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Lake Township trustees are hoping a new fiber-optic telephone and Internet system for the administration building on Cummings Road will not only cut costs and improve service but also give a boost to economic development.
The trustees Tuesday approved a 3-year contract with Buckeye Telesystems for $1,000 a month for the new system, which will expand the number of available phone lines at the administration building to 25 from the current 14.
Phone numbers for township offices won’t change but the trustees said the new system will streamline service, which now is a “patchwork” of phone networks by three providers, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.
The township last month paid about $2,500 for phone and Internet service, said Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, adding the new system is “state-of-the-art.”
Three nearby businesses, Tri-State Expedited Services, Inc., Nagle Companies, and Service Spring Corp., have indicated they would also purchase service from the new system and any business that locates in a Joint Economic Development District that was established on the grounds of Metcalf Field will also be able to purchase the service, said Richard Welling, a trustee.
He said the fiber-optic system is part of the township’s on-going effort to make the area more attractive to business and create jobs.
Wood County has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant of $427,300 to assist American Cold Forge with its move into a Woodville Road property that had been the site of a welding business.
American Cold Forge plans to invest about $2 million in the facility and equipment for manufacturing parts for the automotive industry.
Company owners have estimated about 22 full-time jobs will be created.
D&D Welding had been located at the site at 5650 Woodville Road in Lake Township.
When the schools and churches in the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Deanery of the Diocese of Toledo joined efforts to form the Kateri Catholic School System, the long-term vision was to have all of its students, preschool through high school, on one campus.
The school system’s board of directors recently voted to move the Kateri Catholic Academy Elementary School to existing space at the Oregon Campus beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year.
The preschool and kindergarten will be located in the former convent, which is a separate building on the campus that is being renovated to also include office space. The main building is being separated into three distinct areas for the elementary, middle and high schools.
Currently, the elementary school, which serves students in preschool through grade five, operates two campuses, one at St. Jerome in Walbridge and the other at St. Thomas Aquinas in Toledo. The Oregon Campus already houses Kateri Catholic Academy Middle School and Cardinal Stritch High School.
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Woodmore High School sophomore Ryan Wicker is pretty handy with a rifle.
Wicker, 15, is an instructor-in-training with The Appleseed Project, a federally-licensed, all-volunteer grassroots organization. The Appleseed Project's administrative functions, such as weekend "Shoots," are under the direction of the Revolutionary War Veterans Association (RWVA), a 501c3 organization whose mission is to preserve and pass on traditional rifle marksmanship skills to Americans.
The RWVA helps preserve those marksmanship skills by conducting Appleseed Shoots - weekend rifle marksmanship clinics - with American heritage presentations interspersed throughout the event.
Appleseed Shoots are held at various sites around Ohio, including Gibsonburg, Miamisburg, Athens, Viena, West Jefferson, New Philadelphia, Lancaster, Salem, and Lima. This year's Gibsonburg events are April 24-25, May 29-30, July 24-25, Aug. 28-29 and Sept. 25.
During each event, participants are taught the role that riflemen and marksmanship played in American history. Appleseed Shoot participants learn what occurred on April 19, 1775 - the Revolutionary War battles at Lexington and Concord, Mass. - and "the shot heard round the world."