The Press Newspaper
The air inside the fellowship hall at Trinity United Church of Christ in Elliston was thick – not just because of the wall-to-wall crowd and the sweltering evening heat, but also because “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest was finally about to make the announcement they’d been waiting some 13 weeks to hear.
Seacrest seemed to be talking in slow motion as, just after 10 p.m. Wednesday night, he teased, “After the nationwide vote, I can now tell you, the winner of American Idol 2010 is…”
The more than 600 people packed inside the room held their breath, waiting to exhale – hoping Seacrest would pronounce Elliston’s own Crystal Bowersox the winner.
Then he said it. “Lee DeWyze.”
The shift in the room’s energy was palpable. Some people shook their heads. One woman sat stunned, covering her mouth in shock. “I can’t believe it,” a man in the front row said.
Then as a reminder of why they were all there – to celebrate Crystal’s almost rags-to-riches success in season nine of the popular FOX series – red, white and blue balloons dropped and confetti filled the air, courtesy of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.
Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters did the right thing in requiring Terri Camp prove she can remain sober for three years before the court will even consider reinstating her driving privileges, says Jane Miller, the mother of a 14-year-old boy who died from injuries in a 1993 car accident Camp caused.
Judge Winters ruled Camp, of Woodville, shall be monitored by the court’s adult probation department and participate in its random drug and alcohol testing program; with testing to be conducted at least once a week. She’ll be required to wear an ankle monitor during the initial phase of observation and will be responsible for monitoring and testing costs.
The judge set a hearing date for May 17, 2013 at 9 a.m. to consider Camp’s motion for reinstating her driving privileges.
“I think Judge Winter’s decision was extremely fair,” Miller said last week. “We asked for eight years, he gave us three. I asked for proof and he definitely is making her show that proof. I think if she is truly drug and alcohol free as she states she should not have any problems complying with these rules. Although she seems to think she is beyond the rules as it was proven that she drove on a suspended license. So we shall see what this outcome brings. If she can comply with all that is asked of her, then we need to re-evaluate our thoughts at that time.”
Conservation groups are challenging the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last month to issue a water quality certification to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that allows for the disposal of up to 800,000 cubic yards of dredged sediment from the Toledo Harbor into the open lake.
The National Wildlife Federation, the Ohio Environmental Council, the Lake Erie Charterboat Association, the Izaak Walton League, and the Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper Association recently filed an appeal with the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC).
The groups say that dumping dredged sediments into the Western Basin of Lake Erie harms water quality, fish and aquatic habitat. The practice, which also exacerbates harmful algae blooms in the lake, increase costs to cities, businesses and people stemming from environmental damage and impacts to fishing, boating, water recreation and drinking water supplies.
Chief Master Sergeant Wade L. Gaston, a 24-year military veteran of the United States Air Force and Air National Guard, will be the keynote speaker at the East Toledo Club’s 77th annual Memorial Day service Monday morning at Pearson Park.
The public is invited to the event, which will start with a 7:30 a.m. flag raising and playing of Taps in front of the Packer Hammersmith Center. The Color Guard and Rifle Squad consisting of members from local VFW and American Legion Posts will raise the flag.
A breakfast will follow at Macomber lodge, followed by CMSgt. Gaston’s speech.
CMSgt. Gaston currently holds the position of State Human Resource Advisor for the State of Ohio assigned to Beightler Armory at State Headquarters in Columbus.
CMSgt. Gaston has been deployed to assignments in Germany, England and Turkey. He was assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, based in Swanton.
The Western Lake Erie WaterKeeper Association, in cooperation with FreshWater Futures and RiverLures livery, is hosting its second annual morning paddlequest and ecotour on the Maumee River on Sunday, June 6, from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The two hour event will feature a naturalist from Maumee Bay State Park, Dana Bollin, who will highlight the bird life, ecololgy and history of the river along the route.
The day will begin at Farnsworth Metropark, located along US 24 in Waterville, where participants will get a continental breakfast, then car-pool to Grand Rapids, and the RiverLures canoe livery. Canoes and kayaks will be available for rent at a discounted rate of $18 per boat, along with life vests, paddles, and shuttle service. Participants may choose to bring their own personal watercraft. The flotilla will travel approximately five miles downstream to Farnsworth Metropark, where it will be treated to a lavish lunch.