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The ink was barely dry on the contract authorizing the demolition of the Lake Township administration building before it was razed.

Crews from Cousino-Harris Co., Perrysburg, tore down the building Wednesday morning after the township trustees approved a contract the day before for the demolition.

The building, located near the intersection of Cummings Road and State Route 795, had been destroyed by the June 5 tornado.

The township’s insurance carrier is to cover the cost of the project set at $36,064, according to Tom Hays, township solicitor.

The trustees also contracted with Cousino-Harris to construct a new restroom facility at Friendship Park for $52,486. The contract includes the cost of demolishing the old restroom, which was also damaged by the tornado.

Costs will be covered by the township’s insurance.

The trustees have set Aug. 24 as the deadline for accepting statements of interest from architectural and engineering firms for designing a new administration building.

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Until the right development deal is found for the Marina District, At-Large Toledo City Councilman Joe McNamara wants the site maintained “in a sustainable fashion.”

“We are very optimistic about the future of this project,” McNamara wrote in a memo to Mayor Mike Bell last month. “This beautiful new vista will one day be redeveloped into an amazing new neighborhood in the heart of Toledo. Waiting for the right proposal to present itself is the responsible course for this asset.”

The city, he continued, should explore short-term urban agriculture uses in the Marina District.

Urban agriculture could provide four major benefits to the Marina District:
• a productive use of city property;
• soil improvement;
• erosion prevention;
• beautification of riverfront property.

“We really need to do something to deal with soil erosion issues between the road and the river, and so some sort of short-term agricultural project makes sense. It also helps with beautification, which makes it more attractive should a developer come along to do a traditional development deal,” McNamara told The Press last week.

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Gibsonburg High School senior Daniel Repp fully intends to compete in thepic-repp1 National Kidney Foundation U.S. Transplant Games for years to come.

“I'll do it as long as I can,” Repp said. “As long as I'm feeling healthy.”

Good health has been a bonus for Repp, 17, for the last couple years.

He underwent a kidney transplant in October 2007 and said he now feels like his younger teen-age self.

“Now, I fit in with everybody,” Repp said. “Everybody loves me.”

Repp caught a still unknown virus at age 8 and, he said, “it started kicking in when I was 10.”

His parents, Doug and Jayne Repp, took Daniel to the family doctor in Fremont to have some blood samples taken, and what the doctor found was enough for him to recommend that Daniel have a kidney biopsy taken the next morning in Toledo.

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For the last several years, Oregon officials have been discussing the possibility of constructing a new senior center at a site near the municipal complex on Seaman Road.

The current senior center on Bay Shore Road, a former sewage treatment facility, is outdated and too small.

At a council meeting Aug. 9, Mayor Mike Seferian questioned the availability of a $1 million grant from the Area Office on Aging. In fact, Seferian said he doesn’t know for sure if the agency ever had money available for a senior center in Oregon.

“There was always the belief there was $1 million, and that it could come here,” said Seferian. “It is still possible that somewhere around $1 million could come from the Area Office on Aging. It was rumored that there was money out there in a fund that they could get and bring to this area two to three years ago. And I think it is almost as possible now as it was then.”

The Area Office on Aging, said Seferian, “suggested it may be able to produce $1 million.”

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It made animal lovers everywhere cringe upon hearing on July 9 that a dog had been shot several times by its owner and the owner’s friend while confined to a cage in East Toledo.

A Lucas County Dog Warden deputy transported the dog, called Sarge, to an emergency veterinary clinic, where x-rays showed six bullets were lodged in its head, neck and chest. The dog recovered, and was transported late last month to the Toledo Area Humane Society (TAHS) for temperament testing.

Although Sarge dodged death, the TAHS deemed he was too aggressive for adoption. According to John Dinon, executive director of the TAHS, Sarge had bitten two employees at the shelter before any testing could be conducted.

“Through informal observation, we’ve determined that he is an aggressive dog. He’s snapped at several staff members, and actually bitten two staff members,” said Dinon. “He would definitely not pass our regular temperament test. He’s too aggressive to even do the test on.”

As a result, the shelter is left with only three options for the dog: transfer it to a certified rescue group that has a history of rehabilitating aggressive dogs like Sarge; a transfer to an animal sanctuary where Sarge could live out the remainder of its life without posing a threat to the public, or humanely euthanize him.

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