The Press Newspaper
When Owens College softball players Lydia Eckel and Aerica Susor first chose to
volunteer community service alongside their teammates, they probably never thought they would be providing relief efforts for Haiti earthquake victims.
The two Genoa High graduates were two of 20 Owens’ student-athletes who volunteered on Martin Luther King Day.
Beginning at 9 a.m., the softball players began painting the waiting room, assembling survival backpacks for the homeless, and stocking and sorting food items at Food For Thought, which is located in New Harvest Christian Church on Seaman Road in Oregon. They planned to stay until 3 p.m.
Food for Thought was founded with the overall mission of assisting the needy through the organization’s stationary food pantry, mobile food pantry, and picnic program. Six days per week, Food For Thought is credited with providing community outreach services to thousands of individuals as part of its efforts to increase access to food for hungry people.
“Having people volunteer, and having all these girls here from the Owens softball team taking what’s a day off for them and spending it here is great,” said New Harvest Church Senior Pastor Mike Przylbylski.
A decrease in general fund revenues, layoffs, and budget cuts were among the challenges faced by Northwood last year, according to Mayor Mark Stoner in his state of the city address, delivered to council last week.
Last year, the city faced challenges “never before felt during my life-time,” he said.
“Due to economic factors we had to make cutbacks in all city departments to balance the budget,” he said.
“Our employees worked hard collectively to make the necessary budget cuts with minimal effect on our community’s services.”
He expected further challenges this year, he said.
“While I’m not clairvoyant and I cannot predict the future, one only needs to look at the daily headlines to fathom a guess as to the economic circumstances that the city as well as our nation will face in the foreseeable future,” said Stoner.
General fund revenues dropped 12.2 percent from 2008-2009, which translates into a decrease of $593,000 into the city coffers.
“Because of this decrease, the administration was forced to cut $678,000 in expenditures during the 2009 tax year. These cuts included laying off, or not filling the vacated positions of, nine individuals,” said Stoner.
Second cousins Richard Kiss and Joe Kiss made a vow that a sick bald eagle they
rescued when fully recovered would be released back into Jerusalem Township.
Rescued near Cedar Point Road in late November, the male eagle successfully recovered at a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center, Back to the Wild, in Castalia. Last Sunday, it was released in the township at Maumee Bay State Park.
“I was adamant about staying in touch with them so we didn’t miss the opportunity. I insisted they bring it here. Absolutely,” Joe Kiss, a township trustee and business owner, said.
There to see the eagle fly off into the sunset, so to speak, were the two cousins, Joe Kiss’s wife and children, Back to the Wild founders Bill and Mona Rutger, one of their staff members, and their families.
When the cousins rescued the bird, its health and behavior was so poor chances of survival were not clear. When it was released, those present said they hardly recognized the bird.
Mike Beazley, Oregon’s new city administrator, has extensive experience in public office and has had high profile positions in northwest Ohio in the last several years.
Since 2005, he has been county administrator for the Board of Lucas County Commissioners.
Previously, he has held the following positions:
Humane Ohio, a non-profit organization that provides low-cost spay/neuter to cats, is planning its annual “Beat the Heat” promotion next month to battle the expected influx of unwanted litters.
For just $20, Humane Ohio for the month of February will spay female cats in an effort to prevent unwanted litters in the spring and summer.
The special rate is even less than the group’s normal low-cost price and applies to all residents of Lucas and Wood counties (must provide proof of residency).
To take advantage of the rate, cat owners must mention “Beat the Heat” when scheduling their appointments at 419-266-5607.
Jill Borkowski, marketing manager for Humane Ohio, said the group started the “Beat the Heat” promotion in 2007 to avoid the onslaught of unwanted litters in the spring and summer, the peak period for litters. The special rate of $20 is less than half or the group’s normal low-cost price, she added.
“Beat the Heat has become an annual promotion that’s in its third year. During the 2009 “Beat the Heat” promotion, we spayed 266 female cats and prevented countless unwanted litters,” said Borkowski.