The Press Newspaper
City officials hope to answer residents’ concerns about the impact the Big Ditch project may have on the South Shore Veterans Park at a public forum on Tuesday, Aug. 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in city council chambers at the municipal complex, 5330 Seaman Road.
The Big Ditch project calls for improving the drainage ditch along the west side of Stadium Road from Seaman Road to Bayshore Road to increase safety by eliminating the eroding ditch banks along the roadside and to improve the overall drainage system.
Property owners will not be assessed for the project. It is funded by a $319,200 grant and a $478,000 low interest loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission.
The improvements will include the replacement of the ditch and undersized culverts with a large storm sewer, catch basins, and shallow grass-lined swales. At the downstream end of the project, near South Shore Veterans Park, and in areas along open farmland, the project will include enhancing the existing ditch by widening and relocating it further from the roadway to restore it to a more natural stream channel, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.
It made animal lovers everywhere cringe upon hearing on July 9 that a dog had been shot several times by its owner and the owner’s friend while confined to a cage in East Toledo.
A Lucas County Dog Warden deputy transported the dog, called Sarge, to an emergency veterinary clinic, where x-rays showed six bullets were lodged in its head, neck and chest. The dog recovered, and was transported late last month to the Toledo Area Humane Society (TAHS) for temperament testing.
Although Sarge dodged death, the TAHS deemed he was too aggressive for adoption. According to John Dinon, executive director of the TAHS, Sarge had bitten two employees at the shelter before any testing could be conducted.
“Through informal observation, we’ve determined that he is an aggressive dog. He’s snapped at several staff members, and actually bitten two staff members,” said Dinon. “He would definitely not pass our regular temperament test. He’s too aggressive to even do the test on.”
As a result, the shelter is left with only three options for the dog: transfer it to a certified rescue group that has a history of rehabilitating aggressive dogs like Sarge; a transfer to an animal sanctuary where Sarge could live out the remainder of its life without posing a threat to the public, or humanely euthanize him.
Jim Mlynek is 57 years old and still gets to work before the sun comes up.
Mlynek and his wife, Jean, own Woodville Road Nursery and the Stone Yard, located at 5819 Woodville Rd, two miles past the Woodville Mall. The business is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
“I've been doing this full-time for 33 years,” said Mlynek, whose father, Tom J. Mlynek, opened the nursery in 1960. “We've stayed small. First of all, we're workers. We are experienced people working on people's homes, and we don't send out a crew that's only been here a year or two. We're hands-on people.
“I get to work between 5:30 and 5:45 every morning. A lot of times I may go to jobs, and there is always getting trucks loaded and getting the equipment out, doing paper work. There's always something to do.”
Woodville Road Nursery has remained a family business for five decades. Jim and Jean are co-owners and their son, Jim, 26, has been working at the nursery for more than 20 years.
When they played taps, Cheryl Luce recalls, there wasn’t a dry eye in the gathering.
The ashes of her father, James Smith, who died in February at the age of 81, were laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
“Words can’t describe it,” Luce, of Oregon, said of the July 23 ceremony that honored her father, a Purple Heart recipient who fought in the Korean War. “The color guard, there was a 21-gun salute; they presented a folded flag to us. It was all so impressive.”
Smith, a native of West Virginia who later moved to Oregon, was one of several area veterans featured in The Press in 2001 during the 50th anniversary of the war when the U.S. Department of Defense undertook what it called the Commemorative Community Program to honor Korean War veterans and their families.
In September, 1950, 22-year-old Cpl. James Smith had a peaceful landing at Inchon where his unit was assigned to provide right flank protection for Marines spearheading an amphibious attack.
Later action, however, would be a nightmare that he’d remember for years.
Demolition of the tornado-damaged Lake Township administration building on Cummings Road is expected to start this week.
In a special meeting last Wednesday, the township trustees approved a resolution to advertise for letters of interest from architectural and design firms for plans for a new building.
The resolution says the township’s insurance carrier has determined the building is a total loss and will have it demolished to the slab.
Construction on a new building would probably start by next spring, the trustees said.
Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, said the insurance company has tentatively agreed to $1.7 million for replacing the building, which was constructed in 1993.
“That may be subject to change,” she said.
In addition to advertising in newspapers, the trustees agreed to send a notice to the Toledo chapter of American Institute of Architecture.
The trustees are confident a new building can be constructed at the same location even if there are some modifications.