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On the evening of Saturday, June 5 as the clock closed in on midnight, local television news broadcasters announced that two people were killed in separate incidents along State Route 795 in Lake Township.

It was at that time that most Northwest Ohio residents might have realized that a tornado outbreak occurring simultaneously was going to have serious consequences. Most may not have realized just how serious, yet.

Four Lake Township residents and one Woodville resident would be killed as an F-4 tornado created its own path of destruction beginning at Friendly Village trailer court on Tracy Road, passing through Moline, along Route 795, heading into Millbury, and then on past Blackberry Corners and Route 579 in Ottawa County.

Millbury residents losing their lives are Ted Kranz, 46, Mary A. (DeFriece) Walters, 36, and Walters’ four-year-old son, Hayden D. Walters.

Bailey Bowman, 20, of Walbridge, and Kathleen E. Hammitt, 56, Woodville, were most likely the two women first announced killed as the tornado caught up to them while in automobiles heading along Route 795.

Memorials have been set up for all five of the deceased and readers may comment at www.presspublications.com.

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Athough her office computer had been sitting in two inches of water, Jeanne Rogacki, office manager for the Lake Township Police Department, had it working after drying it out in the hours following the June 5 tornado that destroyed the township administration building.

“I was so concerned, payroll is this week,” she said, adding the computer used by Police Chief Mark Hummer was also salvaged.

Contractors, township personnel, and volunteers had the former Ohio Highway Patrol post on Lemoyne Road – the police department’s new temporary quarters – operational in less than a week after the tornado hit.

Ironically, the township trustees last year approved purchasing the building and property, which has been vacant since 2007 when the Highway Patrol opened a new Wood County post near Bowling Green, and planned to take their time to convert it into an emergency operations center.

The facility is equipped with a 140-foot radio tower and a back-up generator.

Police emergency dispatching service is still being routed through the Northwood Police Department’s 9-1-1 system

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The Lake Local School District is in talks with Owens Community College to use a building on campus to house Lake High School students come fall.

According to Jeff Carpenter, treasurer, the district’s goal is to keep all of the 550 high school students together.

“Right now, Jim Witt (superintendent), is in discussions with Owens,” Carpenter said. “They do have a building with enough space to serve our students. That is the most likely candidate for where our high school will be come fall.”

Carpenter stressed that although plans are not finalized, the district and the Board of Education are working to keep high school life as normal as possible.

“This is an extremely fluid situation with things happening fast,” Carpenter said. “It is very much a priority to keep the high school kids together. The board and the district is committed to doing whatever it takes to keep them together. There will be no parceling them out to other schools.”

“Our intention is to keep all of the students together and get through the best we can,” Carpenter added.

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Just hours after a devastating tornado had ripped through a large section of Main

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Red Cross workers were out hours after the storm
offering beverages and snacks to tornado victims
along Main Street in Millbury. (Press photo by Tammy
Walro)

Street in Millbury, disaster relief efforts were already in full swing.

“Do you want an orange? Some water?” one of two women wearing American Red Cross vests asked residents whose homes sustained moderate damage. Her colleague was pulling a wagon with a cooler bearing fruits and bottled water as they walked along the 2800 block of Main.

The relief workers passed by a law enforcement checkpoint as they made their way north from homes moderately damaged by the EF4 (Enhanced Fujita) scale tornado – the second highest classification with winds between 166 and 200 mph – into the section of Main Street where homes were severely damaged or wiped away completely.

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It took them two days longer than anticipated, but the Lake H.S. seniors can call themselves graduates after Tuesday’s ceremony at Owens C.C.

Just over 2,300 people filled the Student Health and Activities Center to watch 104 students hear their names called.

Among those graduates was Katelyn Kranz, the class valedictorian, who lost her father, Ted, in last weekend’s storm. Kranz did not speak during the ceremony, but she did receive the two loudest standing ovations of the night the two times her name was called.

Kranz finished with a 4.518 GPA and has accepted almost $40,000 in scholarship money. She was offered over $340,000 in scholarship money from various organizations and universities, and the graduating seniors were offered over $3 million in scholarships.

A lingering rumor that next year’s students will be spread around to various schools was squashed by Lake Superintendent Jim Witt.

“We don’t know how, we don’t know where, and we don’t know the particulars yet, but I stand here in front of you giving you my word and the word of the Board of Education that Lake High School will be together somewhere come August.”

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