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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.
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:
• Nolan Decker, Whitehouse
• Dave Ingmire, Grand Rapids
• 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.
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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.
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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