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A lawsuit filed by Vietnam veterans advocate Nick Haupricht against U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur was dismissed on September 17.

Haupricht is seeking $3,458 in Toledo Municipal Court Small Claims Division for money he spent to organize, process applications, and to advertise a ceremony planned to commemorate a section of World War II monument granite being brought to Toledo. The May 16 ceremony was cancelled.

Haupricht claims he was “misguided” by Kaptur’s staff, believing he had authorization to spend the money.

The court cited the Federal Tort Claims Act in dismissing Haupricht’s claim. The FTCA concerns the federal government’s sovereign immunity when its employees are charged with being negligent within the scope of their employment.

On September 23, Haupricht filed a new motion against Kaptur in U.S. District Court asking for an “extension of time to move, plead, or answer.”.

 


 

The village of Genoa’s battle to remove trees infected with Emerald Ash Borer disease has gotten a little help from the state.

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant of $9,700 was used to remove tainted trees in Veterans Park in recent weeks, according to Village Administrator Garth Reynolds.

Genoa, guided by its tree commission, had had a fairly aggressive tree removal plan in place for several years. “But the money just doesn’t go that far,” Reynolds said, noting budget concerns have kept the program stalled for a while.

Then came the 50/50 matching ODNR grant approved earlier in the year.

Village crews have cut down about 100 trees. Grant monies, however, were used to hire Travers Tree Service of Curtice to remove another 72 in the park by the ball diamonds, said Public Works Director Kevin Gladden.

The height of the trees as well as other problems required professional tree trimmers to handle the complex job, Gladden explained.

The focus now has turned to the replanting project.

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If the Lake equestrian team took first place at Sunday's Ohio Interscholastic Horsemanship Association (OIHA) state meet at Vail Meadows in Oregon, there would be a very good reason.

The Lake Equestrian Team won the State Meet at Vail Meadows on Sunday, Oct 3.  They are now OIHA State Champions in Division I.

“They're dedicated and they show all year,” said Lake coach Connie Workman, who is also a district chairperson. “They're not just in the three (district) shows or the week at Fair. They show at open shows and at open competitions all summer long. They are very devoted and I have great parents, and they are really into it. They've done a good job and really earned their way.”

Workman's daughter, Jenna, a senior at Lake, is one of the riders for Lake's eight-member equestrian team. Jenna will ride J.D., a 15-year-old quarterhorse, at the state meet.

Other team members who attend Lake are junior Morgan Collins, sophomore Ashley Landers and freshmen Ellen Johns and Alissa Knieriem. Lake's squad also includes Riley Herman, a sophomore at Woodmore, Northwood senior Holly Slater and Gibsonburg junior Demitrius Ernsberger.

Lake qualified for the state meet after taking first place at District 2's third and final show event of the season at the Wood Country Fairgrounds.

“There are three meets in each district,” Connie Workman said. “There are three districts in northwest Ohio, and we're in District 2, Division 2. There are three divisions within each district, depending on the size of your team, so you only compete against teams of your size. There are 10 teams in our district.”

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The student members of the Ohio Young Birders Club (OYBC) will take a “stand” against habitat loss with a Big Sit

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 fundraiser on October 10.

The Big Sit will be open to the public and will take place at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 West State

 Route 2, Oak Harbor, from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Just watch for the BIG SIT signs if you want to participate. Proceeds of the Big Sit will benefit both the OYBC and the Middle Bass Island East Point Preserve restoration project of the Lake Erie Islands Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy.

The Ohio Young Birders Club is a statewide group for young people, ages 12 to 18, who have an interest in birds and in nature. The club is part of the education program of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, a research and education organization based in Oak Harbor.

The idea behind a Big Sit is to stay in a 17-foot diameter circle and count all the species of birds you can identify from that spot during a continuous period.

This Big Sit goes well beyond counting birds.

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The union representing CSX Corp. workers is asking the Lake Township trustees to oppose the proposed closing of a rail crossing between East Broadway and Tracy Road to traffic, contending the company’s plans would create a safety hazard.

Ken Gilsdorf, community affairs and safety representative for the rail company, informed the trustees at their Sept. 7 meeting the top management of CSX wants to close Walbridge Road to traffic at the crossing.

CSX, he said, holds the deed to the land around the area and one option the company is weighing is to vacate part of the road and have it become privately owned by adjacent property owners.

If a private road was established, CSX could install gates that would be controlled remotely by the railroad because there is no yard master stationed at nearby Stanley Yard, Gilsdorf told the trustees.

The Ohio State Legislative Board of the United Transportation Union says the proposal endangers motorists.

“If CSX Corporation is successful in their petitioning the township to close Walbridge Road crossing, the railroad would further disregard the safety of two-man remote controlled locomotive operations by reducing these operations to a one-man crew on each job, further endangering the traveling public, the safety of railroad employees, and the loss of jobs,” Luther Newsom, chairman and state director of the union’s legislative board, says in a letter to the trustees.

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