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Toledo has lost an important and prominent member of its art community

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and members of VFW Post 250, in East Toledo, have lost their beloved commander.

Bernard “Bernie” Kirk Andrews, 59, of Toledo, passed away June 20 at his home. Andrews had been diagnosed with colon cancer in August of 2009, after a tumor in his colon had ruptured.

Andrews was born October 5, 1950, in Toledo, to Lewis and Dolores (Sweet) Andrews.

After graduating from Waite, Andrews went to culinary school at Owens Technical College and served an apprenticeship at Belmont Country Club, his father, Lewie, said.

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An appeals court has upheld a decision by the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court which ruled the county’s agricultural society isn’t the employer of a county fair queen and isn’t liable for her actions in a 2008 auto accident she was involved  in while driving to another fair.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals ruled the Ottawa County Agricultural Society didn’t control which activities Ariel Estes, who was crowned queen of the county fair in July, 2008, chose to attend as fair queen or how she was to transport herself to the events.

Estes, in her deposition, said she had picked up the runner-up and was on her way to pick the second runner-up when the accident occurred. The three were to represent Ottawa County at the Seneca County Fair.

According to court records, her vehicle crossed an intersection and collided with a vehicle driven by Dennis Hutton, who was injured as a result of the accident.

The common pleas court in September, 2009 dismissed Hutton’s claims against Estes’ parents for punitive damages and negligent entrustment.

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The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and the Great Lakes Historical Society entered into an agreement to work collaboratively to create the National Great Lakes Maritime Museum to be located at the Toledo Maritime Center in East Toledo’s Marina District.

The historical society has about 2,400 members living across the United States and Canada. The new venture relocates the Inland Seas Maritime Museum from its current location in Vermilion, west of Cleveland, to the Toledo Maritime Center.

“We’re not just bringing stuff from Vermilion, we’re actually creating an entire new experience,” said Christopher Gillcrest, executive director of the historical society.

Port authority officials, whose organization partnered with the City of Toledo in building the Toledo Maritime Center, stepped in when the announcement was made at a press conference Thursday morning. The city owns the land the center sits on.

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Funds released to assist victims of tornado
Area residents who may have suffered damages from the recent tornadoes in Wood and Ottawa counties can find some financial assistance from a grant provided by the Ohio Department of Development, Office of Community Services.

As of June 21, $75,000 is available for the next six months to victims of the tornadoes who may need assistance with insurance deductibles, housing assistance, and other needs that resulted from the tornado disaster.

The grant provides $500 to 50 families in Ottawa County and 100 families in Wood County. Families who are eligible for this assistance are those who are on already established lists created by the county’s Emergency Management Association (EMA) or the Red Cross. In addition, AmeriCorps volunteers from WSOS have been assigned to each county to provide clean up assistance both to the communities as well as to homeowners.

Wood County residents can find information at Lutheran Social Services, 419-836-8986, or the United Way of Wood County. A case manager from Lutheran Social Services will work with Wood County families.

Ottawa County residents should call 419-332-7987 for assistance. A WSOS case manager is working with Ottawa County families.

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In the two weeks since the tornado devastated areas of Wood and Ottawa county, individuals, businesses and organizations continue to look for ways to reach out and help the victims of the twister.

In the past week, fundraisers of all kinds – everything from garage sales, barbecues and dart tournaments – have been held throughout the region, and plans call for more efforts in the weeks ahead.

The Press would like to know of fundraising and other efforts to help tornado victims in Wood and Ottawa counties. Call 419-836-2221 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with information. 

There are also several Facebook pages devoted to helping local tornado victims, along with a page devoted to nominate Lake High School for the TV show, “Extreme Makeover, Home Edition” (search Extreme Makeover Home Edition: Lake High School).

Here is a sampling of ways to help:

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Christmas spending

Are spending more, less or the same amount this year for Christmas?
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