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Time is of the essence at Lake High School.

With an estimated ten years until all World War II veterans are gone, the school started to raise money two years ago in an effort to send World War II veterans to see the World War II memorial in Washington D.C. free of cost.

The money raised goes to the Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio organization, which has sent over 300 veterans since their inception in 2007. People at Lake have raised over $4,400, which has allowed nine veterans to visit the memorial.

Although the school doesn’t know the names of the veterans they helped send, the veterans are told why they went and who raised money.

The effort initially began when Jim Witt, superintendent at Lake Local Schools, received a letter from a woman in Walbridge telling him about the Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio.

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Some people might think they know all about Jessica Pribanic just from taking

one long look at her.

Sure, there are a lot of blonde-haired, blue-eyed Hooters Girls across the country, but none quite like the 24-year-old Pribanic. The 5-4, 114-pound Sandusky native, who has lived in Oregon for more than a year, is more than just a pretty face.

After graduating from Sandusky High School in three years, Pribanic graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in liberal studies.

“I had a triple focus in philosophy, psychology and sociology,” she said. “I put myself through college working at Hooters, so I didn’t have student loans to pay off. I’ve worked at Hooters for six years and it has paid off.

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During Genoa’s “Meet the Candidates Night” Tuesday, council candidates focused on subjects other than the police department’s controversial underage alcohol sting.

Questions for the candidates were pre-determined by the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and each candidate did not address every issue.
 

Regarding village spending:

Incumbent Steven D. Bialorucki: “In my opinion, the things I’ve seen on the projects we’ve done on the sidewalks and streets are positive. The things we are spending on are the right ones, quite honestly. Yes, we are spending money, but you have to realize $86,000 was grants. Local small government needs to maintain what we have and we are doing it in a mindful way of the taxpayers’ dollars.”

Challenger David N. Brown: “I’d think it would be irresponsible if I didn’t say we’re spending too much. Let’s try to get better communication, let everyone know how we can better communicate and let everybody give their input,” Brown said, suggesting a newsletter.

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Jerusalem Township Trustees Aug. 11 voted unanimously to place a 3.5-mill levy for one year on the November 3 ballot to fund sheriff patrols in the township.

On July 28, trustees Joe Gray and Rodney Graffis voted in favor of putting a levy on the ballot. Following a special meeting to gauge public opinion on the matter on Aug. 6, Gray said he would vote at the Aug. 11 trustee meeting to rescind his motion to vote for the levy because it lacked support from the packed crowd of 125 residents.

Gray did rescind his motion, then voted with Graffis and Trustee Joe Kiss in favor of putting the 3.5-mill levy on the ballot.

Gray said he changed his mind because voters in the township should have the opportunity to decide on the levy.

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About 100 residents packed the gymnasium at the Genoa Community Ministry Center Tuesday evening to listen to 10 village council candidates discuss a controversy surrounding an underage drinking sting operation.

It was Genoa’s “Meet the Candidates Night,” sponsored by the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce and local churches. The ten council candidates are vying for four seats, to be determined in the November 3 election.

Candidates include four incumbents, Steven D. Bialorucki, Dave Fryman, Jennifer K. Kreager, and Betsy Slotnick. Six challengers are Brian D. Best, Carroll M. Bigelow, David N. Brown, Eric L. Hise, John C. Lewis, and Raymond A. St. Marie, Jr.

Eight of the 10 candidates appeared at the forum Tuesday. Not attending were Best and Bigelow.

Lewis is a lifetime resident of Genoa, having lived in the same house. He has been married to wife Theresa 32 years, has two daughters, and has served 35 years as a firefighter and emergency medical technician.

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