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Businesses, 1st responders honored at Prism Ceremony

There was a new consideration to be taken in by judges when determining who to honor at the annual Eastern Maumee Chamber of Commerce Prism Award ceremony at Sunrise Park and Banquet Center in Millbury.

An EF4 tornado had torn its way across the community on June 5, 2010, killing at least seven, destroying business and homes, and leaving a path of devastation from Moline, through Millbury, and into Ottawa County.

The Prism judges awarded plaques to Main Street Church, Lake Township Fire Chief Todd Walters, Police Chief Mark Hummer, the Northwood VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and Adams Screen Printing for efforts involved in first response, coming to the aid of responders and victims, and for fundraising efforts.

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Contract for fire station design awarded  
Feller, Finch and Associates, Inc., Maumee, has been awarded a contract for architectural and engineering services for the construction of a new fire station and headquarters for the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District.

The district’s board of trustees awarded the $87,400 contract during a special meeting last week.

The district’s current headquarters is located at the site: 3155 N. Genoa-Clay Center Road.

The new building will cover 12,500 square feet and will house administrative offices, living quarters for on-duty crews, a training room, and vehicles and equipment in the current station Number 2.

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After voters strongly supported a 1.1-mill levy last November for the Harris-Elmore Public Library, Georgiana Huizenga, the library director, expressed her gratitude for their support.

It was the first time in the library’s history it had gone to voters for local millage and cuts in state funding had forced the library to enact reductions in service.

“I am very proud of the communities of Elmore and Genoa coming together to pass the first ever library levy,” she said at the time. “Two communities: one library system. We are very grateful to all of our supporters and to the levy committee that worked so hard. We are very excited that we will be better able to serve our patrons.”

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In a lingering recession, Oregon is not in a hurry to fill several positions in the police and streets departments left vacant by retirements.

Administrator Mike Beazley said he and Mayor Mike Seferian are looking at ways to maintain city services with fewer people as the city deals with reduced revenue this year.

“It’s come to my attention there’s been a number of retirements lately,” Beazley said to council at a meeting earlier this month. “As we look at our revenues and we discuss this year’s budget, we’ve been on a go slow mode on filling vacancies. We do want to make sure we continue to meet essential service needs looking at both police and streets. I’ve been talking with the mayor and obviously looking at issues associated with those vacancies to make sure we can maintain the service level that our citizens expect within the revenue that we’re actually getting. We wouldn’t contemplate filling all the vacancies, but we’re going to look at making sure we continue to fill our shifts appropriately.”

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While you were shoveling snow from your driveway and dreaming of Florida or the Caribbean Islands, Evie Wakulenko was mushing through the middle of Alaska through white-outs and sub-zero temperatures.

And she was enjoying herself.

Wakulenko, a graduate of Genoa High School and Bowling Green State University, completed the Serum Run, which commemorates the efforts of sled-dog teams in 1925 that relayed diphtheria serum to residents of Nome, Alaska.

This year’s start in Nenana, Alaska began Feb. 20 and Wakulenko arrived in Nome – a distance of about 800 miles – on March 14.

“We were late four days due to weather in the beginning and a snow machine that wouldn’t start at 35 below in Tanana. The mushers really depend on the snowmachiners to haul the heavy gear between villages so we need them all,” she said.

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