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An East Toledo Family Center initiative, One Voice for East Toledo, will be honored on Monday as the top volunteer group in the Northwest Ohio region by ServeOhio.

One Voice is one of six initiatives from across the state being honored by ServeOhio, an Ohio commission on service and volunteerism. ServeOhio is active with events such as Global Youth Service Day and organizations like United Way.

“Serve Ohio recognizes that volunteerism and service improves lives in Ohio every minute of every day,” ServeOhio Executive Director William Hall said. “We are honored to celebrate the impact of everyday citizens who reach beyond themselves to help their neighbors and communities – shaping who we are as individuals and a state.”

When Pastor Frederick Garcia and the Christ Community Church purchased the 72-year-old former

Genoa High School/Middle School building back in 2000, he had a vision – and a plan. He wanted to not only to make it a place of worship, but to create a gathering place where people could come together and use it to serve a variety of needs.

“We could have just knocked it down and built a new building, but that's not the way God works.”
says Pastor Garcia, who is hoping to restore the building that was Genoa's first high school in 1928. Garcia believes that restoration of the historic building is important because it is an outward reflection of the way he says God helps to restore people's lives.

A discussion about alternatives for having vacant and blighted buildings demolished centered on the costs during Tuesday’s meeting of the Lake Township trustees but the prospects for securing grants or other outside monies appear remote.

Ken Gilsdorf, a trustee, said his research indicates there is little chance of the township being able to find funding for dealing with the problem.

Four structures, two on Drouillard Road north of the Village of Walbridge, one on East Broadway and one on Hanley Road, were discussed.

But the costs associated with demolition and clean-up will force the township to prioritize the process and budget for no more than one or two a year if the expenses are borne by the general fund, said Richard Welling, a trustee.

First Federal Bank has received reports from a growing number of consumers in over 30 states regarding fraudulent letters and emails bearing the First Federal Bank name offering loans with forged documentation and the requirement of an up-front payment.

In Advance Fee Scams such as this, the recipients are guaranteed loans after a pre-payment of a non-refundable “insurance fee” is made. Recipients that have fallen victim to the scam are reporting that the party fictitiously representing First Federal Bank is denying the promised funds or requesting additional funds to clear issues with credit reports.

The bank says that if you receive a solicitation similar to this, follow these steps to help protect yourself:

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here is an excerpt from his blog, which you can follow by going to and clicking the icon in the upper right corner.

Hello Folks -
Some of you who are old enough may remember rock/country singer Johnny Rivers. On his 1968 album Realization (remember those-albums?) one of his songs was Going Back to Big Sur. The song and its lyrics captured the mystique, introspection, and back to nature tenor of the late 60s and 70s




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