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Appeals court ruling - Ag society not liable for fair queen actions
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 24 June 2010 13:37

An appeals court has upheld a decision by the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court which ruled the county’s agricultural society isn’t the employer of a county fair queen and isn’t liable for her actions in a 2008 auto accident she was involved  in while driving to another fair.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals ruled the Ottawa County Agricultural Society didn’t control which activities Ariel Estes, who was crowned queen of the county fair in July, 2008, chose to attend as fair queen or how she was to transport herself to the events.

Estes, in her deposition, said she had picked up the runner-up and was on her way to pick the second runner-up when the accident occurred. The three were to represent Ottawa County at the Seneca County Fair.

According to court records, her vehicle crossed an intersection and collided with a vehicle driven by Dennis Hutton, who was injured as a result of the accident.

The common pleas court in September, 2009 dismissed Hutton’s claims against Estes’ parents for punitive damages and negligent entrustment.

 
Maritime museum to be located in Marina District
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 24 June 2010 13:33

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.

 
Tornado Briefs
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 24 June 2010 13:26

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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