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Have you ever picked up your phone to find an aggressive voice on the other end demanding payments on a debt you know nothing about? You’re far from alone.

Once you’re in the sights of a debt collector, the impact on your life can be devastating: Your wages can be garnished and your credit ruined. You might lose your driver’s license, or even your job.

And it could happen over a debt you don’t even owe.

In a recent analysis of 75,000 complaints about debt collection practices submitted to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — just a sample of the total number — this was the most common complaint by far. Over 40 percent of people being harassed by collectors said they didn’t owe the debt in the first place.

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Newly elected District 3 councilman Peter J. Ujvagi admits he is in the same boat as everyone else in East Toledo — he owns a house appraised at $50,000, but would be lucky to sell it for $20,000.

Ujvagi may have just been elected last November and taken office in January, but his service in the public sector dates back to 1973, including four previous terms on Toledo city council. He says he has lived in the Birmingham neighborhood with wife Elizabeth Marie for 58 years and is a hard-line east sider who plans to stay.

At the East Toledo Senior Center in Navarre Park Wednesday night, Ujvagi hosted his first town hall meeting since rejoining council. Hosted by One Voice for East Toledo, it attracted over 50 residents who had plenty to say about home values, crime, safety, the condition of streets, and other aspects of their lives living in a neighborhood in decline.

Still months from the start of the 2016 Civilian Marksmanship Program Junior Air Rifle Camps, planning and preparation are well underway at Camp Perry.

With some groups already collecting forms to sign-up before their favorite camp fills and others fundraising to pay for camp tuition, the CMP is also diligently at work – organizing new ways to make the camps even better for the growing number of enthusiastic participants.

“Registrations start pouring in from day one, and this continues until all the camps are full,” said Sommer Wood, CMP Summer Camp director. “Vera Snyder is the primary person at CMP processing these registrations, and she does an excellent job keeping track of the hundreds of people signing up for camps.”

Tim Laderach is Oak Harbor through and through.

The longtime Rocket mentor of youth, who coached basketball and baseball for 30 years and taught for 33 years, was honored for his commitment by the school at a basketball game between Clyde and Oak Harbor. He plans on retiring from teaching after this school year.

Laderach, a 1975 Oak Harbor graduate, was all about teaching the fundamentals of any sport. He was only a varsity coach for seven of his 30 years, but coached eighth grade, freshman and junior varsity basketball at the school from 1985-2015 and varsity and JV baseball from 1987-2015.

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