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The EF-4 tornado that swept through Wood and Ottawa counties on June 6, 2010 destroyed 100 homes, killed seven people, destroyed Lake High School, and forced families to rebuild homes.
Since that night one year ago, businesses along its route have also had to rebuild.
At least four businesses along State Route 795 suffered damage, and a Mexican restaurant sits near the rebuilt Lake Township Administration Building still looking much like it did after the tornado hit.
Since, some businesses have either reopened or gotten back to full capacity, Genoa Banking Company President Marty Sutter said.
“That’s a piece that nobody’s talked about,” Sutter said. “Everybody’s concerned about the individuals and homeowners and the school, but we shouldn’t forget there were a lot of businesses impacted over there. They are reopened and doing well.”

A monument to honor current members of the armed forces from Lake Township and the Village of Walbridge is being planned by Walbridge Mayor Dan Wilczynski – with the goal of dedicating the monument by Sept. 11.
A letter from the mayor that asks area officials for input on the proposed monument was read Tuesday at the meeting of the Lake Township Board of Trustees.
The monument would be erected at Veteran’s Park in Walbridge.

On July 1, 1911, a teenaged Gretchen V. Schoonmaker stood ready to christen an iron leviathan on the ways at the Great Lakes Engineering Works of Ecorse, Michigan.
The vessel, owned and operated by the Shenango Furnace Co., was named by company President William P. Snyder to honor his closest friend and the girl's father, Civil War hero and railroad industry innovator Col. James M. Schoonmaker. At 11:30 a.m., young Schoonmaker broke a bottle of champagne across the ship's bow, thus christening the "World's Largest Bulk Freighter" in her father's name.

Oregon City Council last month unanimously approved a request for a Special Use Exception (SUE) in a non-agricultural area at 6338 Brown Road for the purpose of housing livestock.
The applicants and property owners, Mohamad Tawil and his wife Nabil, requested the SUE in an R-1 Low Density Residential District.
The Planning Commission on April 19 had recommended approval of the SUE.
Council held a public hearing on the proposed SUE on May 23.
The property, surrounded by agricultural zoning on two sides, is on the south side of Brown Road, west of Bury Road. The lot size is 336 feet by 282 feet, with a seven-and-a-half foot concrete wall surrounding the backyard portion that the owners say will encompass cages and noise.

With the start of a new fiscal year July 1 for schools, two area districts are focusing their efforts on explaining their financial conditions to residents.
Administrators and school board members of the Lake Local School District have scheduled a press conference for Thursday to discuss an operating levy on the August ballot.
“It’s basically the kick-off for our levy campaign,” Jeff Carpenter, district treasurer, said of the press conference.
Lake voters will decide a 4.75-mill, continuing levy on the Aug. 2 ballot.
The board recently approved a revised five-year forecast that includes more than $1 million in spending cuts for the fiscal year.


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