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Small businesses want larger voice in Oregon
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 29 October 2009 15:24

Marvin Belknap has started a support group, of sorts, for small businesses in hopes of resolving problems they share.

Belknap, who owns The Coffee Shop, and Tan Pro Oregon, held a small business forum with city officials to discuss those problems.

“We invited any business owner with 50 or fewer employees.  There’s a lot of concern that small businesses are faltering, and not able to make it in Oregon. So I wanted to host a forum so everyone could ask questions,” Belknap said at a committee of the whole meeting on Oct. 19.

Belknap hopes to form a small business task force outside the Chamber and Oregon Economic Development Foundation that would work with the city administrator, public service director, and possibly law director to find ways to promote small business and help “relieve some stress and burden on us.”

“A lot of our members are tired of seeing people go to the other side of the river to do things, to shop, go to dinner, enjoy themselves,” he said.

Some common concerns of small businesses, said Belknap, include relaxing a stringent sign code and architectural committee regulations “that drives business away.”

 
Lake Schools raises $4,400 for honor flight veterans
Written by Nicholas Huenefeld   
Thursday, 22 October 2009 15:39

Time is of the essence at Lake High School.

With an estimated ten years until all World War II veterans are gone, the school started to raise money two years ago in an effort to send World War II veterans to see the World War II memorial in Washington D.C. free of cost.

The money raised goes to the Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio organization, which has sent over 300 veterans since their inception in 2007. People at Lake have raised over $4,400, which has allowed nine veterans to visit the memorial.

Although the school doesn’t know the names of the veterans they helped send, the veterans are told why they went and who raised money.

The effort initially began when Jim Witt, superintendent at Lake Local Schools, received a letter from a woman in Walbridge telling him about the Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio.

 
Village spending, Brunner Elementary among topics
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 22 October 2009 15:35

During Genoa’s “Meet the Candidates Night” Tuesday, council candidates focused on subjects other than the police department’s controversial underage alcohol sting.

Questions for the candidates were pre-determined by the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and each candidate did not address every issue.
 

Regarding village spending:

Incumbent Steven D. Bialorucki: “In my opinion, the things I’ve seen on the projects we’ve done on the sidewalks and streets are positive. The things we are spending on are the right ones, quite honestly. Yes, we are spending money, but you have to realize $86,000 was grants. Local small government needs to maintain what we have and we are doing it in a mindful way of the taxpayers’ dollars.”

Challenger David N. Brown: “I’d think it would be irresponsible if I didn’t say we’re spending too much. Let’s try to get better communication, let everyone know how we can better communicate and let everybody give their input,” Brown said, suggesting a newsletter.

 
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