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A New York businessman says he may be able to close a deal to purchase the Woodville Mall in a few weeks.

Mike Kohan, who has purchased several malls in the Midwest in recent years, said he remains in negotiations to purchase the mall, which has seen many of its smaller stores close and one of three anchor stores, Elder Beerman, announce it plans to close in September.

“I have a lot of plans for that mall,” he said. “I want to open up my own stores; clothing shops, children shops, shoe stores, book stores, toy stores. I’m in merchandizing myself so I won’t have to wait for stores to come. I’ll open some stores myself. I don’t want to be wasting time just waiting for tenants.”

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Patricia Lewis, who lives on Recker Road in Troy Township, and her house guest, Paul Urban, are used to seeing dogs show up out of nowhere.

When Middi, a 13-year old dachshund mix, came walking into their homestead on Friday, August 17 at about 7 p.m., the couple thought little of it.

“We live in a very secluded area and we get dogs out here all the time. So we see this dog prancing down the street,” recalled Urban, who is retired.

“Pat was on her way to work (at Genoa Care Center) and she called me back on the phone and said, ‘This dog is going towards Bradner Road,’ and we live just west of Bradner.”

The next day, the dog found its way to their barn.

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A $475 million Great Lakes restoration initiative expected to be signed by President Barack Obama, could help fund an “Eco island” that would eliminate open lake dumping of dredging from the Toledo shipping channel.

The island, or habitat restoration unit, would create an area for fish spawning, birds and other habitat and would be observed by tourists visiting the restored Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, according to Sandy Bihn, Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper.

“A lot of money will be coming into this area in the next federal fiscal year,” said Bihn. “There are 16 agencies that will oversee the funding and what can be done with it. We believe that a project that eliminates open lake dumping, a practice many of us have opposed for years and contributes to the algae problem in the lake, will keep the waters from being so muddy and will be better for the fish and its habitat.”

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The Oregon school board on Wednesday voted 4-1 against placing another 5.95-mill 10-year emergency levy on the Nov. 3 ballot.

School board member Diane Karoly was the lone vote in favor of the levy. The deadline for the board to finalize a levy in November was Nov. 20.

The board had received considerable feedback from the community since voters defeated a 5.95-mill 10-year emergency levy by a nearly three to one margin on Aug. 4.

The district faces a $1 million budget deficit by June 30, 2011.

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She’s 13-years-old, just 22 pounds, and a little hard of hearing. Middi, a

dachshund mix belonging to Libby Carstensen, is also lost.

The black canine, with gray on its face, stomach, paws, and tip of its tail, has been missing since Friday, Aug. 14, when it dug out from under a fence at a location just off State Route 163 in Lake Township. It is the longest time Carstensen, 20, has been without her dog.

“She slept with me every night,” said Carstensen, who adopted Middi nearly 13 years ago when Carstensen was just eight-years-old.

Back then, her brother, who is two years older than she, got a puppy, which prompted Libby to ask her parents for one, too.

“My mom took me down the road and there was just one puppy left, which had worms and was kind of ugly,” she fondly recalled. “My mom asked if she could get me a Pomeranian instead. I said, `No. I want this one. And her name is Midnight. She is mine.’ So I brought her home and made huge puppy eyes at my dad. And he said, `Alright. You can keep her.”

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