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Daphne Derden, Director of Career Technology at Toledo Public Schools, admits she does not necessarily agree with all of Governor John Kasich’s policies.

But when it comes to directing new initiatives for education, she believes he is “awesome.”

She says the jobs are going back to the trades — and it’s a different world of trades than it was in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. And, Kasich and the Ohio legislature are responding.

“Even with the emphasis from a federal perspective, a state perspective, and a local perspective, this is a great time for career technology in that we’ve gotten so much support and attention right now,” Derden said. “Sometimes it’s overwhelming, but it’s been long overdue and I’m so glad this attention has come because it’s good for the economic health of our region.”

As memberships at the Genoa quarry continue to drop, village officials wonder if it and an adjacent park area are succumbing to a change in lifestyle for families and children.

Two years ago quarry memberships reached 120 but dropped last year to 61. This year, only 41 memberships have been purchased.

“It’s been trending down,” Mayor Mark Williams said. “I’m told back in the 1950s the village sold more than 300 passes in a season. But few people had pools.”

However, at a time when health advisories for beaches along Lake Erie are not uncommon and stories of algal blooms in the lake dominate the headlines, the mayor and Mike Thomas, the parks director, are puzzled why the quarry, with its beach area, two diving boards, four rafts and a tube slide, doesn’t draw larger crowds.

It’s out with the old and in with the new at Genoa’s main park.

Genoa officials razed the old bath house at Veterans Park and months later are putting the finishing touches on a new building at the same site.

But even as the height of summer season fun explodes across the park centered on the quarry, the building won’t be ready for park staff and patron use this season.

“We’ve got the approval from the county building inspection,” Village Administrator Kevin Gladden. “Now we need to get in there and do some electrical work.”

A site on Oregon and Wales roads in Northwood will become the central campus of Buckeye CableSystem and Telesystem, it was announced last week.

The company will move over 500 employees from Toledo to a 150,000-square-foot facility that is currently being used by Taylor, Nelson and Sofres (TNS), formerly NFO, at 2700 Oregon Road. Buckeye CableSystem recently bought the building, said Northwood City Administrator Bob Anderson. According to the Wood County Auditor’s website, the building was purchased June 26 for $6.25 million.

TNS, a market research company, employs 137 people. The city, which has a 1.5 percent income tax rate, collects about $125,000 annually in revenue from the company’s payroll. The city will help TNS find another location, said Anderson.

“I would love to keep them in the city,” said Anderson.

The Diocese of Toledo announced July 12 that Good Shepherd Parish, 550 Clark St., East Toledo, will merge with Epiphany of the Lord Parish.

Epiphany of the Lord was formed in 2005 when the Toledo parishes of Sacred Heart, St. Stephen and St. Thomas Aquinas merged to form one parish community. The parish includes more than 1,700 registered households and more than 4,200 parishioners.

The merger, known canonically as an “extinctive-union merger,” means that Good Shepherd Parish will close and its territory will become part of Epiphany of the Lord Parish, effective Aug. 24.


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