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Hungarian Club president Michael Csizek said the late Andrew J. Rakay was always the “life of the party” and “center of attention.”

“The guy was amazing,” Csizek said. “He didn’t realize he was 80 when he died. He thought he was 16, you know, the guy had so much energy. He had a story for everything. He knew everybody in town. If you lined his friends up from any group of person there is, any ethnic group, any person, Andy was friends with them.”

This past winter while Rakay was a patient in Toledo Hospital, he had a visitor — Mike Bell. One day later, Bell was sworn in as Toledo’s mayor. Bell once served under Captain Rakay when both were with the Toledo Fire Department.

After the 80-year-old Rakay passed away on January 14, at his funeral service were Councilmen Mike Craig and George Sarantos, former mayor Donna Owens, and “just about every politician in town,” said one friend.

The evening before his funeral service, the fire department conducted last alarm services at the funeral home.

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The Wood County Sheriff’s Department has arrested six persons in connection with a string of burglaries and break-ins earlier this year in several towns.

Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said the department recently completed an investigation of drug trafficking and burglaries from January through March  in Bairdstown, Jerry City, Custar, Grand Rapids, and rural Bowling Green.

Charged with felony theft related offenses were:
• Anthony Mendoza, North Baltimore

• Nolan Decker, Whitehouse

• Dave Ingmire, Grand Rapids


Charged with drug trafficking were:
• David Ramirez, Bowling Green

• Harley Roberts, Weston

Meaghan Graber, Bowling Green, has been charged with permitting drug abuse.

Sheriff Wasylyshyn said more charges are pending against those arrested as well as other adults and juveniles.

He said search warrants executed in Bowling Green and rural Grand Rapids resulted in stolen property being recovered, including firearms, electronic equipment, archery equipment, and assorted tools as well as drug paraphernalia.

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.

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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.

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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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