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Sarah Penner has seen the local real estate market go from promising to disastrous. In turn, she adjusted her own employment to meet reality.

Penner used to work for Dillin Corporation when the big economic development news on this side of town was the impending 127-acre Marina District along the Maumee River in East Toledo. She left in July, 2008.

Times have changed.

Lots of people are facing losing their homes during these hard economic times. Renegotiating your mortgage terms or dealing with foreclosure is often difficult and confusing to deal with, Penner says.

Now, Penner works for Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP), a HUD-certified, non-profit agency whose mission is to keep homeowners in their homes.

If it has to, ESOP members will go to the streets to make their voice heard. She said when a bank doesn’t listen to her organization’s pleas, they send out letters first before resorting to other tactics.

The Eastwood school board anticipates saving approximately $600,000 by closing Webster Elementary School.

The board approved closing the school, which houses kindergarten through fifth grade, as part of a cost reduction plan that also included not re-hiring several assistant coaching positions.

Dropping the coaching positions will save an estimated $55,000, according to Brent Welker, superintendent.

Webster’s closing, which is being labeled a “suspension” by the administration, goes into effect for the 2010-11 school year.

Pemberville and Luckey elementary schools will absorb Webster students except for fifth graders, who will attend the middle school at the district’s main campus.

Welker said the board and administration began looking at the closing of Webster in the spring when enrollment figures of kindergartners indicated a decline was continuing.

Much of the cost savings associated with the closing w

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Election board member retiring
The Ottawa County Board of Elections is accepting resumes from Republicans to replace Pam Fredrick, who will be retiring from the board at the end of the year.

Fredrick has been with the board as a full-time clerk for 11 years. Her responsibilities include tracking absentee voting, processing local liquor license options, processing provisional voter ballots, and working with maps of the county’s 44 precincts.

“The board will miss her greatly as they seek to find her replacement,” said JoAnn Friar, director of the board.

Resumes will be accepted until Dec. 3 at the board office in the Veterans Memorial Building, 8444 W. State Route 163, Suite 101, Oak Harbor, O. 43449.

Resumes may also be sent by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Interest penalties to go up
Property owners in Lucas County who are behind in their property taxes will face an increase in the interest rate charged on unpaid balances.

Residents of Lake Township are being asked to recall their experiences during and after the June 5 tornado for an oral history of the storm and its impact on the Wood County community.

Richard Welling, a township trustee, said he’ll be recording the experiences of residents.

Michael Sibbersen, county auditor and local history buff, suggested the township compile an oral history of the storm and the aftermath while the trustees were attending a reception sponsored by the Black Swamp Humanitarian Awards Committee, he said.

“He said we should start recording the histories of people involved in the tornado,” Welling said.

Sibbersen last week said he thought the project had “great promise.”

A member of the Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, he helped research and write “A History of Lake Township, Wood County, Ohio” to commemorate the township’s sesquicentennial.

Anyone interested in sharing their tornado experiences should call Welling at (419) 838-6536 to arrange an interview.


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