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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.

Abbey, a Golden Retriever that belongs to the Edwards family, became the

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Woodville Township firefighters with Abbey, a 7-year-old
Golden Retriever rescued from an icy pond earlier in the
day. Bottom row — Cyndi Muranyi, Nicole Gilmore-Ray, and
Ben Brien. Top row — Paul Heineman, Jeff Herman, Dave Miller,
Jordan Shaw, and Matt Reardon. Not pictured rescuers at the
scene are John Kruse, Matt Hasenfratz, and Brad Paul. EMS
paramedics Gilmore-Ray and Herman were the first responders.
Boat operator was Brien and swimmers who got into the water
to save Abbey were Reardon and Hasenfratz. (Photo by Karen
Edwards)

guest of honor on her seventh birthday at the Woodville Township Fire House three days before Christmas.

Just hours earlier, Abbey’s life had been in impending danger after falling through ice into a pond.

Michael Edwards, a Bowling Green State University freshman computer science major, happened to be home with his guitar when the Edwards family Boxer, Tucker, began barking at the front door to be let into the house.

Usually, both Tucker and Abbey are waiting at the door, but this time only Tucker was there.

“When I went to put them back in I couldn’t find Abbey. I looked around for her, went up to my parents’ window and looked out the bay window and saw her in the pond. I went out there and she was trying to get out and she couldn’t get out on the ice from the water,” Michael said.

“I decided I’d go out and see if I could get her but I didn’t think the ice would hold me all the way. So I called my mom and asked her what to do,” Michael continued.

BP-Husky Refining LLC announced a major equipment upgrade at the BP-Husky Toledo Refinery in Oregon, Ohio.

Refinery officials say the project will improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the refinery by reducing energy consumption and lowering operating costs. The estimated $400 million investment will create, on average, an additional 200 temporary construction jobs over the next few years, totaling one million man-hours.

“This project will be the largest investment in the refinery in quite some time,” said Ron Unnerstall, president and refinery manager of BP-Husky Refining LLC. “It will put hundreds of people to work this year, protect existing jobs, enhance energy security for the region and improve the plant’s overall efficiency while also improving competitiveness.

“The investment, which we refer to as our Reformer 3 project, will improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the refinery by reducing energy consumption and lowering operating costs. We will be replacing two existing reformers and one hydrogen plant with one new state-of- the-art reformer,” Unnerstall continued.

As 2009 winds down to a close, Oregon is optimistic about the economy.

Rieter Automotive North America, which manufactures fiber padding materials and molded acoustical products for autos, plans to expand its Oregon production facility, according to Gary Thompson, executive director of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation.

“It’s something we’re very excited about,” said Thompson. “The company has been aggressively pursuing additional work. In the short-term, there may be a couple of contracts that would add somewhere between 20-50 jobs. Long-term, because the company has pretty prudent financial management, and a lot of their competitors are filing for bankruptcy, they’re sitting pretty well to increase their market share. We’re just hoping their market share increases so more and more of that work can come to Oregon.”

The company previously expanded about 18 months ago and added 100 employees, said Thompson.

“They’re still hiring, and have not filled all the positions,” he said.

Budget cuts have taken the bite out of Barney, Northwood’s crime-fighting

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police dog.

Like most communities across the country, the city is struggling with a deep recession that has not yet lost its grip. The city cut costs to balance its budget, including two full-time officers, and Barney, a six-and-a-half-year-old shepherd that was purchased with a homeland security grant six years ago.

“Due to budgetary cutbacks, we can’t afford him anymore,” said Police Chief Tom Cairl.

The news caught Barney’s handler, Patrolman Fred Genzman, by surprise.

“It was a shock. I can’t complain because people are losing their full-time jobs. But it’s still a shock. He’s got three, maybe four good years left in him,” said Genzman, who’s been on the force for eight years.

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