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A small kitten with a torn leg needs a foster home and orthopedic surgery to fight off infection.

An Oregon clinic, Maumee Bay Veterinary Center, is offering to use its relationship with Veterinary Care Foundation, based in Citra, Florida, to help cover costs of the surgery.

On Wednesday, Jeanette Fremont, of Lake Township, was unprepared for a phone call from her brother, who notified her about a kitten he found on US 20, just west of Stony Ridge in Troy Township.

“A kitten came out of the bushes and started following him around, as if it was seeking his attention,” said Fremont. Upon further examination, he noticed that one of the kitten’s front legs had been torn off and it was in need of veterinary care. He didn’t know much about cats, so he called his sister, who did.

When Cajon Keeton walked into the Oak Harbor Village Council meeting last Monday, he had one idea in mind - to get across the message that Gov. John Kasich’s decision to put $500 million over the next two years into Ohio’s rainy day fund is a bad idea for Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools as well as other school districts in the state.

With B-C-S superintendent Guy Parmigian and Jeff Dornbusch, treasurer of the Port Clinton City School District, joining him, Keeton, B-C-S treasurer, addressed Mayor Bill Eberle and council, encouraging them to take the issue seriously and contact their local representatives.

In addition to B-C-S facing a potential loss of $440,000, several schools located to the east of Oak Harbor — Port Clinton, Perkins, Huron and Vermilion — face similar cuts.

When they meet next month for a conference, a coalition of area volunteers who assist first responders during disasters and emergencies will hear from a fire chief who used to be skeptical of relying on volunteers in such situations.

Bruce Moritz, the fire chief of the Lake Township Fire Department, is slated to address a session of the conference scheduled by the Disaster Volunteer Coalition, an arm of the emergency management agencies in Ottawa, Huron and Erie counties.

The conference, Beyond Response – Joining Forces to serve in Disasters, is scheduled for Oct. 16-17 at The Chapel, 4444 Galloway Rd., Sandusky, O.

It is free and open to the public.

In the wake of the June 2010 tornado that swept through Wood and Ottawa counties, volunteers “did an awesome job,” says Moritz, who was chief of the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District at the time.

The City of Northwood plans to construct restrooms and a concession stand near baseball diamonds in Brentwood Park.

“I’m trying to gradually get the park upgraded,” said City Administrator Bob Anderson.

The project will also help the Miracle League, which plays baseball in the park, he added. The Miracle League provides opportunities to children and adults with disabilities to play baseball.

City council last year earmarked $38,000 in the budget for the project, mostly to cover the estimated cost to run water and sewer lines off nearby Tracy Road to the concession stand and restrooms, said Anderson.

“We appropriated some money last year to start the project,” he said.

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District is also prepared to help, he said.

“They’ve agreed in principle to fund some of it,” said Anderson.

In February, a ruling by a Lucas County Court of Common Pleas judge in 2013 to reinstate the former fire chief in Jerusalem Township after trustees fired him was reversed by Ohio’s Sixth District Court of Appeals.

The appellate court, consisting of Judges Mark L. Pietrykowski, Arlene Singer, and James D. Jenson, unanimously voted on Feb. 6 to uphold the trustees’ dismissal of former Fire Chief Harold Stanton.

Stanton filed an appeal of that decision with the Supreme Court of Ohio in March. On September 16, the high court decided to not accept the appeal for review.

In its ruling, the court simply wrote, “Upon consideration of the jurisdictional memoranda filed in this case, the court declines to accept jurisdiction of the appeal.


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