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Before she became the pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in South Toledo, Cindy Getzinger worked as a paralegal for 25 years.

“Different events happened, and the attorney I was with retired,” Getzinger recalled. “God was calling me into the ministry and I pursued it. It took me five years to do seminary. Usually it’s four. I started out at Winebrenner Seminary in Findlay. I did the slow-boat road.”

Eighteen years ago, Cindy Hansen was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease that involves ongoing inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.

“That was truly the reason I was able to go back to school,” Hansen said. “I had lost my job because of my illness. I went back to the University of Toledo and got my degree in social work, and I entered the seminary the following summer, in 2004.”

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Calling it a “trifecta of injustice,” Trent Dougherty, attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council, said the OEC plans to appeal a decision by the 11th District Court of Appeals that said property owners along Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie own the land above the water’s edge and the land beneath the water is open to the public.

The ruling in August largely upholds a decision by the Lake County Common Pleas Court in 2007 that established a moving boundary.

Dougherty, who is also Legal Director of the OEC Environmental Law Center, said a point of law beside the public access issue is at stake in the case.

He said the appeals court’s ruling, in effect, deprives the office of attorney general of legal standing in the case.

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The Northwest Ohio Carpenter’s Union has lent a hand for a charity project in

Stony Ridge.

Apprentices helped with a house that has been taken on as a rehab project by the community and nearby churches. The union is based in Rossford.

The “Stony Ridge Community Rehab Project” was developed to help a woman in the village who needed major renovations done for her home. The home belongs to Natalie St. Arnaud, a shut-in member of St. John's Lutheran Church and lifelong resident of Stony Ridge.

Joining in the forces are church members from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge, Stony Ridge Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Latcha.

St. John’s Lutheran Church and members of the community formed a steering committee that met with the St. Arnaud’s family, toured the house, assessed the needs and came up with the projected amount of money needed for the project, said Nancy Gerwin, a volunteer overseeing the project. Gerwin called the union coordinator, Mike Ball, to offer the opportunity for carpentry apprentices to get involved.

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The Lake Township trustees may ask the Ohio Department of Transportation to reconsider its proposal to lower the speed limit on State Route 51 to 50 MPH and instead lower the limit to 45 MPH, a trustee said last week.

At the request of the trustees, ODOT recently conducted a speed study of the stretch of Rt. 51 in the township and came up with several proposals for enhancing safety, including establishing a no-passing zone between Cason Street and Millbury Road and lowering the speed limit to 50 MPH from Pemberville Road east to the township limits at Fostoria Road.

The current speed limit is 55 MPH.

Trustee Richard Welling said he and the other trustees will be monitoring the frequency of accidents on Route 51 and make an additional request to lower the speed limit if there isn’t a decline.

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On July 2, Northwood City council voted 6-1 against renewing contract negotiations with a company that provides the city’s speed van, a mobile vehicle that issues citations to motorists for speeding.

But at a meeting Aug. 27, Police Chief Tom Cairl made a pitch to continue negotiations with Redflex Safety Solutions, of Arizona, to continue providing a van equipped with a camera that targets Northwood streets with a high incidence of speeding.

The contract on the speed van expires in January.

The city also has stationary speed and red light photo enforcement cameras that have been installed at the intersections of Lemoyne and Woodville roads and Oregon and Wales roads since 2005. The city is also negotiating with Redflex to renew its contract on the stationary cameras.

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