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Millbury Mayor Michael Timmons remembers walking through the village the Sunday afternoon following the June 5 tornado, surveying the devastation.

Walking with him was Toledo Mayor Michael Bell.

“He looked at me and basically offered any help I needed,” Timmons said.

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For many in Northwest Ohio, news coverage of tornadoes that devastated parts of the nation’s mid-section seems like déjà vu – bringing back raw memories for Northwest Ohioans.

For Lake Schools, the tornadoes have inspired a desire to help. Last week, the district held a collection drive for cash, cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items and bottled water to help tornado victims of Joplin, Mo.

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When the Lake Township trustees approved plans for a new administration building they did so looking to construct a facility that would serve township residents for generations to come.

But the approach to the entrance to the building, which will be open to the public for a memorial ceremony June 5 at 3 p.m., looks back and remembers the seven victims of the tornado that hit the Wood County community last June.

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Four teachers, Jan Preston, Cindy Avers, Barb Travis, and Barb Smith, will have given a combined 128 years teaching when they retire from Woodmore Schools at the end of this school year.

Jan Preston, who will retire this year after being at Woodmore for 39 years, has been a teacher and a full-time counselor. She has had a great impact on Woodmore students and staff.

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Amidst roughly 800 people, Cardinal Stritch High School celebrated an important milestone last Thursday, commemorating its 50th year in existence as an educational institution in addition to celebrating the first anniversary of Kateri Catholic Academy.

The 10 a.m. Mass was led by Bishop Leonard P. Blair at the school gymnasium to commemorate the event, and remarks were made by President Eric Schild who spoke about the school, its accomplishments and its vision for the future. Entertainment was also provided by Reverend Jeff McBeth and people were given a tour of the facilities when the event commenced, just before lunch was served.

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