...

“It’s too late,” is a common excuse for inaction. It justifies not doing something, not changing, not starting, or giving up. This excuse may be linked to someone’s age, past experiences, mistakes, or missed opportunities. We begin learning this response from a young age. We are exposed to constant examples of people reacting to problems with, “it’s too late.” It then becomes engrained as a valid reason for inaction. Regardless of the situation, it’s never too late. Let’s start with the excuse of a person’s age. Some people feel there is some age threshold beyond which it’s too late to move forward. So what is the alternative? Do nothing while waiting for the end? Regardless of your age, you’ll never be as young as you are today. Your future is what lies ahead, not how much time is behind you. There are countless examples of people doing amazing things at all ages. Bhai Fauja Singh ran the London Marathon when he was 100. Harlan Sanders started Kentucky Fried Chicken at 65. Laura Ingalls Wilder was 65 when she published her first “Little House on the Prairie” book. Grandma Moses started painting at 76. The examples of accomplishments at any age are endless. People alter careers, go to college, start businesses, and change their lives in virtually every way well into their senior years. These people are pursuing their dreams while some half their age, or younger, are wallowing in the despair of, “it’s too late.” Age is never a legitimate reason for inaction. Life is not over until it’s over.

Regardless of your age, your future lies ahead. Think old and you will feel old. Your spirit is as young as you want it to be. What about making a mistake? It happens to everyone. Of course actions have consequences. Obviously you can’t go back in time. Although you cannot change the past, it’s never too late to take the next step forward. The important decision now is what course of action should be taken moving ahead. There is always something positive that can be done. Throwing your

hands up in despair is pointless. Think before you act. Learn from the past. You don’t want to make things worse by one bad decision after another. Move forward by making better decisions, don’t dig a deeper hole. If you feel it’s too late, you’ll stop working to improve your situation. Your attitude turns negative when you become resigned to your fate. Missed opportunities are always disappointing. You chastise yourself for not taking action. However, it’s never too late. Things happen for a reason. With a positive attitude, you can uncover it. One opportunity missed may lead to something better. Or perhaps the supposed missed opportunity turns out to not be as good as you thought. Either way, the direction of life is forward. “It’s too late,” creates a negative self-fulfilling prophesy. You tell yourself it’s too late and then prove it to be true. The only time it is too late is when you give up. If you tell yourself you can’t do something, you won’t. Conversely, if you tell yourself you can, you will. Whether it is too late or not is based on your outlook. For every person who thinks it’s too late, countless others are successfully accomplishing that very same objective. So never tell yourself that it’s too late because your mind will believe it. Regardless of what has already happened, you have the option to move forward. Your next step is the most important one. It’s never too late to change direction. It’s never too late to learn. It’s never too late to improve.

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These Santas say: Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the gift you give them, a smile Kevin Meeks noticed the elderly woman, bundled up, shuffling toward the door of the Toledo Food Mart in East Toledo. He approached her in his Santa suit and gave her a wrapped Christmas gift. She stopped, looked up at him, took the gift and wept. He asked what was wrong. He said, she replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Young man, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize all my family is dead. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand, I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t received a Christmas gift in 10 years.â&#x20AC;? That simple act of kindness from a few years ago is in keeping with Christianityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long tradition of gift giving from the Biblical story of the three magi to the model for the modern day Santa Clausâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;St. Nicholas. The commercialization of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Xmasâ&#x20AC;? has nearly obliterated that Christian root of Santa Claus. But, Meeks and members of the small church he belongs to are working to reestablish that connection. The associate pastor of the Calvary Bible Pentecostal Holiness Church on Fourth Street has been passing out small gifts to strangers for 11 years. Dressed as North Pole Santa, he and Danny Chapman, dressed as South Pole Santa, and their elves passed out more than 400 presents last Saturday to strangers shopping at the Food Mart on Main Street. The gifts range from Beanie Babies, hats and gloves to candy and Bibles. Each package contains a note that states â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jesus loves youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and includes the name and address of the church. For those who are homeless, or for those without family, the gift may be the only one they receive this Christmas. Chapman says the reaction from strangers is priceless. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like to get a gift, to have someone give them something with no return,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the smile that gets you. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the gift you give them, their smile.â&#x20AC;? I saw that smile many times last Saturday as my daughter and I rang the bell for the Salvation Army. I saw shoppers cautiously accept a gift from someone they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know, expecting some strings to come with it. Maybe some proselytizing. Maybe a call to volunteer. They are surprised and grateful when they get just the gift and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Merry Christmas.â&#x20AC;? Meeks said the first year the church passed out 40 Bibles, but received a negative response. So, while they still give out a few Bibles, most of the presents are nonreligious. To be sure, he hopes the gifts

(Front row, left to right) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nichole Sanders, Sarah Hufford, and Jasmyne Brewer. (Back row) Devin DeVore, Kevin Meeks (St. Nicholas), John Vance, and Danny Chapman (Santa). (Press photo by Stephanie Szozda) will attract new members to a congregation which numbers 25 to 30. But, this outreach is more about making people smile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody has some kind of problem this time of year,â&#x20AC;? the East Toledoan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all go through some type of depression some time in our lives. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just trying to help them get through the seasonâ&#x20AC;Ś If we can stop one person from committing suicide or help one person realize that someone loves them, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done what we wanted to do.â&#x20AC;? The program is a year-long effort. Meeks and others search for buyouts and deals and accept donations. They had 1,100 gifts on hand and aim to expand the program to three other locations in the poorer sections of the city. For Chapman, an East Toledo resident who has donned the Santa suit for

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Holiday generosity is a blessing in disguise to little boy By Cynthia L Jacoby Special to The Press `Tis the season for giving – at least that’s what Barry Reau believes. Reau, who recently left the Village of Oak Harbor after nearly a dozen years as an employee, is sharing his good-bye gift from co-workers with the family of a sick boy. A disagreement with the administration spurred the former public power division superintendent’s departure in mid-December. He wrapped up work in Oak Harbor on a Friday and began a new job the next Monday at the Village of Genoa Public Works Department. Still, his former co-workers couldn’t let him go without notice. “They passed around a card to sign and some people put some cash in with it,” Reau said. The card meant a lot but he just couldn’t see keeping the money for himself. Instead, he plans to send the $75 collected to the family of Tyler Hammer, a 17-month old toddler who recently had a fundraiser at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Oak Harbor Southeast Road. The boy is the son of Nick and Megan Hammer. The Hammer family is well-known throughout the area. Nick’s father, Dean, is an Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department deputy and his grandmother, Bernie, has been a real estate agent in the area for years. Tyler has a chromosome deficiency that is spurring a lot of health problems. “He’s on steroids and they been using a feeding tube to feed him,” Dean Hammer said. “But he’s doing pretty well lately. He is starting to hold his head up.” The couple, who had been living in Perrysburg, moved to Michigan to be closer to the hospital tending to the child’s medical needs. Reau didn’t hand over the cash directly. He intends to send the contribution to the church this week to pass onto the family when he mails out his Christmas cards. “I’m not hurting for dough and I know they will appreciate it,” Reau said. He was a little taken aback to learn others had heard about his holiday generosity. Perhaps, others will follow his lead. “I know the little boy is pretty sick,” he said. Oak Harbor Councilman Jon Fickert and Councilwoman Donna Wendt-Elliot hosted a short get together on Reau’s last day with the village. Fickert said Reau talked to him about the cash gift and asked if he thought people would mind if he gave it away to charity. “I told him, ‘Sure Barry, you can do that it. That’s a noble thing to do,’ ” Fickert recalled. They talked about a few options then settled on sending it to the Hammer boy. “That Barry is really a kind-hearted person,” Fickert said.

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Flyers’ 101-point output displays their athleticism By Mark Griffin Press Contributing Writer Despite its full squad missing eight days of practice due to the football team’s appearance in the state playoffs, Lake’s basketball team is still unbeaten through the first quarter of the 2013-14 season. “Our first official practice was Nov. 1 and the last (regular season) football game was the same day,” coach Ryan Bowen said. “Our (six) varsity football kids didn’t come until two weeks later and it set us back a couple weeks. Some of the players adapted pretty quick. We have some nice athletes and it didn’t take them very long. We didn’t change our schedule at all.” The Flyers opened the season Nov. 29 with a 70-52 win over Toledo Christian. Lake (5-0, 3-0 Northern Buckeye Conference) followed with wins over Fostoria (57-37), Oak Harbor (70-44) and Eastwood (52-49) before routing Genoa 101-65 on Tuesday night. “We have a very good shooting team,” Bowen said, “and they found their stroke pretty fast.” Jake Rettig, a 5-foot-11 freshman, was the hero against visiting Eastwood, connecting on a game-winning 3-pointer from the right wing with 3.5 seconds left in the game. Junior guard Connor Bowen scored 23 points in the victory. “It was huge,” coach Bowen said of the win. “We lost to Eastwood twice last year by a combined three points. It’s nice to get that monkey off our back.” Connor Bowen, a first-team all-conference and all-district performer a year ago, leads Lake with a 19-point scoring average to go along with eight assists, six rebounds and four steals a game. The junior point guard is shooting 44 percent from 3-point range and 54 percent from inside the arc. “Going into (Tuesday) night he was leading us in every offensive category,” coach Bowen said. “Connor has almost had triple-doubles twice this year already. He’s doing everything for us and playing very well. We have 4-5 very good shooters and when you have a point guard who finds them, it makes it a lot easier. He had 12

Lake coach Ryan Bowen, sporting a beard he didn’t have last year, discusses strategy during Lake’s 101-65 victory over Genoa. (Press photo by Harold Hamilton/ HEHphotos. smugmug. com) points and 11 assists against TC.” Junior guard Jared Rettig, a secondteam All-NBC and all-district pick last year, has been “up and down” so far this season, according to coach Bowen. Rettig is averaging 13 points and six rebounds after scoring 29 points in the win over Genoa. “He had a nice game against TC (19 points) and the next game he had zero (points),” coach Bowen said. “He scored 13 vs. Oak Harbor and then he had three against Eastwood. He’s back in the swing of things now.” Coach Bowen said Cody Witt (9 ppg.) has been “phenomenal.” The senior guard is shooting 38 percent from 3-point range.

“He’s a great 3-point shooter,” the coach said. “Connor, Jared and Cody are our captains, but Cody’s our vocal guy because he’s a senior. He worked hard all offseason and is a great kid to coach this year so far.” Todd Walters, a 6-3 junior post, is contributing eight points and six rebounds a game. “He runs the court very well for a post player,” coach Bowen said. “His attribute is to get up and down the court and beat most post players to their spots.” Another key performer has been sophomore guard Brandyn Neal, who attended St. John’s Jesuit last year. Neal averages eight points a game and collects nearly six

rebounds and two steals a game. “He’s just a complete hustler on the court,” coach Bowen said. “He’s all over the place. He is athletic and he’s a fast guard who complements Connor very well in the back court.” Lake looked for its sixth win of the season at home on Friday against NBC rival Elmwood. “We want to stay consistent and stay focused on each game,” coach Bowen said. “Our goal always is to go 1-0. We don’t look past any game. We have to play our style of basketball and we like to play fast, but controlled fast. We just want to be 1-0 after each game.”

Natasha Howard nominated because of her charity work Florida State women’s basketball senior forward Natasha Howard (Waite) has been selected as a nominee for the Good Works Teams®, announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Allstate Insurance Company. In its second year, the Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® honor players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back. “Allstate is proud to recognize these two outstanding groups of men and women whose commitment to service and volunteerism demonstrate that ‘good works’ extend beyond the basketball court,” said Pam Hollander, senior director of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2014 WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® selection panels. “Each of the nominees serves as a role model and inspiration to future generations seeking ways to

give back, and another reason to celebrate the good happening in our communities.” Howard and the Florida State women’s basketball team have prided themselves on community service and charitable work. The Toledo native has participated in various charity functions this year alone. Howard took part in the Big Bend Heart Walk, where she assisted at a basketballthemed booth to help raise awareness for heart disease in conjunction with the American Heart Association. Howard also helped fund-raise at a United Way event for City of Tallahassee employees. Howard, who is also a candidate for the Senior CLASS award and the Naismith Trophy, gave a basketball clinic to underprivileged youth in Dakar, Senegal during a Foreign Tour trip this summer. She also volunteered in Dakar at an orphanage where she interacted with workers and helped take care of children. She has participated in numerous shoe drives with Samaritan’s Feet over her four years at Florida State. Most recently, Howard and her teammates visited the Ronald McDonald House in Tallahassee to assist with Thanksgiving

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Clay talented, but must stay injury-free By Mark Griffin Press Contributing Writer It probably seemed like the only thing Clay girls gymnastics coach Nick Distel could do last year was throw his hands up in the air and say, “why us!?” Distel returned the bulk of a squad that had competed at the state meet two years in a row, but injuries decimated the Eagles in 2012-13. “I think these girls have a lot to prove,” said Distel, last year’s Three Rivers Athletic Conference Co-Coach of the Year. “We’ve talked about it as a group, about getting better as the season goes on. With the athletes we have coming back and if we can stay relatively healthy, I think the girls have a legitimate shot at making the top two teams at districts. I think that’s a goal of all the seniors. We’re working to get better for each meet and trying to peak at the right time.” The Eagles’ seniors include Erin Gyurke, Jodi DeMeo, Ametheyst Floyd, Sydney McGath and Emilie Roman, who avoided the injury bug last year en route to earning first-team All-TRAC honors. “Emilie should have a solid season,” Distel said. “She’s going to compete allaround for us, and her strongest event is vault. I’m looking for her to get top five in the vault at districts, at the very least. If she can keep coming around in all her events, hopefully she can advance in the all-around.”

The 2013-14 Clay gymnastics team — (front row) Katelyn Ploof and Kayla Dickerson; (middle row) Madison Slovak, Jodi DeMeo, and Sydney McGrath; and (back row) Amtheyst Floyd, Emilee Roman, Ashley O’Neal, Erin Gyurke, and Sierra Watson. (Photo by Lifetouch formerly Woodard Photographic) Gyurke, one of the top cross country runners in the state, went through some physical issues at the end of the season this fall and has only been in the gym a little over a month, Distel said. “She is a fun-loving, hard-working kid,” the coach said. “I’ve had her in the gym since she was about 7 years old. She has come back in the gym and it doesn’t

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all-around. “That kid is awesome,” Distel said. “She just looks you straight in the eye when you give her a correction, and you can tell she really loves the sport. She’s always there, always on time and always trying to get better. Her gymnastics are so clean. If she stays healthy, hopefully she’ll compete in top five at districts for a spot at state. She’s upgraed her skill level.” Floyd competed in the bars and beam at the end of last season and has been coached by Distel since around age 8. “She’s still a little (injured) and will be getting an MRI on her knee, but it’s not an ACL,” Distel said. “She’s really upgraded her skills on bars.” McGath will compete in the vault and is looking to improve her endurance, Distel said. “For her, being a senior and sticking through gymnastics, I give her a lot of credit,” he said. “We have five seniors and she’s really good with the girls. Just a good kid to have on the team.” The rest of Clay’s squad includes junior Sierra Watson and sophomores Ashlee O’Neal, Kayla Dickerson, Katelyn Ploof and Madison Slovak. Distel said that O’Neal, a second-team all-conference performer a year ago, will not compete in the vault this season because of her hip flexor tear. “That (vault) is the one that takes the most pounding,” Distel said. “She’s fine with not doing that. The three events she will compete in, she will be real solid. If we can get her skill level back up on floor, she’ll do well on floor. She’s a powerful tumbler.” Dickerson, an honorable mention AllTRAC performer, is strongest on the bars. “Kayla really helps out the team on bars,” Distel said. “She has gotten better on each event. We’re hoping she can finish with some TRAC honors again as a sophomore.”



DECEMBER 23, 2013

Undersized Lady Eagles start making noise By Yaneek Smith Press Contributing Writer After winning five games last year, the Clay Lady Eagle cagers matched their win total in just seven games this season. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all part of a turnaround that has seen the program go from just one win two years ago to five wins last season to a 5-2 start in 2013. Led by the trio of Morgan Connor, Haley Hess and her twin sister Hannah Hess, the Eagles were 5-2 and 2-1 in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference heading into the weekend. Connor, the junior shooting guard, leads the team at 16.6 points per game, followed by Haley Hess (13.7) and Hannah Hess (10.3). Hannah Hess leads the team with 3.9 rebounds and Connor is second at 3.6. Haley Hess, a sophomore, is the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth man and Hannah Hess is one of the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s few post players, despite being just 5-foot-8. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been a process,â&#x20AC;? said secondyear coach Corey Slovak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The group of six juniors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they were very successful as freshmen. They won the TRAC as freshmen (15-1) and some of them played JV last year. They took it on the chin (last year) and played varsity before they should have (but) that experience was invaluable. The Hess girls helped the JV team go 14-8 last year. The girls learned how to win and the big thing is learning how to do it at the varsity level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is bigger, stronger and faster (on varsity). The thing that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m most impressed with this year is the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mental toughness.â&#x20AC;? The six juniors heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s referring to are Connor, Haley Orr, Sam Enck, Hannah Novak, Maddison Grimes and Jessie Bohland. Because of their lack of size, Clay runs a four-guard lineup. Joining the 5-7 Connor in the starting lineup is 5-5 senior point guard Kayla Schaeffer, who leads the team averaging three assists. The other two guards are Orr and Enck (8 ppg.), both of whom are 5-6. Slovak credits Orr and Enck as being the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two best defenders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They know they are drawing the top two offensive players on the other team,â&#x20AC;? Slovak said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes it is a six-foot player or a point guard. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re versatile and smart and they have that edge to them in terms of that defensive mentality.â&#x20AC;? Novak (5-8), who averages 3.1 rebounds, and Haley Hess (5-6) are the first two players off the bench. Senior guard Brooke Gallaher (5-5), and Grimes and Boland, both of whom are 5-9, round out

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the Eagles rally from a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime. A number of players came up big in that game, most notably Enck, who had a gamehigh 21 points, followed by Haley Hess (19), Connor (14) and Hannah Hess (12). The win over the Indians, which came on the road Monday night, saw Clay hold off Waite after they cut an 11-point deficit to three late in the contest. The other wins came against Delta, Lake, and Findlay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even the two games we lost to Perrysburg and Central Catholic, those were both three-point games with three to four minutes left,â&#x20AC;? Slovak said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are turning the corner.â&#x20AC;? The success of the team stems from their commitment to getting better during the offseason. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(The girls) shot four nights per week during the offseason,â&#x20AC;? Slovak said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were a group of five to six girls that were in (the gym) during the summer. So far, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paid off.â&#x20AC;? Slovak says if the Eagles are to continue their winning ways, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to stay focused and remain mentally tough as they get into the heart of their TRAC schedule. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids are buying into the philosophy of not backing down,â&#x20AC;? Slovak said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As we learn to be a little bit smarter, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be okay in the long run.â&#x20AC;?

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First year back, and Waite grapplers winning Waiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrestlers could have been excused if they showed up at the seasonopening Findlay Duals on Nov. 30 with shaky knees and sweaty palms. After all, the Indians hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even fielded a wrestling team in three years, after Toledo Public Schools shut down wrestling programs at all six of its public schools and eliminated freshman sports because of a lack of funding. The Indians, who drew No. 1 seed Olmsted Falls in the first round at Findlay, finished ninth at the 21-team event. Coach Shane Kokensparger said his wrestlers competed â&#x20AC;&#x153;very well.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was very happy with way the kids wrestled,â&#x20AC;? Kokensparger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We won a couple matches and the kids wrestled very hard and wrestled smart. We lost to Olmsted Falls and turned around and wrestled better against Bellevue and lost a close dual. We then wrestled Elmwood, Fostoria and Bluffton and beat them all.â&#x20AC;? The Indians squared off against City League rival Start on Dec. 5 and won 11 of 14 matches en route to a 66-18 victory over the host Spartans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our kids wrestled with more intensity and enthusiasm than Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen in the past,â&#x20AC;? Kokensparger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their goal right now is to be City League champs. The way we are wrestling and performing in the practice room, I see nothing less than City League champs.â&#x20AC;? Waite placed sixth out of 18 teams on Dec. 7 at the Hopewell-Loudon Duals, splitting four team matches. The Indians lost to Hopewell-Loudon and Fremont Ross, and beat Bishop Fenwick and Shelby. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids are just wrestling smarter,â&#x20AC;?


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Kokensparger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They want to get better and they have a goal in mind and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to settle with anything less. I have a great core of kids, some awesome individuals and a great coaching staff. Each one of us coaches puts in more time than required, but to build a program this is what has to be done.â&#x20AC;? The Indians hosted their first match on Dec. 10 with Bryan, Findlay and Hopewell-Loudon. Waite beat Bryan (4832) and Findlay (66-15) and did not wrestle Hopewell-Loudon. Waite then hosted Rogers on Dec. 12 and won 12 of 14 matches in a 72-12 thrashing. The Indians will compete on Saturday at the 21-team Clyde Invitational. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is our first time in a bracket tournament and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking for my kids to go out and show improvement,â&#x20AC;? Kokensparger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every time they wrestle theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just looking for improvement, good sportsmanship, good energy and respect of the sport.â&#x20AC;? The Indiansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; standout so far has been junior Krys Young at 113 pounds. Young is 11-1 with 11 pins and won the Findlay Duals and was named most valuable wrestler at the Hopewell-Loudon Duals. His only loss (4-3) came against a returning

state qualifier from Fremont Ross. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Krys is just naturally gifted,â&#x20AC;? Kokensparger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His practice level is intense. I look for him to make the state meet. He is cutting down to 106 after Christmas break; 113 (pounds) at our district is very tough. He is very strong for 113 and has a solid base and solid fundamentals. He has more desire to win on the mat than his opponent. I expected good things from him.â&#x20AC;? Kokensparger is also impressed with the performances of junior 145-pounder James Johnson (7-4 match record) and senior 138-pounder Talmage Jones (5-6). â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; intensity,â&#x20AC;? the coach said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only wrestled for three months his entire life and he is coming on quick. He understands what it takes to win. His desire in the practice room supersedes anyone we have. His willingness to want to be a leader, to get better and to push his teammates, he has impressed me the most. My goal for him is to get to the district level.â&#x20AC;? Jones has come on strong after losing four of his first five matches. His last four wins have all come by pin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finally understanding how to think the moves before he hits them,â&#x20AC;? Kokensparger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now understanding he has to wrestle the match in his head before his opponent does. I think heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turned the corner.â&#x20AC;? Kokensparger added that junior Jose Compos, a transfer from Central Catholic who has won two of three matches at 126, is helping to make his teammates better. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I expect to see leadership from him,â&#x20AC;? Kokensparger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is what helps Krys Young become a better wrestler, and Krys will help Jose become a better wrestler. He understands the sport and he has the ability to help the kids learn as well as push them. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the strongest kid or the fastest kid, but he has solid technique.â&#x20AC;?




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DECEMBER 23, 2013

Woodmore’s Madeline Phillips chooses Urbana University The Urbana Blue Knights have come to an agreement with Woodmore athlete Madeline Phillips, who has signed to play for the college’s softball program. Urbana is a Division II school located about an hour between Columbus and Dayton. One of the founding members of Urbana University was none other than John Chapman, otherwise known as “Johnny Appleseed.” With a student base of approximately 1,500, Urbana is categorized as a rather small university; however, they are well known for the rigor of their curriculum and the prestige of their alumni. Phillips has played softball most of her life and enjoys it like no other sport. “I’ve been playing for about as long as I can remember. I think I was 5 or 6 when I first started,” said Phillips. Many students aspiring to be collegiate athletes can learn from her example. “My advice to those who want to succeed is to work hard in the off-season. That’s really how you get better.” Aside from working hard in the offseason, Phillips plays on a traveling team during the summer. Phillips spends about three or four days of the week doing something softball related and reserves the rest for family and friends. “I would like to thank everyone for all they’ve done to guide me along the way. Dad, Mom and Coach (Aaron) Clouse especially have helped me become what I am today,” Phillips said. She enjoys her time lounging around watching television as a reprieve from practice. “I’m going to miss my family, friends and Coach Clouse, but I’m very excited to wipe the slate clean and start a new chapter somewhere else,” Phillips said. Phillips hopes to major in Accounting or Sports Management, although she has not truly decided yet. (— by Elijah Edwards/ Window To Woodmore staff writer)

Top equestrian performer In past years, Woodmore eighth grader Hannah Overmyer has performed at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress. Quarter Horse Congress is an important horse event held in October every year.

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Sports announcements Gibsonburg boys’ basketball games with Elmwood have been rescheduled for Jan. 18 with a 6 p.m junior varsity start. Since, the Oak Harbor’s home boys basketball triple-header with Huron was cancelled, they were made up Dec. 17 at Huron starting at 5 p.m. Therefore, the site of the Rockets’ Jan. 25 boys’ basketball games with Huron has been changed. It will now be played at Oak Harbor beginning at 4:30 p.m. Oak Harbor’s JV and varsity girls’ basketball games at Woodmore have been rescheduled for 6 p.m. on Dec. 23. ********* On Jan. 7 at the Oak Harbor High School cafeteria from 4-7 p.m., the Rotary Club’s Pizza Challenge will be held during the boys’ basketball game vs. Tiffin Columbian. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and for kids under 12, $5. ********* The Toledo Walleye game on Dec. 28 at the Huntington Center will be ugly sweater night. The Walleye will wear ugy sweater jerseys, which will be auctioned. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7:15.

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Gibsonburg’s Bob Hiser gave back to school, athletics By Jeffrey D. Norwalk Press Contributing Writer For 20 years, Gibsonburg man Bob Hiser pretty much bled Golden Bear orange and black. At age 80, his heart suddenly betrayed him in late 2012, forcing him to get a pacemaker-defibrillator after a handful of previous heart procedures. Hiser was forced to walk away from his longtime love affair with Gibsonburg athletics, as its de facto football field painter, baseball and softball diamond caretaker, and super-fan following the conclusion of the Bears’ ‘12 football season. “The thing that always has stood out to me regarding Bob, is just how unselfish he always was towards giving his time and expertise to the care of Gibsonburg’s athletic fields,” offers former Gibsonburg AD and football coach Matt Harp. “The time and commitment he has provided to the athletic department at Gibsonburg over the past 20-plus years… it’s just unmatched by few if any. And the most unique aspect of it all? He did it out of his love for the student-athletes and coaches at Gibsonburg Schools. You really took it for granted that Bob would take care of the fields and you never had to worry about it getting done or not done right.” He’s known well throughout the community, too. Hiser is such a fan of Ohio State football, that around these parts he’s often simply referred to as “Buckeye” Bob. He was such a regular at the now-defunct Lisa’s Cafe across from White Star Quarry on the fringes of Gibsonburg, that whenever he’d venture in wearing his familiar Ohio State Buckeyes cap, it wouldn’t be a stretch to see his liver-and-onions and coffee waiting for him. The Pemberville High School graduate and Korean War veteran put in 29½ years at Chrysler, where he once churned out hubs for torque converters, and he also turned out long days at the local lime plant for 10 years. Getting the paint right Hiser nevertheless has a lifetime of Gibsonburg’s orange-and-black tinted memories stored away. “One season, they were just short a

Kristi Lotycz, one of Gibsonburg's former softball players, with Bob Hiser. man on the chain gang out here, so I started out by helping out in that regard over at old Krotzer Field, and that’s how all those years started,” remembers Hiser, now 81. His gesture in the early 1990s soon opened the door to a long time volunteer gig. “Then, the athletic director also painted the football field when some of the regular guys couldn’t make it, so one night I just stepped in, and started helping him out with that, too,” chuckles Hiser. “Then, all of the sudden, he just gave it up because he didn’t really want to paint anymore, so I stepped in there and started doing it regularly. Oh, sometimes I’d go out and get this guy to help me out, or sometimes I’d get that guy, and there were even times when my own boy, and even my daughter helped me, but I just kept right on painting for 20 years or so, because I really enjoyed it. “You know, it just always made me feel really good to do a good job, and to have the boys and the coaches thank us afterwards, for all the work we’d done,” continues Hiser. “And when I retired from it near the end of last season, they gave me a lifetime

pass to walk into the stadium, and all the games, whenever I’d want to. But it was the gratitude of the kids, and all of those coaches I got to know and worked with over the years, and the people, that really mattered to me most. Those are the things I miss the most. The players, the coaches, the people, and the gratitude and friendships, from all those wonderful years. “It was just always really nice to have someone come up, and shake your hand, or slap you on the back, and say ‘Thank you. Good job’. Because you know, we always took a lot of pride in painting that football field, and in getting it prepared and looking good for our own kids, those kids who came in from other schools to play on it, and our community on Friday nights.” Hiser laughs about the time when he and Gibsonburg’s then-athletic director were forced to finish painting the football field because the crew that was scheduled never showed up. “We had to go around, and put in all the hash marks and everything,” he chuckles. “Our AD at that time was from Toledo, and I don’t think he ended up getting into his car, and leaving for home until around

midnight, and neither did I.” Hiser calculates it took he and the crew approximately six hours to paint and prepare Gibsonburg’s football fields for the Friday night spotlight, and still maintains to this day that if you truly wanted to become a good, skilled painter, you had to learn your craft. “People often don’t realize what a big job it is,” he offers. “You’d go out there on a Wednesday or Thursday evening, you’d put that painter right down on the line, and you’d have to keep your head down, tune everyone out, and just keep right on going across the field, without ever stopping. Because if you stopped, you could always tell where immediately afterward and it didn’t look right. So, it took some discipline. You had to concentrate on what you were doing. And you had to learn that painter. It could be hard work, and that’s not even taking into consideration the painting of the helmet on the center of the field.” His preference for painting old Krotzer Field or the new Golden Bears Stadium? The new field, he says. “It’s just a lot better, smoother field. At Krotzer, we used to bounce all over the place. We’d bounce some at the new stadium, but Krotzer was a bumpy ride.” His work did not stop on G-Burg’s Friday night football main stage. “We painted those two new practice fields they got out there now, too,” Hiser said. “They have goal posts up out there and everything and they’re really, really nice fields, though we never had to be quite as precise or careful when we painted them. Oh, we’d get razzed a little bit if a line was slightly crooked, but it was all good-natured. We always had a lot of fun out there.” Hiser remembers joking around with guys like Richard Carper, Tom Angelone, and Eddie Bauer (Hiser’s brother-in-law), and his own son Kyle, who helped from time-to-time. His family says some of his most-treasured friendships in life came from the fellows he watched the games with. “Dad would stand on the sidelines, to watch the football games on Friday nights with the guys,” shares daughter Lisa (Hiser) Kinney, “and they’d just argue, and have a good, old time.”

Ciara Albright stays grounded despite 20-point average By Mark Griffin Press Contributing Writer Ciara Albright hears a lot of things, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she’s listening. She hears her coach, Genoa’s Mike DeStazio, say things about her like, “I thought and still think she is the best player in the league. That doesn’t mean everyone agrees with me. Everyone shows favoritism to their own player.” Albright hears DeStazio say, “She’s definitely one of the better players I’ve ever coached who can get ball to the rim.” That part may be true, but Albright, a 5-foot-7 senior wing, tries to stick with what she can control. “I don’t let it get to me,” said Albright, a first-team All-Northern Buckeye Conference pick as a junior. “I feel I could be better. I feel there are better players than me. I know (DeStazio) has high expectations of me, and I just want to work hard so he thinks better of me each day. He never tells me that I’m good player because he doesn’t want it to go to my head. I don’t want to get a big head about it.” Albright averaged 16.6 points and 5.3 rebounds a year ago, when the Comets finished a dismal 8-15 and 3-11 in the NBC. Through seven games, Albright was averaging 20.3 points and eight rebounds a game while shooting 61 percent from two-point range. She also had 24 assists and 29 steals for Genoa (5-2, 3-1). “She has worked very hard at shooting the ball on the perimeter,” DeStazio said. “She gets a lot of layups but has scored quite a bit from outside. She can finish. She can get through traffic and put it in the hole.” Albright admitted she hasn’t weaved her way to the basket as much as last year, but she is shooting more comfortably from outside. “I’m working on my perimeter game more,” said Albright, who wants to play college ball. “Teams know how to stop me and they try to stop me from getting inside. I feel it will help my team more if I score outside. It’s helped so far. I have a bigger

Genoa guard Ciara Albright, who is averaging over 20 points, drives against visiting Eastwood. (Press photo by Harold Hamilton/ HEHphotos. smugmug. com) variety on how to score.” The Comets, the NBC coaches’ pick to win the conference crown, own wins over Eastwood, Fostoria, Northwood, Danbury and Lake. They’ve lost to Woodmore and

Oak Harbor with a lineup that will only get better in the next few weeks. “We look pretty good right now,” DeStazio said. “We’ve won four straight and the kids are starting to play well to-

gether. Carly Gose came back from injury (abdominal strain) and Haley Gerke (knee surgery) might be back this week. I’ve been starting a freshman guard, Emily Edwards, and she’s been playing tremendously. When Carly and Gerke get in basketball shape, we’re going to be that much quicker.” Sophomore point guard Haley Pickard is averaging 18 points and 7.6 rebounds, with 30 steals and 23 assists. Edwards is averaging six points and three rebounds and has 17 steals to go with 15 assists. “Haley is probably one of the best athletes I’ve ever coached,” DeStazio said. “She has great hands, she’s quick, she anticipates and she gets a lot of layups because she pushes the offense up the floor.” Genoa’s other two starters are senior post Brynn Skilliter (5 ppg., 11.1 rpg.) and senior wing Katie Jensen (7.4 ppg., 3.7 rpg.), whose 32 assists and 37 steals lead the team. “Brynn has done a great job improving her offensive skills,” DeStazio said. “She really is the most improved player on the team. Katie is a very valuable player who can play at any spot on the floor. She’s averaging about 13 points a game in this fourgame winning streak and she’s made seven threes the last two games.” The Comets will welcome the addition of St. Ursula Academy transfer Erica Harder, a 5-11 sophomore, early next month. Harder has to sit out 50 percent of Genoa’s regular-season games due to the transfer rule. “I can put her anywhere,” DeStazio said. “She can run the point. She’s a very talented basketball player and she works as hard as anybody in practice. We use her on the scout team and we can’t stop her.” Albright said adding Harder to the rotation next month will be a big plus to an already strong lineup. “Usually when you come into a new season you have to start all over,” she said. “This team, we have a bond and we don’t have to start all over. We’re experienced and we were in the gym all summer working together. We’re comfortable with each other and we have basketball smarts. Each one of us knows what each player can do, and that makes it a lot easier.”




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Oregon, Genoa drivers honored By Brian Liskai Special to The Press Drivers from Genoa, Oregon, and other Eastern Maumee Bay communities were honored at the Attica Speedway banquet. In the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models, Bellevue, Ohio’s Ryan Missler scored an unprecedented fifth consecutive Attica championship. Ryan competed in all 15 features in 2013. Ryan recorded 10 top 10 finishes and six top five runs. He scored his 10th career late model win on the season’s final night. Ryan also scored three runner-up finishes. His average feature finishing position was ninth. Bradner, Ohio’s Nate Dussel scored his third straight track championship in the Foster’s Auto Body 305 Sprints. Nate, who was among the nation’s top sprint car drivers in terms of feature wins in 2013, competed in all 13 feature events in 2013. Take out his 20th place finish in the 360-305 challenge race and he never finished worse than seventh! Nate recorded 10 top five finishes including six wins – that’s nearly half of the features he competed in! Nate now has 11 career wins at Attica to move him into a tie for 11th on the track’s all-time win list. His average feature finishing position was fourth. In the Bob’s Machine Shop-BMS Engines Dirt Trucks, Fremont, Ohio’s Dustin Keegan claimed his first ever track championship – by just a point. Dustin competed in all 9 events in 2013 and NEVER finished out of the top six! He recorded four runner-up finishes. Dustin’s average feature finishing position was fourth. Here’s a look at the rest of the top 10 in points in the late models: Rookie of the year – Josh Haynes, Fostoria, Ohio – Josh finished 12th in the final points and competed in four features in 2013, recording a season-best 9th on Aug. 17th. 10. Ken Hahn, Oregon, Ohio – The 2007 limited late model Attica champion competed in 9 events in 2013. Ken recorded three top 10 finishes including a season best 8th on Aug. 24th. His average feature finishing position was 13th. Tie for 8th – John Bores, Bellevue, Ohio – John competed in 11 events in 2013, recording two top 10 finishes including a season-best 9th twice. His average feature finishing position was 13th. 8th – Larry Kingseed, Castalia, Ohio – A 5 time limited late model track champion, Larry competed in 11 events in 2013. He recorded a pair of top 10 finishes including a season-best 9th on June 14th. His average feature finishing position was 14th. 7. – Nate Potts, Clyde, Ohio – He competed in 11 events in 2013, recording 3 top 10 finishes including back-to-back seasonbest 7th place runs. His average feature finishing position was 13th. 6. Tim Sabo, Toledo, Ohio – He competed in 11 events in 2013, recording 4 top 10 finishes including a season-best 5th on Aug. 17th. His average feature finishing position was 13th. 5. John Mayes Jr., Clyde, Ohio – He competed in 12 events in 2013, recording 5 top 10 finishes including a season-best 3rd on July 5. His average feature finishing position was 12th. 4. Mike Bores, Bellevue, Ohio – He competed in 14 events in 2013, missing only the July 5th race. Mike recorded 10 top 10 finishes and four top 5 runs. He

scored a season-best fourth place finish on Aug. 17th. His average feature finishing position was 9th. 3. Matt Irey, Mansfield, Ohio – He competed in all 15 events in 2013, recording 10 top 10 finishes and five top five runs. He scored a runner-up finish on Aug. 17 and three third place runs. Matt’s average feature finishing position was 9th. 2. Cody Scott, Ontario, Ohio – Cody competed in 13 events in 2013, missing only the final two events. He recorded 8 top 10 finishes and 6 top five runs. Cody picked up his first Attica win on June 14th and recorded three third place runs. His average feature finishing position was eighth. Here’s a look at the rest of the top 10 in points for the 305 sprints: 10. Jeremy Duposki, Shiloh, Ohio – He competed in 12 events in 2013, missing only the 360-305 challenge race. Jeremy recorded two top 10 finishes including a season-best 7th on April 26th. His average feature finishing position was 14th. 9. Jess Stiger, Sycamore, Ohio – Jess competed in 12 events in 2013, missing only the 360-305 challenge race. His average feature finishing position was 14th. 8. Dan Hammond, Fort Seneca, Ohio – He competed 12 events in 2013, missing only the 360-305 challenge race. Dan recorded three top 10 finishes including a season-best 8th on April 26th. His average feature finishing position was 13th. 7. Ricky Peterson, Rawson, Ohio – Attica’s 2013 rookie of the year competed in 11 events, racking up four top 10 runs. His season-best finish was a 6th on May 17th. His average feature finishing position was 12th. 6. Jason Keckler, Fremont, Ohio – He competed in 12 events in 2013, missing only the final race of the year. Jason scored 9 top 10 finishes, including the first 8 races of the season. He posted three top five runs including a season-best three third place finishes. His average feature finishing position was 10th. Tie for 4th – Tyler Gunn, Napoleon, Ohio – The 2012 rookie of the year at Attica competed in 12 events in 2013, missing only the 360-305 challenge race. He recorded 8 top 10 finishes including a season-best pair of 6th place runs. His average feature finishing position was 11th. 4. Seth Schneider, Fremont, Ohio – A former Attica rookie of the year competed in 12 events in 2013, missing only the 360305 sprint challenge. He recorded four top 10 finishes including a season-best 5th on May 17th. His average feature finishing position was 12th. 3. Jordan Ryan, Castalia, Ohio – He competed in 12 events in 2013, missing only the 360-305 sprint challenge. Jordan never finished worse than 8th! He recorded an incredible 10 top five finishes and scored back-to-back wins to close out the season. Jordan now has three career wins at Attica. Besides the wins he had a pair of runner-up finishes and two third place runs. His average feature finishing position was a remarkable 4th. 2. Dustin Dinan, Fremont, Ohio – He competed in 12 events in 2013, missing only the final race of the year. Dustin posted 11 top 10 finishes and a remarkable 10 top five finishes. He posted his first three Attica feature wins in 2013 – on May 17th, June 7th and July 26th. He also had three runner-up finishes and a pair of third place runs. Dustin’s average feature finishing position was 4th.

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Proceeds benefit mission projects. Genoa Community Food Pantry Open monthly on the 3rd Thurs.3:30-5:30 p.m. and the following Saturday of the same week, 10 a.m. - noon. Serving those who are in Genoa School District. Proper ID and billing address within the district required. Pantry is located at Christ Community Church, 303 West 4th St. Info: 419-855-8539 or 419-341-0913.



W.O.W. meets 6-7:30 p.m., Zion United Methodist Church. Bible stories, music and fun; no meal served this year. Info: Leslie at 419-290-3866.


Food-for-Fines will continue through the end of the year at the Harris-Elmore Library. Patrons who have overdue materials may pay their fines with non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the Elmore and Genoa food pantries. Lost materials may not be paid for with food items. Elmore Book Discussion Group meets the fourth Thurs. of the month at 11 a.m. at the Elmore Library. Call 419-862-2482 for info. Storytime for Preschool-Age Children Wed. at 11 a.m. at the Elmore Library, 328 Toledo St. Call the library at 419-862-2482 for more info. Elmore Senior Center-Elmore Golden Oldies, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 19225 Witty Rd. Lunch served Tues. & Thurs. at noon. Reservations required by 10 a.m. the day before. Blood pressure & blood sugar checks the 4th Tues. of the month; bingo the 4th Tues. of the month after lunch. Reservations: 419-862-3874. Elmore Conservation Club Trap Shooting every Wed. from 6-9 p.m. and every Sat. from 5-9 p.m. Questions: 419-392-1112.


Food-for-Fines will continue through the end of the year at the Genoa Library. Patrons who have overdue materials may pay their fines with nonperishable food items, which will be donated to the Elmore and Genoa food pantries. Lost materials may not be paid for with food items. Tail Waggin’ Tutors Therapy Dogs visit the Genoa Branch Library, 602 West St. the 3rd Wed. of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Children may practice their oral reading skills by reading aloud to the dogs. Storytimes for preschoolage children are held Tues. at 11 a.m.; Morning Book Discussion Group meets the 3rd Thurs. of the month at 9:30 a.m.; Evening Book Discussion Group meets the 3rd Tues. of the month at 7 p.m.; Adult Craft Classes offered the 1st Mon. of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Call the library at 419855-3380 to register. Genoa Senior Center 514 Main St., serves lunch Mon., Wed. & Fri., 11:30 a.m. (call 419-855-4491 for reservations). Card playing Mon. & Wed. at 12:30 p.m.; blood sugar checks offered the 2nd Wed. of the month; bingo Mon. at 9:30 a.m. Trinity Thrift Shop, 105 4th St., hours are Fri. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Clothes & small household items available at reasonable prices.

Bookworms Book Club will meet the last Thurs. of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Gibsonburg Branch of Birchard Library. The Bookworms will meet for light refreshments and good discussion about a book that members chose at the prior meeting. For info or to reserve a copy of the book, call 419-6372173. Active Seniors invited to Meet & Eat at Gibsonburg Senior Center, 100 Meadow Lane. Lunches every weekday, educational and social programs, health assessments and more. Transportation and homedelivered meals available. 419-637-7947.

Lake Twp. Mobile Food Pantry sponsored by the fire department auxiliary every 3rd Mon. of the month, 5-7 p.m., Fire Station 1, 4505 Walbridge Rd.

Luckey Food Pantry open to the public the last Wed. of the month, 1-3 p.m. & the last Thurs. of the month 6-8 p.m., Main St. & Krotzer Ave. Contact local church offices for info.

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Food for Thought Food Pantry at Oak Harbor Alliance Chapel, 11805 W. SR 105, the last Wed. of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. Info: 419-707-3664.


Pemberville Area Senior Center at Bethlehem Lutheran Church provides programs & activities for adults 60 & over. Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. M-F. Lunch served at noon. Community Food Pantry at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 220 Cedar St. open M-Th, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (excluding holidays). Open to Eastwood School District residents. ID & proof of residency required. Info available at Pemberville churches.


Walbridge Library, 108 N. Main St., offers the following programs: Family Storytime Tues. at 11 a.m.; Arts & Crafts for kids of all ages Wed. at 4 p.m. For info, call 419-666-9900 or visit


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Peaches would like to remind you that due to the Christmas holiday, our Transitions for the December 30th issue will d e a d l i n e o n M o n d a y, December 23rd at 4:00 p.m.

Thank You

In Loving Memory Russell C. Byington

I wish to thank my wonderful neighbors, friends and classmates for the food, cards and especially the prayers while I was in the hospital and my return home. It has been overwhelming.

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Joan Gilbert

You are sadly missed. Love, your wife Lou and family

Happy 10th Birthday

50 Fabulous Years Mr. & Mrs. Alan Perry

Logan Hausman Our “GREAT” great grandson

Red Cross volunteers honored The American Red Cross of Ottawa County recognized volunteers for outstanding service at a recent holiday gathering held at the home of Deena Camerato. 2013 Volunteers of the Year included: • Dave Amerine, who joined the Ottawa County Advisory Board in 2011 and is a member of the Ottawa County Disaster Action Team. Amerine has played an integral part in the creation of a regional Speakers Bureau for the organization and has helped train nearly 40 volunteers throughout the 18 counties served by the Northwest Ohio Region. • Connie Starnes, an Ottawa County Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteer for 11 years who currently serves as a team leader. Starnes has volunteered her technical expertise on many projects over the past decade, including the integration of local shelter spaces into the Red Cross National Shelter System database. • The 85-member “Club Red,” which is celebrating its eighth year, was recognized for supporting the mission of the Red Cross by offering education opportunities, public relations events, and fundraising. The award was accepted by this year’s chair, Lynn Majce. Volunteer Hall of Fame inductees included:

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Alan and Carol Perry of Oak Harbor, OH are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on December 21, 1963. They have three children; Rick (Olga) Perry of Toledo, OH, Angela (Mike) Bodnar of Martin, OH, and Wendy (Scott) Ferris of Oregon, OH. They also have nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. There was a celebration at New Harvest Christian Church in Oregon, OH on December 21st, which was hosted by the couple’s children and their families.

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Croghan closes deal with Indebancorp, assets $800 million Croghan Bancshares, Inc. (parent holding company of The Croghan Colonial Bank), announced it has acquired Indebancorp (parent holding company of National Bank of Ohio) effective December 6. National Bank of Ohio has now been merged into Croghan Colonial Bank, according to a Croghan spokesperson. The branches of National Bank of Ohio (located in Oak Harbor, Port Clinton, Oregon and Curtice) will become offices of Croghan Colonial; as well as the Perrysburg Loan Center. Croghan Colonial Bank now has an asset base of more than $800 million Rick Robertson, president & CEO of Croghan stated, “This completes a very strategic acquisition for us at Croghan. We have a significant market share in Sandusky County, now we have a significant market share in Ottawa County. We have a growing presence in both Seneca and Huron Counties, plus growth opportunities in Lucas and Wood Counties. This positions

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cal families. Visit the credit union through the end of the year and donate new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and socks, which will be displayed on the credit union’s Mitten & Sock Tree. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. The office is located at 4202 Navarre Ave., directly across from Pearson Park. Organizations helped through Warm Heart/Warm Hands include Hannah’s Socks, the East Toledo Family Center, the East Toledo YMCA, Aurora House, Genoa Schools, Oregon Schools, Mom’s House and Head Start to name a few.

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536 W. Yeasting 1 floor, 4 bedrms. $123,000

tors of Indebancorp and National Bank of Ohio. Caputo is semi-retired, co-owner /vice president, Jack Bradley Realty Company, a full service real estate company active in sales, management and development in Ottawa County since 1976 and Sandusky County since 1990. Caputo is past president of the Ottawa County Board of Realtors and Port Clinton Downtown Business Association. He was a member of the Indebancorp/NBOH Board of Directors since 1995. James Dunn is a third generation coowner of Dunn Chevrolet Buick, Oregon. Dunn is past president of Oregon Economic Development Foundation, recent president of Toledo Area Auto Dealers Association and past board member of ProMedica Bay Park Hospital. Dunn was a member of the Indebancorp/NBOH Board since 1979. The right thing Bay Area Credit Union is conducting its Warm Heart/Warm Hands effort to help lo-

585 E. FRONT ST. PEMBERVILLE This 3BR 2 bath ranch home has numerous quality features: Full finished basement, family room with built in computer station, all appliances including a 42 inch LG TV. It has a 12 x 16 sun porch with glass sliding doors.

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COUNTRY RANCH - One acre lot, fenced in back yard, 3 bedroom, 2 baths, attached 2 car garage, concrete drive. Must see!! Call Bernie Hammer 419-307-4060 or Batdorff Real Estate 419-898-6804 for showing. NEW PRICE !

600 Water Street WOODVILLE - $118,500 Beautiful 4 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath country home. Attractive fireplace mantel with marble. Built in hutch. Finished 3rd floor with 4th or 5th bedroom. Enclosed heated front porch. 3 car detached garage. MOTIVATED SELLER! ALL OFFERS WILL BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY! Call Jerry Schultz 419-261-0158 or Batdorff Real Estate 419-8986804. NEW PRICE !

223 N Main GIBSONBURG - $33,900 Great place for your family to call home. Spacious 3 bedroom home with landing area for office or sitting room, deep lot with room for a garage, cement patio in rear for outdoor entertaining, shady front porch to enjoy warm summer evenings. Call Virginia Bahs 419-559-3310 or Batdorff Real Estate 419-898-9503.




Waterville Historical duplex for rent or sale. Spacious 2-3 bedrooms, appliances, storage, separate yards, additional storage available in barn. 419-261-3949


3-bedroom apartment $635/month, Cedar Run Apartments. 419-6912499 3-Bedroom, 1-bath, 2-car garage, large deck, new furnace, new hot water heater, new roof, includes stove, East Toledo $700 per month includes water 419-215-7061

3-bedroom, 2-bath townhouse, Millbury, washer/dryer hookup, all electric, $700 first month/plus deposit. No pets/smoking. 419-2061169 41 Teachout, Curtice, Nice 11/2 Story, 2 Bath, Country Lot, Garage, $800./mo., + deposit. No Pets. 419-377-0096

Waterville Historical duplex for rent or sale. Spacious 2-3 bedrooms, appliances, storage, separate yards, additional storage available in barn. 419-261-3949

840 Forsythe Duplex, lower 2 bedrooms, Washer/Dryer, Stove, Refrigerator supplied and maintained, you pay all utilities, $450/mo. + deposit. No Pets.419-698-3430

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840½ Forsythe, Duplex, small upper, 2 bed, refrigerator, range, washer/dryer supplied/maintained, new windows, $400 mo.+Deposit/Lease. 419-698-3430 East 1320 Mott, 4-bedroom, FR, LR, new paint/carpet/kitchen/bathroom, washer/dryer hookups, offstreet parking, $600/month plus deposit and utilities, no pets. 419-6913074 East 2 bed house, 1205 Kelsey, new carpet, bath, floors, paint, basement, refrigerator/stove/washer/dryer furnished and maintained, water and garbage paid, No Pets, $550/mo., deposit same. Bob 419-698-3430


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East Side, 2 bedrooms, Starr & Nevada area, $550/mo. w/$300 deposit. Call 419-843-6655. East Toledo, 1 or 2 bedroom, No Pets, Stove/Fridge furnished. $325 for 1 bed & $425 for 2 bed + deposit. 419-698-1896 East Toledo, 2 bedroom house, garage, fenced in yard, basement, enclosed porch, water included, $575/mo., 960 Berry 419-697-0611

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GENOA 1 Bedroom Upper and 1 Bedroom Lower $390/mo. each, + utilities, no pets. 419-862-2000 GENOA COUNTRY HOUSE 4-5 bedroom, 2 baths, 2 car garage, Rent-to-own, $1,375/mo. 419-855-7250

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*** PUBLISHER'S NOTICE *** All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act. As amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability). To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free telephone number 1800-669-9777, for the hearing impaired is 1-800-347-3739. *Equal Housing Opportunity* 1341 Penny Lane, Millbury, Apt A Totally Remodeled 1024 SqFt twinplex, 2-bedroom, 1-bath, appliances , washer/dryer hookup, no pets/smoking, water included, electric heat, full basement, $650/month plus electric 419-309-0398 1941 Nevada-East Toledo, 1-bedroom upper, W/D hookup, heat, water, stove and fridge included. 3 camera security system, $370/month plus deposit. Credit check, no smokers. 419-320-6545.

Home for rent/sale. Three bedrooms, 2 baths, dining room, living room, kitchen, appliances, full basement. 3637 Burton Ave., West Toledo. $600/mo., + utilities. 419-349-4948 Large East Side 2-bedroom, 634 Leonard, fenced in back yard, across from Prentice Park, $395/month plus deposit, call for appointment. 419-467-0308 or 419691-4590.

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WALBRIDGE 2 bedroom apt., freshly painted and cleaned throughout, nice kitchen and living room, large basement w/washer/dryer hookups, and room for exercise equipment, non-smokers, no pets. $575/mo. 419-250-9507

East 3-bedroom lower $425/month, 3 bedroom upper $425/month 2 bedroom lower $400/month 1.5 bedroom upper $325/month plus deposit/utilities. appliances, washer/dryer hookups, no pets. 419-691-3074


Build your own beauty business from home. You are invited to discover the FINANCIAL FREEDOM offered by Avon's unlimited earning potential. Call today for your FREE consultation. 419-666-5680 Building Maintenance/Janitorial Reino Linen Reino Linen Service is currently hiring for a full time Building Maintenance/Janitorial position. The starting pay rate is $9.25/hour. Responsibilities include cleaning and up-keep of the building; including restrooms, all areas of the plant, exterior/grounds, and roof. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. Reino Linen is a drug free workplace and proof of citizenship is required. Please get applications online at or at 119 S. Main Street Gibsonburg NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. We are an EEO/AA Employer.

Company has need for Direct Care Staff Serving adults with developmental disabilities. We offer competitive employment packages and are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please apply either in person at Community Residential Services, Inc., 151 N. Michigan Street, Suite 217, Toledo, OH 43604 or online at: Drivers-CO & Owner Operators. OTR Flatbed, Regional Van, West Coast teams, Texas Solo. CDL-A, 1yr experience, good driving record. EOE. Bryan Systems: 800-745-HIRE (M-F, 8-5) Experienced dump truck driver wanted, CDL required, full-time competitive pay. Applications accepted at 1141 N. Genoa Clay Center Road, Genoa. Hiring STNA, MA and Home Health Aids. Must have own car & clean background. Flexible Scheduling. Contact Comfort Keepers @ 866230-2664 M-F 8-4

JANITORIAL POSITIONS Part Time Fremont, Ohio a.m. or p.m. shifts week nights and/or weekends Experience preferred, but training will be provided Must be hard working, dependable & detailed-oriented. APPLY ONLINE AT Inquires welcome at 419-447-0115 MECHANICS This position involves mounting cranes, electrical wiring, blueprint reading, fabrication/alterations of frames and sub-frames, installation of mechanical parts. Experience with air/electric hand tools, small crane and mechanical hoist operation, electrical, hydraulic and mechanical troubleshooting, and gas metal arc welding. Must be able to work in fast pace environment. Positions are 1st shift with over time and are long term temp to hire, $11.00-$14.00/hr based on skill. Must provide own basic hand tools. Stop in the Manpower office at 316 W. Dussel Dr. Maumee or email resume to: or call MANPOWER 419-893-4413

Northwood and Oregon Industrial Openings We are recruiting for entry level assembly and manufacturing jobs. Great Opportunity for long term positions that can possibly lead to hire with an increase in pay. Pay rate is $8.00 per hour. 2nd and 3rd shift openings available. Drug and Bkg checks will be conducted. HS Diploma or GED is required. Call MANPOWER for appointment and mention this ad. 419-893-4413 Regional janitorial company looking for detailed and reliable people to fill several immediate openings. Positions are part-time janitorial positions in Oregon, Northwood, Perrysburg, and Toledo areas. Evening and weekend shifts available. Great opportunities for advancement. Reliable transportation required. To apply, visit or call (419) 537-8770 for information


Reino Linen Service is a commercial laundry facility and is currently hiring for day and afternoon production positions. Wage is based on the position and shift. Reino Linen is a drug free workplace and proof of citizenship is required. Please get applications online at or at 119 S. Main Street Gibsonburg NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. We are an EEO/AA Employer. SALES OPPORTUNITY NABF College World Series media publications/sponsorship. Commission only. Call 419-936-3887, leave name and phone number. Searching for grandma-type person to care for 2 children in our Oak Harbor home 1-2 days per week between 6 am and 12:30 pm. NonSmoker only. Call or text 419-2901205 Warehouse Reino Linen Service, a commercial laundry facility, is currently hiring for a day shift Warehouse worker. This position completes shipments by processing and loading orders, uses a forklift, and lifts up to 40 pounds. Basic computer skills are required. Previous warehouse experience is preferred. Applications can be found online at or at 119 S. Main Street Gibsonburg. We are an EEO/AA Employer.


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Windsor Lane Health Care is seeking applications for STNAs. Inquire within at 355 Windsor Lane, Gibsonburg, OH, 419-637-2104


Lutheran Home at Toledo, a ministry of Lutheran Home Society has current openings for 1st and 2nd shift STNAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. We are looking for compassionate individuals committed to providing a high level of quality care to our residents. Experience in long term care is preferred. Current STNA license is required along with a clean BCI check and pre-employment physical. LHAT offers an excellent wage and benefit package for eligible positions. Qualified applicants who have a compassion for working with the elderly can complete applications at: Lutheran Home at Toledo 131 N. Wheeling Toledo, OH 43605 EOE


Child care provided in my Oregon home or your home, volunteer parttime at Lucas County Children Services, references and very reasonable. Robin 567-218-4251 Experienced Caregiver, Excellent References, Full or Part-Time, 419-269-5402

Experienced IT Professional looking for FT work, college degree with management experience. Please call 419-350-3132 Handy Man looking for Work Home repairs, Painting, Concrete, Plumbing, Siding, Windows, Gas Lines, Sub pumps. 24 years experience and fully insured. 419-307-0548 I do elderly care-home assistance , part-time. References upon request. 419-836-5293 I will work any shift. Reliable transportation. Any hours, any days. I am willing to do most any kind of work. 419-559-3212. TLC, does your loved one need quality care? 20 years experience caring for elderly, CHHA, CR/PN, Leave message for Helen 419-5429619 or 330-759-6814

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Looking for wheelchair ramp for mobile home in the Genoa area before January 2nd. Husband having amputation and haven't had any luck on getting one. Any help is appreciated. Please call 419-855-0197

A Mechanic looks at vehicles, pays accordingly, anything w/wheels 419-870-0163 We buy most anything from your garage! 419-870-0163

Family with dog needs house to rent 6-9mths in Genoa, Millbury or Woodville. Need basement. 2 or 3 bedrooms. Need February 1st. 419855-0060.


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Apartment size Frigidaire Laundry Center, almond, electric dryer (110), good condition w/instruction manual. $275. 419-691-5266

Mike's Tree Service Tree and Stump Removal Trimming & Shaping Very clean & professional Yard Clean up leaves, branches etc. Also gutter cleaning and repair. Haul alway all debris We also do Storm Damage Cleanup Bobcat services Licensed & Insured 419-350-6780

2 Oak Dinning Room Chairs, Modern Style, Walnut Finish. Excellent Condition, $75.00 pair, 419-6913799. Misc. Furniture. Cloth Rocking Chair, medium brown, barely used, $25. Bar Stool Chair, blue cloth with back 26â&#x20AC;? high $10. Two Retro Lamps from early 1960's, $20 each, Call 419-836-9754. Slightly used futon bunk bed. Price is $250. Pick up only. 419693-2543.



5 Garden Rakes and 1 Snow Shovel, $15. Call 419-836-9754.


9 Assorted Grout Trowels & Plaster, Cement Stirrer. $50.00 Call 419260-8174


Cabbage Patch Dolls $5 each and other Collectibles. 419-855-7038.


Ottawa Hills Memorial Park, Cemetery Lots, Section P, Lot 22, Spaces 3&4 $1500. for both. 419661-2113.


Cayden's Cleaning Service Residential Commercial Office Insured Lowest Prices Free Quote Call Paul 419-206-7610 Open Mon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sat. 8am to 5pm

BAY AREA CONCRETE New or Replace Concrete Driveways, Sidewalks, Pole Barns, Porches, Stamped & Color Concrete Brick & Block work etc. Veterans & Senior Citizens' Discounts Free Estimates, Licensed & Insured "No job to big, no job to small"

Mike Halka 419-350-8662 Oregon, OH. "Serving all of N.W. Ohio"



KNIERIEM PAINTING & WALLPAPERING EXTERIOR-INTERIOR Painting & wall papering; Interior wood refinishing; man lifts; airless spray; power wash & blasting; silicone seal; refinishing aluminum siding; residential; church, farm. EXPERIENCED FREE ESTIMATES *SENIOR & WINTER RATES* 419-862-2000 GRAYTOWN OR 419-697-1230 NORTHWOOD

HAY, STRAW, & FIREWOOD AUCTION Sat. Dec. 28, 10 AM Gries Seed & Feed 2348 N. Fifth St. (Rt. 6) Fremont, OH 419-332-5571

     For Your Wedding Grosjean Photography Call Ken or LaRae at 419-836-9754

Kitchen Cabinets, Electric Stoves & Refrigerators â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Under $50 eachâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;

The Press Five Finger Discount

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a steal!

Craftsman Sawzall with $25.00, 419-691-3799.



Evelyn's Excursions 877-771-4401

The Press 1550 Woodville Rd. Millbury, OH. 43447 Call 419-836-2221 or 1-800-300-6158


Mag, 17â&#x20AC;? Flat Square Tube Monitor (15.9â&#x20AC;?VS) Still in Box, Never used. $55.00. 419-836-9754

Fertilizer Spreader, $5.00. 419-836-9754.



Old Kerosene Heater. Looks antique. $5. Call 419-836-9754. Old-fashion, Double Globe Lamp. Floral pattern, green/pink tones (hand painted). $100.00. Call 419836-8556. Reliance Propane Tank, Weight 18.5lbs. $15.00. Call 419-836-9754



9:37 am

Kittens, Free to good home. Playful, 3.5 months old, litter trained. 419-666-2827


4 Michelin snow studless tires mounted on BMW Z4 wheels, XM+S 300, 225/50 R16, 3/16â&#x20AC;?-1/4â&#x20AC;? tread remains, w/ BMW storage covers, $200 for set. 419-902-6511 Cadillac Head Gasket Repair Is your Northstar engine losing coolant? Have it tested free at TMZ Automotive. 419-837-9700. Four 8 Lug 2500 G.M. Wheels, Tires plus spare, Fair/Good Tread, LT245/75R16, Load Range E, $250, 419-450-8958


1999 Chevy Monte Carlo, 2 dr, Z34, Auto, No Rust, Full Power, Nice wheels, $2,290. Call 419-419-3446862 2001 Lincoln LS Sedan, Burgundy, 120,000 miles, great condition, moon roof, leather interior. Asking $5,300. Call 419-779-8113. 2004 Ford Focus ZTS, 61,000 miles, loaded, all options, new tires/shocks/brakes/battery, $5,000 OBO. 419-973-2525

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;BIG DEAL!â&#x20AC;? Let us help you sell your stuff in our classifieds by Reaching over 36,241 homes in our 2 publications Ask for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;BIG DEALâ&#x20AC;? Which gives you * a 15 word classified ad * runs for 4 weeks in the Metro & Suburban Press and the World Wide Web


$30per item *General Merchandise only *No Refunds on this special

The Press 1550 Woodville Rd. Millbury, OH. 43447 Call 419-836-2221 or 1-800-300-6158



Hutch Rebel Wood Stove, Double Doors, 27â&#x20AC;?L X 25â&#x20AC;?W, asbestos pad included. $750. OBO. 419-837-2677

Kennedy Machinest Chest, 8.5â&#x20AC;? W x 20â&#x20AC;? L x 14â&#x20AC;? H, $30.00, 419-6913799.


Cycleman We repair Chinese Pocket Bikes and Scooters, and Mopeds, many parts available, also repair motorcycles, Call Wed. - Sat (10-6pm) 419-244-2525.


Insulation Roll, Certainteed Kraft Faced Rolled, R-13. 3 ½' high. Was 32' long. Only about 6 ft. was used. $10. Water heater Insulation kit. Fits all style water heaters up to 22 1/2â&#x20AC;? diameter. Gas up to 50 gal., Electric up to 66 gal. $5.00. Call 419836-9754.

VCR LX1 $10, Computer Speakers Harman/Kardon HK-198 $10. Call 419-836-9754.

Door Weather Strip. Universal Door Jamb. 36â&#x20AC;? standard. Never used, still in wrapper. $5. 36â&#x20AC;? wide roll of packing paper, $5. Call 419836-9754.

Natural gas furnace, 65,000 btu, great for garage, $150. 419-6932840

Jan. 10-26 - Ft. Meyer Beach We still have can also just ride the bus down and back and stay w/friends and/or relatives. Toledo & BG pickup also. Call for details!!

Classified line ad $5.00 per week per item, on merchandise of $100 and under, 15 word limit, 20¢ each additional word.


(2) 6-Panel, White Pine Pre-Hung Doors, 3' x 6'8â&#x20AC;? w/hardware and Casing, $80.00 each, 419-691-3799.

Storage Cabinet, plastic, 69â&#x20AC;? high x 30â&#x20AC;? wide x 17 1/2â&#x20AC;? deep. Double doors, 4 shelves. $90. Call 419-8369754.

2 French Provincial End Tables. Leather styled inlay top. Early 1960's vintage. $60.00. 419-836-9754


Beat the January rush! â&#x20AC;&#x153;lose weight first!â&#x20AC;? Total Gym, used once. Paid-$2,000 OBO 419-693-9574



Sleep Number Mattress, Full, Used 2 years, asking $600.00 OBO. 419666-6671 Snow blower/thrower for Cub Cadet, 2000 Series. $300.00 Call Tammy 419-836-8556



Sharper Image Razor Xtreme push/kick scooter-$40. 419-8369754


Hardwood Flooring, Refinishing, Installation, and Repair Work. 18-yrs experience. Call Kyle 419-343-3719

Carpentry, Drywall Repairs, Painting, Siding, Electrical Problems, Help for the Do-It-Yourselfer. Small Jobs Welcome, 35+ Years Experience Member BBB 419-836-4574/419-304-0583

Set of World Book Encyclopedias from the 1980's. $30. 419-787-6921.


Snowboard Buddy, 50â&#x20AC;? long by 10â&#x20AC;? wide $5. Call 419-836-9754.


Upright Piano Grinnell Brothers $300 OBO, call (419) 367-7388. Can help with moving.

Michael's Roofing and Construction

Happy Howlidays! My name is Twinkle Toes and I am the most loving girl you will ever meet. I love everyone I meet! I came into the Lucas County Canine Care & Control (FKA the Lucas County Dog Warden) where they gave me love and attention. Don't let my gray muzzle fool you, I may not be a young puppy anymore but I can still keep up with them! 60+ of my canine friends and I are currently waiting to be adopted at the Lucas County Canine Care & Control - 410 S Erie St, Tol - 419.213.2800. If you are looking to give this holiday season, the LCCC&C always welcomes donations for the dogs. If you are missing a dog PLEASE come and walk through the kennels or check out stray and adoptable dogs on Sat December 28th will be the 2nd Annual Year-End Adoption Event, we are currently looking for sponsors for the adoptable dogs. To find out more info check out our Facebook page. Share the love and adopt a shelter dog today

2 snowmobiles with trailer. 419833-3775


1997 Ford E-350 Shuttle Bus, 22 Seat, V-10. Gas, Auto, Low Miles, $5,000. 419-290-1861 1998 Mercury Mountaineer, 4X4, full power, V-6, new tires, cd radio. $1990. Call 419-344-6862


Burkin Self Storage â&#x20AC;˘ Camper Storage Inside & Outside

â&#x20AC;˘ Inside Auto Storage â&#x20AC;˘ Personal Storage

St. Rt. 51, South of Elmore 419-862-2127

CONTENTS AUCTION Sunday, December 29 at 12:00 pm 1117 Clark, Holland, Ohio

Sand. Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont, OH Semi, PU Trucks & Suburban â&#x20AC;˘ Tractors & Skid Loader â&#x20AC;˘ Tillage Equip. â&#x20AC;˘ Hopper, Livestock & Equip. Trailers â&#x20AC;˘ Farm Equip â&#x20AC;˘ 40â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Containers Grain Cart â&#x20AC;˘ Draft Horse Wagons & Harness Snowmobile â&#x20AC;˘ Lawn Equip. â&#x20AC;˘ Guns â&#x20AC;˘ Handicap Equip. â&#x20AC;˘ Modern Furniture â&#x20AC;˘ Pool Table Wood Working Tools LOCATION: Sand. Co. Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. Take the by-pass around Fremont to the SR 53 North exit, at stoplight turn south towards town to fairgrounds. Watch for signs! SELLING ORDER: RING #1 will start with Equipment @ 9:37 AM & RING #2 will start selling @ 11:07 AM with the Furniture, Lawn Equip, Tools, Guns & Handicap Items!

Super Clean Auction. 3 Kubota Tractors, Hand and power tools galore, lathe, woodworking tools, original Army Jeep with PTO, jeep parts, generators, chain saw, 16ft. Utility trailer w/drop gate, 721 Grasshopper D mower, work bench, air compressors, snow, leaf blowers, 2 golf carts, hunting, fishing items & much more. To see more, visit

Viewing: Saturday, Dec. 28 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 pm WM BAKER & KEN BONNIGSON, CAI Asst. Auctioneers: Dean A. Smith, Todd Schling, Robert Carpenter, Fred Wolff, Andy Kluding

Jack Amlin and Greg Zielinski, Auctioneers 419-867-7653

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