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Gibsonburg resident Nathan “Nate” Kern, 36, died from injuries he suffered when the roof collapsed July 7 at the

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Fremont Company, a vegetable packing plant at 802 North Front Street in Fremont.

Contributions to the memory of Kern are to be made to the Nate Kern Family Memorial at any Fifth Third Bank branch office. Officials at the Fifth Third branch in Gibsonburg say the fund was established as a scholarship fund for Kern’s children, Raven and Daniel.

“Nate was a wonderful family provider and father,” states his obituary, provided to The Press by Herman-Kim-Veh Funeral Home in Gibsonburg.

“He enjoyed riding his Harley and spending time with family and friends in ‘Nate’s Garage Club.’ He also liked sports, especially the (Pittsburgh) Steelers and (New York) Yankees and shooting and starring in short films with his brothers,” the obit continues.

Kern was once a lifeguard at White Star Park, Gibsonburg. During that time, he met his wife Maria “Mary” Diaz. They were married in Fremont on Sept. 11, 1998.

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Three businesses plan to locate in the City of Oregon if permit filings in the city’s building and inspection department are any indication.

According to records in the department, representatives of ALDI, Inc., Mattress Firm, Inc., and Gateway Recycling and Reduction, Inc., have filed for permits needed to either construct a building or move into existing structures.

ALDI, a discount grocery chain, intends to construct a 17,887-square-foot building at 3728 Navarre Ave.

The estimated construction cost is $1.1 million.

Jim Gilmore, commissioner of the building and inspection department, said the company has indicated it intends to use the front third or so of the 9.5-acre parcel for the building, which would sit across Navarre from a Walmart store.

Seven structures on the parcel will be razed, according to the permit.

ALDI opened 100 stores across the country in 2009 and said then it planned to open 100 stores this year, about a third of those in Texas, according to its website.

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The first rain garden in the storm water community area of the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District has been completed at a memorial in the Allen Township Cemetery.

Allen Township officials and employees, volunteers, and OSWCD employees put the finishing touches on the garden recently.

“Structures like rain gardens help to slow runoff after heavy rains by allowing the water to slowly filter through the landscape,” said Crystal Dymond, storm water technician for the OSWCD. “The native plants that are chosen can tolerate both wet and dry conditions because their roots are deeper than other plants and they are used to our local conditions. The native plants also help to filter out the bad elements in the soil before it drains in a waterway, stormwater drain, or in this case, a pond.”

The township erected the memorial to honor veterans, firefighters, and their families and related organizations.

The township installed what is called “porous” pavement at the memorial.

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Ceremony for marina improvements held
A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the dedication of recent renovations to the Middle Bass Island State Park marina.

The renovations began in 2001 and continued throughout much of the decade.

Fifty new temporary docks were installed for boaters, with some later modified for permanent use.

In 2006, a 20-site primitive campground was constructed. In 2008, an improvement project to the marina entrance, including a new channel and revetments, was completed followed the next year by a floating docks project.

A 100,000-gallon elevated water storage tank has also been installed and construction is scheduled this summer for staff housing.

Sean Logan, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, attended the dedication ceremony, which included a special recognition of former ODNR director Sam Speck.

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Tornado Recovery Center open in Northwood
Recovery help for area tornado victims is available through the Wood County Tornado Recovery Center, located in the former Value City building in the Great Eastern Shopping Center on Woodville Road in Northwood.

Adventist Recovery Services of Ohio is organizing donations and asking for gently used items. Workers will distribute household items and furniture to tornado victims.

Center hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Donations may be dropped off by appointment. Call 419-724-4994 for more information.

Fundraising and relief efforts continue throughout the area. They include:


Golf outing scheduled
A golf outing to benefit the Tim Miller family, whose house on Reiman Road in Ottawa County was leveled by the June 5 tornado, will be held Aug. 14 at Sugar Creek Golf Course in Elmore.

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