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Humane Ohio, a non-profit spay and neuter clinic with low rates, is seeking donations for a pet food bank it established last year for pet owners struggling to make ends meet.

Jill Borkowski, marketing manager for Humane Ohio, said the group is grateful to all the businesses and individuals who have donated money and/or dog and cat food. The group oftentimes thanks donors in public, which can give the mistaken impression that the food bank is fully stocked at all times.

“I’m afraid it gives people the impression that we’re getting so much support that we don’t need any more. I want people to understand that as quickly as it comes in, it goes out,” she said. “A church or business may have collected 500 lbs. of pet food for us, which is awesome, but we’ve given out as much as 7,000 lbs. some months,” said Borkowski.

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Amending Lake Township’s radio licenses with the Federal Communications Commission will save the township about $800 a month, according to Police Chief Mark Hummer, who last week requested the township trustees approve a contract for the amendment process.

Chief Hummer’s request for the township to retain Bender Communications, Marion, O. to file an amendment with the FCC was approved Tuesday by the trustees.

The contract is for $1,730.

Chief Hummer said the amendment involves an extensive amount of paperwork but the cost savings will be realized by listing 29256 Lemoyne Road – the location of a former Ohio Highway Patrol Post that now houses the police department and emergency dispatching center – as the primary license site and 1911 Ayers Rd. – the location of fire station 2 - as the secondary site.

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Eastwood welcomed a delegation from the Moroccan Center for Civic Education this winter.

Five delegates came to the school to see how American’s were taught and also how they turned learning into experience.

The Moroccan Center for Civic Education was founded in 2003. Its main focus is to educate and train students for real-world situations.

One delegate stated that it was not teaching the students that was the problem. It was implementing what they were taught into real-world situations.

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Voters in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will see an emergency operating levy on the May ballot.

The B-C-S school board has unanimously voted to place the $1.32 million, 5-year issue on the ballot in the hopes of fending off a projected budget deficit in fiscal year 2013.

Tied to the board’s decision to seek the millage was another recent decision to realign the district by closing Rocky Ridge Elementary School.

That move, board members say, will help the district save revenue and reduce the amount sought in the levy.

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Following a year of austere budget tightening measures, Northwood ended 2010 with a balanced budget, Mayor Mark Stoner said in his state of the city address last week.

“The message for 2011 is one of both challenge and confidence,” said Stoner.

“Just like our citizens, the city has been adversely affected by the economic downturn of the last few years. To meet the various challenges, council and I have had to make difficult decisions regarding reductions in spending, personnel and capital improvement projects,” said Stoner.

The reductions allowed the city to finish the 2010 fiscal year with higher revenues than expenditures and met the requirement of having a balanced budget, he said.

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