The Press Newspaper
Second cousins Richard Kiss and Joe Kiss made a vow that a sick bald eagle they
rescued when fully recovered would be released back into Jerusalem Township.
Rescued near Cedar Point Road in late November, the male eagle successfully recovered at a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center, Back to the Wild, in Castalia. Last Sunday, it was released in the township at Maumee Bay State Park.
“I was adamant about staying in touch with them so we didn’t miss the opportunity. I insisted they bring it here. Absolutely,” Joe Kiss, a township trustee and business owner, said.
There to see the eagle fly off into the sunset, so to speak, were the two cousins, Joe Kiss’s wife and children, Back to the Wild founders Bill and Mona Rutger, one of their staff members, and their families.
When the cousins rescued the bird, its health and behavior was so poor chances of survival were not clear. When it was released, those present said they hardly recognized the bird.
The Sixth District Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Perrysburg man who was charged with forgery, receiving stolen property, and misuse of a credit card in a case stemming from break-ins of vehicles parked at the Perrysburg YMCA in 2007 and 2008.
The appellate court upheld the conviction of Martin Gaines, who had been charged with trying to purchase merchandise at the Pilot Travel Center in Lake Township and a Kmart store in Perrysburg with stolen credit cards.
According to court transcripts, a YMCA member on Dec. 18, 2007 reported her purse stolen after someone had smashed a window of her parked vehicle. When she arrived home after the break-in, she discovered her credit card had already been used to purchase an item costing more than $500 at Kmart.
About two weeks later, another Y member reported a vehicle break-in and purse theft. A man later identified as Gaines attempted to use her credit card that day at the travel center to buy CB radio equipment. After the credit card was declined, the salesman noticed the card was issued in the name of a woman and took the card to his manager. When he returned to the counter, the man had left the store.
A decrease in general fund revenues, layoffs, and budget cuts were among the challenges faced by Northwood last year, according to Mayor Mark Stoner in his state of the city address, delivered to council last week.
Last year, the city faced challenges “never before felt during my life-time,” he said.
“Due to economic factors we had to make cutbacks in all city departments to balance the budget,” he said.
“Our employees worked hard collectively to make the necessary budget cuts with minimal effect on our community’s services.”
He expected further challenges this year, he said.
“While I’m not clairvoyant and I cannot predict the future, one only needs to look at the daily headlines to fathom a guess as to the economic circumstances that the city as well as our nation will face in the foreseeable future,” said Stoner.
General fund revenues dropped 12.2 percent from 2008-2009, which translates into a decrease of $593,000 into the city coffers.
“Because of this decrease, the administration was forced to cut $678,000 in expenditures during the 2009 tax year. These cuts included laying off, or not filling the vacated positions of, nine individuals,” said Stoner.
More home loans slipping into foreclosure are conventional loans rather than subprime loans, according to a recent study by the State Foreclosure Prevention Working Group - attorneys general from 12 states, including Ohio’s Richard Cordray.
“The data shows that one in seven borrowers is behind in their mortgage,” Cordray said. “And hundreds of thousands of homeowners have adjustable-rate mortgages waiting to reset, ultimately sending even more into default. As our report outlines, servicers are long overdue to step up and start taking legitimate steps in reducing foreclosures. If they choose not to, the picture is grim.”
The report includes data compiled over two years by the group in cooperation with 13 large servicers of subprime mortgages.
Key finding of the report are:
The Lake Township trustees have turned to the township solicitor, Tom Hays, to represent the township on the board of directors of a Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) the township formed last year with the City of Toledo.
The appointment of Hays will be on an interim basis until the trustees have had time to interview other persons interested in serving on the JEDD board.
Still, the vote Tuesday to appoint Hays to the board wasn’t unanimous.
Trustees Melanie Bowen and Richard Welling voted for the appointment while Ron Sims voted against.
Sims said Police Chief Mark Hummer, who is also an administrative assistant to the trustees, should have been temporarily appointed to the seat.
“We already have an administrator for economic development (Hummer),” Sims said after the meeting. “I just feel that he should have been involved in this.”
Hummer has a separate contract with the township for handling administrative matters, including economic development related issues and grants.
The trustees also approved the appointment of Matt Sapara, Director of Development for the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority, as the township’s other representative to the five-member board.
No results found.