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Cardinal Stritch volleyball coach John Kazmaier and Northview coach Tony Geer are no strangers.

They coach together in the same club with Glass City Volleyball, and they were asked over the summer if they wanted to get their teams together to raise money for charity.

On Aug. 20, Stritch and visiting Northview raised more than $1,600 for the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center of Northwest Ohio.

The event was sponsored by Glass City Volleyball, a Junior Olympic-style program that runs from January through May. Kazmaier, in his first season at Cardinal Stritch, coaches a 17-year-old squad with Glass City, which competes in Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania.

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Plans to extend an electric transmission line to serve a new substation at St. Charles Mercy Hospital are at an impasse, according to Trent Smith, regional president of Toledo Edison.

Smith, who spoke at an Oregon council meeting on Oct. 26, said the stalemate is due to the city’s desire to have poles and lines that are aesthetically appealing, which increases the cost of the project.

The city had initially preferred an underground line, but it was later deemed too expensive.

Steel poles, which don’t have the unsightly guide wires that wood poles have for support, were also expensive.

“In my years of working for First Energy and Toledo Edison, this is one of the more challenging projects that we have come across,” said Smith. “When I say we, I mean the city, Toledo Edison as well as St. Charles,” said Smith. “There’s been a great amount of teamwork, a great amount of communication. Unfortunately, we have reached a little bit of an impasse.”

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An autopsy on the body of a woman found in Lake Erie near Oak Harbor has determined the cause of death but law enforcement officials Thursday said they weren’t disclosing how she died until the investigation has proceeded further.
 
On the evening of Thursday, August 27, the Ottawa County Sheriffs Office received several calls concerning the identity of the victim found at Lamberjack’s Marina in Carroll Township on Tuesday evening.
 
The callers saw pictures of the tattoos on the victim during local news broadcasts at 5 p.m. and recognized them as being those of a family member. Ottawa County detectives met with family members, including her mother and brother, in Toledo on Thursday evening. They positively identified the victim from photographs of the tattoos and surgical scars on the body.
 
The victim has been identified as Jennifer L. Snively, 26, of 1132 Earl Street, East Toledo.

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The City of Toledo awarded two grants to upgrade the façade of two buildings on Main Street in East Toledo.

Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner announced the grants at a press conference on Tuesday.

The Merrit Building, at 113 Main Street, and the Friedman Building, at 117 Main Street, need new roofs, windows and a coat of paint, according to Bob Krompak, economic development specialist with Neighborhood Housing Services. NHS informs commercial property owners of eligible grants, helps with grant applications, provides consultation and arranges financing and technical assistance.

The Merrit Building was completely unusuable, he said, as were the second and third floors of the Friedman Building.

“They needed general façade work to upgrade the look of the buildings,” he said.

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Court rules in favor of lakefront landowners

By Larry Limpf
News Editor
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The legal argument over where Lake Erie shoreline property becomes private land shifted in favor of land owners with the 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals ruling property lines change with the water level.

The court ruled last week the land beneath the water is open to the public and lakefront property residents own the land above the waterline.

The ruling essentially upholds a ruling by the Lake County Commons Pleas Court in December, 2007.

“By setting the boundary at the water’s edge, we recognize and respect the private property rights of littoral owners, while at the same time, provide for the public’s use of the waters of Lake Erie and the land submerged under those waters, when submerged. The water’s edge provides a readily discernible boundary for both the public and littoral landowners,” the appeals court wrote.

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