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Do you love your megabank?

I'm talking about your local branch of CitiChaseWellsMorganofAmerica--or some similar financial conglomeration. As you might have learned from experience, they have thousands of bankers who specialize in finding innovative new ways to gouge consumers worldwide. From rip-off fees to refusing to refinance home loans, the friendly slogan of these giants is: "We don't care. We're too big to fail!"

Unfortunately, Washington is too cowed by Wall Street money to cut these arrogant and avaricious giants down to size. But guess what? You and I can do it. We can make them smaller, one deposit at a time, by simply moving our money out of their clutches. After all, it's our money.

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Six months after a tornado destroyed the Lake High School building, district officials have unveiled plans for a new building they say will be open for the 2012-13 school year.

Tim Krugh, school board president, said Wednesday the project will cost about $25.5 million and retain features of the former building which the community said it wanted, including a fixed-seat auditorium and a field house.

The new building will cover about 143,000 square feet, about 20,000 square feet more than building it replaces.

The main entrance faces to the west and will be flanked by office space. A two-story glass atrium will run the length of the building, enabling it to take advantage of natural light, said Dan Tabor, of The Collaborative, lead architect for the project.

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Following two deaths in Oregon in the past few weeks due to accidental fires, Oregon Fire Chief Ed Ellis is urging the public to exercise caution during the holidays to prevent further tragedies from occurring.

“Fire safety is something that the public needs to be reminded of constantly,” said Ellis.

Paul Mullen, assistant fire chief, said this season seems to be worse than in previous years.

“It runs in spurts. Unfortunately, we lost a child a few weeks ago because of a fire caused by a burning candle. It makes people a little more tense,” he said.

Among the threats at this time of year are decorative lighting, live Christmas trees, burning candles, and unattended children.

“Everything together is one big problem,” said Mullen.

Recommendations to avoid fire hazards include the following:

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Former University of Toledo football coach Tom Amstutz once told the Eastern Maumee Chamber of Commerce that his student-athletes spend more time in the classroom than on the football field.

He was not referring to their studies — he meant their involvement in leadership activities and classes specific to football, such as seminars on how to deal with media.

There is one local high school football coach who also thinks out of the box when it comes to leadership skills for his student-athletes.

Eastwood gridiron coach Jerry Rutherford and his players were honored at a board meeting Monday night for their continued participation in Bowling Green’s Walk for Hope/Out of the Darkness Walk over the last couple years. The event was sponsored by the Wood County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

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Genoa Village Council reviewed its 2011 temporary budget for a second time Dec. 20 and then approved it, the village administrator said.

The budget, set for slightly more than $8 million to fund operations for the western Ottawa County village, was on council’s regular session agenda, where it was passed as an emergency measure.

There are no major new expenses in it and council has until early 2011 to pass the permanent budget, according to Garth Adams, administrator.

Mayor Mark Williams agreed.

Last year, the village leaders worked with staff to pinpoint priorities and keep the budget in check in a volatile economy, he noted.

“As far as the budget is concerned, we are in pretty good shape,” he said regarding 2011 projections. “The finance committee has worked hard and we are just trying to make it as efficient as we can. There is nothing dramatic or anything outrageous. We are just trying to make sure everything is covered.”

 

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