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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."
Northwood City Council at a meeting March 25 gave first reading to an ordinance that would amend the city’s taxation code to eliminate the 10 percent income tax disbursement into the capital replacement fund. Those funds, which total approximately $1 million, would be reallocated into the general fund if council votes for final passage.
The city currently disburses 70 percent of income taxes into the general fund, 20 percent into the capital improvements fund, and 10 percent into the capital replacement fund.
If the capital replacement fund is eliminated, 80 percent of the income tax would be disbursed into the general fund, and 20 percent would continue to be disbursed into the capital improvements fund.
Northwood council voted 4-3 last week in support of a new, three year contract with Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., of Arizona, which operates the automated photo speed and red light enforcement cameras at two intersections.
The previous contract was set to expire on April 24.
The city will receive a greater share of the revenue received from traffic citations issued as a result of the cameras, which are installed at the intersections of Woodville and Lemoyne roads, and at Wales and Oregon roads.
Council members voting in favor of continuing with the traffic cameras were Jim Barton, Mike Myers, Connie Hughes, and Dave Gallaher.
Voting against the contract were Councilmen Ed Schimmel, Dean Edwards, and Randy Kozina.
The city last year discontinued the operation of its speed van, a mobile vehicle that cited motorists for speeding.
Northwood City Council last week voted 6-1 to cut non-union city employees’ pay by 3 percent, and voted 5-2 to force all non-union management city personnel to take eight unpaid furlough days, effective immediately.
Councilmen Jim Barton, Randy Kozina, Ed Schimmel, Dean Edwards, and Connie Hughes voted for both measures, while Dave Gallaher was opposed. Councilman Mike Myers voted for the pay cut, but against the furlough.
The city has struggled with reduced income tax collections and has cut expenses since last year.
At the last council meeting, Mayor Mark Stoner reported that income tax collections this year have dropped $102,261, or 15.9 percent, compared to the same period last year.
Last fall, the city cut over $600,000 in expenses, with few departments spared the budget ax.
The 3 percent cut affects the civil service secretary, baseball commissioner, Web site coordinator, administrative secretary in the police department, animal control officer, crossing guard, the clerk of council/city clerk and deputy clerk.
The furlough affects the city administrator, police chief, fire chief, director of public service, finance and revenue director, clerk of court, police captain, and law director/city prosecutor. The unpaid time may be taken in increments of one hour up to eight days in consecutive order.