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The school board this week will appoint someone to fill the vacant seat previously held by Betty Carstensen, who died Sept. 5 following a stroke.

Carstensen, 85, was finishing her fourth term on the board when she died. She was running for re-election on the Nov. 3 ballot.

“We rescheduled our regularly scheduled meeting last Wednesday to Sept. 16,” said School Board President Jeff Ziviski.

“The law requires the board to act to fill the vacancy at its next regular meeting, which is held at least 10 days after the vacancy occurs,” said Ziviski.

The person who is appointed to the seat will fill the remainder of Carstensen’s term, which is through December 31, he said.

“Essentially, it’s a three-and-a-half month appointment,” he said.

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To kick off the most wonderful time of the year, the Genoa Merchants will sponsor their Holiday Open House the weekend after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, 28 and 29.

The special holiday event will offer the perfect occasion for family members and friends to get together, get a jump on their holiday shopping and maybe enjoy a leisurely lunch – one that doesn’t include turkey leftovers.

Some of the merchants will be offering specials, drawings and a chance to get away for some great shopping for unique gifts for the holidays.

Among the shops participating in the Holiday Open House is Packer Creek Pottery, where shoppers can find unique and colorful majolica pottery created by artist Jan Pugh. Among those who have purchased her pieces are Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Bush family, and the Queen of Jordon. Pugh specializes in handcrafted items in a wide variety of patterns and designs, including festive holiday patterns.

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September marks the observance of National Preparedness Month and the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) is leading a statewide campaign with a diverse group of national, state and local partners to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and to promote community involvement.

National Preparedness Month 2009 is focusing on changing perceptions about emergency preparedness to help Ohioans understand what it truly means to be Ready. Each week during National Preparedness Month, ODPS will be sending a press release or providing information on different areas of preparedness most likely to impact Ohioans.

In 2008, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Ohio had more than 48,000 fires and 150 deaths as a result of fires, many of which could have been prevented. It is important to learn about fires and how your family will respond to a fire in order to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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Ohio's popular deer-gun season opens statewide on Nov. 30, offering hunters a full week to harvest a whitetail. The upcoming season will again include an extra weekend of gun hunting on Dec. 19-20, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Deer can be hunted with a legal muzzleloader, handgun or shotgun from one half-hour before sunrise to sunset through Dec. 6 and Dec. 19-20. With a pre-hunting season population estimate of 650,000 white-tailed deer, the ODNR Division of Wildlife anticipates 115,000 to 125,000 deer will be killed during the nine-day season. Approximately 420,000 hunters are expected to participate in this year's season, including many out-of-state hunters.

The white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal in Ohio, frequently pursued by generations of hunters. Ohio ranks 8th nationally in annual hunting-related sales and 10th in the number of jobs associated with the hunting-related industry. Each year, hunting has an $859 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more.

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Before she became the pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in South Toledo, Cindy Getzinger worked as a paralegal for 25 years.

“Different events happened, and the attorney I was with retired,” Getzinger recalled. “God was calling me into the ministry and I pursued it. It took me five years to do seminary. Usually it’s four. I started out at Winebrenner Seminary in Findlay. I did the slow-boat road.”

Eighteen years ago, Cindy Hansen was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease that involves ongoing inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.

“That was truly the reason I was able to go back to school,” Hansen said. “I had lost my job because of my illness. I went back to the University of Toledo and got my degree in social work, and I entered the seminary the following summer, in 2004.”

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