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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.”

The shooting of a dog in 2014 by an on-duty Woodville police officer tore the community apart, says Mayor Richard Harman, but the weeks and months that followed were a learning experience that opened his eyes to an issue the breadth of which astounded him.

 What Harman learned in the aftermath of the shooting he recently shared at a forum hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. where he and Roy Whitehead, the village police chief, were invited to discuss encounters that police have with dogs with other officers and elected officials from across the country.

Finding time and money to take regular water quality samples in a space as large as Lake Erie’s western basin can be difficult for even the most dedicated researchers.

But sometimes, help shows up on a lab doorstep and is too good to turn away.

That was the case in 2012, when a group of Lake Erie charter boat captains approached the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to ask how they could help monitor and improve water quality in the lake on which their businesses depend. They had seen the impact the severe 2011 harmful algal bloom (HAB) had had on their fishing charters and on other Lake Erie businesses, and wanted to contribute to improving the health of the lake.

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