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These horses are not exactly Kentucky thoroughbreds. Instead, these “stick” horses “of a different color” are

pic-JerryAnderson
Local news broadcaster Jerry
Anderson at last year’s scarecrow
auction. Anderson will make the
call during Wednesday’s charity
derby horse race at Oak Shade
Grove. (Press file photo by J.
Patrick Eaken)

 being auctioned and will race to help local charities.

The Eastern Maumee Chamber of Commerce is holding a charity derby horse race and auction at Oak Shade Grove Wednesday night. The fundraiser accompanies the annual chamber steak roast, which begins at 6 p.m.

The derby works as follows — each local business builds and designs a horse and provides a well-dressed jockey to “race” the horse. Each business chooses a local charity to be the beneficiary of its horse’s winnings.

The horse must be 29 inches tall, and chamber director Sarah Beavers suggests purchasing a horse at a local hobby shop.

“It starts off with a stick horse, and you can build it up to anything you want it to be,” Beavers said. “We suggested a stick horse so there is a base that’s somewhat similar. I found them online at Toys R Us for something like $3 for a little stick and a horse head. Then, you can build it up to whatever.”

Beavers said one designer came up with the idea to put its horse in a wheelchair because it will benefit a nursing home.

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The Harris-Elmore Public Library levy committee will meet Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 448 E. Rice Street, Elmore.

The group is promoting passage of a 1.1-mill operating levy for the library which will be on the November ballot.

Mary Sue James, Elmore, and Lori Skees, Genoa, are heading the committee.

Information about the ballot issue is available at the library in Elmore and branch library in Genoa.

There is also a Facebook page dedicated to the levy.


Board vacancy
The Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities is seeking to fill a board vacancy effective Oct. 1.  Interested parties should be willing to serve a minimum two-year term, meet monthly at 5 p.m. for meetings (usually the third Monday of the month), and assume committee assignments as directed by the board president.

Applicants must be a permanent resident of Ottawa County and interested and knowledgeable in the field of developmental disabilities.  Applicants who have professional training and experience in business management, finance, law, health care practice, personnel administration, or government service are preferred. 

Contact Melinda Slusser at 567-262-3104 or 419-898-0400 ext. 3104 for information.  Letters of interest are due back to the Ottawa County Board of DD, 235 N Toussaint South Rd., Oak Harbor, by Sept. 20.

 

Elections board to meet
The Ottawa County Board of Elections will meet Sept. 14 at 1:30 p.m. for its regular business meeting.

The meeting will be held in the board office, 8444 W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor.

The top management of CSX Corp. wants to close Walbridge Road at a rail crossing between East Broadway and Tracy Road, the Lake Township trustees were informed Tuesday.

Ken Gilsdorf, community affairs and safety representative for the rail company, told the trustees there have been several near hits between vehicles and trains at the crossing and the company’s chief executive officer wants to proceed with having the road closed to traffic.

One of the near hits occurred while a representative of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio was on the site, Gilsdorf told the trustees, adding the company’s plans have the tentative backing of the commission.

“We do hold the deed to the land around that area,” he said.

One option would be for CSX to vacate part of the road, Gilsdorf said, and have it become privately owned by adjacent property owners. If a private road was established, CSX could install gates that were controlled remotely by the railroad because there is no yard master stationed at nearby Stanley Yard.

For the township’s emergency vehicles to have access to the crossing, a special phone line would be installed, linking township authorities to the yardmaster at the Walbridge Yard who could open the gates by remote control.

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Last Friday afternoon the yellow school buses rolled to a stop in front of the Lake school complex to drop off studentspic-LakePep2 for the pep rally that was held on the school’s new football field.

Normally the students would have just exited from their classrooms and walked to the stadium. The fact that there was a gaping hole in what was once a continuous building that connected the elementary, middle and high schools was a stark reminder of the devastation that the June 5 tornado wreaked on the school and the normal everyday lives of the Lake students.

The pep rally was held to allow the student to be in the stadium for the first time since it was destroyed. In place of the natural grass was a new synthetic turf field sporting the school colors and monogram.

According to Lee Herman, principal of the middle and high schools, the original field was riddled with debris from the destroyed school buildings. Glass and metal shards, nails, screws and all sorts of other scrap materials were embedded so deeply into the soil – up to six inches down -- that it was virtually impossible to remove it all in order to provide a safe playing surface.

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Former Oregon Fire Chief Gene R. Groll, who worked in the Oregon Volunteer Fire Department for nearly 40 years,pic-GeneGroll is being remembered as a family man who loved being a firefighter.

“Family always came first for my dad,” said Jeff Groll, one of Gene’s five children. “He loved to be a firefighter. Growing up, we always did firefighting things together. If there was a fire department function or a parade, we would always be a part of it.”

Groll, 86, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, after a long illness.

Jeff said his father was the consummate professional, “a firefighter’s firefighter,” who enjoyed helping train the rank and file.

“He was a very good teacher, very patient. He was a very kind person. It was always easy for him to work with people,” said Jeff.

His dad considered the fire department as his extended family, added Jeff.

“It wasn’t just a job. The people he worked with were also family. He thought that people who worked together, and enjoyed themselves together after work, were most effective. If you could play together after work, it was easy to work together.”

Oregon Fire Chief Ed Ellis called Gene “a good guy.”

“He was a very fair and equitable leader. He treated the part-time firefighters like people rather than his subordinates,” said Ellis. “He was easy to talk to and have a discussion with. He was just an all-around, really nice guy.”

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