The Press Newspaper
Barb Runion can sum up the Village of Woodville’s financial situation in two words: “real tight.”
Runion, the village’s clerk-treasurer, like other officials in area municipalities and townships, is bracing for a cut in local government funds from the state, which will result in reductions to the general fund budgets of towns for services ranging from police protection to maintaining cemeteries.
In 2010, Woodville received about $108,254 in local government funds. A 25 percent cut – about $27,063 – would be a tough hit to sustain, she said, particularly when another 25 percent cut in the following fiscal year has been proposed.
Northwood is planning to advertise, recruit and train members for the volunteer fire department, which is currently understaffed.
Mayor Mark Stoner last week lifted a hiring freeze to allow Fire Chief Tim Romstadt to recruit more fire fighters. Administrator Dennis Recker said the city has seen a reduction in the number of volunteers in the fire department in the last few years.
“Our strength has been somewhat in a downward decline since 2007,” said Recker. There are about 30 fire fighters in the fire department, a far cry from the 50 it once had.
It was good for 37-year-old East Toledo fisherman Gary Spaulding that Clay High seniors Nick Isbell and Shane Gaghen passed their Ohio Graduation Tests.
As a result, Isbell and Gaghen were available on a school day to go fishing in the Maumee River. On the last Friday afternoon in March, they saved Spaulding’s life after he lost his footing and could easily have drowned in the 48-degree water.
Spaulding said he went to Orleans Park in Perrysburg at 12:45 p.m. and when Isbell and Gaghen pulled him out several hundred yards downstream it was close to 3:45 p.m.
Lake Erie anglers should experience another year of diverse fishing opportunities during 2011, according to biologists with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
“When you consider the variety of species and sizes of fish that are available to Ohio anglers, we are optimistic about Lake Erie fishing prospects this year,” said Roger Knight, Lake Erie fisheries program manager for the Division of Wildlife. “Weather is always the wild card on Lake Erie, but anglers who take advantage of seasonal fishing opportunities have good odds at catching walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, white bass, and steelhead, often in combination during many trips.”
Alexa Wegman wanted to be a part of Youth Leadership Toledo for one reason.
“It was important to me because I want to be a leader,” the Northwood High School sophomore said. “I consider myself to be a leader now, but the fact that other people saw me with the potential to be a leader was flattering. I wanted to learn the skills and make a difference in this community. I wanted to meet people and make my sophomore year that much more memorable.”
Youth Leadership Toledo (YLT) recognizes the important contributions young adults make in creating a strong, progressive community. YLT, which is patterned after the Community Leadership Program, consists of 50 sophomores who meet from August to May in monthly daylong sessions. Students who exhibit leadership skills in their schools and communities are nominated by their schools for the program.
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