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His family and friends lost a hero when James E. “Big Daddy” Derr passed away on February 5, 2002, after battling a combination of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia.

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James E. “Big Daddy” Derr

However, the memory of the former industrial arts teacher and well-known wrestling coach continues, thanks to an effort to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.

A United States Army veteran, Derr was employed as an industrial arts teacher 37 years before retiring in 1996. He taught nine years at Northwood High School and was instrumental in starting the school’s football and wrestling programs.

The T Whitehead Recovery Center, formerly the Idle Time Club, is reaching out for support from the community.

According to John Hughes, director, the building where the center is located is in need of major work.

“The building we are housed in is in need of some renovations,” said Hughes. “We are also in the process of acquiring other nearby properties for expansion of the center, to include a banquet hall to be rented out for various social gatherings, which will contribute to our vision and its sustainability.”

The Idle Time Club has been a fixture in east Toledo since it was first opened by Tom Whitehead in 1973. Due to mismanagement by a former manager, the Idle Time fell on hard times and lost its 501(c)(3) in the process.

Members of the Woodmore school board and administration have tentatively scheduled a “walk through” of district facilities for Feb. 27 to determine what repairs or upgrades are needed.

Board member Sam Preston reported Tuesday the goal is to have a prioritized list compiled by March 8.

Major improvements totaling more than $1.1 million over the next two years are on the board’s agenda, including a new bus, textbook purchases, a new heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems at the high school, computer leases, parking lot improvements and other upgrades.

Costs would be borne by permanent improvement fund revenues.

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here is an excerpt from his blog, which you can follow by going to presspublications.com and clicking the icon in the upper right corner.

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Northwood is looking at a possible ordinance that would require pawn shop owners to use an online service that would show whether or an item was stolen or not.

Residents can currently input information, such as the color, make, model and serial numbers of valuable property, into an online database called “Leads Online” at www.leadsonline.com. It makes it easier for police to track down stolen items more quickly.

“We know a lot of stuff surfaces at pawn shops and people didn’t have their property recorded,” said Northwood Police Chief Thomas Cairl. “With Leads Online, residents can go to this webpage and give detailed information on their property so that if it is ever stolen, the information will show it is their property. It’s a tool that has been used in police departments. This is the second year that we’ve had it.”

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