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Outpouring of support continues for tornado victims
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 17 June 2010 15:33

In the two weeks since the tornado devastated areas of Wood and Ottawa county, individuals, businesses and organizations continue to look for ways to reach out and help the victims of the twister.

In the past week, fundraisers of all kinds – everything from garage sales, barbecues and dart tournaments – have been held throughout the region, and plans call for more efforts in the weeks ahead.

The Press would like to know of fundraising and other efforts to help tornado victims in Wood and Ottawa counties. Call 419-836-2221 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with information. 

There are also several Facebook pages devoted to helping local tornado victims, along with a page devoted to nominate Lake High School for the TV show, “Extreme Makeover, Home Edition” (search Extreme Makeover Home Edition: Lake High School).

Here is a sampling of ways to help:

 
Businesses donate to first responders, volunteers
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 17 June 2010 15:46

Luckies Barn and Grill employee Casey Parker was in the wrong place at the right time — or maybe the right place at the wrong time.

Parker, from North Toledo, and her fiancé, Bill Cousino, were at the “Beach House” — the nickname for the home of Russell and Tammy Beach on Main Street in Millbury when tornados struck June 5. 

“It was interesting, that’s for sure. The house we were at, my fiancé plays softball with them, and fortunately we were there with them. They had the softball team over for a cookout and a party. It was about six people that lost their cars, and the house that we were in was pretty bad. We were very, very lucky, that’s for sure,” Parker said.

“Thank God we were there. Everybody’s houses were gone, you know, and our house was kind of like the safe house because it was still standing. The guys and girls and everybody helped out. In 45 minutes the ambulance and fire department was there they were pulling people out of the rubble. It was definitely scary,” Parker continued. “Everybody knew to go to the Beach House that evening. He had a generator that was running.”

 
Trowbridge Road residents just happy to be alive
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 17 June 2010 15:18

Air Force veteran John “Jack” Gallagher thought he had seen it all while in

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Vietnam. But nothing prepared him for what was going to go down as midnight approached on June 5.

Gallagher’s Trowbridge Road home was hit hard by tornadoes that crossed from Wood County over into Ottawa County that night. Gallagher, his wife, his daughter, and daughter’s boyfriend took the correct action — they went to the basement.

“It was pretty scary. I’d been watching the news on TV and saw it coming,” Gallagher said.

What many describe as sounding like a freight train, Gallagher compares the noise of an oncoming tornado to a fighter jet he knew so much about during his Air Force stint.

Once the tornado reached his home, all his family could do was sit back and listen.

 
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