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Veteran incumbents challenged by business owners

Two self-employed business owners, Mike Evanoff and Jeff Pettit, are challenging veteran incumbents, Ron Sims and Richard Welling, for seats on the Lake Township Board of Trustees in the Nov. 3 election.

In these tough economic times, who knows how to stretch a dollar more than an owner/operator of a small business, reasons Evanoff, who hopes to use his entrepreneurial skills as a trustee.

“My wife and I have been doing this for 20 years in bad and good economies and our doors are still open,” the owner of Suburban Motors said. “A sense of discipline is what I want to bring to the table.”

If elected, Evanoff, who’s been regularly attending trustee meetings for several years, said he’d scrutinize the expenditure of every township dollar, casting a keen eye especially on equipment and related purchases.

The German-American Festival (GAF), the Toledo area’s oldest, largest and greatest ethnic festival, returns to its familiar Oregon grounds Aug. 28 through 30.

As always, authentic German food, beverages and entertainment will be in full abundance, including continuous live music at three stages from local Germanic and ethnic bands, an old world-style Bier & Wein Garten, the Import Haus featuring steins, linens and other gift items, new amusement rides and the fest’s signature 56’ by 40’ wooden dance floor in the main Fest Zelt tent – a 100’ by 265’ clear span without poles.

According to Timothy Pecsenye, festival chair, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Presenting Mr. Bowers…hasn’t missed in 32 years

Ladies and gentlemen . . . presenting 1967 Genoa grad Wade Bower, the "unofficial standard bearer" of "Comet Nation," who has had a reserved seat ticket for 327 straight Genoa football games and 32 celebrated seasons.

That's roughly 15,696 minutes of Comet football for all those counting.

"All I can say is that I just love high school football, and that's the bottom line," mumbles Bower, 60.

"Personally, I don't like to call it a streak, because really it's just a passion of mine. I just love to go to these high school football games. I love the competition between the boys out there. And I just love being there out at the stadium come Friday, and watching Genoa Comets football, and other Genoa sports, too, really," he said.

The operator of a 7-Eleven store in Walbridge is enlisting the help of residents and local elected officials to reverse a decision by the corporation’s management to end the sale of gasoline at the store after the Labor Day holiday.

Gail Adler, the franchisee for the store at 200 N. Main Street, and her son-in-law, Mike Doyle, have started a petition drive to gather signatures to “save the pumps” at the store, hoping the petitions will give them some leverage in an appeal to management.

“I’m willing to travel to Illinois (7-Eleven division headquarters) to pitch our case,” Doyle said.

In a letter to the Wood County commissioners, Adler and Doyle say monthly gas sales at the store are usually around 40,000 gallons.

Craig Lammers has always been interested in history and baseball.

"I just combined the two," he said.

Lammers, 51, a 1976 graduate of Lake High School, has written biographies on several 19th and 20th Century baseball players, including Jim Hughey, the last major league pitcher to lose 30 games in a season, in 1899.

"He pitched for the Cleveland Spiders," Lammers said.

BCSN broadcaster Greg Franke, who has known Lammers for nearly 30 years, said, "If there is a better baseball researcher anywhere in this country than him, you'd have to show me. He is one of the great authorities on baseball research and history anywhere in this country. That's not an exaggeration. I think people ought to know about him."

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