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Dave Zenk, superintendent in charge of maintenance for the Metroparks of the Toledo Area's operations division, says Oregon’s Pearson Park is in for a $498,396 capital improvement renovation slated to begin in 2010.

The projects will affect the original Pearson and the new 300-acre Pearson North expansion. Six more contracts will be bid over the next six years totaling another $100,000, Zenk said.

A one and three-quarter mile hiking and biking trail will be constructed in Pearson North that will travel alongside the 3,000 foot long Heckman Creek. The trail is designed to be positioned on the outside looking in towards the park, and is expected to be completed this year.

The trail is being funded by a $270,000 Clean Ohio Grant through the state’s Department of Natural Resources, with about $68,000 in funds being matched by the Metroparks. Zenk said bids coming in for the trail’s construction are one-third less than the original estimates.

Zenk added the Metroparks has just finished a two-year physical assessment study of its capital assets in the original parts of Pearson.

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Owens Community College has named Diana H. Talmage and H. Richard Rowe to

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serve as the chair and vice chair for the college’s board of trustees.

Talmage and Rowe were elected to their positions by their fellow colleagues during the recent Owens Board of Trustees meeting and will serve one-year terms.

Rowe, an Eastwood High School graduate, serves as a financial advisor and a general partner with Edward Jones Investments in Findlay. He attended Bowling Green State University and holds a Series 7 securities license as well as a life and health insurance license.

The Findlay resident was initially appointed to the college’s board in March 2004. Rowe’s professional and community involvement includes the Kiwanis Club of Findlay and the United Way of Hancock County and he once served as a city councilman for 10 years in Findlay. In addition, Rowe serves as chair of the board’s finance committee.

Rowe says he first got involved with Owens through community involvement with the Findlay campus, including his service with civic organizations. When he came onto the Owens board, he had been on city council for six years, and says he takes his service to the college seriously.

“Well, I think it’s important for people to go on to further their education to get a decent job. It’s not new. It’s been going on for several years,” Rowe said.

“A lot of my involvement, especially with a lot of the businesses in the Findlay and Hancock County area, is I’m kind of in tune as to what skill sets businesses are looking for in people and I’m more of a liaison. I have to balance the interest of the taxpayers, the community, the employees of the school, and the businesses as to what they are looking for to help them grow their businesses and develop jobs.

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Oregon Fire Chief Bill Wilkins, who announced last November that he would retire this June, left his post last Friday.

Mayor Mike Seferian said at a council meeting last week that Wilkins submitted a memo that read: “I submit a memo dated Nov. 1, 2009, of my intent to retire on June 25, 2010. This letter serves as my notice that I will be retiring under the police and fire pension system as fire chief for the City of Oregon effective Feb. 12…”

Wilkins left early to take a job with the state fire marshal’s office, Seferian said after the meeting.

City council unanimously concurred with the mayor’s acceptance of Wilkins’ retirement.

“I think Wilkins has served the city in a very distinguished manner, with a high degree of professionalism and integrity,” said Councilman Mike Sheehy. “Whatever he does, in his future career as a firefighter, I wish him the very best.”

Council President Clint Wasserman agreed.

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A former Modine manufacturing plant employees says one of his own may have saved a life during a fire that engulfed the shut down factory with smoke on Jan. 29.

Former Modine worker Tom Liskai says Jamie Haas, also a former employee and Pemberville-Freedom Fire Department volunteer firefighter, responded just in time to save a contractor’s life.

Haas says he was just doing his job, and doesn’t want to take all the credit for it. He believes because he once worked at Modine, his fellow employees are making a bigger deal of it than it really deserves.

“We don't like talking about things like that. I don't want to be known as a hero, I just did what we were told to do and that's it,” Haas said.

“That's just one of those situations, and like I said, it was something where I did nothing out of the ordinary that nobody else wouldn't have done,” Haas continued.

Nonetheless, Liskai, a Sandusky County resident, says Haas deserves most of the credit and the public should know about his action.

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An additional $48.8 million has been earmarked for 42 water quality improvement projects in Ohio from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding and loans from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The funding covers four area projects:
• Village of Gibsonburg received a $477,318 ARRA subsidy and an equal no-interest loan to construct storm sewers and expand the capacity of its treatment plant to handle additional stormwater, preventing overflow into the Portage River.
• Village of Helena received a $600,000 ARRA subsidy to combine with a $200,000 no-interest loan to replace failing home septic systems with a wastewater treatment plant and sanitary sewer system with a pump station to service properties in the village.
• Northwestern Water and Sewer District is receiving a $536,634 ARRA subsidy to re-structure a $1.1 million loan received in April, 2009.  The loan is through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund, which is administered by the Ohio EPA and offers assistance for private and public entities.

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$15 Hourly wage

The "Fight for $15" campaign proposes a $15/hour wage for fast food workers. Do you agree?
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