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Class A Dance Studio in Oak Harbor will present the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker” Sunday, Dec. 6.

The studio has staged five productions of the show since 2000. The two-act ballet was originally choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score coming by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Under the leadership of Paula Fox-Ferguson who owns and operates the studio, the cast and crew is putting the finishing touches on the production. McKinley Ferguson, Fox’s daughter, is co-producing the play. The cast, which numbers over 80, includes residents of Oak Harbor, Genoa, Woodville, Elmore, Port Clinton and Fremont.

“It’s really a great storyline. It can be adapted many ways; every time I do it there are little changes, every company has its own vision. The story is such a magical one,” said Fox-Ferguson. “It’s just a wonderful story, a fantasy that this girl has in our dream. It’s a part of our culture and it gets your ready for Christmas and the holiday spirit. It’s basically this girl going into a wonderful dream on Christmas and it was all inspired by the wonderful nutcracker that she was given.”

Columbia Gas of Ohio is planning to expand a regulator substation at the corner of Brown and Lallendorf roads that serves Oregon and parts of East Toledo.

Plans for the $4 million project call for the replacement of the current substation, built in 1959, with three new buildings surrounded by a buffer zone of trees. The company will purchase property north of the site for the expansion. The company is also seeking a variance from the zoning commission as part of the project.

The regulator substation reduces pressurized gas before it is delivered to homes and businesses, explained Chris Kozak, communications manager with Columbia Gas of Ohio. Some of the gas flows to the refineries and supports the Jeep factory as well, he said. The substation directly serves 17,000 customers.

One of the newest “0-5ers” is already a familiar face to many East Toledoans.

Tracey Britt, a community service officer with the Toledo Police Department assigned to the city’s East Side, told members of the East Toledo Club Thursday she has purchased a residence in the Birmingham neighborhood.

“There is no better way to have credibility,” she said at a meeting of the club. “I believe East Toledo is a great place to be. It gets a bad rep. We need to inspire people to see East Toledo as a better place to be.”

She told club members she hoped her decision to buy a home in the area would encourage others to also consider home ownership, noting rental levels in the city have surpassed 50 percent. While the East Side has many conscientious renters, the housing in many neighborhoods is showing symptoms stemming from absentee landlords.

Oregon City Council on Monday will vote on an ordinance that makes its municipal tax code more consistent with House Bill 5, which was passed last year by the Ohio Legislature.

House Bill 5 streamlines Ohio’s municipal tax code. Businesses backed the measure, saying it creates a more business friendly environment. Many local governments were opposed because they said it would add unnecessary administrative burdens on businesses and their employees who conduct business activities in municipalities.

Ohio was the only state where municipalities set their own rules and regulations on collection of income taxes. Several different communities use different forms to collect annual income taxes.

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 on the icon on the upper right.

Greetings All –
Dawn over Wrightsville Beach was a beauty--hues of red, pink, yellow and gold peeking over the horizon. Good thing too, since North Carolina has gotten its licks in on me this week. I had looked forward to my ride on the Outer Banks, but the incessant rain, clouds and head winds have made NC a bit of a wet slog.


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