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Village council is calling for a full account of all its contributions to the annual Oak Harbor Apple Festival.

The event, which takes place the second weekend of October each year, is the single major event for the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce that attracts more than 25,000 people. Fest highlights include a royalty contest, grand parade, classic car show, a 5K run, kiddie tractor pull and entertainment. The fest celebrates its 36th year Oct. 11-12.

Chamber Executive Director Val Winterfield attended an early September village council meeting to receive her annual assurances that council members are on board with the regular closing of portions of streets (including the major thoroughfares of Water and Church streets) for the fest activities. No problem, they said.

Gusty winds put Genoa Street Fair vendors on alert Saturday.

“We had to take our tent down,” Graymont Dolmite employee Tina Brough chuckled. “Now we’re just trying to hold down the merchandise.”

Her co-workers kept vigil at the table along the Main Street business district with hands covering piles of giveaways for the community, including sunglasses, fly swatters, Frisbees, pens, pocket savers and environmentally-safe, reusable grocery bags.

Blue skies and dry weather prevailed most of the day but breezes of 10 to 15 mph preceded a series of severe thunderstorms that raged across Northwest Ohio and Michigan at nightfall – after most of the fair events had wrapped up, including the classic car show.

Once again the Northwestern Water and Sewer District has issued a water advisory for consumers in the eastern portion of the City of Northwood and in Lake Township, including the Village of Millbury.

Notices were sent Sept. 17 to users along waterline 200, advising them of excessive levels of trihalomethanes.

Similar notices were sent to users in July.

“Our water system recently violated the maximum contaminant level for TTHM,” the latest notices state. “The average level of TTHM over the last four quarters was 0.088 mg/L (milligrams per liter). The allowable standard for TTHM is 0.080 mg/L.”

The Eastwood Board of Education has approved a resolution to formally have a levy issue for a new elementary school removed from the November ballot.

The board met Sept. 12 in a special meeting to approve the resolution.

The previous night, board members and the administration held a town hall forum that focused on a proposal to finance a new elementary school without additional taxes.

The board is proposing to use revenues from a tax abatement agreement with The Home Depot and public utility taxes from a Troy Energy plant to cover most of the district’s share of construction costs for a new school.

Oregon plans public meetings before officials decide on the location of a senior center.

Council President Dennis Walendzak, who sits on a committee to determine how revenue from a new senior levy passed last November will be used, said more input is needed from seniors.

“The discussion on location has come up and it’s being reviewed and talked about, and we will have additional public hearings before any decision is made,” said Walendzak at a committee of the whole meeting on Monday.

Administrator Mike Beazley said the mayor, administration and council are actively involved.

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