The Press Newspaper
Two former public employees agree with Governor John Kasich that it’s time to rein in school spending by adopting some of the tools Senate Bill 5 will provide local school districts.
Mike White, former director of public utilities for the City of Toledo, and Jim Austermiller, a CPA who worked 26 years in the public sector including 13 years with the state auditor’s office, are two members of Oregon Residents for Effective and Efficient Schools, a citizens committee formed shortly before last November’s election.
A coalition of organizations continues to raise another $110,000 to build two new homes for Lake Township families who saw their homes destroyed by a tornado in June.
Calvary Lutheran Church Pastor Bob Noble, Hope Builds Campaign spokesman, told The Press $150,000 is needed for materials. Noble said about $40,000 has been raised.
The Genoa Banking Company is one of the business partners of the campaign, created last year to oversee the project.
K-100 radio personality Harvey J. Steele visited Marcia Mazur’s freshman health class at Eastwood High School on Wednesday, March 2, to speak about his experiences being a liver recipient not once, but twice in his life.
Almost 14 years ago, Steele was in the Cleveland Clinic in dire need of a new liver. Thanks to the generosity of one family, they allowed their deceased loved one to donate a usable liver to Steele in order to save his life.
Unfortunately, shortly after the surgery, Steele’s body rejected the liver, and he found himself once again waiting on the national transplant list.
Dodging bad weather and irregular schedules, the members of People Inc. were able to sponsor two successful blood drives this school year.
Despite a two hour delay, People Inc. members, working in conjunction with The American Red Cross, were still able to hold their annual blood drive on December 10, with the theme “Give blood; save a life.”
People Inc. members worked to incorporate “The Game of Life” board game feel to the drive. Play money was placed on the lockers of the donors. Members also brought in food for the canteen and Multi-grain Cheerios for the students and teachers that gave blood. Members that did not get to work the blood drive will have the opportunity to work the next one.
Lake Township residents will see the benefits of additional revenue for road repairs, according to Melanie Bowen, a township trustee, who says the number of road projects will increase this year.
The trustees Tuesday approved annual appropriations for 2011 totaling approximately $5.4 million, including $1.2 million for the general fund and $377,500 for the road improvement fund.
Township voters in November replaced a 1.5-mill property tax levy for road improvements and approved an additional 1-mill levy. Both taxes will be levied on current property values.
“The number of roads we do this year will be up,” Bowen said.
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