Shane Baumgartner first served in Iraq with the Marine Corps, returned as a civilian contractor and then made his
third deployment working for the U.S. state department.
On his final excursion, he survived being kidnapped by the enemy and being locked in the trunk of a Humvee.
Baumgartner was a Reconnaissance Marine who recently graduated from the police academy. Today, the veteran is a Northwood firefighter and paramedic. However, Baumgartner does not necessarily like to be called a “hero.”
Baumgartner spoke to over 200 people during the Northwood VFW Post 2984 Veterans Appreciation Day celebration August 21. The event was organized by the post’s appreciation day co-chairpersons Mike Myers and Audrey Caligirui.
In attendance were Baumgartner’s wife Elizabeth (Wasserman) and her grandfather, Noel Donnell, a World War II vet. Donnell was impressed with Baumgartner’s message.
A recreational use water quality advisory posted on the beach of Maumee Bay State Park last month due to high levels of microcystin in the water on Aug. 18 was still in effect by press time last Thursday.
Microcystin is one of several toxins produced by blue green algae blooms. It can affect the liver and nervous system if ingested.
The algae problem plaguing a number of inland lakes across Ohio is primarily the result of runoff from farm field nutrients.
A sample of the water at Maumee Bay State Park on Aug. 18 showed microcystin levels at 577 ppb (parts per billion), almost 29 times higher than the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation of 20 ppb, according to Dina Pierce, northwest district media coordinator for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. For recreational water, WHO considers microcystin levels of 20 ppb or higher to be a moderate to significant health risk.
“The beach is not closed,” said Pierce. “The algae bloom in the lake and the algal toxin levels can fluctuate greatly day-to-day, even during the course of a day.”
In the hours after the June 5 tornado, Tom Cluckey was relieved and thankful when he learned that his sister Angie
and her family were safe.
The Fisher family, who live just a stone’s throw from where the twister crossed Millbury Road, had some light damage but nothing too bad. “They were very lucky – they had friends who took a direct hit,” said Cluckey, a jeweler at Alan Miller Jewelers in Oregon.
Like many in the tornado’s path, his sister and many of her neighbors had children in Lake Local Schools. “After getting involved in some of the fundraising efforts that were going on, she asked me if there might be anything I could to do to help the Lake district in their efforts to rebuild,” he said.
Cluckey, who had designed a line of jewelry pieces offered at Alan Miller’s to raise funds for restoration of the Johlin Cabin at Pearson Metropark, offered to create a piece to help raise funds for Lake.
“I suggested Angie come up with a design idea, so she and my niece did some research and came up with an anchor because it is a symbol of hope,” Cluckey said.
In an effort to tie the anchor into the theme of Lake’s rebuilding and reconstruction, he deconstructed the shape into different components – the shaft and the chevron.
Oregon City Council recently approved an agreement with Quality Control Inspection, Inc., for $49,146 to provide construction management and inspection services during the construction of the Pearson Park Connector Bikeway Project, which is currently underway.
The 5,300-foot long, 10-foot wide asphalt surface path will extend from Lallendorf to Wynn roads on the north side of Starr Avenue on Pearson Metropark property, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman. The project is funded with a Transportation Enhancement Grant, which pays for 80 percent of construction. The city and the Toledo Area Metroparks will each pay half of the local share for the project. Estimated construction costs for the project is $380,000.
The scope of the project includes a “zig-zag” railroad crossing of the Norfolk Southern Railroad, drainage, pedestrian ramps, pavement markings, storm culverts, grading, seeding, pavement markings, signage, and maintenance of traffic.
“We asked ODOT [Ohio Department of Transportation) if they would allow for construction inspection services to be part of the grant because our bids came in lower on the construction side. ODOT agreed to that,” said Roman.
Council accepted the bid of Diversified Road & Pipe, Inc., Whitehouse, for $288,807.65 last January to construct the path.
The city also has the Municipal Complex Connector bike path, and the Stadium Road bike path.
A state law goes into effect this month that regulates food and beverages in schools includes a provision for body mass index (BMI) and weight screening for students in four grade levels. BMI is a measure of body fat based on a person’s height and weight.
But the law allows districts to seek a waiver from implementing screening programs and some school officials say they plan to do just that.
It comes down to how to best utilize time and financial resources for school administrators.
“If we were to do our own BMI testing we would need to contract with a service provider to come out and do the assessments. Therefore, this is yet another unfunded mandate. The time required for reporting of this information and getting the results out to parents would require more time for our already overworked office staff. Obesity is a national health care crisis, and correcting the problem should be within the public health realm and not public schools,” Eastwood superintendent Brent Welker said in his weekly newsletter.
Northwood superintendent Greg Clark said he’ll be recommending the board of education not implement a testing program.
“We’ll be asking for a waiver,” he said. “We have less to spend and can better spend our money on different things.”
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