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Pledging to remember the victims of the June 5 tornado and rebuild the community, Lake Township officials broke ground for a new township administration building with a gathering of about 80 persons looking on.
The 32nd Apple Festival recently took place Oct. 9-10, and as usual, the annual festival was successful in attracting thousands of people to the village of Oak Harbor.
The event, which is sponsored by a multitude of local businesses and attracts approximately 30,000 people, takes place the second full weekend in October every year.
The festival, like any other small town event, entices people to return home for a weekend, giving them the chance to connect with old friends and acquaintances they’ve not seen for some time.
“It’s a tradition that seems to catch everyone’s attention,” said Derek Gerber, a 26-year old Columbus resident who grew up in Oak Harbor. “It brings everyone back. I know that when I go home I’m going to see a lot of my friends.”
The two-day event, which closes off several blocks of the downtown area, begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and ends at just after 6 p.m. on Sunday. The festival features a wide variety of events, including the 5K Apple Run, a car show, the Grand Parade and entertainment from local groups.
Tiger Ridge Exotics in Stony Ridge has been open to the public for over 30 years.
Owner Kenny Hetrick only asks for donations to help feed and care for over 30 tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, wolves, and bears.
Due to recently upgraded regulations by the United States Department of Agriculture, which regulates exotic animal farms, Tiger Ridge is in need of 1,700 feet of fencing, fence hardware and attachments, concrete, poles, wood, nails, screws, paint and other materials to comply.
The Press obtained copies of the USDA report, dated September 29. The deadline for Hetrick to upgrade is November 1.
“That’s the almost impossible part. I’ve worked on this daylight to dark since they were here. There’s a lot to do,” Hetrick said.
“They came out here and said my regular fence, which is 10 foot high, has to be 12 feet with a three foot overlap. I still haven’t figured out how I’m going to do that (overlap),” Hetrick continued. “My four-foot perimeter fence, that’s my outside perimeter fence, has to be eight feet. All my poles have to be cemented in, and I need eight foot fence bad and I can’t find any anywhere other than new.”
A Lucas County Court of Common Pleas jury recently found several Oregon City officials retaliated against a female police sergeant for her testimony in a previous sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by a female police officer against the city.
The jury awarded Oregon Police Sgt. Kelly Thibert $25,000 in damages.
In addition, the city paid Thibert $85,000 in legal fees.
Thibert’s lawsuit, filed in 2008, accused the Oregon police department, ex-Mayor Marge Brown, and Police Chief Richard Stager of alleged sex discrimination and retaliation after she testified on behalf of former Oregon police officer Candace Elliott, who had filed a lawsuit against the city for sexual discrimination in 2004.
While the jury agreed that Thibert was retaliated against, it did not find Brown and Stager's conduct can be considered sexual discrimination.
Thibert, who has been an Oregon police officer since March, 1993, had alleged that Stager and Brown “acted with reckless disregard” for her rights. “These actions were motivated by Sgt. Thibert’s sex, her participation in prior proceedings concerning allegations of discrimination, and her good-faith reports of discriminatory conduct,” stated the lawsuit.
A 94-year-old Harbor View woman told Western Lake Erie water keeper Sandy Bihn she can remember a time when the Toledo area was the place to be for tourists.
“From May to Labor Day, this used to be the most happening place in the United States. It was the fishing and the swimming,” Bihn said.
It was a time in the early 20th Century when this area produced more jobs for recreation than for industry. Bihn interviewed the woman two years ago for a documentary being produced about the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse.
The woman told Bihn that European dignitaries would arrive “just to be here.”
The woman recalled pristine beaches at Presque Isle, and Bihn says Toledo Blade articles would talk about so much fish “you could walk on them.”
That was before pollution began lowering the quality of natural resources at this end of Lake Erie, Bihn alleges. She says we are still not protecting that resource, and the problem continues to worsen.
Bihn noted that the Great Lakes have more U.S. shoreline that the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and Gulf of Mexico combined.
“We have more shoreline here, but the laws don’t work the same for us because it’s not considered a coastline,” Bihn said.
Lake Erie is the 11th largest lake in the world, but because it is shallow with 11 million people living along its shores, it is in vast need of “more wetlands, more foresting, and we don’t have it,” Bihn said.
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