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Members and friends of First Presbyterian Church of Clay Center are inviting the community to join them April 26 at 2 p.m. for the closing worship service.

The church is celebrating more than 110 years of service and ministry.

“During this time, the congregation may have grown smaller in size but the faith of the members has only grown stronger, resulting in a legacy that extends beyond the doors and walls of the church building,” said Rev. Dr. Julie Kling, pastor.

The church’s legacy goes back to 30-plus charter members who wanted to establish a Presbyterian congregation in Clay Center, a rural community in western Ottawa County which was then the home of Kelley’s Island Lime Company and a passenger stop on the railway system.

Early members began to seek pledges to build a church building and soon had 40 pledges that ranged from 25 cents to $20.

With a gift of $600 from the Presbytery, the church had $748 to begin construction. Eventually, the dream became a reality – a gray cinderblock building with a sanctuary that would accommodate about 100 worshippers.

Local families knew when worship was beginning as the bell in the bell tower would ring, calling all to prayer. This tradition has continued until the present day.

“The Kentucky Derby” was the theme for the 18th Annual East Toledo Family Center Gala held April 18 at St. Michael’s Centre in Oregon.

Nearly 225 people came out to support the agency, and derby hats and lots of red roses filled the room.

Guests first stopped by the Stranahan’s 1940 Packard Limousine owned by Jerry Brumette to have their picture taken and then entered the event. The event, sponsored by the Toledo Refining Co., also included dinner, entertainment by The Late Show Band, a Big 6 Wheel and a horse race, which kept guests cheering for their favorite horse.

In addition, Jan Scotland and the late David Wiley were honored with Distinguished Citizen Awards and Carrie Collins, Connie Guth and Robin McLoughlin were honored as Richard Fisher Educators of the Year.

Distinguished citizens
Jan Scotland was born in Harlem, New York and earned a degree in chemistry from Hampton University in Virginia. He worked at B.F. Goodrich as a chemist and then in chemical purchasing before joining Owens Corning Fiberglas as supervisor of chemical purchasing. He now owns his own State Farm Insurance agency, where he has served the citizens of Toledo for the past 24 years.

Since coming to Toledo in 1981, Scotland has served in government roles as a civil service commissioner, a Toledo city councilman, chairman of the Board of Community Relations and other positions.

Contracts to rehire two administrators and two teachers who are retiring from the Genoa School District will be on the agenda of the school board’s May meeting.

Bill Nye, district treasurer, said a public hearing was held last week on retire-rehire requests submitted by Dan Dippman, a high school teacher; Brenda Murphy, elementary school principal; Kathleen Bressan, a middle school guidance counselor, and Connie Wax, an elementary school teacher.

Three-year contracts will be issued if the board approves the packages, he said.

The current salaries and proposed rehire salaries are:

• Dippman: $77,176 , $48,633
• Murphy: $98,672, $60,000
• Bressan: $76,669, $49,687
• Wax: $74,858, $49,687

Nye said the district won’t likely realize an immediate savings from rehiring the four because severance agreements will have to be factored in.

About 70 members of Ohio police departments and other law enforcement agencies plan to attend a session in Woodville to train officers on how to use non-lethal defensive tactics when they encounter aggressive dogs.

Mayor Richard Harman said Canine Encounters Law Enforcement Training (CELET), of Arlington, Texas, will be presenting the training program May 4 at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall.

Providing such training for officers was something the mayor pledged in the wake of the Nov. 3, 2014 shooting of a dog by a village officer. The dog, a chocolate Labrador named Moses, was shot in the leg when it approached the officer, who was conducting a traffic stop on U.S. 20. The dog survived but the leg was later amputated.

A review of the shooting cleared the officer. However, the incident drew much media attention as residents poured into village council meetings to voice their anger with the police department or express support for the officer.

“Getting people trained is the key,” the mayor said last week. “We want them to have a better understanding of how to control the situation without having to shoot a dog. They need to learn when and how to use non-lethal responses.”

Jim Osorio, who established CELET in 2005, said he saw a need for training but has noticed it has become more widespread in recent years.

A member of the Woodmore school board has asked the Ottawa County prosecutor’s office to review district financial statements for improprieties.

Joe Liszak, appointed to the board’s finance committee three months ago, confirmed he met Tuesday afternoon with Mark Mulligan, county prosecutor.

The committee met Tuesday morning at the board office in Elmore. Liszak said he made his decision to seek an external review after hearing a report that morning by Jaime Pearson, district treasurer.

“We found out during the meeting there has been tampering with the numbers. I was told by the treasurer there have been some ‘plugged numbers’ put in to the financial statements and she had to restate six months of cash reconciliations the correct way because none of them had balanced,” Liszak said.

“Basically what the bank accounts said are not being what’s reported on our statements,” Liszak said.

The board met in executive session April 16 and is scheduled to hold a regular meeting on Tuesday.

The Ohio auditor’s office has also been notified.

Pearson, who was hired by the board in October, had previously uncovered an overstatement in the district’s five-year forecast of projected revenues from taxes on tangible personal property. The tax has been phased out by the state but the district’s forecast didn’t reflect that.

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