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The door soon will close on foreclosure-prevention assistance available through the “Save the Dream Ohio” program. April 30 is the deadline for homeowners to register and receive up to $35,000 in mortgage assistance.
Antoinette Smith, a foreclosure prevention specialist at Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People, or ESOP, a nonprofit HUD-certified housing counseling agency in Cleveland, called the program a lifeline for Ohioans who are struggling to stay in their homes. She said that includes “anyone who has experienced loss of income, who has become unemployed, who may have had a death of a wage earner in the home, divorce, disability, who may have experienced excessive medical bills from an illness.”
Oak Harbor resident Brad Weis is the new Genoa police chief.
Weis, currently employed as a Toledo Police Department captain, was approved Monday during a special meeting of the Genoa Village Council, according to Mayor Mark Williams. The new chief, who will make an annual salary of $62,500, begins work sometime in mid-May.
“He came from a small town. He lives in a small town. He should be able to keep the small town atmosphere in his work,” Williams said.
The mayor added Weis’ longevity in one department and the experience he racked up on that force are counted among his strengths.
Even the Oak Harbor Police Department can’t shed the wrath of local vandals.
Over the past two years, the station and connected administration building located on Main Street, have fallen victim to multiple incidents of vandalism. Police cruiser tires have been slashed; feces smeared on the glass of the east door to the police station and a rock was thrown through the window of the police chief’s office.
The situation is causing council to once again consider installing at least two cameras on the building.
Two Oregon businesses were honored with Prism Awards because of their spirit of giving.
H&M Open Arms Massage Studio was announced as the Small Business of the Year, in part for its role in local fundraisers, and Food for Thought is the Non-Profit of the Year at the 21st Annual Prism Award Ceremony March 27 at Sunrise Park and Banquet Center in Millbury.
Food for Thought began in May 2007 and has seen the number of families served increase each year as its reach into the surrounding community expanded as well.
There are, says Bill Myers, many farmers in Northwest Ohio utilizing progressive measures to reduce run-off and other side-effects of agriculture that harm surface water.
“We’re not all old school,” he said. “There is a segment out there already trying different practices on their own to help the situation with the environment.”
In his presentation at the 9th annual Lake Erie Conference last month, Myers, whose family farms about 2,000 acres in Oregon, said the intense scrutiny by some researchers on no-till planting and its links to algae blooms in Lake Erie may be misplaced.