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A safety consultant from Buckeye Firearms Association has been invited to a Jan. 24 workshop of the Lake school board to explain the association’s Faculty/Administrator Training & Emergency Response (FASTER) program.

The program offers training for school personnel in the event of an actual shooter on school property.

Tim Krugh, school board president, said that although some Lake district employees have permits to carry concealed weapons the board currently doesn’t authorize anyone to bring weapons on school property.

The board will make no decisions at the workshop, he said.

“We’re just looking for ways we can minimize the chance of a tragic shooting, with an eye on prevention,” Krugh said. “We want to look at all viable options and see what the program has to offer.”

Mark Hummer, chief of the Lake Township Police Department, and Steve Poiry, the department’s school resource officer, have been invited to the workshop, according to Krugh, who said any decision to loosen the board’s policy would be done in collaboration with the police department.

The Genoa school board is spending much of its time this month interviewing candidates for the superintendent’s position.

Board members met Wednesday and have scheduled meetings for Jan. 12, 19 and 21 for interviews, which are being held in executive session.

The current superintendent, Dennis Mock, has announced his intention to retire July 31.

The board also hosted a community forum Dec. 1 to gather public input on the search for a new superintendent.

The board will hold its organizational meeting Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. and then meet in regular session at 6 p.m. when it will turn its attention to the district’s financial condition and discuss placing another property tax levy on the ballot.

Last month, the board took the preliminary steps for going back to the ballot, approving resolutions of necessity for the renewal of a 5-mill, 5-year operating issue and a new emergency levy that will generate an additional $1.025 million a year if passed.

Walbridge Village Council heard the first reading Wednesday of an ordinance authorizing Mayor Ed Kolanko to enter into an agreement with the Wood County Sheriff’s Department for emergency dispatching service.

The village currently contracts for the service with Lake Township, which has also provided service for the City of Rossford until the city recently opted to contract with the sheriff’s department.

Mayor Kolanko on Thursday said the expected annual cost for a village agreement with the sheriff’s department is about $37,665.

There will be one-time, set-up costs associated with the transition, the mayor said.

Currently, the village is paying about $48,492 annually for the service with the township.

A bystander and alert part-time village officer played crucial roles in the arrest of a man accused of robbing stores in two Ottawa County communities, Steve Weirich, Oak Harbor police chief said.

Trevor Boss, 31, is currently in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, facing an aggravated burglary charge for the Dec. 27 robbery of the Mickey Mart on Perry Street in Port Clinton. He also admitted to a Dec. 21 robbery at the Dollar General store on Locust Street in Oak Harbor, according to the Port Clinton Police Department.

Boss reportedly brandished a gun in the Port Clinton robbery but did not use one in the robbery at the store in the village. Authorities found a gun believed to be the weapon used in the second robbery.

Boss made an initial appearance in Ottawa County Municipal Court following his New Year’s Eve arrest in Toledo. He is scheduled to appear again at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 12.

After 53 years of service to the Lake Township Fire Department, Henry “Hank” Buzza figures it’s time to spend more time on his snowmobile in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula during the winter and on his Harley-Davidson Trike motorcycle during warmer weather.

The township trustees Tuesday recognized the 71-year-old Buzza, presenting with him with a plaque and passing a resolution of appreciation for his service.

“Whereas, Henry “Hank” Buzza and family members have demonstrated a long and dedicated commitment to the Lake Township Fire Department, having participated in the evolution and change of the fire department from that of two villages (Millbury and Walbridge) to the premier Lake Township Fire Department of today and …has served with loyal devotion and professional distinction …” the resolution says, wishing him well in his “much deserved retirement.”

Fire chief Bruce Moritz presented him with a clock, saying a “volunteer is a special person” and the lifestyle changes and other trends are resulting in that many years of services becoming more and more rare.

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