The Press Newspaper
Two Northwood firefighters resigned their positions recently after the fire chief recommended they be dismissed.
Stephen M. Romstadt and Phil J. Wojcinski recently submitted their resignations after they were found guilty by Perrysburg Municipal Court in separate incidents last year. Romstadt, who was district fire chief of Station 2, was charged with domestic violence and assault last April. The court dismissed the domestic violence case against Romstadt on Sept. 13 last year. The court found Romstadt, who is the brother of Fire Chief Tim Romstadt, guilty of assault after he pled no contest to the charge on September 13.
Spending hour after hour in the weight room has certainly paid off for three local high school boys.
Anthony Dodd, an Oregon resident and a senior at Toledo Christian High, competed in the Division 4-5-6 state power lifting championships on March 12 at Kenton High School and set new state records in the squat and dead lift.
Dodd, who competed in the 210-pound weight class, had a 700-pound squat and a 605-pound deadlift. He won his weight class with a combined total of 1,630 pounds, which included a 325-pound bench press.
Barb Runion can sum up the Village of Woodville’s financial situation in two words: “real tight.”
Runion, the village’s clerk-treasurer, like other officials in area municipalities and townships, is bracing for a cut in local government funds from the state, which will result in reductions to the general fund budgets of towns for services ranging from police protection to maintaining cemeteries.
In 2010, Woodville received about $108,254 in local government funds. A 25 percent cut – about $27,063 – would be a tough hit to sustain, she said, particularly when another 25 percent cut in the following fiscal year has been proposed.
Northwood is planning to advertise, recruit and train members for the volunteer fire department, which is currently understaffed.
Mayor Mark Stoner last week lifted a hiring freeze to allow Fire Chief Tim Romstadt to recruit more fire fighters. Administrator Dennis Recker said the city has seen a reduction in the number of volunteers in the fire department in the last few years.
“Our strength has been somewhat in a downward decline since 2007,” said Recker. There are about 30 fire fighters in the fire department, a far cry from the 50 it once had.
It was good for 37-year-old East Toledo fisherman Gary Spaulding that Clay High seniors Nick Isbell and Shane Gaghen passed their Ohio Graduation Tests.
As a result, Isbell and Gaghen were available on a school day to go fishing in the Maumee River. On the last Friday afternoon in March, they saved Spaulding’s life after he lost his footing and could easily have drowned in the 48-degree water.
Spaulding said he went to Orleans Park in Perrysburg at 12:45 p.m. and when Isbell and Gaghen pulled him out several hundred yards downstream it was close to 3:45 p.m.
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