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Gibsonburg resident Nathan “Nate” Kern, 36, died from injuries he suffered when the roof collapsed July 7 at the

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Nate Kern

Fremont Company, a vegetable packing plant at 802 North Front Street in Fremont.

Contributions to the memory of Kern are to be made to the Nate Kern Family Memorial at any Fifth Third Bank branch office. Officials at the Fifth Third branch in Gibsonburg say the fund was established as a scholarship fund for Kern’s children, Raven and Daniel.

“Nate was a wonderful family provider and father,” states his obituary, provided to The Press by Herman-Kim-Veh Funeral Home in Gibsonburg.

“He enjoyed riding his Harley and spending time with family and friends in ‘Nate’s Garage Club.’ He also liked sports, especially the (Pittsburgh) Steelers and (New York) Yankees and shooting and starring in short films with his brothers,” the obit continues.

Kern was once a lifeguard at White Star Park, Gibsonburg. During that time, he met his wife Maria “Mary” Diaz. They were married in Fremont on Sept. 11, 1998.

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Tornado Recovery Center open in Northwood
Recovery help for area tornado victims is available through the Wood County Tornado Recovery Center, located in the former Value City building in the Great Eastern Shopping Center on Woodville Road in Northwood.

Adventist Recovery Services of Ohio is organizing donations and asking for gently used items. Workers will distribute household items and furniture to tornado victims.

Center hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Donations may be dropped off by appointment. Call 419-724-4994 for more information.

Fundraising and relief efforts continue throughout the area. They include:


Golf outing scheduled
A golf outing to benefit the Tim Miller family, whose house on Reiman Road in Ottawa County was leveled by the June 5 tornado, will be held Aug. 14 at Sugar Creek Golf Course in Elmore.

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Maria Silva, owner and manager of Shear Pleasure Hair Salon, worked for Judy Domini from 1971 to 1981 before

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Top Row: Janice Jones, Rhonda Trout, Sue (DeLeon) Sheets, Debbie Belkofer,
Bottom Row: Bobbi Henry, Maria Silva (owner), Michelle Newland

taking full ownership in June of 1981.

Maria celebrated her 25th anniversary in June 2006 and looks forward to 2011 when she will have owned the salon for 30 years.

She says her number-one accomplishment is her ability to keep her staff comfortable and in a contented atmosphere. Discussing the salon’s philosophy, she said:

“There is rarely any turnover of employees. We are truly a special sisterhood.

We may sound old fashioned but we credit our highest achievement as caring about people.

A warm and welcoming salon with a mission, we want our clients to experience a trusting, educational and upscale service.

The most popular service in the last year has been a color or foil with a haircut and style.

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When John and Pat Jett were displaced from their Moline home after the June

5 tornado, they secured the house as best they could to prevent any further loss from looters that might come around.

The couple didn’t consider that squatters might come and take up residence at their unoccupied house, but that’s exactly what they found when they went to check on the home a few days after the twister.

It had been a whirlwind week for them. When the tornado hit, the Jetts were at home with their 10-year-old granddaughter, Samantha (Sami). “We had been watching TV since about 6 o’clock, so we knew bad weather was coming,” Pat said. Samantha’s parents, Marlene and Dan, were with 6-year-old Dakota at their home, located just a block over in the Indian Creek subdivision.

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