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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.

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.”

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority received a $2 million grant from the state to clean up the former industrial park at Beazer, also known as the former Toledo Coke site, located at the Port of Toledo.

The Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund (CORF) grant will allow the Port to complete the remaining environmental remediation and demolition activities at the site, just off Front Street.

The Port believes that the site will create several construction jobs and draw hundreds of new manufacturing and seaport jobs when the cleanup is complete.

Possible business markets that might be drawn to the site include agricultural, alternative energy, automotive, plastics, glass, as well as other manufacturers.

Matthew Sapara, the Port’s director of economic development, said there are several companies involved in manufacturing and alternative energy “that are looking for a place to land.”

The Wood County commissioners have scheduled a special meeting Sept. 21 to adopt a resolution designating the entire county as a recovery zone, making municipalities, townships, and other jurisdictions eligible for bonds authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The meeting will be at 10 a.m. in the county courthouse atrium.

By designating the county as a recovery zone, the towns will have access to $8.83 million in Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds and private entities will have access to $13.25 million in Recovery Zone Facility Bonds.

The recovery act includes a total of $25 billion allocated for the bond issues: $15 billion for the facility bonds and $10 billion for the economic development bonds.

Oregon Mayor Marge Brown and City Administrator Ken Filipiak said goodbye to council at their last council meeting as city officials on Nov. 23.

Brown, who was defeated for a third term by Councilman Mike Seferian on Nov. 3, choked back tears during a brief speech at the end of the meeting.

“Since this is my last council meeting,” said Brown, “I wish to thank the staff for their great support. You guys have always been there for me. Eight years is a long time, but a short time, too. We’ve had a lot of good friendships. I wish you all well.”

Filipiak, who has been with the city for nearly 10 years, resigned after the election to take a job as city manager of Mentor, Ohio.

“This is my last council meeting,” said Filipiak, whose last day was Nov. 25.

He said he expected to provide Seferian and council with a proposed draft budget before he leaves.