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Tornado victims who are in need of assistance to meet both immediate and long-term recovery needs are urged to contact WSOS Community Action, Inc. caseworker Lisa Mora at 419-836-8986.

WSOS, a private nonprofit Community Action Agency, is helping to oversee distribution of funds available through the Lake Township Long-Term Disaster Relief Fund.

Among the funds available to help victims are the proceeds from a benefit concert held at Metcalf Airport July 11. More than 6,000 people attended the fundraiser, which brought in more than $57,000 in cash and gift cards valued at $6,650, said Teri Michalak., chairman of the event. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will be donated to the relief fund.

Michalak added that donations are still coming in and those unable to attend may make monetary donations to State Bank, 301 N. Main St., Walbridge.

Mora will meet with victims to assess their needs, both immediate and long-term. After the assessment, she will present recommendations to a seven-member committee comprised of church representatives, government officials and members of the community. The committee reviews applications and oversees dispersal of the funds, based on need. Officials say they are concerned that some victims may not be aware of the availability of the assistance because they have been displaced from their homes. 

Resolutions to place two road improvement levies on the November ballot were approved Tuesday by the Lake Township trustees.

The trustees are asking voters to approve a 1-mill, 5-year replacement levy and an additional 1-mill continuous levy for funding reconstruction of streets, roads, and bridges in the township road district, which covers only unincorporated areas of the township.

Both levies, if approved, will be assessed on the township’s current property valuation of about $169.1 million and each will generate approximately $169,143 annually for the road repair program.

The 5-year levy would replace an existing levy set to expire at the end of the year that generates only about $114,670 annually because it is based on 1986 property valuations.

Rising costs for repairs and resurfacing roads have strained the township’s budget, forcing the trustees to supplement that account with general fund revenues.

Last year, it cost the township about $60,000 a mile to repair roads, according to Melanie Bowen, a trustee.

Oregon plans to reactivate its emergency alert sirens at each of the city’s three fire stations. The sirens will be sounded whenever there is an emergency response needed between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. to improve public safety.

The alarms will be used as a secondary notification tool for Oregon firefighters in addition to their pagers.

“There’s a lot of road construction going on this summer in Oregon,” said Administrator Mike Beasley. “By sounding the sirens, it accomplishes two things: It’s a backup system for firefighters and they’ll hear those sirens. Also, it lets construction workers and people out driving around the fire stations know that there will be people coming in a hurry,” said Beasley.

He noted an accident that killed a motorist and injured another this month when a truck driven by a volunteer firefighter with the Portage Fire District in Oak Harbor collided with a car while en route to a fire in Clay Center.

The Lucas County Fair will be held July 27 through Aug. 1 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key Street, Maumee.

As always, this year’s fair will offer plenty for everyone in the family to see and do.

Grounds entertainment going on daily includes:
• Chainsaw carving by Dennis Beach with shows at 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 and 9 p.m.

• DOC Swan Magic/Comedy Show at 2, 6, 7 and 8 p.m.

• Game Hype, an exciting, free-admission video game attraction open during fair hours.

• Junior Fair Saddle Horse Shows going on daily at the north end of the fairgrounds.

• Livestock shows and auction.

• Old Village Historic Re-enactment.

Northwood has completed repairs to a new baseball diamond in Brentwood Park that has been unused because of drainage problems.

The diamond is one of two that were built last fall.

The contractor, Ohio Excavating, had used a top layer of impervious blue clay on the diamond during its construction. As a result, the infield was repeatedly flooded after it rained.

The blue clay had been on site as part of the excavation of the adjacent Miracle League baseball diamond when it was constructed and was mixed with topsoil for the new diamond to save money.

Last week, Ohio Excavating trucked in stone to grade the infield, according to Administrator Pat Bacon, who has gone out to the park frequently to check the condition of the diamond.

“A trench was dug around the ball diamond, on the outside of the bases,” said Bacon. “They put in a drainage pipe, then put stones on top of that, then dirt on top of that.”

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