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There was a huge sigh of relief recently by the administration of the Lake School District.

About $11,000 in missing deposits were found not too far from a safe in the office of Jeff Carpenter, the district treasurer, where they should have been.

Money bags containing cash and checks from the athletic department and cafeteria are routinely deposited into a drop box outside Carpenter’s office to a chute leading to the safe. Beginning in August, some bags were missing.

“Those missing bags, instead of dropping into the safe, dropped through a hole in the back of the safe through the chute, between the chute and wall,” Carpenter said. “We’ve been using the safe for quite some time and then all of a sudden in late August we started missing some deposits from our food service and athletic department.”

Pipeline report expected by end of December

A review by the Ohio Power Siting Board staff of a proposed natural gas pipeline from Maumee to Oregon is expected to be complete this month.

North Coast Gas Transmission is proposing to construct a 22-mile pipeline to supply natural gas for an $800 million electric generation plant to be built near the intersection of Lallendorf Road and York Street.

The pipeline would run from Maumee, under the Maumee River, and through Perrysburg and Lake townships, the cities of Rossford, Northwood and Perrysburg and Village of Walbridge.

In a Dec. 8 email reply to a Thompson Road resident, Matthew Butler, a spokesperson for the siting board, said the board’s staff is conducting its investigation of the company’s application and will issue a report later this month.

The resident notes his opposition to the pipeline because it would cross his property.

New owners of the former Camper school building in Genoa are looking to store recreational vehicles and campers in the parking lot.

A request to change the zoning at the Main Street site was the focus of a village planning commission hearing Monday night.

Owner Scott Bowe and his partners want the village to change the R-1 residential zoning to B-2 highway business which allows, among various things, for the storage of recreational vehicles. A wire fence encloses a portion of the concrete parking lot located at the corner of Main and Fourth streets, Village Administrator Kevin Gladden said. The fencing does not run along the rear of the lot.

Village officials mailed about 15 letters to the residents in the immediate neighborhood but no members of the public attended the meeting to comment on the zoning requests, according to Gladden.

Construction is expected to start next month on a renovation project at the Wood County Justice Center on E. Gypsy Lane in Bowling Green.

The county’s board of commissioners has awarded a $2.84 million contract to Mosser Construction, Inc. for the project, which is scheduled for completion in September, said Darcy Wilhelm, the county’s fiscal manager.

Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said a net increase of 75 beds will result from the renovation – 60 of which will be put into the facility’s work industries building.

Space for an additional 15 beds will be created by renovating the area where the minimum security housing is located.

The sheriff described it as making it a “medium minimum” area.

John Melnyk, a former councilman, has been spearheading a food drive for needy residents in Northwood for about 10 years. Lately, he’s been seeing more people in need showing up at city hall on Wales Road, where the food is distributed regularly on the last Wednesday of the month. Food supplies, though, have been low. Recently, it was barely enough.

Melnyk is appealing to the public for food and/or monetary donations to meet the shortfall this Christmas. The need for food surges on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Instead of Wednesday, food will be distributed next Friday, Dec. 19, since the following Wednesday is Christmas Eve.

The situation has been exacerbated by the closing of Giant Eagle earlier this year. The grocery store had been donating day old perishable items – fresh fruit, vegetables and baked goods, to the food bank.

“I was also working with Andersons on a plan for non-perishable items at the mall, but then that store shut down, too,” said Melnyk. “I haven’t tried Kroger or Meijer yet. I’ll see what I can come up with, and maybe work on an arrangement as I had with Giant Eagle.”

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