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Hoping to build on the momentum from the recent creation of a Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) at Metcalf airfield, the Lake Township trustees last week approved an initiative aimed at spurring job growth.

The initiative focuses primarily on the transportation industry, said Richard Welling, a township trustee.

“We decided we wanted to taker more of a leadership role in promoting business and creating jobs,” he said. “We have the airport, rail yards, truck terminals, and interstates. We want to take advantage of that and try to create some jobs.”

A link to the township’s Web site is being developed to offer area businesses a networking center for posting job openings and related information.

In addition, Welling said the trustees intend to take a more aggressive role in assisting local businesses with seeking grants and other incentives.

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A grant of $100,000 from FirstEnergy Solutions to Lake Township comes with no strings attached, Tom Hays, township solicitor, informed the township’s trustees last week.

Hays said the township became eligible for the grant by signing an agreement for electric service with the utility through the Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition.

The trustees in June agreed to a contract with FirstEnergy for service to homeowners and small businesses that chose to not opt out of the coalition’s agreement with the company.

FirstEnergy announced last month it had signed agreements with 22 area communities that will provide about $7.4 million in grants through the company’s Powering Our Communities program.

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Oregon mayoral candidates Mike Seferian, Marge Brown, and Marvin Dabish participated in a taped roundtable discussion on the issues Thursday morning on WTVG Channel 13 with anchorman Jeff Smith as moderator. The program will be broadcast at noon Sunday, 14 days before the Sept. 15 mayoral primary.

The station submitted several questions beforehand, according to Dabish and Brown.

Those questions include:
• What is your read on Oregon right now, and what is the action plan for the next year?
• Now, what is the idea for a coking plant, or some other type of major industry that can bring jobs?
• Should Oregon be a bigger player in the alternate energy push? Why not create a wind turbine field near the bay?
• Are there any concerns there would be a voter mistake at the voting booth considering your first names all start  with an M and a wrong move could way the vote the other way?

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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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Keith Marok is a man of many interests.

Not only does Marok design and make jewelry, but he is a professional glass maker and soda pop entrepeneur. Yes, soda pop.

"He is a multi-talented kind of guy. Very creative," Kathy Steingraber said.

Steingraber, an East Toledo native who lives in Oregon, is the former president of the Downtown Warehouse District Association. She is a member/property owner of St. Clair Village, Inc. in downtown Toledo.

Located in St. Clair Village is The Little Gallery, a commission-free gallery at 46 S. St. Clair St. Marok, 35, shows his glass art at The Little Gallery's exhibits, which are held every third Thursday of the month.

"Everybody who exhibits here, exhibits free," Steingraber said. "Anything they sell is theirs. We don't take any of the money. It's a wonderful event."

Marok and his wife, Amanda, own a company called Marok's GlassRoots.

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