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Historian Richard J. Norgard grew up on the shores of Lake Erie — his boyhood home, “now long gone,” was located where Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurant sits in Port Clinton.

Richard Norgard

As a child, his father used to tell him about the “old slave ship” that burned offshore, less than a half mile from their home, on July 4, 1946. His dad watched the ship burn from their beach, and the story stayed with Norgard.

When Norgard landed his first job as a reporter and photographer for a local newspaper, he began collecting information about the “old slave ship,” which was really a historic sailing ship called the “Success.” He says the quest began as a hobby, then became a “passion, and finally, a writing career.”

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers reported seizing 189 pounds of marijuana March 11 during a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike in Lake Township.

Seniors from across the city packed the East Toledo Senior Center at Navarre Park to listen to Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson’s presentation asking voters to approve Issue 2.

Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson joins
seniors at the East Toledo Family Center
to support Issue 2. (Press photo by Ken

On Wednesday, over 60 seniors arrived at the shelter house off White Street, many making the trip from other senior centers across town in vans provided by the Area Office on Aging. Mayor Hicks-Hudson was flanked by District 3 councilman Peter J. Ujvagi, who represents East Toledo, at-large councilman Larry Sykes and Council President Steven Steel.

The Lake school board has amended the district’s policy for academic eligibility for student athletes, including raising the required grade point average.

In addition to current baseline requirements set by the board and the Ohio High School Athletic Association, Lake student athletes will be expected to maintain at least a 1.7 grade point average to be held in academic good standing.

Student athletes with grade point averages below 1.7 but who have at least a 1.5 will be placed on academic watch.

A dilapidated building that was left vacant for over 20 years in East Toledo was finally torn down last week by the Lucas County Land Bank, which had recently acquired the foreclosed property.

The commercial property at 452 Dover near Dearborn, was blighted and the subject of many neighborhood complaints over the years.

“This demolition is very significant to the community. It’s been such a thorn for so many decades,” said Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz, who is chairman of the land bank’s board of directors.

“The land bank is in a position to do so many rehabs all across the community. I treat them as routine, but this is uniquely important to the psyche of people in East Toledo. In all the conversations we’ve had with community members in East Toledo, this was a property that Jodi Gross always mentioned as a major eyesore and problem,” he said.

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