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Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 08 July 2010 13:42

Bill aims to stop scam artists in wake of storms
State Representative Dennis Murray (D-Sandusky) is a co-sponsor of a bill that aims to protect homeowners from scam artists posing as contractors after residences are damaged by severe weather.

Murray said the bill will establish several consumer protection practices in home improvement contracts by requiring contracts to be in writing and detail the identity of the contractors.

It will also limit the amount that a homeowner will have to pay as a down payment or deposit for work yet to be completed and requires contractors to maintain a minimal level of insurance.

If it becomes law it would be enforced using remedies available under the existing consumer sales practices act, he said.

Murray represents the 80th district, which includes Erie County and much of Ottawa County.

Matt Patten (D-Strongsville) is also sponsoring the bill.

 
Owens to host free Japanese anime convention
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 08 July 2010 13:30

Area residents are invited to experience one of the region’s largest Japanese animation and cultural gatherings as Owens Community College serves host to the second annual GarasuNoShiCon (Glass City Convention), July 17-18.

Presented by Owens’ Anime Convention and Gamers United clubs, GarasuNoShiCon will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the College’s Audio/Visual Classroom Center, Student Health and Activities Center, Math/Science Center and Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Toledo-area campus in Perrysburg Township. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

The event will feature an array of activities highlighted anime screenings, video gaming, an electronic music dance, a cosplay competition, a fire show and entertainment panel discussions, as well as a number of vendors and featured artists.

Owens’ anime convention will commence with an opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the College’s Audio/Visual Classroom Center. Following welcome remarks, convention attendees will have the opportunity to participate in several video, card-based and tabletop gaming activities to include a Pokéwalker Meet-Up, Living Forgotten Realm Adventure, Pathfinder Society Adventures and Dungeon Delve.

 
12-year-old sells Kool-Aid to raise funds for victims
Written by Scott Grau   
Thursday, 08 July 2010 13:27

Twelve-year-old Zach McGuire of West Toledo spent this past Father’s Day weekend selling Kool-Aid from the end of his driveway to passers-by on Sylvania Avenue to collect donations for the victims of the Millbury and Lake Township tornados. 

Calling his fundraising event “Kool-Aid for Tornado Aid,” Zach raised $191. Young McGuire will present the donations to Blessed Sacrament Parish. The funds will be channeled through Catholic Charities for distribution to those who lost virtually everything in the late night storm on June 5.

“I just wanted to help” stated Zach McGuire when asked why he decided to embark on his latest fundraising drive.

According to his father, Thomas J. McGuire, 52, “Zach has always had a giving heart. If he has a dollar in his pocket, he will try to give you two.”

Zach McGuire has conducted several fundraisers from his driveway since he was in second grade. 

 
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