The Press Newspaper
An auction has been scheduled for May 16 to sell tables, chairs and other furnishings in the former Woodmore Elementary School building but the school board is still receptive to considering a proposal to save the building’s auditorium from the wrecking ball.
Marcia Busdeker, who directed the high school’s drama club production of the musical “Guys and Dolls” last month in the auditorium, said a non-profit organization has expressed an interest in her proposal for maintaining it.
She asked the Woodmore board Tuesday to not auction off club-owned equipment, including lighting and microphones, being stored in the building.
“I know that they are still planning on tagging and selling items out of that building, which they need to do,” Busdeker said Wednesday. “We get that and I know they are on a timetable for that as well and the demolition of the building is slated for after the Fourth of July celebration here in Woodville. They didn’t really give me a time. They sort of laid out the timeline. We’ve asked them to not sell anything that would change the functionality of the building and auditorium. If we’re going to get this building back I don’t want to have to start from scratch.”
She declined to name the non-profit organization until she’s had an opportunity to discuss the proposal with the organization’s board of directors.
“We’re researching all avenues right now and that’s just one,” Busdeker said, adding Grant Cummings and Steve Huss, the school board’s vice president and president respectively, have also told her they have some ideas they’d like to discuss with her.
Members and friends of First Presbyterian Church of Clay Center are inviting the community to join them April 26 at 2 p.m. for the closing worship service.
The church is celebrating more than 110 years of service and ministry.
“During this time, the congregation may have grown smaller in size but the faith of the members has only grown stronger, resulting in a legacy that extends beyond the doors and walls of the church building,” said Rev. Dr. Julie Kling, pastor.
The church’s legacy goes back to 30-plus charter members who wanted to establish a Presbyterian congregation in Clay Center, a rural community in western Ottawa County which was then the home of Kelley’s Island Lime Company and a passenger stop on the railway system.
Early members began to seek pledges to build a church building and soon had 40 pledges that ranged from 25 cents to $20.
With a gift of $600 from the Presbytery, the church had $748 to begin construction. Eventually, the dream became a reality – a gray cinderblock building with a sanctuary that would accommodate about 100 worshippers.
Local families knew when worship was beginning as the bell in the bell tower would ring, calling all to prayer. This tradition has continued until the present day.
“The Kentucky Derby” was the theme for the 18th Annual East Toledo Family Center Gala held April 18 at St. Michael’s Centre in Oregon.
Nearly 225 people came out to support the agency, and derby hats and lots of red roses filled the room.
Guests first stopped by the Stranahan’s 1940 Packard Limousine owned by Jerry Brumette to have their picture taken and then entered the event. The event, sponsored by the Toledo Refining Co., also included dinner, entertainment by The Late Show Band, a Big 6 Wheel and a horse race, which kept guests cheering for their favorite horse.
In addition, Jan Scotland and the late David Wiley were honored with Distinguished Citizen Awards and Carrie Collins, Connie Guth and Robin McLoughlin were honored as Richard Fisher Educators of the Year.
Since coming to Toledo in 1981, Scotland has served in government roles as a civil service commissioner, a Toledo city councilman, chairman of the Board of Community Relations and other positions.
Contracts to rehire two administrators and two teachers who are retiring from the Genoa School District will be on the agenda of the school board’s May meeting.
Bill Nye, district treasurer, said a public hearing was held last week on retire-rehire requests submitted by Dan Dippman, a high school teacher; Brenda Murphy, elementary school principal; Kathleen Bressan, a middle school guidance counselor, and Connie Wax, an elementary school teacher.
Three-year contracts will be issued if the board approves the packages, he said.
The current salaries and proposed rehire salaries are:
• Dippman: $77,176 , $48,633
Nye said the district won’t likely realize an immediate savings from rehiring the four because severance agreements will have to be factored in.
About 70 members of Ohio police departments and other law enforcement agencies plan to attend a session in Woodville to train officers on how to use non-lethal defensive tactics when they encounter aggressive dogs.
Mayor Richard Harman said Canine Encounters Law Enforcement Training (CELET), of Arlington, Texas, will be presenting the training program May 4 at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall.
Providing such training for officers was something the mayor pledged in the wake of the Nov. 3, 2014 shooting of a dog by a village officer. The dog, a chocolate Labrador named Moses, was shot in the leg when it approached the officer, who was conducting a traffic stop on U.S. 20. The dog survived but the leg was later amputated.
A review of the shooting cleared the officer. However, the incident drew much media attention as residents poured into village council meetings to voice their anger with the police department or express support for the officer.
“Getting people trained is the key,” the mayor said last week. “We want them to have a better understanding of how to control the situation without having to shoot a dog. They need to learn when and how to use non-lethal responses.”
Jim Osorio, who established CELET in 2005, said he saw a need for training but has noticed it has become more widespread in recent years.
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