The Press Newspaper

Toledo, Ohio & Lake Erie

The Press Newspaper

The Press Newspaper

The Ottawa County Emergency Management is operating an Outreach Center in the Reiman and Trowbridge roads area. First aid, and information on cleanup and debris collection sites will be available.

In addition, The Salvation Army will operate a canteen at the Outreach Center, with food and beverages for residents and workers involved in the cleanup.

The Genoa Athletic Complex will be the clearing house for lost and found.

Assistance needs and volunteer efforts are being coordinated through the American Red Cross and the Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency.

Residents with specific needs are encouraged to contact Ottawa County EMA at 419-734-6900 or United Way 2-1-1 (dial 2-1-1 or 800-650-4357).

Residents/businesses are reminded that debris should be sorted and placed at the edge of the road in following categories:
• Steel/scrap metal
• Yard waste
• Clean wood waste
• Brick, block and concrete waste.

Read more...

For Gary Baker and his family, a camping outing in Williams County was cut short by the storm systems that spawned the tornadoes that struck Ohio and Michigan.

They raced home to Williston from a Nettle Lake campground just minutes ahead of the storm.

“The sky looked really ominous behind us,” he said. “We got on the turnpike and we were only ahead of it by 10 minutes or so.”

Only five minutes passed after they pulled into their Toledo Street home and the emergency sirens sounded, he said.

The storm flooded Baker’s yard but his home didn’t suffer structural damage.

“We were lucky,” he said. “There was quite a bit of damage in Ottawa County.”

A team of meteorologists from the National Weather Service conducted an extensive survey of the tornado’s path in Wood and Ottawa counties and determined it reached an intensity of 4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, indicating wind speeds reached 170-175 miles per hour.

The most extensive damage occurred in two spots: at State Route 795 near Lake High School and on the northwest side of the Village of Millbury.

Read more...

Walbridge village officials have scheduled June 19 as Family Fun Day at the municipal pool, opening the facility to the public for free from noon to 5 p.m.

“We want to build support for the pool,” said Mayor Dan Wilczynski. “We want to let people know it’s there, it’s in good shape, and it’s a nice place to spend time with their family.”

The Walbridge Fest committee will be serving food and Maureen Jacobsen, who chair’s village council’s parks and recreation committee, is making plans for entertainment for children.

The pool, which is located on Parkview Drive, opened June 5 and will be open seven days a week through Labor Day. Hours are noon to 8 p.m.

Facing a lean operating budget, the village administration had considered leaving the pool closed this summer with the understanding it and other budget cuts could be re-instated if tax revenues increased.

Read more...

Photos by Ken Grosjean (The Press) and John Pollock (www.pollock.smugmug.com)

 

 

tw-trains tw-redcross
barndestroyed 579williston
k-backview sa-molinehouse
06-06-10-img-229 testorhouse1a
k-pool 06-06-10-img-193
lakehigh k-vancar
k-flipvan 06-06-10-img-131
k-electricpole k-tower
tw-housedarksky k-roellehome

 

For the Lake Township trustees, economic conditions have a direct effect on road conditions.

Much of the discussion during the trustees’ meeting last Tuesday focused on a property tax levy due to expire at the end of the year that funds the township’s road repair program.

Major repairs and resurfacing to several roads, including Isch and Wagner roads, are needed, said Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, but revenue generated by the township’s 1-mill, 5-year road district levy is overwhelmed by the costs of repairs.

“We cannot continue to put these roads on the back burner,” she said. “And in these economic times we don’t want to ask for more money. But at what point are you being not responsible by not asking for more money?”

Last year, it cost the township about $60,000 a mile to repair roads, Bowen said, adding the trustees will be seeking input from residents on whether or not the millage should be increased.

If the levy is put on the November ballot as a renewal issue, it would continue to generate the same dollar amount as it did when originally passed.

Read more...

 CommonPeople1

Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
2145516529 [{"id":"10","title":"No, I'm not sure they're legitimate.","votes":"2","pct":50,"type":"x","order":"1","resources":[]},{"id":"11","title":"No, I'm afraid they will use it for drugs.","votes":"1","pct":25,"type":"x","order":"2","resources":[]},{"id":"12","title":"Yes, I feel good about helping someone down on their luck.","votes":"1","pct":25,"type":"x","order":"3","resources":[]},{"id":"13","title":"Yes, we could all end up like that.","votes":"0","pct":0,"type":"x","order":"4","resources":[]}] ["#194e84","#3b6b9c","#1f242a","#37414a","#60bb22","#f2babb"] sbar 160 160 /communitypolls/vote/1-root.html?Itemid=101&id=5 No answer selected. Please try again. Thank you for your vote. Answers Votes ...