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A freeze on rates for FirstEnergy all-electric customers has been extended to March 31, 2013, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has announced.

After the two-year freeze, the utility will reduce a portion of the discounted rates annually through 2018.

The PUCO last week said its action gives FirstEnergy electric heating customers time to prepare for increased rates.

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In this issue, Press reporters look back at the June 5, 2010 tornado that devastated parts of Lake Township and western Ottawa County. The storm killed seven, destroyed Lake High School and the Lake Township administration building, as well as a number of homes and other structures.

The past year has been marked by progress. The township building has been rebuilt and an open house/dedication ceremony is scheduled for June 5.

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Millbury residents Edward and Julie Blank began the process of rebuilding their Main Street home immediately after an EF-4 tornado struck on June 5 last year.
 
For two months following the tornado, they stayed with the Bihn family in Perrysburg, and the following four-and-a-half months rented a condominium in Oregon.
 
On December 17, they moved into their new home.
 
“I love it. I would trade my new home to have my old one back and to have our friends that were lost in the tornado back in a heartbeat,” Ed said.
 
Still, when storms approach, it doesn’t get easier for the Blank family.
 
“I think everybody does well when the weather is nice,” Ed said. “But, as soon as there is questionable weather coming or bad storms or we read about disasters in other areas, it’s different. We are not just tornado victims, we are disaster victims, and when you see people’s lives affected by disaster you have a special place in your heart from that point forward.”

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The family of 21-year-old Lake Township resident Gerald Lathrop wondered where he was when he did not show up for his birthday or when they got together for Easter.

That’s because Gerald is at the cemetery visiting the grave of his former girlfriend, Bailey Bowman, on important occasions.

Last June 5, Gerald and Bailey were traveling along State Route 795 heading towards his parents’ home on Luckey Road. They never got there.

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CDR John C. Hazlett, Commanding Officer, Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC), Toledo, said that local Navy personnel are working to help create a museum for the City of Oregon and the Harbor View neighborhood.

Commander Hazlett says that on Sunday afternoon approximately a dozen Navy Seabees volunteered to help restore a former church located at 2083 Autokee Street into a museum.  The museum will serve not only Harbor View, but the entire Oregon community.

The Harbor View Historical Society and Museum is the former Harbor View Missionary Baptist Church.

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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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