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The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and the Great Lakes Historical Society entered into an agreement to work collaboratively to create the National Great Lakes Maritime Museum to be located at the Toledo Maritime Center in East Toledo’s Marina District.

The historical society has about 2,400 members living across the United States and Canada. The new venture relocates the Inland Seas Maritime Museum from its current location in Vermilion, west of Cleveland, to the Toledo Maritime Center.

“We’re not just bringing stuff from Vermilion, we’re actually creating an entire new experience,” said Christopher Gillcrest, executive director of the historical society.

Port authority officials, whose organization partnered with the City of Toledo in building the Toledo Maritime Center, stepped in when the announcement was made at a press conference Thursday morning. The city owns the land the center sits on.

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Two communities in the Press distribution area have acquired a reputation for speed enforcement.

One, Woodville, is home to Speed Trap Diner, an eatery located at the village limits featuring a 1950 DeSoto black and white police car with a cherry on top, which is attached to the diner’s roof. The other, Northwood, has two red-light camera intersections that also nab speeders in addition to red light runners. At the Woodville Road-Lemoyne intersection, there are digital signs that flash motorists their speed, warning them to slow down before the camera shoots their picture.

As you can see, neither community hides their speed enforcement policy. In Woodville, Police Chief Roy Whitehead told a Press reporter he found the diner’s approach humorous and a positive influence on his department’s goal of reducing speed past two elementary schools located on U.S. 20. The four-lane highway has heavy truck and transient traffic.

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Funds released to assist victims of tornado
Area residents who may have suffered damages from the recent tornadoes in Wood and Ottawa counties can find some financial assistance from a grant provided by the Ohio Department of Development, Office of Community Services.

As of June 21, $75,000 is available for the next six months to victims of the tornadoes who may need assistance with insurance deductibles, housing assistance, and other needs that resulted from the tornado disaster.

The grant provides $500 to 50 families in Ottawa County and 100 families in Wood County. Families who are eligible for this assistance are those who are on already established lists created by the county’s Emergency Management Association (EMA) or the Red Cross. In addition, AmeriCorps volunteers from WSOS have been assigned to each county to provide clean up assistance both to the communities as well as to homeowners.

Wood County residents can find information at Lutheran Social Services, 419-836-8986, or the United Way of Wood County. A case manager from Lutheran Social Services will work with Wood County families.

Ottawa County residents should call 419-332-7987 for assistance. A WSOS case manager is working with Ottawa County families.

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After learning that a tornado had ripped through Lake Township on the night of June 5, Mike McAlear, of Perrysburg Township, immediately jumped into his vehicle and headed straight to his company, Service Spring Corporation, at 4370 Moline-Martin Road in Millbury.

“I was listening to Skywarn, turned on a transceiver for Lake Township and heard they lost a building. Then I did the prudent thing and drove out there,” said McAlear, a ham operator.

McAlear, who’s never before experienced a tornado, saw emergency personnel aiding victims as he made his way to his company. One woman, he said, was already dead.

“I got there about 11:45. I saw total devastation. The Lake Township building was pretty much in a million pieces. My two neighbors lost their houses. The one gentleman was born in his house. It shakes you up,” said McAlear.

His company, which manufactures spring mechanisms, mostly for the overhead garage doors industry, sustained moderate damage to one of three facilities. The remaining two facilities, about 50 yards east of the site, were totally destroyed.

“I lost those buildings completely,” said McAlear. “We have estimated $1 million in property damage.”

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What does it feel like to be in the eye of a tornado? For Ronald and Janice Johns, of Millbury, it is something they wish they did not know.

Their home, located on Collins Road, is now a flattened piece of real estate thanks to the June 5 F-4 tornado that ripped through Millbury.

“It has been tough,” Janice said, choking back tears. “There is so much to think about right now.”

According to Janice, she had already developed the habit of grabbing important papers, wallets and money whenever severe weather was approaching. That Saturday evening would be the same.

“We heard the sirens and I grabbed my things to take them downstairs,” Janice explained. “We really did not take it too seriously at first. In fact, I was ready to go to bed.”

While she was taking the valuables to the basement, Ron went outside to see what was going on, Janice said. Minutes later, her husband ran into the home and told her to get downstairs immediately.

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