News Briefs Week of 7/5/2021

Staff Writer

Vet memorial
highway bill

The Ohio House of Representatives has approved a bill containing several road-naming provisions, including one to designate a portion of State Route 795 as the “Lake Township Veterans Memorial Highway.”
Rep. Haraz Ghanbari, R- Perrysburg, said the request for the name was brought to him by Ken Gilsdorf, a township trustee and commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9963 in Walbridge.
Ghanbari’s House Bill 164 is included in Sub. HB 291, which includes proposed name changes to other roads.
“Lake Township has done a lot over the last few years to honor these veterans and a memorial highway will only add to the community’s efforts to consecrate the sacrifice of their neighbors, family members and friends,” he said.
In 2019, Lake schools dedicated a Veterans Wall Memorial at the high school. The wall recognizes the veterans who served in the military and attended Lake, Walbridge, or Millbury schools.
There are approximately 600 names of veterans on the wall, including six who were killed and one prisoner of war.

Bridge repair
starts this week
Ottawa County has contracted with Miller Brothers Construction for improvements to the bridge on Billman Road over Ayers Creek.
The work will require the full closure of Billman between Young Road and State Route 579.
Construction is scheduled to start July 6 and is tentatively expected to be complete by Oct. 6.
Project updates are available at the county engineer’s website.

Commission to hear
zoning request
A request to rezone 38 acres in Perrysburg Township to accommodate a proposed residential subdivision is on the July 6 meeting agenda of the Wood County Planning Commission.
The commission will consider an application from Drake Building Co. to rezone four parcels from an R-1 zoning classification to an R-3 classification.
The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and be held at the county office building in Bowling Green.

More buildings to
be deconstructed
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract modification to deconstruct four additional buildings at the former Brush Beryllium site near the Village of Luckey.
The site is being remediated as part of the Corps’ Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) . Deconstructing the structures will enable sampling beneath the buildings to determine the presence of contaminants.
The Corps describes deconstruction as a slower, more methodical process of taking a building apart in smaller pieces. It produces less dust that is controlled with water sprays.
Work will begin in early July to deconstruct the melting/alloying/shipping building, the laboratory building, the employee activity building, and the guard house on the site. It is anticipated that building deconstruction will be finished in late August, and the debris loading and shipping will be completed in mid-September.
Building debris will be packaged for disposal at U.S. Ecology in Belleville, Michigan.
Remediation and restoration of the phase 1 and phase 2 areas of the site is complete. Deconstruction of the production building, maintenance building annex, and the main office building is also complete. A contract to complete the remaining soil remediation will be awarded later this summer.

Stream clean-up
Partners for Clean Streams’ “Get the Lead Out” Maumee River cleanup returns this summer. Volunteers can sign up for sessions on July 10, 15, or 25 to remove fishing lines, lead lures, and trash to keep Northwest Ohio’s water clear, and safe for humans and wildlife. Learn more and register at
Weather and water levels permitting, volunteers will meet at designated sites to begin the cleanup. Training and materials are provided on-site. Children who are 10 or older are welcome to participate. No prior experience required.
Perrysburg-based Partners for Clean Streams has hosted cleanups for more than 15 years. In addition to providing fishing line recycling bins throughout Northwest Ohio, PCS coordinates the annual Clean Your Streams Day and Clean Your Streams 365 programs, where volunteers work together to steward and monitor local waterways.

Memorial golf scramble
A golf scramble to benefit Northwood High School Scholarship Fund in memory of Steve Bacon and Phil Ramirez will be held Saturday, Aug. 14 at Sugar Creek Golf Course, 950 W Elmore Eastern Rd., Elmore.
The cost for the two-man scramble event is $60 per golfer, which includes golf, a cart, lunch and prizes. Participation will be limited to 100 golfers.
Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. A shotgun start will follow at 8:30 a.m.
Send entry info and check payable to Bacon/Ramirez Golf to Northwood VFW Post 2984, 102 W. Andrus Rd., Northwood, OH 43619 or call 419-666-7762 for info.

Thomas Lorenz Outing
The East Toledo-Oregon Kiwanis Club is holding the 22nd Annual Thomas Lorenz Golf Outing at Eagle’s Landing Golf Course on Friday, July 30. The outing serves as a fundraiser for scholarships to graduating seniors at Clay, Cardinal Stritch, Northwood and Waite high schools.
Last year, the club awarded scholarships to Nik Lesle-Pilner (Cardinal Stritch), Gracie LaPlante (Clay), Nat Vayavong (Northwood), and Denasia Stuart (Waite).
The Kiwanis Club is celebrating 70 years of serving children in the area. Besides scholarships, the club also sponsors Key Club at Northwood High School, a K-Kids Club at Starr Elementary, and financially supports Miracle League, the Eastern YMCA, Oregon Care-A-Van, Kiwanis Key-Leader Program and Connecting Kids to Meals.
Volunteering includes Oregon Health and Welfare, Salvation Army Bell ringing, Wreaths Across America, Enpuzzlement, Memorial Day flag placement on veterans’ graves at Willow Cemetery and Connecting Kids to Meals, which provides nutritious meals to hungry children at no cost during the summer months at summer locations, and is in partnership with after school programming.
The outing includes raffles, lunch, an auction and prizes. Cost is $85 per person or $320 per foursome. Contact event chairperson David Gigler at 917-584-2717 or


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