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Swift and plentiful – that’s how emergency managers describe the outpouring of support for victims after the EF4 tornado ripped through the area June 5.
 
Hours after the storm, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army stepped in to offer immediate help in the form of food, water, clothing and shelter. The United Way of Greater Toledo helped organize and dispatch close to 4,000 volunteers in Wood and Ottawa counties. ISOH/IMPACT, a community based non-profit charitable organization called for “bucket brigades” to collect cleaning and emergency supplies that victims would need. Churches, community groups, businesses and individuals also stepped in to do what they could.
 
Northwest Ohioans opened not only their hearts but their wallets too, donating at least $626,000 to major organizations like the Red Cross, the United Way and ISOH/IMPACT, as well as to numerous fundraisers organized throughout the region.
 
Three months later, as fundraisers are still being held and donations continue to trickle in, aid is being distributed to help victims return to their new “normal.”

 The Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services will start two programs this month to help eligible families with clothing and commuting costs.

The school clothing program is for Ottawa County students enrolled in grades K-12, in a public or private school.  A $200 gift card for each qualifying student will be given to purchase outerwear, underwear, shoes, or apparel suitable for classroom wear, and/or approved school uniforms.  Gift cards will be available from Walmart, Macy’s, Elder Beerman, Sears, and J.C. Penney, on a first-come first-serve basis.  Applications will be sent home with students in cooperation with all the schools within the county. 

Also in September, a Fuel for Work program is available to eligible adults working outside of the home.  A $200 gift card to either Speedway or Marathon will be issued to eligible adult household members that work a minimum of 30 hours per week, outside of the home.  Cards are to be used for fuel or automotive needs only. 

Applications for either program are available at the Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services, in Oak Harbor, and the Sutton Center in Port Clinton.

Oregon will conduct real time tests of its drinking water to monitor results of samples taken by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency last month that showed low levels of a toxin that can cause damage to the liver and nervous system.

“We take this very seriously,” said Oregon Administrator Mike Beazley. “We think our practices appropriately deal with it, and our water has been, and continues to be, safe.”

The Ohio EPA last month conducted three rounds of sampling at 11 public drinking water systems whose source water is drawn from Lake Erie’s western basin, where a large blue-green algae bloom is present. Laboratory analysis last week found very low levels of microcystin, a common algal toxin that can affect the liver, in the finished (treated) water in Oregon, and Carroll Township in Ottawa County.

Microcystin was present in finished water at 0.23 parts per billion (ppb) in Oregon, and 0.16 ppb in Carroll Township. Both are well below the 1.0 ppb drinking water guidelines established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Shane Baumgartner first served in Iraq with the Marine Corps, returned as a civilian contractor and then made his

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Marine Corps soldier Shane Baumgartner
with his wife Elizabeth (Wasserman), a Clay
High School graduate, on their wedding day.
(Photo courtesy of Noel Donnell)

 third deployment working for the U.S. state department.

On his final excursion, he survived being kidnapped by the enemy and being locked in the trunk of a Humvee.

Baumgartner was a Reconnaissance Marine who recently graduated from the police academy. Today, the veteran is a Northwood firefighter and paramedic. However, Baumgartner does not necessarily like to be called a “hero.”

Baumgartner spoke to over 200 people during the Northwood VFW Post 2984 Veterans Appreciation Day celebration August 21. The event was organized by the post’s appreciation day co-chairpersons Mike Myers and Audrey Caligirui.

In attendance were Baumgartner’s wife Elizabeth (Wasserman) and her grandfather, Noel Donnell, a World War II vet. Donnell was impressed with Baumgartner’s message.

A recreational use water quality advisory posted on the beach of Maumee Bay State Park last month due to high levels of microcystin in the water on Aug. 18 was still in effect by press time last Thursday.

Microcystin is one of several toxins produced by blue green algae blooms. It can affect the liver and nervous system if ingested.

The algae problem plaguing a number of inland lakes across Ohio is primarily the result of runoff from farm field nutrients.

A sample of the water at Maumee Bay State Park on Aug. 18 showed microcystin levels at 577 ppb (parts per billion), almost 29 times higher than the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation of 20 ppb, according to Dina Pierce, northwest district media coordinator for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. For recreational water, WHO considers microcystin levels of 20 ppb or higher to be a moderate to significant health risk.

“The beach is not closed,” said Pierce. “The algae bloom in the lake and the algal toxin levels can fluctuate greatly day-to-day, even during the course of a day.”

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