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Last weekend was special for a lot of Millbury and Lake Township residents, but it couldn’t have been more emotional than it was for young Steve Welling.

The 26-year-old Welling has been playing the acoustic guitar for about six years now and on occasion he has even scribbled down a few song lyrics. Saturday night just a few minutes before midnight and a year after the tornado hit the area, he was able to perform a song he wrote. Not just any song, but a song devoted to all the people who helped in the recovery after the tornado and to his grandfather, Irwin Welling, who died July 29 as a result of an infection from his injuries, becoming the seventh victim.

No sale/lease of turnpike without lawmakers’ OK
The version of the biennium budget measure approved Wednesday by the Ohio Senate requires legislative approval before the Ohio Turnpike can be leased or sold, said Senator Mark Wagoner (R – Toledo), who also noted the budget closes a projected $8.5 billion shortfall without raising taxes.

Governor John Kasich’s $55.5 billion executive budget proposal included language allowing the administration authority to broker a lease of the turnpike but didn’t explicitly call for putting the turnpike up for sale.

One of the first things the Lake Township trustees did during their initial meeting Tuesday in the new administration building was to thank a local businessman for his efforts following the June 5, 2010 tornado that ravaged the township.

The trustees approved a resolution in appreciation of Ed Nagle, of Nagle Companies, Moline-Martin Road.

Nagle opened his facilities to the township’s emergency services, allowing them to operate there as a command center during rescue operations after the tornado hit.

Chief Michael Wolever, an East Toledo resident, has announced he will retire from the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department after 33 years of service as a firefighter and four years as chief. 

Chief Wolever, who resides on Nevada Street, joined the department in August 1978. He was promoted to lieutenant in June 1982, captain in June 1984, battalion chief in October 1988 and served as deputy chief under then-chief Michael P. Bell, now mayor, beginning in 2002. When then-Chief Bell retired in 2007, Wolever stepped up to lead the department. 

When Toledo city council voted unanimously to approve selling the Marina District to Chinese developers last week, Scott Prephan of Perrysburg-based Prephan enterprises could not have been prouder.
 
His clients, Yuan Xiahong and Wu King Hung of Dashing Pacific Group, are also impressed with the 12-0 vote, Prephan said.
 
“It came about quite nicely. It was a great day. A unanimous vote — that doesn’t happen too often in Toledo, does it?” Prephan said.

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