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When they played taps, Cheryl Luce recalls, there wasn’t a dry eye in the gathering.

The ashes of her father, James Smith, who died in February at the age of 81, were laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.

“Words can’t describe it,” Luce, of Oregon, said of the July 23 ceremony that honored her father, a Purple Heart recipient who fought in the Korean War. “The color guard, there was a 21-gun salute; they presented a folded flag to us. It was all so impressive.”

Smith, a native of West Virginia who later moved to Oregon, was one of several area veterans featured in The Press in 2001 during the 50th anniversary of the war when the U.S. Department of Defense undertook what it called the Commemorative Community Program to honor Korean War veterans and their families.

In September, 1950, 22-year-old Cpl. James Smith had a peaceful landing at Inchon where his unit was assigned to provide right flank protection for Marines spearheading an amphibious attack.

Later action, however, would be a nightmare that he’d remember for years.

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Demolition of the tornado-damaged Lake Township administration building on Cummings Road is expected to start this week.

In a special meeting last Wednesday, the township trustees approved a resolution to advertise for letters of interest from architectural and design firms for plans for a new building.

The resolution says the township’s insurance carrier has determined the building is a total loss and will have it demolished to the slab.

Construction on a new building would probably start by next spring, the trustees said.

Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, said the insurance company has tentatively agreed to $1.7 million for replacing the building, which was constructed in 1993.

“That may be subject to change,” she said.

In addition to advertising in newspapers, the trustees agreed to send a notice to the Toledo chapter of American Institute of Architecture.

The trustees are confident a new building can be constructed at the same location even if there are some modifications.

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As an Army veteran of World War II and a prisoner of war himself, Glenn Maddy has witnessed the pomp, parades, and other forms of recognition for U.S. veterans who fought in wars all over the globe.

But through all the years of memorials and services, he’s noticed one group that hasn’t received the recognition it deserves – surviving family members of those who made the supreme sacrifice and didn’t return.

As the guest speaker at a ceremony set for July 31 at Williams Park in the Village of Gibsonburg, Maddy, a retired Sandusky County agriculture agent, will focus his remarks on those families.

“There has always been a lot of recognition of folks who came back like me,” he said last week. “But for the families of servicemen who were killed in combat, they’ve never been adequately recognized in my opinion.”

The day Maddy was captured in January, 1945 nine other soldiers in his unit were killed and he often thinks of the effect their deaths had on their families.

One of the worst days of the war for his parents was January 23, 1945 – the day they received the telegram informing them their teenage son was listed as missing in action.

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Facebook, Twitter added to Oregon PD site
Hoping to increase interaction with the public, the Oregon Police Department has been upgrading its website to include links to Facebook and Twitter.

“A lot of people follow Twitter on their cell phones so we wanted to try it out,” said Detective/Sgt. Tim Zale. “We can now correspond and interact with the public in real time.”

One post by the department last week on Facebook informed readers police had arrested a suspect in an attempted burglary in the Sylvandale area.

After a resident of Eastmoreland Drive near Sylvandale asked for more details, the police posted the suspect was from out of the area and appears to be mentally unstable.

“It seems to be an isolated incident and thanks to quick thinking from watchful neighbors, the person was taken into custody,” the police post says. “

Another post warns readers to not leave items in parked cars because the area has been hit by a rash of vehicle break-ins.

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Former Cardinal Stritch and Genoa football coach Bill Hrabak always said that he

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wanted to get into politics. Now, he’s getting his chance.

Hrabak is a candidate for Ohio House of Representatives District 81 in the November 2 general election. Representing the Constitution Party, he joins Democrat Benjamin E. Nutter and Republican Rex Arthur Damschroder on the ballot. The seat, now held by term-limited Jeff Wagner, R-Sycamore, covers parts of Seneca, Sandusky and Ottawa counties.

Politics is nothing new for Hrabak — he was a campaign volunteer for President Ronald Reagan and President George Bush’s election efforts. His original intention was to run in the Republican primary, but changed his decision after being interviewed by the Constitution Party.

“I am a pro-life advocated, Second Amendment supporter and Reagan conservative,” Hrabak wrote in campaign literature. “My decision to run for the Constitution Party is, in part, due to a lack of a true conservative direction by other parties.”

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