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When the 2010-11 school year comes to a close, so will Woodmore High School’s French Club.

This summer, teacher Cindy Avers will be taking her final French Club trip with a few of her past and present French students.

Those who choose to go on this trip will be flying to France for ten days (June 14-23). During those ten days, the students and chaperones will visit Paris, Normandy, Mont. St. Michel, Chartres, Nice and Monaco. They will see the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, visit a French music festival and go to many other historical places.

Avers said she enjoys taking students because they get to see and experience what they’ve been learning in French class while using the language they’ve learned.

“I’ve had many wonderful students that I’ve taught and taken to France,” Avers said.

Teacher Jennifer Haar went on the last trip in 2008 and said she learned a lot about the French culture and language.

Some of the experiences that made the trip memorable were the street artists, the castles and changing of the guard in Monaco.

Avers has been on multiple trips with the French Club and enjoys it most when her students see the Eiffel Tower for the first time and are amazed by the size of it.

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It wasn’t a bird, nor a plane, but Superman that motorists saw traveling along Woodville Road last week. Allen Mullins, dressed in a Superman costume, is taking the plight of the nation’s veterans across “the roughest terrain in America” to all 50 state capitals in an effort to raise awareness and start a non-profit organization to help veterans returning from war. The 28-year-old Dalton, Ga., man started his walk Jan. 15 and will walk for 10 years or as long as it takes,  he said. He was on his way to Lansing, Mich., when he stopped at The Press.

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A recently passed bill in the state legislature makes it possible for expectant parents to receive standardized information about umbilical cord blood banking.

The term “cord blood” is used for blood that is drawn from the umbilical cord and the placenta after a baby is born. Unless parents decide otherwise, the blood cells are discarded as medical waste.  Cord blood is collected because it contains stem cells, which have the ability to renew themselves.   The cells offer lifesaving medical benefits and are different from both the embryonic stem cells in a fertilized egg and stem cells obtained from a child or adult person, proponents of the bill say.

“A growing percentage of stem cell transplant patients are receiving cord blood to cure more than 70 diseases,” Dr. Alvin D. Jackson, director of the Ohio Department of Health, said. “Seventy percent of patients who need a transplant of blood-forming stem cells do not have a matching donor in their own family, and their physician must search public registries of donors.”

The law requires the health department to make available to health care professionals printable publications that can be downloaded from the department’s website.  The law also requires the department to encourage health care providers of services directly related to a woman’s pregnancy to provide the publication before her third trimester of pregnancy.

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Whether or not a non-profit organization will donate as much as $50,000 for the preservation of a 101-year-old former school building in the Village of Millbury or instead donate the money for a park may not be known for weeks.

Karen Prymicz, who chairs the 1909 Committee, said she’s scheduling a meeting of committee members to discuss a letter from the current owner of the Millbury School building, asking her to follow through on a “pledge” to donate the funds for the building’s preservation.

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Jerry O'Reilly in front of the
historic Millbury school. (Press
photo by Ken Grosjean)

Prymicz last week confirmed she received the letter, written by Walbridge attorney Douglas Perras on behalf of Jerry O’Reilly, who purchased the building and property at a public auction in April, 2008.

She declined to comment on the matter, however, until after the committee had met, which she said would be in “the next several weeks.”

The Wood County Auditor’s website lists a sale price of $45,100.

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Representatives of Great Lakes environmental groups let President Barack Obama know how they feel about the encroachment of the Asian carp on the lakes.

More than 10,000 post cards were hand delivered in Washington, D.C., urging the president to demand federal regulators implement a solution, including the construction of a permanent barrier to separate the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River system – considered the main route the carp are following to reach the lakes.

“Our message from people around the region couldn’t be clearer: `We cannot wait any longer. We want a permanent solution that will protect our Great Lakes way of life,’ “ said Cheryl Mendoza, associate director of Freshwater Future.

The groups argue a permanent barrier between the two watersheds – which they say was “artificially” connected about 100 years ago to direct Chicago’s wastewater away from Lake Michigan – is the only guaranteed way to keep Asian carp and other destructive species from traveling between the two basins.

In June, a live Asian carp was caught by commercial fishermen in Lake Calumet near Chicago – past an electrical barrier designed to stop it. And earlier DNA sampling has found traces of the carp in the Chicago Area Waterway System, a tributary of the Great Lakes.

Joel Brammeier, president of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, said the Army Corps of Engineers must be directed now to complete a study of how to install a permanent divide between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi basins at Chicago in the next 18 months.

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