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Once again the building that housed the former Millbury Elementary School appears to be headed for sale.

Jerry O’Reilly, who purchased the building at auction in 2008 from the Lake Board of Education for $45,100, said last week he’s been moving items to a larger building in downtown Toledo.

O’Reilly had operated an electronics store in the kitchen area of a newer section of the building but said he’s grown frustrated with zoning disputes with the Village of Millbury and has decided to vacate the building.

Meanwhile, a non-profit organization formed in 1996 to preserve the building after the school board decided to consolidate district operations on the Lemoyne Road campus, has filed a notice with the Ohio Secretary of State to dissolve.

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here is an excerpt from his blog, which you can follow by going to presspublications.com and clicking on the icon on the upper right.


Glad tidings to All -
It has stood there for 320 years--an enduring symbol of Spain’s once mighty and far flung New World empire. It was an impregnable fortress meant to protect Spanish treasure ships, or galleons, bearing cargoes of gold, silver, tobacco, chocolate, hard woods--all the wealth of the New World--on their voyages north with the Gulf Stream along the coast of La Florida, and then across the Atlantic and home to Mother Spain.

The Oregon City Schools board will not have to submit a spending plan to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) now that voters passed an operations levy in the November election.

District treasurer Jane Fruth would have been required to submit the plan had the levy not passed due to an expected deficit next year.

“Because the levy passed, we’ll be able to resubmit our five-year forecast,” said Fruth at the last school board meeting in November. “Unfortunately, with the previous forecast, we were showing a deficit in the third year, which we were going to have to send a spending plan to ODE. This eliminates that. I just have to submit the updated five-year forecast. And that should take care of it. So we’ll be off the hook with ODE because we’re in the black again.”

A bill that would authorize municipalities to create downtown re-development districts has sailed through the Ohio House of Representatives and is being watched by area officials as a possible means to retain and attract businesses.

House Bill 233, which passed last month in the House by a 91-0 vote, set procedures for cities and villages to establish the re-development districts for rehabilitating historic buildings and promoting economic development.

Other features of the bill now pending in the Senate Ways and Means Committee:

• Authorize municipalities to exempt up to 70 percent of the real property in the districts from taxation and to collect service payments in lieu of taxes from owners. Revenues from the payments would be used for economic development purposes.

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas will provide a special blessing at a Mass to dedicate the newly renovated St. Jerome Church in Walbridge.

The Mass will be held Sunday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. at the church, 300 Warner St.

road construction delays

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