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Six years ago, people without transportation found it difficult to get to the doctor’s office or hospital for medical appointments. Then came Care-Van, a non-profit service that provides transportation for people in local communities to their health care providers, thanks to donations from a group of doctors, nurses, and others unrelated to the medical field.

Care-Van has seen an increase in demand by those who have no other way to get to and from their medical appointments, according to Dr. Erol D. Riza, one of the people who helped establish the service.

Donations from the medical staff at St. Charles Mercy Hospital, small businesses and individuals financially supported the service. Last year, the program got a boost in the arm with a $30,000 grant from the United Way of Greater Toledo.

“All these different groups joined to help people who have no other way to get to their appointments,” said Riza. It particularly helps people on a limited income, he said.

“When people get checks from Medicare, what will they spend it for, a taxi cab, food, or a run to the doctor’s? At least we are helping them in that way,” he said.

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A search warrant executed at a Clay Township residence resulted in the arrest of two people and authorities seizing marijuana plants, firearms, and equipment for growing marijuana indoors.

The Ottawa County Drug Task Force, detectives from the county sheriff’s department, and officers from the Clay Township Police Department executed the warrant Dec. 23 at 22784 W. Holt-Harrigan Road.

Melissa K. Moll, 29, and Daniel R. Flickinger, 52, have each been charged with possession of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana, and possession of cultivation tools.

All are fifth degree felony charges, according to the sheriff’s department.

The two were lodged in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, pending an initial appearance in the county municipal court.

Investigators also seized cash, processed marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

According to the municipal court Web site, an arraignment hearing was scheduled for Dec. 30. 

 

Elmore village officials spent the last few days of 2009 and the first three of 2010 preparing for a planned power outage set for Jan. 4, when Toledo Edison crews will be replacing a damaged pole near the corner of state routes 51 and 105.

The village board of public affairs projects the repairs will result in power being out from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All consumers who purchase power through the village distribution system will be affected by the outage, including those located outside the village limits.

The Harris-Elmore Fire Department, which is equipped with a back-up generator, will be open for residents as a shelter and the Elmore Community Center, at the corner of Toledo and Clinton streets, will also be heated with a generator.

According to The Weather Channel, a high of 27 degrees (Fahrenheit) is predicted for the Elmore area that day. The projected low is 21 degrees. There is a 30 percent chance of snow showers.

Lake Township police will continue a special traffic enforcement blitz through Jan. 3, according to chief Mark Hummer, who said the enhanced effort is aimed at speeders, drunk drivers, and motorists who fail to yield the right-of-way.

The township in October received a grant of $32,000 through the Ohio Traffic Safety Office to fund overtime pay for office for extra patrols.

The department is concentrating on stretches of state routes 51, 163, and 795 and U.S. 20, the chief said.

From Dec. 1 to Dec. 29, officers stopped 120 vehicles and issued citations to about 70, according to figures compiled by the department.

In November, the department used grant monies to fund 58 hours of special enforcement and stopped 170 vehicles, resulting in the issuance in 75 tickets.

During an 11-hour enforcement blitz over the Halloween weekend, officers stopped 36 vehicles and issued 10 citations.

Oregon council unanimously passed the city’s operating budget at a meeting Dec. 21.

“I’m encouraged it’s a solid budget,” said Councilman Mike Sheehy.

“I think the process was good,” said Councilman Sandy Bihn. “I just wanted to alert everyone that what we’re doing is projecting our revenues for 2010. I think they’re less conservative perhaps than in the past,” she said of the $16,108,000 budget. “We’re projecting our revenues less than what we’re projecting our expenses without the capital improvement budget. So I’m just cautioning that the economy and what’s going on with the rising expenses may be hitting some kind of a balancing act with us as time goes on through 2010. Hopefully that won’t be the case, but it may be.”

Councilman Jerry Peach said the administration will be watching revenues “very closely.”

“I think that provides us with some reassurance,” said Peach.

Councilman James Seaman, who is chairman of the Finance Committee, said employee wages and contracts are set two years providing some stability to the budget.

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