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Don Christie and his wife, Michelle, knew something wasn't right with their

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                 Don Christie and his wife, Michelle, 
                 Olivia, 8, Ryan, 10, and Michaela, 6

youngest daughter, Michaela.

On March 20 last year, the Christie family drove to Columbus to watch two of their nieces, Courtney and Ashley Christie, play in the Division II state basketball semifinals for Kettering Alter High School at Value City Arena.

"Michaela was running a high fever on and off and had a lot of pain in her bones," says Don, an assistant principal at Oak Harbor Middle School. "She had been sick on and off. We're driving down there and every time we'd drive over a bump, like railroad tracks or something, she would start screaming. We got to Columbus and we had to carry her from the parking lot to the arena."

One day before, a family doctor had told Don and Michelle that Michaela simply had a viral infection and to just let it run its course.

"My wife said, 'This is not a virus...I want a blood test,' " Don recalls.

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When Maumee Bay Turf opened for business in spring 2006, co-owners Brad

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Morrison and P.J. Kapfhammer had big ideas and big dreams. Their unofficial motto was - and still is - “There’s nothing outside we don’t do.”

The business, located at 740 S. Stadium Dr. in Oregon, has 16 full-time employees year-round and 30 full-time employees in the summer.

Morrison, a 1987 graduate of Clay High School, and Kapfhammer, a 1990 Clay grad, began mowing lawns in the late 1980s and early ‘90s to make some cash.

“If you wanted to hustle and you wanted to work, you could make a few bucks,” Morrison said. “We went to high school together, but he was a little younger than me. When I played basketball at Bowling Green, he cut grass and took care of my accounts. I didn’t want to lose the accounts, so I sent everything to him.

“We started snow plowing places with one truck. P.J. hated snow, and he said I was nuts for plowing snow. He bought a truck and I bought another truck. We’d plow snow together but did landscaping and grass cutting independently. We saw we were stronger together and found a niche for something we could do as far as generating things in slow times. We brainstormed and decided we were going to do this,” he said.

And so Maumee Bay Turf took shape. The business includes a wide range of goods and services, such as power equipment sales and service, mowing and landscaping, athletic field installation and maintenance and snow plowing. It also has a full-time certified auto mechanic.

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To Cecil Adkins, the municipal pool in the Village of Walbridge should be regarded as a public asset worthy of the village’s investment of time and financial resources.

Adkins, a former village councilman, along with current councilmembers Maureen Jacobsen, who chairs council’s parks and recreation committee, and Ed Kolanko, and Steve Smith, village administrator, met with employees of GEM Industrial Inc. Thursday morning at the pool on Parkview Drive to get an idea on what repairs are needed.

Adkins and a few other residents voiced their concerns about proposed spending cuts in the village’s 2010 budget during a council meeting last month.

The pool, he reasons, should be spared from the budgetary ax.

“To say we don’t have the money isn’t completely accurate,” he said last week, adding the village’s savings account is likely drawing a very low interest rate and could be tapped for the repairs.

If promoted properly, the pool would draw families and residents from throughout Lake Township, he said, recalling the days when he was among the residents who formed a non-profit corporation and secured a loan from the Rossford Savings Bank to construct it.

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Oregon city council voted 6-0 at a special meeting Jan. 21 for Mayor Mike Seferian’s appointment of Michael Beazley as the new city administrator.

Council member Mike Sheehy was not present at the meeting.

Seferian said he had spoke earlier with Sheehy, who had expressed “his strong support” for the appointment.

Beazley, who is currently the administrator of Lucas County, will start his new job in March for a period of five years.

Seferian said Council member Sandy Bihn felt more comfortable if the city approved a term for Beazley’s contract.

“She was comfortable with five years. Mr. Beazley was comfortable with a five year term,” said Seferian.

Beazley, who did not submit a resume for the position, beat out 60 candidates who had submitted resumes to the city by the Dec. 15 deadline.

Seferian, an independent who beat incumbent Marge Brown for mayor last November, has said he had his eye on Beazley, a Democrat, since former City Administrator Ken Filipiak left soon after the election.

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Second cousins Richard Kiss and Joe Kiss made a vow that a sick bald eagle they

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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.

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