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Mortgage foreclosures have dipped and auto sales have climbed for the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period last year, according to a recent audit by the Lucas County Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas.

The audit showed that mortgage foreclosure case filings in Lucas County dropped by 227 in the first quarter of this year compared to the first quarter of 2009.

Through the first quarter of 2009, there were 1,680 mortgage foreclosure actions filed with the Lucas County Clerk of Courts compared to 1,435 cases filed through the first quarter of this year.

During January, February and March, foreclosure case filings dropped in January, February and March, with March showing the biggest decline in comparison to the same time of 2009.

“This is a significant drop,” said Larry Loutzenhiser, public information officer for J. Bernie Quilter, the Lucas County Clerk of Common Pleas.

“Ohio and Michigan are always slow compared to the rest of the country to recover economically,” he said. “But those numbers indicate we’re moving in the right direction. We hope it will continue.”

A $20 million renovation of Waite High School is scheduled to be completed two years before the school celebrates its 100th birthday.

Waite’s portion of the Ohio Schools Facility Commission renovation, part of Toledo Public School’s “Building for Success” program, begins in August this year. Students arriving in the fall of 2012 will welcome new technology, air conditioning, and a return to much of the original architecture.

The school’s original horse-drawn construction was completed in 1914 — the end result of a bond levy supported four years earlier by Toledo voters. Toledo Central H.S., formerly located on Michigan Avenue at the current site of the Toledo-Lucas County Library Main Branch, was being replaced by Jessup Scott H.S. on the west side and Morrison R. Waite H.S. on the east side. The east side school is named after a U.S. Supreme Court chief justice from Toledo.

The original plan for the building called for 158,856 square feet, but a skill center was later added and a 38,222 square foot field house was constructed in 1960.

Comments accepted on regional water plan  
The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments will accept comments on the region’s water quality management plan until June 7 at 5 p.m.

The plan, which is required by the Clean Water Act, covers Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Wood counties in Ohio; and Bedford, Erie, and Whiteford townships of Monroe County, Mich.

It includes agreements on how jurisdictions will construct and maintain sewer systems and water treatment facilities and how septic systems and sewer problems will be managed.

TMACOG held a meeting last week to offer the public a chance to review planned changes to the planning document, which is updated when communities embark on development projects or when municipalities join together to build a sewer system.

In 1913, the auditoriums at Scott and Waite high schools were constructed in similar design.

Since then, Scott’s balcony has been destroyed and replaced by a new floor for storage. As a result, Scott is getting a new auditorium as part of its $37 million Ohio Schools Facility Commission renovation, part of Toledo Public School’s “Building for Success” program.

The 11,927 square feet Waite auditorium, which seats 844, is intact with its original balcony, seats, and stage, and is expected to get funds from the OSFC  for technological improvements — such as new digital sound and video systems.

If you’ve had a conversation with Donald Measel recently, chances are the topic has drifted to Agent Orange, herbicides used in Vietnam to defoliate trees and bushes that could conceal those fighting U.S. forces.

Measel, the sergeant-at-arms of American Legion Post 324 in Genoa, has been on a mission to inform Vietnam veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange - and anyone who can pass the word to them - about assistance that is available.

For the past few months or so he’s been wearing a cap with emblems of his service in Vietnam, hoping it will draw a comment from anyone he meets and give him an opening to discuss what has become his personal crusade; to alert as many veterans of the war as he can there is help if they need it.

“If you start talking with me about Vietnam you’re going to get an earful,” said Measel, who served there for 11 months while in the Army. “I tell anyone who served in country and feels they have medical conditions caused by Agent Orange they should re-apply for help if they’ve been turned down.”

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