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The recession is prompting Mayor Mike Seferian to reconsider the proposed construction of a concession/restroom facility that would serve the new South Recreation Complex.

“As you know, we had budgeted money for a concession stand and restroom facility,” Seferian said to council at a committee of the whole meeting on Nov. 1. “With the budgetary concerns we have, to proceed to build that right now, things are kind of at a holdup.”

The facility, which would be located on city owned property off Starr Extension Avenue west of the access drive and parking lots in the middle of the soccer and flag football fields, is estimated to cost $240,000, he said. 

The Recreation & Parks Committee considered reducing the size or altering the proposed facility, said Seferian.

“That was something I wasn’t prepared to do,” he said.

He and Administrator Mike Beazley do not want the project to be financed with money from the General Fund, he said.

“Mr. Beazley and I are working on a different concept to fund this rather than taking general fund money to actually build this facility. The one thing we don’t want to do is fund this concession stand/restroom facility with our incoming revenues. We’re going to make it stand on its own merits, and we believe we can do that,” said Seferian.

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It was a bright and sunny Halloween afternoon.

Just before 1 p.m., a contingent of Kathy Martin’s family members, neighbors and friends began to gather at her son Patrick’s home on South Eastmoreland Drive in Oregon, waiting for a sign of the Hostess Prize Patrol.

The Hostess representatives, accompanied by an agent from a Boston underwriting company, were coming to offer Kathy a chance to win a $1 million as part of the “Hand Out Hostess on Halloween Sweepstakes.”

Much to the crowd’s delight, they were accompanied by a a truck filled with Twinkies, Cupcakes, Ding Dongs and more.

The former Millbury woman – a self-described sweepstakes junkie – won the contest through an online e-mail sweepstakes. She was visiting her son in Oregon as she made her way from her Michigan home to Florida, where she spends the winter with her mother.

After the formalities were completed, the underwriter distributed 15 oversized envelopes, which were held by Kathy’s grandchildren and neighbor children.

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Ohio hunters and trappers preparing to pursue furbearers will find good populations of these animals during the 2010-2011 season, which begins for most furbearing species on Nov. 10, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

"Food sources and habitat conditions for furbearers have been good this year across Ohio," said Suzie Prange, wildlife biologist with the Division of Wildlife. "Fur takers can expect a good season."

For the sixth year, 43 counties will be open for river otter trapping from December 26 to February 28. River otters were reintroduced into four Ohio watersheds between 1986 and 1993 and have increased their range in the state. They were removed from the state endangered species list in 2002. Full details of open counties, checking and permit requirements can be found in the Ohio River Otter Trapping Regulations.

In most regions of Ohio, hunting and trapping seasons for fox, raccoon, opossum, skunk and weasel open Nov. 10 and close Jan. 31, 2010. The trapping season for mink and muskrat is open Nov. 10 through Feb. 28, 2011.

Exceptions are Erie, Ottawa and Sandusky counties, and in Lucas County east of the Maumee River where raccoon, opossum, skunk, weasel, mink and muskrat trapping seasons will remain open through March 15, 2011.

Ohio's beaver-trapping season runs Dec. 26 to Feb. 28, 2011, statewide.

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Voters in the Genoa and Elmore areas showed strong support for the Harris-Elmore Public Library, passing a levy request Tuesday by more than a 22 percent margin: 2,799 – for to 1,782 – against, according to unofficial results.

The 1.1-mill levy will generate about $250,000 a year and marks the first time the library, which is based in Elmore and has a branch in Genoa, has gone to voters for local millage.

Georgiana Huizenga, library director, said the library’s board of trustees will meet Monday to discuss restoration of services that have been cut due to budgetary constraints.

Cuts in state funding resulted in the hours at both libraries being reduced by a third.

With revenues from the levy not being collected until February, however, hours are not likely to be restored until after the first of the year, Huizenga said.

She credited the efforts of volunteers who promoted the levy.

“I am very proud of the communities of Elmore and Genoa coming together to pass the first ever library levy,” she said. “Two communities: one library system. We are very grateful to all of our supporters and to the levy committee that worked so hard.  We are very excited that we will be better able to serve our patrons.”

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Northwood Mayor Mark Stoner said there would be no further budget cuts, despite the defeat of a proposed .25 income tax increase for three years at the polls last Tuesday.

The measure, defeated by a vote of 1,088, or 66.42 percent, to 550, or 33.58 percent, would have raised the income tax from 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent had it passed. The additional revenue would have provided funds for capital improvements, capital reinvestment and operating expenses.

Stoner had made drastic cuts in personnel and services in the last year and a half as a result of reduced tax revenue collected by the city due to the poor economy.

But revenue in the last four months has slowly been rising for the city, reversing a downward trend in income tax collections for the last year.

“We’ve already done a lot of the cuts,” Stoner told The Press on Wednesday. In October, income tax revenue was up 2.5 percent compared to last October.

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