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This past Wednesday, the Welcome Toledo-Lucas Country Initiative held a forum to discuss an ongoing project to make the area more welcoming to immigrants.
Toledo has always been accepting of people of other cultures, so for some, it’s not about starting fresh, but continuing with and improving on what’s already here.
“This is getting our community back to where we started. It’s a new idea that’s an old idea,” said Pete Gerken, Lucas County Commissioner. “We’re great, we’re still great, but I think we can be even better. And what worked before was immigrant ingenuity. Almost everyone came from somewhere, at some point.”
Cindy Geronimo, Vice President of the Lucas County Land Bank, echoed this idea. “We have a long history of welcoming immigrants. We’re already involved in this.”
Mike Novitski has a special place in his heart for dogs.
As a Marine in Vietnam in 1966, he and his buddies befriended a mutt from a village that protected their bunkers from the enemy, the Vietcong. The dog, Whiskey, always barked to warn the Marines whenever the enemy was near. The group always felt safe when Whiskey was around.
“He hated the Vietnamese. He would always go from bunker to bunker to check on the Marines to make sure they were alright,” he said.
By the end of 1966, Whiskey was found dead, likely poisoned by the Vietnamese, he said. The Marines had such high regard for the dog, they gave him a military funeral. They buried him in a box in the sands of Chu Lai, Vietnam.
“This was our buddy. As a Marine, we were taught never to leave anyone behind. He was considered one of our own,” said Novitski.
A Martin, Ohio woman is circulating fliers searching for her 13-year-old dog that ran away a few weeks ago.
Laurie Caputo said she and her husband were in their barn in the Trowbridge Road and Genoa-Clay Center area while their dog, a shih-tzu/lhasa apso mix named Mia, disappeared from their yard at about 7 p.m. on Oct. 8. They believe nearby gunfire spooked the dog, causing it to scoot under the backyard
fence and flee. When they came out of the barn, the dog was missing. Initially, they thought Mia may have entered the house through a doggy door to hide.
But she was nowhere to be found following a search of the house.
“We live in the country on five acres. All the neighbors live on a five acre lot. I’m unsure if the gunfire was from the Conservation Club, or from small target practice at the back of someone’s property. She’s a nervous little dog. The gunfire always makes her nervous. Normally, she just comes into the house and hides somewhere, maybe in one of the back bedrooms, or we turn up the TV. We weren’t even in the barn for 10 minutes when she apparently took off.”
Oregon City Council on Monday approved a change order for the Peterson Construction Company, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, that increases the cost of the first phase of secondary treatment improvements to the wastewater treatment plant.
The change order of $126,948 is in addition to a previous change order of $131,084 council had approved on August 11 to Peterson, which was awarded a $6,278,000 contract for Phase 1 improvements. Combined, the change orders total $258,032, increasing the final cost of the first phase to $6,536,032.
“This is a fairly significant change order for Phase 1 for our work at the plant,” said Administrator Mike Beazley. “We think it’s a positive change order, not a `Boy where did this come from’ change order. Phase 1 is about the things in the plant, our pumps, our pipes, blowers, our systems, all the things needed to move things around in the plant.”
The increasing number of stopped trains blocking State Route 19 in Oak Harbor is raising safety issues again.
Village resident Terry McGlothlin took her concerns to village council after a Norfolk Southern train recently came to a halt for nearly four hours on an early October morning.
“Unfortunately, they have been stopped hours at a time here lately,” Mayor Bill Eberle said of the unscheduled stops that cause havoc on the state highway in the town’s northern section.
Councilwoman Donna Wendt-Elliot agreed the stops were unnerving for both drivers and businesses in the area. “Friday was terrible,” she said during the Oct. 20 meeting, recalling a recent incident. “It was an hour and half wait.”
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