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When commotion arose at their home, many were surprised despite the fact they said her significant other, Larry Adler, 61, had a history of alcohol abuse.
“We were home. We heard the commotion — sirens and such,” said Marianne Schwamberger, who lives directly across the street with husband Matt Schwamberger.
What began as a request by Gibsonburg Mayor Ed Herman, Jr., for Police Chief Michael Benton to attend meetings of the village planning commission branched into an investigation spanning more than a year.
Willie, who spent 12 years of his life in the Michigan prison system, and Connie felt they had enough bad history in Detroit and needed to start life over in a different city. They decided to find a new home in Toledo.
Willie stayed at an emergency shelter, but soon after the couple applied to Family Outreach Community United Services (FOCUS) — a faith based agency with a goal of embracing people in need and bringing a voice to the homeless.
As popular as Oregon’s German-American Festival has been, GAF Society Chairman Timothy Pecsenye stresses his organization faces the same challenges as any other non-profit organization.
The GAF started in 1966, was incorporated in January 1967 by seven ethnic societies, and later purchased Oak Shade Grove for its German-Swiss Cultural Center. The festival helps pay for maintenance of Oak Shade Grove and its “Germanic-style” clubhouse, but each society continues its own fundraising events.
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