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A mangled, dark green Ford Thunderbird LX sits in front of Cardinal Stritch High School, and it looks as if the driver could have been injured in it.

No worry, the driver is fine, although she received minor injuries in a recent accident. Now, her car is being used to send a message--Do not text while driving.

The 17-year-old girl who drove the car was texting while driving in a parking lot when she lost control and her car rolled over.

The driver’s side is virtually spared, fortunately for the driver, but there is glass throughout the automobile and the passenger side is destroyed with the top of the car virtually smashed in so that anyone sitting there would have suffered injuries.

The driver is a client of Dan R’s Automotive on Navarre Avenue in Oregon. When Cathy Reichow, an owner there, saw the damage, she had an idea.

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Castalia-based Back to the Wild animal refuge center founder Mona Rutger says

that years ago man-made toxins became partly responsible for bald eagles finding a spot on the endangered species list, which they are not anymore.

In Lake Erie pesticides from farm runoff was causing a problem.

“It’s probably not from the fish much anymore. They used to be full of DDT, of course, and that’s been banned and they’ve made a tremendous comeback because DDT has been eliminated. But they were getting poisoned right and left,” Mona said.

“It was a pesticide, and they ate so much fish. Its runoff, and when it rained the DDT got into the lakes and rivers and streams and it poisoned the fish and it passed through the food chain to the eagles. Eagles eat a tremendous amount of fish,” she continued.

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Oregon Councilman Mike Seferian attributed his dominant win over incumbent Mayor Marge Brown in the mayoral primary on Tuesday to perseverance.

“I worked hard. I thought I would do well. But I was very pleased when the vote totals started coming in,” said Seferian. “I felt my supporters were getting out the message I was trying to give, and people were listening.”

Seferian, 51, will face Brown, 72, in the November election. Seferian, who has been on council for nine terms, won 54 percent of the vote, while Brown, who is seeking reelection to a third term, won 37 percent. Grocer Marvin Dabish finished last with less than 9 percent of the vote.

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Back to the Wild, a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center, warns on its

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website that “sometimes a local animal rescue is a bit dramatic.”

The Castalia-based center’s founder, Mona Rutger, and her husband Bill Rutger, say an animal rescue can be dangerous, too.

“You kind of learn the hard way,” Mona said. “We’ve been injured quite a bit. It’s not the animal’s fault. They are just trying to survive.”

But it’s very possible that the end result can be satisfying, too. Two locally-based impromptu rescuers are hoping just that.

That was the case Tuesday afternoon between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. when Metroparks of the Toledo Area Ranger Richard Kiss and his second cousin, Jerusalem Township trustee Joe Kiss, encountered a sick male bald eagle near Cedar Point Road.

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Job attraction and retention will be the focus of a business/local government summit to be hosted by the Lake Township trustees.

The summit, which is open to the public, will be held Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the township administration building.

“The board will be inviting a diverse group of Lake Township business owners, property owners, and residents to discuss job attraction and job retention in our township,” Richard Welling, a trustee said.

In addition, topics such as marketing strategies for the township, identifying regional resources and  corridors poised for growth, streamlining governmental processes to assist development, and procuring grants will be up for discussion, he said, adding the summit will be “the first of many demonstrating the partnership of business and Lake Township.”

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