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If the Lake equestrian team took first place at Sunday's Ohio Interscholastic Horsemanship Association (OIHA) state meet at Vail Meadows in Oregon, there would be a very good reason.

The Lake Equestrian Team won the State Meet at Vail Meadows on Sunday, Oct 3.  They are now OIHA State Champions in Division I.

“They're dedicated and they show all year,” said Lake coach Connie Workman, who is also a district chairperson. “They're not just in the three (district) shows or the week at Fair. They show at open shows and at open competitions all summer long. They are very devoted and I have great parents, and they are really into it. They've done a good job and really earned their way.”

Workman's daughter, Jenna, a senior at Lake, is one of the riders for Lake's eight-member equestrian team. Jenna will ride J.D., a 15-year-old quarterhorse, at the state meet.

Other team members who attend Lake are junior Morgan Collins, sophomore Ashley Landers and freshmen Ellen Johns and Alissa Knieriem. Lake's squad also includes Riley Herman, a sophomore at Woodmore, Northwood senior Holly Slater and Gibsonburg junior Demitrius Ernsberger.

Lake qualified for the state meet after taking first place at District 2's third and final show event of the season at the Wood Country Fairgrounds.

“There are three meets in each district,” Connie Workman said. “There are three districts in northwest Ohio, and we're in District 2, Division 2. There are three divisions within each district, depending on the size of your team, so you only compete against teams of your size. There are 10 teams in our district.”

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Norplas Industries, Inc., plans to expand its facility on Caple Blvd. and add 300 jobs over a three year period.

The company, which manufactures injection molded and painted automotive exterior parts, will expand its existing 400,000 square-foot-building by an additional 30,000-square-feet to increase injection molding capacity.

The $6.5 million project, which is also expected to help retain the company’s 496 positions, consists of $2.5 million in building investment and $4 million in machinery and equipment.

Starting pay for the new jobs will be $13.30 per hour, then reach a maximum of $17.50 after three years, said Northwood City Administrator Pat Bacon.

The company will receive tax credits from the state and the city as part of the expansion project.

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority awarded the company a 55 percent Job Creation Tax Credit for a seven-year term. The value of the tax credit is estimated at $498,147 over the term, and the company would be required to maintain operations at the project site for 10 years.

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The student members of the Ohio Young Birders Club (OYBC) will take a “stand” against habitat loss with a Big Sit

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 fundraiser on October 10.

The Big Sit will be open to the public and will take place at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 West State

 Route 2, Oak Harbor, from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Just watch for the BIG SIT signs if you want to participate. Proceeds of the Big Sit will benefit both the OYBC and the Middle Bass Island East Point Preserve restoration project of the Lake Erie Islands Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy.

The Ohio Young Birders Club is a statewide group for young people, ages 12 to 18, who have an interest in birds and in nature. The club is part of the education program of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, a research and education organization based in Oak Harbor.

The idea behind a Big Sit is to stay in a 17-foot diameter circle and count all the species of birds you can identify from that spot during a continuous period.

This Big Sit goes well beyond counting birds.

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The suspect in the robbery Thursday of the Genoa branch of Huntington National Bank is described as a white male,CompositeDrawing about 5-8 to 5-10, and 150-170 pounds.

He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt inside out and dark nylon pants with a white stripe.

He wore a light-colored bandanna over his face and large sunglasses, a baseball hat, and black shoes.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he entered the bank at 1509 Main Street around 9:12 a.m. and demanded money.

He then fled in a silver Buick. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department is reporting it had a license plate number of BH53LA.

There were no reported injuries.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the FBI, (419) 243-6122; Toledo Police Crime Stopper Program, (419) 255-1111; Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, (419) 734-4404, or the Genoa Police Department, (419) 855-7717.

The same Huntington branch was robbed earlier this year.

A man dressed similarly to the suspect in the recent robbery robbed the branch on May 21.