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A public forum that provided voters in Lucas County and Toledo with information regarding six levy issues that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot was held Sept. 29 at the East Toledo Family Center, which sponsored the event, along with One Voice for East Toledo.

The levies include a 0.75 mill property tax renewal for the Toledo Zoo; a 0.17 mill property tax renewal for the Imagination Station; a three-quarter percent income tax renewal for the City of Toledo; a 1.4 mill property tax renewal and a 0.4 mill additional tax for Lucas County Children’s Services; a 2.9 mill property tax renewal and an additional .8 mill levy for the Toledo-Lucas County Library; and a 0.7 mill renewal for the 9-1-1 public safety communication system.

Northwood resident Glenn Hill and his family embody what it means to pay it forward.

For the last five years, the Toledo firefighter, his wife, Meredith, and their two children, Garrett and Marci, have worked to sell pumpkins — multi-colored, white, pink, green — plus mums, gourds, corn stalks, straw and craft items at their farm in Northwood.
The kicker is they sell pumpkins to raise money for a local family in need. Instead of finding a charity, the Hills locate a family that has fallen on hard times and give 100 percent of the proceeds directly to them.
This year, the revenue from the farm's sales are going to a family that recently lost its patriarch. The mother, 13-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter are without Dad, who passed away suddenly in August from a brain aneurysm at 38 years old.
"They're facing some financial issues. They're faced with the fact that they've lost their father and breadwinner," said Glenn Hill. "Two young kids losing a father. It's heartbreaking."

Toledo District 3 Councilman Peter J. Ujvagi was born in Budapest, Hungary on March 31, 1949 as son of Ede and Magda Újvági. 

When he was 7-years-old, he and his brothers Ed and Charles immigrated with his parents to the United States, after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. After a short stay in an Austrian refugee camp, the family arrived in Toledo.
“More than 300 refugees who escaped after the revolution failed came to Toledo and Northwest Ohio. Many of the older ones are passing away, so we wanted to take the opportunity this year to celebrate the spirit of freedom of those folks in Hungary who rose against Communism in 1956. We also want to pass on that history to our children and grandchildren,” Ujvagi said.
Ujvagi notes that many Hungarian refugees settled in East Toledo, Oregon, Genoa, and what is now Northwood and Lake Township. Today, the local population includes their children and grandchildren.

Personnel from Wood County’s building inspection and health departments were in Lake Township late last week to inspect blighted properties on Drouillard Road, E. Broadway Street and Lemoyne Road.

 Mark Hummer, township administrator, said the township has been requesting the inspections and he asked the county prosecutor’s office to expedite the process for having the structures razed or forcing the owners to remediate them.

 The township trustees on Tuesday heard complaints of residents of the Moline area about the blighted structure at 29577 E. Broadway where a section of the roof has collapsed and the basement has become flooded.

If Walbridge Mayor Ed Kolanko and David Overholt have their way, a variety of art classes will be offered at the village administration building.

Overholt, a resident of the village, has approached the administration with the idea of using space in the building to teach classes in basic painting, origami, slate painting, air brushing, wood carving and more.

“I want to offer pretty much anything anybody would want to do,” he said. “What I’m trying to do is get a space established where people can come at any time. Another option is to go to different places and teach classes.”

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