The Press Newspaper
In this issue, Press reporters look back at the June 5, 2010 tornado that devastated parts of Lake Township and western Ottawa County. The storm killed seven, destroyed Lake High School and the Lake Township administration building, as well as a number of homes and other structures.
The past year has been marked by progress. The township building has been rebuilt and an open house/dedication ceremony is scheduled for June 5.
In “Triumph Over Tragedy” and to remember those who lost their lives in the tornado that devastated the area last year, a block party being planned for June 4 at 4 p.m. on Main Street in Millbury.
When the Lake Township trustees approved plans for a new administration building they did so looking to construct a facility that would serve township residents for generations to come.
But the approach to the entrance to the building, which will be open to the public for a memorial ceremony June 5 at 3 p.m., looks back and remembers the seven victims of the tornado that hit the Wood County community last June.
Millbury Mayor Michael Timmons remembers walking through the village the Sunday afternoon following the June 5 tornado, surveying the devastation.
Walking with him was Toledo Mayor Michael Bell.
“He looked at me and basically offered any help I needed,” Timmons said.
The family of 21-year-old Lake Township resident Gerald Lathrop wondered where he was when he did not show up for his birthday or when they got together for Easter.
That’s because Gerald is at the cemetery visiting the grave of his former girlfriend, Bailey Bowman, on important occasions.
Last June 5, Gerald and Bailey were traveling along State Route 795 heading towards his parents’ home on Luckey Road. They never got there.
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