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These horses are not exactly Kentucky thoroughbreds. Instead, these “stick” horses “of a different color” are
being auctioned and will race to help local charities.
The Eastern Maumee Chamber of Commerce is holding a charity derby horse race and auction at Oak Shade Grove Wednesday night. The fundraiser accompanies the annual chamber steak roast, which begins at 6 p.m.
The derby works as follows — each local business builds and designs a horse and provides a well-dressed jockey to “race” the horse. Each business chooses a local charity to be the beneficiary of its horse’s winnings.
The horse must be 29 inches tall, and chamber director Sarah Beavers suggests purchasing a horse at a local hobby shop.
“It starts off with a stick horse, and you can build it up to anything you want it to be,” Beavers said. “We suggested a stick horse so there is a base that’s somewhat similar. I found them online at Toys R Us for something like $3 for a little stick and a horse head. Then, you can build it up to whatever.”
Beavers said one designer came up with the idea to put its horse in a wheelchair because it will benefit a nursing home.
The Harris-Elmore Public Library levy committee will meet Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 448 E. Rice Street, Elmore.
The group is promoting passage of a 1.1-mill operating levy for the library which will be on the November ballot.
Mary Sue James, Elmore, and Lori Skees, Genoa, are heading the committee.
Information about the ballot issue is available at the library in Elmore and branch library in Genoa.
There is also a Facebook page dedicated to the levy.
Applicants must be a permanent resident of Ottawa County and interested and knowledgeable in the field of developmental disabilities. Applicants who have professional training and experience in business management, finance, law, health care practice, personnel administration, or government service are preferred.
Contact Melinda Slusser at 567-262-3104 or 419-898-0400 ext. 3104 for information. Letters of interest are due back to the Ottawa County Board of DD, 235 N Toussaint South Rd., Oak Harbor, by Sept. 20.
Elections board to meet
The meeting will be held in the board office, 8444 W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor.
Normally the students would have just exited from their classrooms and walked to the stadium. The fact that there was a gaping hole in what was once a continuous building that connected the elementary, middle and high schools was a stark reminder of the devastation that the June 5 tornado wreaked on the school and the normal everyday lives of the Lake students.
The pep rally was held to allow the student to be in the stadium for the first time since it was destroyed. In place of the natural grass was a new synthetic turf field sporting the school colors and monogram.
According to Lee Herman, principal of the middle and high schools, the original field was riddled with debris from the destroyed school buildings. Glass and metal shards, nails, screws and all sorts of other scrap materials were embedded so deeply into the soil – up to six inches down -- that it was virtually impossible to remove it all in order to provide a safe playing surface.
“Family always came first for my dad,” said Jeff Groll, one of Gene’s five children. “He loved to be a firefighter. Growing up, we always did firefighting things together. If there was a fire department function or a parade, we would always be a part of it.”
Groll, 86, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, after a long illness.
Jeff said his father was the consummate professional, “a firefighter’s firefighter,” who enjoyed helping train the rank and file.
“He was a very good teacher, very patient. He was a very kind person. It was always easy for him to work with people,” said Jeff.
His dad considered the fire department as his extended family, added Jeff.
“It wasn’t just a job. The people he worked with were also family. He thought that people who worked together, and enjoyed themselves together after work, were most effective. If you could play together after work, it was easy to work together.”
Oregon Fire Chief Ed Ellis called Gene “a good guy.”
“He was a very fair and equitable leader. He treated the part-time firefighters like people rather than his subordinates,” said Ellis. “He was easy to talk to and have a discussion with. He was just an all-around, really nice guy.”
Hours after the storm, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army stepped in to offer immediate help in the form of food, water, clothing and shelter. The United Way of Greater Toledo helped organize and dispatch close to 4,000 volunteers in Wood and Ottawa counties. ISOH/IMPACT, a community based non-profit charitable organization called for “bucket brigades” to collect cleaning and emergency supplies that victims would need. Churches, community groups, businesses and individuals also stepped in to do what they could.
Northwest Ohioans opened not only their hearts but their wallets too, donating at least $626,000 to major organizations like the Red Cross, the United Way and ISOH/IMPACT, as well as to numerous fundraisers organized throughout the region.
Three months later, as fundraisers are still being held and donations continue to trickle in, aid is being distributed to help victims return to their new “normal.”
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