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The 44th Annual East Toledo Christmas Parade, sponsored by River East Associates, will step off at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

Lineup starts at 10:30 a.m. at East Broadway and S. Ravine Parkway Dr. The route goes along East Broadway, Starr, Main and Front, disbanding at the Waite High School Skills Center.

So far, about 45 units have signed up to be in the parade, according to Denny Fairchild, one of the parade’s organizers. Participants include the Waite Band, antique cars, walking groups, fire trucks – new and antique – and members of the Exchange Club of Greater Maumee Bay, who will be passing out flags, to name a few.

Earlier this month, River East Associates conducted a holiday coloring contest for students in grades K-5 from the six East Toledo Elementary Schools and L. Hollingworth, Reach and Aurora academies and the winners from each school earned the honor of riding on a Gingerbread House float.

Oregon City Council approved a Special Use permit for New Harvest Christian Church at 3540 Seaman Road.

The Special Use is in an R-2 Medium Density Residential District. The applicant, Khalid Esmail project manager for BP Husky, is seeking the Special Use permit for an office on the property. Esmail sought the permit on behalf of the owner, Sharon McQueary, interim pastor of New Harvest Christian Church.

A public hearing was held on Oct. 20 by the Oregon Planning Commission, which voted 3-0 to recommend that the application be approved.

Tim Odenweller, council chair of New Harvest Church, said the church decided to rent out part of the building “to assist us in the financial health of the church.”

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here is an excerpt from his blog, which you can follow by going to and clicking on the icon on the upper right.

Greetings from Charleston Folks,

Class A Dance Studio in Oak Harbor will present the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker” Sunday, Dec. 6.

The studio has staged five productions of the show since 2000. The two-act ballet was originally choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score coming by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Under the leadership of Paula Fox-Ferguson who owns and operates the studio, the cast and crew is putting the finishing touches on the production. McKinley Ferguson, Fox’s daughter, is co-producing the play. The cast, which numbers over 80, includes residents of Oak Harbor, Genoa, Woodville, Elmore, Port Clinton and Fremont.

“It’s really a great storyline. It can be adapted many ways; every time I do it there are little changes, every company has its own vision. The story is such a magical one,” said Fox-Ferguson. “It’s just a wonderful story, a fantasy that this girl has in our dream. It’s a part of our culture and it gets your ready for Christmas and the holiday spirit. It’s basically this girl going into a wonderful dream on Christmas and it was all inspired by the wonderful nutcracker that she was given.”

Columbia Gas of Ohio is planning to expand a regulator substation at the corner of Brown and Lallendorf roads that serves Oregon and parts of East Toledo.

Plans for the $4 million project call for the replacement of the current substation, built in 1959, with three new buildings surrounded by a buffer zone of trees. The company will purchase property north of the site for the expansion. The company is also seeking a variance from the zoning commission as part of the project.

The regulator substation reduces pressurized gas before it is delivered to homes and businesses, explained Chris Kozak, communications manager with Columbia Gas of Ohio. Some of the gas flows to the refineries and supports the Jeep factory as well, he said. The substation directly serves 17,000 customers.



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