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Jerusalem Township trustees are seeking volunteers to help develop the John T. Kennedy Park, dedicated 12 years ago in memory of a firefighter who died in the line of duty.

The park, located just east of Town Hall on the north side of Jerusalem Road, was once a 60 acre farm. Thirty acres are now parkland, and the remaining property is used for the township’s salt shed and recycling station.

“It’s in its infancy stage,” said Trustee Joe Kiss. “Right now, there are cut paths for walking and wildlife habitat. It’s a poorly tiled field, with whatever water is left there after it rains. We haven’t farmed it in many years.”

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With a name like William Farnham Randolph Jr., you'd think he was a movie actor or maybe a wealthy media mogul, but that's not the case.

However, the Gibsonburg resident, who answers to Farnham — “That's what they call me. It's my grandmother's maiden name” — is no ordinary Joe.

Randolph, 74, has dedicated all of his adult life to public safety. On Feb. 5, the Toledo Zenobia Shriners honored Randolph for his nearly 60 years as a member of the Lindsey Volunteer Fire Department.

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The Veterans Glass City Skyway is the culmination of hundreds of people — laborers, local citizens, and government officials — making contributions to realize the dream of a drawbridge-free Interstate 280 Maumee River crossing.

The Skyline has been open to Interstate 280 traffic for three years now.

A kinetic sculpture to honor the loss of five tradesmen and recognize those who constructed Toledo’s signature bridge is to be dedicated on April 28. The VGCS tribute committee chose that day because it coincides with National Workers’ Memorial Day.

The gantry truss responsible for construction of the main span collapsed on February 16, 2006. The collapse killed four workers and injured four others. Ironworkers killed were Robert Lipinski Jr., Arden Clark II, Michael Phillips, and Michael Moreau. Local workers injured included Josh Collins of East Toledo and Roger Henneman of Curtice.

At around 9:15 a.m. EST on April 19, 2007, carpenter Andrew Burris of Curtice died when the construction platform he was on became detached and fell from the bridge.

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FirstEnergy cost plan challenged
The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel is challenging a request by FirstEnergy to pass costs onto consumers stemming from a change in regional transmission organizations.

The OCC filed its protest last week with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, arguing the utility has not provided sufficient evidence to show customers will benefit from the utility's decision to change regional transmission organizations. The FERC should instead require FirstEnergy's shareholders to pay the costs resulting from the utility's switch from the Midwest ISO to the PJM Interconnection, Consumers’ Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander said.

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Jerusalem Township, along with other townships in Lucas County, will be part of the Lucas County storm water utility, which will charge a fee to residents and businesses beginning next year.

Township Trustee Joe Kiss isn’t too happy about the program.

“I just started hearing some grumblings about it last night at our business meeting,” Kiss said last Wednesday. “It just sure seems like another way to pull some extra tax from people who shouldn’t be paying it.”

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