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When John and Pat Jett were displaced from their Moline home after the June
5 tornado, they secured the house as best they could to prevent any further loss from looters that might come around.
The couple didn’t consider that squatters might come and take up residence at their unoccupied house, but that’s exactly what they found when they went to check on the home a few days after the twister.
It had been a whirlwind week for them. When the tornado hit, the Jetts were at home with their 10-year-old granddaughter, Samantha (Sami). “We had been watching TV since about 6 o’clock, so we knew bad weather was coming,” Pat said. Samantha’s parents, Marlene and Dan, were with 6-year-old Dakota at their home, located just a block over in the Indian Creek subdivision.
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Gibsonburg resident Nathan “Nate” Kern, 36, died from injuries he suffered when the roof collapsed July 7 at the
Fremont Company, a vegetable packing plant at 802 North Front Street in Fremont.
Contributions to the memory of Kern are to be made to the Nate Kern Family Memorial at any Fifth Third Bank branch office. Officials at the Fifth Third branch in Gibsonburg say the fund was established as a scholarship fund for Kern’s children, Raven and Daniel.
“Nate was a wonderful family provider and father,” states his obituary, provided to The Press by Herman-Kim-Veh Funeral Home in Gibsonburg.
“He enjoyed riding his Harley and spending time with family and friends in ‘Nate’s Garage Club.’ He also liked sports, especially the (Pittsburgh) Steelers and (New York) Yankees and shooting and starring in short films with his brothers,” the obit continues.
Kern was once a lifeguard at White Star Park, Gibsonburg. During that time, he met his wife Maria “Mary” Diaz. They were married in Fremont on Sept. 11, 1998.
Three businesses plan to locate in the City of Oregon if permit filings in the city’s building and inspection department are any indication.
According to records in the department, representatives of ALDI, Inc., Mattress Firm, Inc., and Gateway Recycling and Reduction, Inc., have filed for permits needed to either construct a building or move into existing structures.
ALDI, a discount grocery chain, intends to construct a 17,887-square-foot building at 3728 Navarre Ave.
The estimated construction cost is $1.1 million.
Jim Gilmore, commissioner of the building and inspection department, said the company has indicated it intends to use the front third or so of the 9.5-acre parcel for the building, which would sit across Navarre from a Walmart store.
Seven structures on the parcel will be razed, according to the permit.
ALDI opened 100 stores across the country in 2009 and said then it planned to open 100 stores this year, about a third of those in Texas, according to its website.
The first rain garden in the storm water community area of the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District has been completed at a memorial in the Allen Township Cemetery.
Allen Township officials and employees, volunteers, and OSWCD employees put the finishing touches on the garden recently.
“Structures like rain gardens help to slow runoff after heavy rains by allowing the water to slowly filter through the landscape,” said Crystal Dymond, storm water technician for the OSWCD. “The native plants that are chosen can tolerate both wet and dry conditions because their roots are deeper than other plants and they are used to our local conditions. The native plants also help to filter out the bad elements in the soil before it drains in a waterway, stormwater drain, or in this case, a pond.”
The township erected the memorial to honor veterans, firefighters, and their families and related organizations.
The township installed what is called “porous” pavement at the memorial.