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While trying to light the pilot light on his hot water heater, an explosion rocked

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David Ladd’s world.

The process was slow enough that Ladd was
able to back away so the explosion did not burn his face, but it caused second degree burns on his legs. The ensuing fire, however, gutted his home on Route 105 near Elmore.

Fire departments from several nearby communities were at the scene and police had Route 105 closed in both directions. Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church Pastor David Nevergall immediately got in his car, drove to the scene, and circumnavigated the blockade.

“Sometimes it helps to have a collar on. I came around the corner on Graytown Road knowing that the roads are blocked. I told the officer who I was and he was very helpful in letting me get beyond the barricade and to the house,” Pastor Nevergall said.

East Toledo’s Yenrick family was honored Tuesday night during the first annual

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Toledo Glass Key Awards ceremony at Inverness Country Club.

Mayor Carty Finkbeiner and co-hosts honored deserving Toledoans for their lifetime of service to Toledo. Included among them were humanitarians, educators and civic leaders who, over the past 25 years, have committed themselves to making Toledo a better place to live.

A press releases states that a major factor considered when selecting the nominees was their continuing commitment to the region over a period of time.

“Many individuals participate periodically in various events benefiting our community, but few continue this contribution year in and year out. The award winners of this prestigious Glass Key truly demonstrate a lifelong commitment to Toledo and Northwest Ohio. These dedicated individuals have selflessly given of their time, knowledge, and resources.  They have touched the lives of countless people in this community,” the release states.

Two residential structures in Northwood will be demolished this winter after being declared nuisances by the Wood County Health Department.

Funds from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), also known as the “Welcome Home” program, will be used to raze the structures, according to Northwood City Administrator Pat Bacon.

An asbestos study has been completed and will be submitted to the Wood County Planning Commission, said Bacon.

“The next step is to advertise for bids,” she said. “My hope is to have the structures demolished and the property cleared in late January or early February.”

Bacon identified the structures to be removed. “I knew grant monies were there, so I identified two properties and said, `Let’s get going on these.’ So now it goes to the Wood County Planning Commission for its stamp of approval.”

The NSP grant can only be used in designated areas, said Bacon.

“The designated area in Northwood is where we have a lot of foreclosures,” she said.

Oregon received 51 applications for the position of administrator by the Dec. 15 deadline, most of which came from outside the area.

Mayor Mike Seferian said at a Dec. 21 council meeting that he is currently considering a couple of candidates for the post.

“I’ve been in touch with a couple of people very interested in the job,” Seferian said at the meeting. “If one of them confirm, we could come to some sort of agreement. I may know as soon as Dec. 28. I would be looking forward to letting council become aware of that. If that works out, we might be able to appoint someone early January.”

Seferian told The Press on Dec. 29 that he is now focusing on one individual who stands out from the rest, though he wouldn’t disclose his identity.

The candidate, he said, has extensive experience in government in northwest Ohio and is currently mulling over several job offers from other employers.

The Ohio Department of Development will support the Northern Wood County Port Authority’s assessment project with a commitment of Clean Ohio Assistance Funds to clean up industrial property at the former Libbey-Owens-Ford (LOF) site in Northwood.

City Administrator Pat Bacon said $297,968 in brownfield redevelopment funds will be used to finance Phase II of an environmental assessment of the Industrial and Warehouse project on East Broadway.

The assessment will determine the environmental suitability of the property and the possible need for any remediation, said Bacon.

“The soil is contaminated. There’s no doubt about it,” said Bacon. “There used to be a paint shop there. There’s a huge building at the back of the property. It’s an ideal building for someone to relocate. For that to be an industrial park again, it just simply needs to be cleaned up because it’s contaminated. It’s very expensive to do.”

“Right now, no one is going to want to go in there because of the environmental issues,” said Mayor Mark Stoner.

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