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A start-up firm has received sufficient funding to begin production early next year of solar power inverters at a Moline-Martin Road building in Lake Township.
 
Norman Rapino, President and Chief Operating Officer of Nextronex Energy Systems, said the company has begun operations at the facility and already has plans for installing three inverters at the Ohio Air National Guard Base at Toledo Express Airport.
 
He projects the company could employ 15-20 workers by the end of 2010.
 
The company secured funding through the Rocket Ventures fund of the Regional Growth Partnership and University of Toledo Innovative Enterprise as well as local investors.

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Armed with a grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation, Jennifer Fording, is preparing to take the Harris-Elmore Public Library’s historical materials on the road for viewing by the public.
 
The library is using the grant to help pay for a laptop computer and projector that will enable Fording, the local history librarian, to display digitized archival records on location for interested organizations.
 
 The Harris-Elmore library is one of 12 public libraries in Northwest Ohio participating in a regional document digitization project under the auspices of the Ohio Historical Society.
 
Georgiana Huizenga, director of the Harris-Elmore library, said the goal of the project is to make an array of important but often deteriorating local history records available to a wider audience, including researchers throughout the U.S. and world, through the historical society’s Ohio Memory Project.
 

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Northwood will likely end its speed van, a mobile vehicle that issues citations to motorists for speeding, early next year. In addition, the city may discontinue the stationary speed and red light photo enforcement cameras installed at two intersections.
 
“I think it’s safe to say that the van is going to go away,” Northwood Mayor Mark Stoner told The Press last Wednesday.
 
“The cameras at the intersections could also end,” he added.
 
Council on July 2 voted 6-1 to stop contract negotiations with Redflex Safety Solutions, of Arizona, to continue providing a van equipped with a camera that targets Northwood streets that have a high incidence of speeding. The contract with the van expires in January.

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Former Oregon Mayor Marge Brown welcomed over 200 guests into a packed city

council chamber on Monday to say farewell.
 
Brown was defeated for a third term

by Oregon’s new mayor, former councilman Mike Seferian, on Nov. 3 by a 61 to 38 percent margin. Seferian was sworn in the day prior to Browns’ farewell party.
 
Brown vowed that she would remain involved in her community and Northwest Ohio.

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A proposed overtime policy revision is causing a stir among Village of Genoa workers.
 
Village council is set for its third reading Monday of a comprehensive package of personnel policy changes for the nearly 20 village workers. The new policies stem from two years of committee work and are the first revisions made since 2001, said Council President Elizabeth Slotnick, head of the personnel committee.   
 
The proposal addresses policies ranging from sick time and drug testing to the writing of job descriptions and items based on recommendations from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
 
Employees have several concerns with the changes; but a new formula for calculating overtime is  causing the most disdain, Slotnick said.

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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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