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Last weekend was special for a lot of Millbury and Lake Township residents, but it couldn’t have been more emotional than it was for young Steve Welling.

The 26-year-old Welling has been playing the acoustic guitar for about six years now and on occasion he has even scribbled down a few song lyrics. Saturday night just a few minutes before midnight and a year after the tornado hit the area, he was able to perform a song he wrote. Not just any song, but a song devoted to all the people who helped in the recovery after the tornado and to his grandfather, Irwin Welling, who died July 29 as a result of an infection from his injuries, becoming the seventh victim.

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No sale/lease of turnpike without lawmakers’ OK
The version of the biennium budget measure approved Wednesday by the Ohio Senate requires legislative approval before the Ohio Turnpike can be leased or sold, said Senator Mark Wagoner (R – Toledo), who also noted the budget closes a projected $8.5 billion shortfall without raising taxes.

Governor John Kasich’s $55.5 billion executive budget proposal included language allowing the administration authority to broker a lease of the turnpike but didn’t explicitly call for putting the turnpike up for sale.

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Oregon City Schools is moving closer to deciding whether to put up two wind turbines at Clay High School, two at Coy Elementary and two more at Jerusalem Elementary.

Jim Gilmore, City of Oregon commissioner of building and zoning, told The Press one turbine at Clay will be 286 feet in height and one will be 279 feet in height. They will be able to withstand winds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

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Chief Michael Wolever, an East Toledo resident, has announced he will retire from the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department after 33 years of service as a firefighter and four years as chief. 

Chief Wolever, who resides on Nevada Street, joined the department in August 1978. He was promoted to lieutenant in June 1982, captain in June 1984, battalion chief in October 1988 and served as deputy chief under then-chief Michael P. Bell, now mayor, beginning in 2002. When then-Chief Bell retired in 2007, Wolever stepped up to lead the department. 

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Toledo is in the national news again, and this time it’s because of a pending $200 to $300 investment by Chinese developers into a 69 acre parcel of land on the east side.
 
Last week, an article in the New York Times announced to the nation that the Chinese firm Dashing Pacific Group will develop the Marina District property along the Maumee River across from downtown Toledo.
 
“My phone is ringing off the hook. People from all over the country are calling,” said Scott Prephan of Perrysburg-based Prephan Enterprises, which represents the Chinese developers.
 
“An article came out in the New York Times — nice article — picture and everything. It’s pretty nice to be a part of it,” added Prephan.
 
Deputy Mayor Dean Monske, the former executive director of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation, said it was no accident.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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