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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.”
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.
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.
About 100 residents packed the gymnasium at the Genoa Community Ministry Center Tuesday evening to listen to 10 village council candidates discuss a controversy surrounding an underage drinking sting operation.
It was Genoa’s “Meet the Candidates Night,” sponsored by the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce and local churches. The ten council candidates are vying for four seats, to be determined in the November 3 election.
Candidates include four incumbents, Steven D. Bialorucki, Dave Fryman, Jennifer K. Kreager, and Betsy Slotnick. Six challengers are Brian D. Best, Carroll M. Bigelow, David N. Brown, Eric L. Hise, John C. Lewis, and Raymond A. St. Marie, Jr.
Eight of the 10 candidates appeared at the forum Tuesday. Not attending were Best and Bigelow.
Lewis is a lifetime resident of Genoa, having lived in the same house. He has been married to wife Theresa 32 years, has two daughters, and has served 35 years as a firefighter and emergency medical technician.
When thinking of roller derby, many people see an image of the popular television bouts from the 1970s that were more stage than competition.
Roller derby is back — and the Glass City Rollers will compete in their first home match against The Fox Cityz Foxz on October 31 at SeaGate Convention Centre. Team members include Luckey native Pam Keppler and Elmore resident Melissa Simon.
This time the competition is for real — at least that’s what the players say.
“It’s very real,” Keppler says. “It’s not the roller derby of the 70s that was more staged and was more of a show. This is a true sport. Any injuries are real. We’re really hitting, we’re really falling — nothing is staged.
“I think it’s very entertaining. The crowds that we’ve been in front of seem to really enjoy it — they get really into it.”
Keppler would go so far as to classify today’s version of roller derby as an extreme sport.
“It really is rough. Physically, it takes a lot out of you,” Keppler said. “It has a mental game. It’s tremendous — there is a lot of strategy to it. The danger involved physically is pretty high.”