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Ryan Walters’ passing advances death toll to six
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 17 June 2010 15:13

Mainstreet Church is going to miss 37-year-old Millbury resident Ryan Lance Walters.

Walters became the third family member to pass away as a result of injuries suffered when a tornado destroyed his home near midnight on June 5. The four members of the Walters family attended Mainstreet Church, which has two Walbridge campuses.

According to news reports, Ryan’s wife Mary and five-year-old son Hayden Walters had gone to bed before the tornado hit. Both were killed before extended family members could warn them. Ryan, initially hospitalized, passed away June 13 at St. Vincent-Mercy Medical Center surrounded by his family.

“I knew them very well,” said Mainstreet Church pastor Marty Pennington. “Both Ryan and Mary were very active in our church. Mary served in our nursery ministries, Ryan was an IT (information technology) guy by training, and he helped manage our IT systems here at the church as a volunteer.”

When Mary and Hayden passed away, Pastor Pennington posted this Bible verse on the church’s website, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.” from 1 Thessalonians 4:13.

 
Lake Twp. - Zoning fees waived for tornado repair projects
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 17 June 2010 15:12

The Lake Township trustees have agreed to waive zoning permit fees for construction projects stemming from damage caused by the June 5 tornado.

Meeting in the chambers of Walbridge Village Council Tuesday because the township administration building on Cummings Road was severely damaged, the trustees approved a motion recommended by Dave Miesmer, township zoning inspector, to temporarily waive the fees.

Miesmer noted that permits aren’t needed for projects such as repairing roofs or replacing siding and said his office would be issuing what he called “courtesy zoning certificates” to expedite larger projects.

Richard Welling, a trustee, said he’s asked the Wood County building inspection department to schedule to have an inspector in the township periodically so residents don’t have to go to Bowling Green for construction-related matters.

Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, said the township’s administration is steadily getting back to normal.

 
After the storm… Neighbors look for way to help neighbors in need
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 10 June 2010 15:01

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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