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If the Woodmore school board fills a vacant board seat during a special meeting set for May 31 it would be violating state law covering such vacancy procedures, according to opinions from the board’s legal counsel and the Ottawa County prosecutor’s office.

Board president Steve Huss set the special meeting after the board last week couldn’t agree on a replacement for the seat vacated by Grant Cummings, who resigned earlier this month.

Three persons were considered Tuesday for the vacancy but none received more than two votes from the three board members present.

Board member Julie Bowman was absent, leaving Huss, Corinna Bench and Joe Liszak to vote on the vacancy.

Lori Sodd has seen better days. In just six months, one of her three dogs ran away, her mother passed away, and her house burned to the ground.

Sodd, of East Toledo, was still grieving for her mom, who had died in January, when her house at 1306 Vinal Street caught fire on Sunday, April 26 at about 11:30 a.m.

Sodd was relaxing on her bed that day, playing a game on her cell phone, when her son Todd came into the bedroom to ask whether she had noticed the lights had flickered.

“He was thinking maybe it was the light bulb in a lamp in his bedroom,” Sodd recalled. But just moments after he left her room, she heard him scream `Our house is on fire.’”

Paul Cox, a 19-year old from Oregon, is on a mission.

A 2014 graduate of The Maritime Academy of Toledo, last year he became the school’s first cadet to go onto higher education at a maritime school – The Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Michigan. The school only accepts 60 cadets for the first-year class, and he was one who made the cut.

After just completing his first year at Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Cox arrived this week in Toledo in style working on the school’s training ship, T/S State of Michigan. The ship, on the second week of an eight-week cruise of the Great Lakes, is providing him his first experience of life aboard ship.

Ottawa County Commissioner JoEllen Regal was expected to be released from the hospital sometime Wednesday following a medical emergency at her home over the weekend.

Regal was at her Bay Township home with her husband, Dave, when she began experiencing problems around 8 p.m. Saturday, May 16, and slumped to the floor.

Dave, who is a sheriff’s deputy as well as the Bay Township Fire Department chief, called for medical assistance and then performed CPR on his wife. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and an ambulance responded.

A Mercy St. Vincent’s Life Flight medical helicopter landed a short distance from their West Little Portage East home and then transported her to Toledo.

If the opinions of the Woodmore school board attorney and the Ottawa County prosecutor are correct regarding vacancies, the board may have violated state law last year when it appointed Corinna Bench to fill a seat left vacant by the resignation of Mike DeStazio.

According to board meeting minutes, it approved a resolution during its Aug. 25 special meeting to accept DeStazio’s resignation.

The board held a special meeting Sept. 2 but the agenda doesn’t mention the vacancy. During a special meeting on Sept. 9 the board went into executive session to interview Kelly O’Connor and Dan Hoppe for the open seat but took no action.

On Sept. 11, the board held another special meeting and went into executive session to interview James Kamman, Sean Rizor and Bench.

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