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One of the first things the Lake Township trustees did during their initial meeting Tuesday in the new administration building was to thank a local businessman for his efforts following the June 5, 2010 tornado that ravaged the township.

The trustees approved a resolution in appreciation of Ed Nagle, of Nagle Companies, Moline-Martin Road.

Nagle opened his facilities to the township’s emergency services, allowing them to operate there as a command center during rescue operations after the tornado hit.

Chief Michael Wolever, an East Toledo resident, has announced he will retire from the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department after 33 years of service as a firefighter and four years as chief. 

Chief Wolever, who resides on Nevada Street, joined the department in August 1978. He was promoted to lieutenant in June 1982, captain in June 1984, battalion chief in October 1988 and served as deputy chief under then-chief Michael P. Bell, now mayor, beginning in 2002. When then-Chief Bell retired in 2007, Wolever stepped up to lead the department. 

When Toledo city council voted unanimously to approve selling the Marina District to Chinese developers last week, Scott Prephan of Perrysburg-based Prephan enterprises could not have been prouder.
 
His clients, Yuan Xiahong and Wu King Hung of Dashing Pacific Group, are also impressed with the 12-0 vote, Prephan said.
 
“It came about quite nicely. It was a great day. A unanimous vote — that doesn’t happen too often in Toledo, does it?” Prephan said.

Toledo is in the national news again, and this time it’s because of a pending $200 to $300 investment by Chinese developers into a 69 acre parcel of land on the east side.
 
Last week, an article in the New York Times announced to the nation that the Chinese firm Dashing Pacific Group will develop the Marina District property along the Maumee River across from downtown Toledo.
 
“My phone is ringing off the hook. People from all over the country are calling,” said Scott Prephan of Perrysburg-based Prephan Enterprises, which represents the Chinese developers.
 
“An article came out in the New York Times — nice article — picture and everything. It’s pretty nice to be a part of it,” added Prephan.
 
Deputy Mayor Dean Monske, the former executive director of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation, said it was no accident.

The EF-4 tornado that swept through Wood and Ottawa counties on June 6, 2010 destroyed 100 homes, killed seven people, destroyed Lake High School, and forced families to rebuild homes.

Since that night one year ago, businesses along its route have also had to rebuild.

At least four businesses along State Route 795 suffered damage, and a Mexican restaurant sits near the rebuilt Lake Township Administration Building still looking much like it did after the tornado hit.

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