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Swift and plentiful – that’s how emergency managers describe the outpouring of support for victims after the EF4 tornado ripped through the area June 5.
 
Hours after the storm, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army stepped in to offer immediate help in the form of food, water, clothing and shelter. The United Way of Greater Toledo helped organize and dispatch close to 4,000 volunteers in Wood and Ottawa counties. ISOH/IMPACT, a community based non-profit charitable organization called for “bucket brigades” to collect cleaning and emergency supplies that victims would need. Churches, community groups, businesses and individuals also stepped in to do what they could.
 
Northwest Ohioans opened not only their hearts but their wallets too, donating at least $626,000 to major organizations like the Red Cross, the United Way and ISOH/IMPACT, as well as to numerous fundraisers organized throughout the region.
 
Three months later, as fundraisers are still being held and donations continue to trickle in, aid is being distributed to help victims return to their new “normal.”

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 The Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services will start two programs this month to help eligible families with clothing and commuting costs.

The school clothing program is for Ottawa County students enrolled in grades K-12, in a public or private school.  A $200 gift card for each qualifying student will be given to purchase outerwear, underwear, shoes, or apparel suitable for classroom wear, and/or approved school uniforms.  Gift cards will be available from Walmart, Macy’s, Elder Beerman, Sears, and J.C. Penney, on a first-come first-serve basis.  Applications will be sent home with students in cooperation with all the schools within the county. 

Also in September, a Fuel for Work program is available to eligible adults working outside of the home.  A $200 gift card to either Speedway or Marathon will be issued to eligible adult household members that work a minimum of 30 hours per week, outside of the home.  Cards are to be used for fuel or automotive needs only. 

Applications for either program are available at the Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services, in Oak Harbor, and the Sutton Center in Port Clinton.

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In the hours after the June 5 tornado, Tom Cluckey was relieved and thankful when he learned that his sister Angie

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Lake Athletic Boosters are
conducting a raffle for a
hand-carved white gold and
diamond “Tradesman”
anchor pendant designed
by jeweler Tom Cluckey
and donated by Alan Miller
Jewelers. (Press photo
by Ken Grosjean)

 and her family were safe.

The Fisher family, who live just a stone’s throw from where the twister crossed Millbury Road, had some light damage but nothing too bad. “They were very lucky – they had friends who took a direct hit,” said Cluckey, a jeweler at Alan Miller Jewelers in Oregon.

Like many in the tornado’s path, his sister and many of her neighbors had children in Lake Local Schools. “After getting involved in some of the fundraising efforts that were going on, she asked me if there might be anything I could to do to help the Lake district in their efforts to rebuild,” he said.

Cluckey, who had designed a line of jewelry pieces offered at Alan Miller’s to raise funds for restoration of the Johlin Cabin at Pearson Metropark, offered to create a piece to help raise funds for Lake.

“I suggested Angie come up with a design idea, so she and my niece did some research and came up with an anchor because it is a symbol of hope,” Cluckey said.

In an effort to tie the anchor into the theme of Lake’s rebuilding and reconstruction, he deconstructed the shape into different components – the shaft and the chevron.

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Shane Baumgartner first served in Iraq with the Marine Corps, returned as a civilian contractor and then made his

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Marine Corps soldier Shane Baumgartner
with his wife Elizabeth (Wasserman), a Clay
High School graduate, on their wedding day.
(Photo courtesy of Noel Donnell)

 third deployment working for the U.S. state department.

On his final excursion, he survived being kidnapped by the enemy and being locked in the trunk of a Humvee.

Baumgartner was a Reconnaissance Marine who recently graduated from the police academy. Today, the veteran is a Northwood firefighter and paramedic. However, Baumgartner does not necessarily like to be called a “hero.”

Baumgartner spoke to over 200 people during the Northwood VFW Post 2984 Veterans Appreciation Day celebration August 21. The event was organized by the post’s appreciation day co-chairpersons Mike Myers and Audrey Caligirui.

In attendance were Baumgartner’s wife Elizabeth (Wasserman) and her grandfather, Noel Donnell, a World War II vet. Donnell was impressed with Baumgartner’s message.

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Oregon City Council recently approved an agreement with Quality Control Inspection, Inc., for $49,146 to provide construction management and inspection services during the construction of the Pearson Park Connector Bikeway Project, which is currently underway.

The 5,300-foot long, 10-foot wide asphalt surface path will extend from Lallendorf to Wynn roads on the north side of Starr Avenue on Pearson Metropark property, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman. The project is funded with a Transportation Enhancement Grant, which pays for 80 percent of construction. The city and the Toledo Area Metroparks will each pay half of the local share for the project. Estimated construction costs for the project is $380,000.

The scope of the project includes a “zig-zag” railroad crossing of the Norfolk Southern Railroad, drainage, pedestrian ramps, pavement markings, storm culverts, grading, seeding, pavement markings, signage, and maintenance of traffic.

“We asked ODOT [Ohio Department of Transportation) if they would allow for construction inspection services to be part of the grant because our bids came in lower on the construction side. ODOT agreed to that,” said Roman.

Council accepted the bid of Diversified Road & Pipe, Inc., Whitehouse, for $288,807.65 last January to construct the path.

The city also has the Municipal Complex Connector bike path, and the Stadium Road bike path.

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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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