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East Toledo’s Yenrick family was honored Tuesday night during the first annual
Toledo Glass Key Awards ceremony at Inverness Country Club.
Mayor Carty Finkbeiner and co-hosts honored deserving Toledoans for their lifetime of service to Toledo. Included among them were humanitarians, educators and civic leaders who, over the past 25 years, have committed themselves to making Toledo a better place to live.
A press releases states that a major factor considered when selecting the nominees was their continuing commitment to the region over a period of time.
“Many individuals participate periodically in various events benefiting our community, but few continue this contribution year in and year out. The award winners of this prestigious Glass Key truly demonstrate a lifelong commitment to Toledo and Northwest Ohio. These dedicated individuals have selflessly given of their time, knowledge, and resources. They have touched the lives of countless people in this community,” the release states.
Oregon received 51 applications for the position of administrator by the Dec. 15 deadline, most of which came from outside the area.
Mayor Mike Seferian said at a Dec. 21 council meeting that he is currently considering a couple of candidates for the post.
“I’ve been in touch with a couple of people very interested in the job,” Seferian said at the meeting. “If one of them confirm, we could come to some sort of agreement. I may know as soon as Dec. 28. I would be looking forward to letting council become aware of that. If that works out, we might be able to appoint someone early January.”
Seferian told The Press on Dec. 29 that he is now focusing on one individual who stands out from the rest, though he wouldn’t disclose his identity.
The candidate, he said, has extensive experience in government in northwest Ohio and is currently mulling over several job offers from other employers.
Abbey, a Golden Retriever that belongs to the Edwards family, became the
guest of honor on her seventh birthday at the Woodville Township Fire House three days before Christmas.
Just hours earlier, Abbey’s life had been in impending danger after falling through ice into a pond.
Michael Edwards, a Bowling Green State University freshman computer science major, happened to be home with his guitar when the Edwards family Boxer, Tucker, began barking at the front door to be let into the house.
Usually, both Tucker and Abbey are waiting at the door, but this time only Tucker was there.
“When I went to put them back in I couldn’t find Abbey. I looked around for her, went up to my parents’ window and looked out the bay window and saw her in the pond. I went out there and she was trying to get out and she couldn’t get out on the ice from the water,” Michael said.
“I decided I’d go out and see if I could get her but I didn’t think the ice would hold me all the way. So I called my mom and asked her what to do,” Michael continued.
As 2009 winds down to a close, Oregon is optimistic about the economy.
Rieter Automotive North America, which manufactures fiber padding materials and molded acoustical products for autos, plans to expand its Oregon production facility, according to Gary Thompson, executive director of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation.
“It’s something we’re very excited about,” said Thompson. “The company has been aggressively pursuing additional work. In the short-term, there may be a couple of contracts that would add somewhere between 20-50 jobs. Long-term, because the company has pretty prudent financial management, and a lot of their competitors are filing for bankruptcy, they’re sitting pretty well to increase their market share. We’re just hoping their market share increases so more and more of that work can come to Oregon.”
The company previously expanded about 18 months ago and added 100 employees, said Thompson.
“They’re still hiring, and have not filled all the positions,” he said.
Despite the concerns of environmental organizations and local citizen groups, state lawmakers passed and Gov. Ted Strickland signed House Bill 363, which completes the transfer of oversight of large scale farm animal feeding operations to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
The state legislature has been authorizing the agriculture department to assume more responsibility for issuing permits for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) since 2000. The new bill will transfer the permitting authority for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System for CAFOs to the agriculture department from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
According to the bill:
• It specifies the director of the agriculture department has the authority to enforce terms of NPDES permits for discharging, transporting, or handling of pollutants, including manure, from CAFOS.
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