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If the holiday party is any indication, the turbulent times of Jerusalem Township are coming to an end.

Two years ago, one could not attend a trustees meeting without listening to hours of bickering among government officials and residents.

Earlier this month, 175 residents showed up at a holiday party hosted by the township trustees. All involved say the three-and-a-half hour event was a huge success. Trustee Ron Sheahan emceed the event and announced door prizes.

“I talked to people who were there and everyone was so excited about it they are ready for another one next year,” trustee David Bench said.

Residents were asked to donate clothing. Township fiscal officer Julie Van Nest says they received 52 pairs of gloves, 31 pairs of stockings, scarves, and other clothing.

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The search is under way for a new member of the administrative staff for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s office.

This summer, Capt. Steve Levorchick, a long-time member of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s office retired after nearly a quarter of a century of service.

The departure left a significant void for this Ohio county along Ohio’s lakeshore.

“The captain of operations position is a vital one,” said Ottawa County Sheriff Robert Bratton. The captain oversees daily operations, coordinates between departments and watches overtime.

After serious budget talks a month ago, Ottawa County commissioners conceded the position needed filled – much to the sheriff’s relief.

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Trustees OK health insurance plan
The Lake Township trustees have approved a health insurance plan for 2011 for township employees at a cost of $13,702 per month – an increase of about 12 percent from last year.

Twenty-two employees are covered by the plan.

The township belongs to a coverage pool sponsored by the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce.

The trustees will hold their year-end meeting Dec. 31 at 11 a.m.

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East Toledo resident Kevin Carswell says “it will be kind of strange not hearing my brother moving around up there (upstairs)” in the duplex they shared on Potter Street.

Kevin’s older brother, William L. Carswell, 54, was murdered on Saturday afternoon, December 11, at about 3:55 p.m. at the resale shop Kevin owned at 134 Main Street in East Toledo. The home they lived in is also owned by Kevin.

“I remember back when I was real young I had a cousin that was murdered. We haven’t had this in our family in a very long time. This is just so crazy,” Kevin said.

“I had just rolled past there. Every time I was coming from somewhere on my way home I would ride by there. Everything was alright. When I rolled past, he was sitting at the desk. I saw his girlfriend, saw somebody else. There wasn’t anything going on. It looked peaceful. I just went home to get ready to go Christmas shopping. Then at 4:10, 4:15, I get the phone call,” Kevin recalled.

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“The Woodville Mall sucks,” according to two local women who answered Our Voice on the Street poll last week.

Not so, says Juanita Jones, the new mall manager who took over at Thanksgiving time.

Jones wants you to know repairs to the oldest mall in Northwest Ohio have been underway and some new stores have moved in. The Christmas display at center court featuring Santa Claus is “amazing, the best in years,” she adds.

First, the repairs. Nearly all skylights have been repaired, except for those in the Elder Beerman concourse. The carpet is gone and granite flooring to replace it is on site and will be installed when the final roof leaks are fixed, sometime before the spring, weather permitting.

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Christmas spending

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