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Oregon City Council recently amended the city’s contract with the Oregon Senior Center that reallocates funding to meet the changing needs of seniors.

In November 2013, voters approved a five-year 0.5-mill property tax levy to expand senior center services in the city. The revenue provides enhanced services to the senior center.

Following passage of the levy, the city allocated revenue toward certain senior services, including transportation, nutrition, medical screening, support services, health and wellness, fellowship and/or family respite, recreation and socialization.

The amendment included a drop in some of those services, while others, such as transportation, went up.

Landowners along the Toussaint Creek who are being assessed for the costs of a major clean-up of the creek will have a chance to voice their objections April 11 during a special meeting of the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners.

The board will meet at 2 p.m. at the Luckey Farmers office, 1200 W. Main Street, Woodville, to review and hear objections to the Joint County Toussaint Creek Improvement Project.

The project began with a petition in 2014 in Wood County and will cover about 34 miles of the creek from Sugar Ridge Road in Wood County and proceed through Sandusky County to Benton-Carroll Road in Ottawa County.

Soil and Water Conservation District technicians walked the creek during the winter of 2014-15 and observed elevated water levels due to log jams.

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.



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