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The physical and human damage from the June 5 tornadoes that struck

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      Elizabeth Urbanowski

northwest Ohio and Lake Township was, in a word, extreme.

Six people died as a result, including 4-year old Hayden Walters and his parents Mary and Ryan, whose Millbury home was destroyed; Bailey Bowman, who died as she and her boyfriend tried to make it inside the Lake Township administration building to escape the tornado coming at them; Kathleen Hammitt, a Woodville wife and minister in training who died as her vehicle was tossed like a Matchbox toy on SR 795; and Ted Kranz, the father of the Lake High Class of 2010 valedictorian.

Hours before the 2010 seniors were to graduate June 6 at Lake High, the school complex at SR 795 and Lemoyne Road was among the structures heavily damaged by the monster EF4 twister.

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Repairs to Lake Elementary and Middle schools won’t delay the opening of the schools for the 2010-11 school year, according to Tim Krugh, president of the Lake Board of Education, who says the board has reached agreement with the district’s insurer for roof repairs to both buildings.

The middle and elementary schools were damaged in a June 5 tornado that also destroyed the nearby high school building.

The school board is also close to deciding on how to proceed with replacing the damaged cafeteria and boilers for the middle school.

“Both of these buildings will be ready for school come late August,” Krugh said. “That’s our goal and we think it’s realistic. Some of the roof work may be done later but the buildings themselves will be ready to go. That work has been authorized and we’re working on the details for getting the boilers at the middle school operating. The heat we may not need until October, hopefully. But we hope to have the cafeteria running by the time school starts. We’re looking at a permanent structure for the cafeteria rather than a temporary structure because the costs may not be a whole lot more.”

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Red Cross donates funds to the United Way
The American Red Cross Greater Toledo Area Chapter has released approximately $35,000 to United Way of Greater Toledo’s long-term storm recovery fund.

The funds were originally donated to the Red Cross to help respond to relief efforts associated with the tornadoes that swept through Northwest Ohio the weekend of June 5.

“The Red Cross received such an outpouring of good will from the community that we’ve covered our expenses and want to pass on that generosity,” said Tim Yenrick, regional director of the American Red Cross. “This money will help families with long-term counseling, legal services and individual needs that have yet to be met.”

Several weeks ago, a long-term recovery committee made up of social service agencies and emergency personnel formed in Wood County. The group voted United Way to administer funds for long-term efforts.

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A new, unused baseball diamond in Brentwood Park that has repeatedly been flooded with rainfall since it was constructed last fall was caused by the contractor’s use of a top layer of impervious blue clay.

At a June 3 committee of the whole meeting of Northwood City Council, Administrator Pat Bacon expressed frustration about the floods at the ball diamond.

“It’s pretty much been drained, the water has been pumped off. This saga has been going on too long. I’m at wits end,” she said.

“Currently, that diamond is unplayable,” she added. “We contacted Ohio Excavating, the contractor, numerous times. For one reason or another that they don’t come out is that it’s too wet, and if they bring their equipment out, they’re going to damage the field. So frustration kind of reached a climax this week. The city checked to see what the problem could be.”

Bacon showed council photos of the diamond, which showed a layer of blue clay as the culprit.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency slapped Envirosafe Services of Ohio, Inc., (ESOI) with a $180,000 penalty for multiple hazardous waste management violations at its landfill in Oregon.

The violations, according to Dina Pierce, northwest district media coordinator with the Ohio EPA, occurred between 2007 to 2009.

“Ohio EPA conducts compliance inspections twice a year at the facility,” explained Pierce. “Ohio EPA also has an on-site inspector based at the facility who conducts daily compliance inspections of Envirosafe’s operations. Some violations were found by the on-site inspector during daily inspections, others during the annual inspections and some were reported by ESOI.”

The $180,000 fine covers multiple inspection and record keeping violations involving the containment building, the water line dewatering trenches and the Cell M leachate collection system at Envirosfafe, said Pierce.

They violations include:
• failing to properly operate leachate collection sump pumps;

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