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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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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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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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Calling it a “trifecta of injustice,” Trent Dougherty, attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council, said the OEC plans to appeal a decision by the 11th District Court of Appeals that said property owners along Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie own the land above the water’s edge and the land beneath the water is open to the public.

The ruling in August largely upholds a decision by the Lake County Common Pleas Court in 2007 that established a moving boundary.

Dougherty, who is also Legal Director of the OEC Environmental Law Center, said a point of law beside the public access issue is at stake in the case.

He said the appeals court’s ruling, in effect, deprives the office of attorney general of legal standing in the case.

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The Northwest Ohio Carpenter’s Union has lent a hand for a charity project in

Stony Ridge.

Apprentices helped with a house that has been taken on as a rehab project by the community and nearby churches. The union is based in Rossford.

The “Stony Ridge Community Rehab Project” was developed to help a woman in the village who needed major renovations done for her home. The home belongs to Natalie St. Arnaud, a shut-in member of St. John's Lutheran Church and lifelong resident of Stony Ridge.

Joining in the forces are church members from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge, Stony Ridge Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Latcha.

St. John’s Lutheran Church and members of the community formed a steering committee that met with the St. Arnaud’s family, toured the house, assessed the needs and came up with the projected amount of money needed for the project, said Nancy Gerwin, a volunteer overseeing the project. Gerwin called the union coordinator, Mike Ball, to offer the opportunity for carpentry apprentices to get involved.

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