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When he assumes the mayor’s post in the Village of Clay Center in January, Mark Franks plans to implement some changes in the village administration.

One of his goals for 2016 is to reorganize the police department, Franks said.

Before that, however, there are seats to fill on village council as no one filed to run in the election for either of two open seats.

“In a small town like this, we only have about 250 residents, it’s hard to get people involved in local government,” said Franks, who served a term on village council before running unopposed for the mayor’s office. “We’ve had a hard time filling our zoning commission also. We’re supposed to have five seated members. We only have three.”

Lizzie Smith, a senior at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School, knows what it is like to see a loved one suffer through cancer treatment. Her mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when Lizzie was just 12 years old.

She also knows how lonely one can feel as they go through the treatment process. That’s why she decided to step-up and help others who were going through the same painful process.

On Sept. 12, Smith held a day-long Cancer Patient Retreat. Throughout the day, patients were able to make blankets, go on a nature walk, or participate in a number of other activities. There were also speakers who came in and talked to families, including a nutritionist and yoga instructor.

Including my children, five generations of the Reese family have worked and played in the old barn on my parent’s property — that is a lot of pitch forking and hay fort building.

When faced with a decision about the future of this incredible, historic structure, my parents made the decision in 2010 to hire a gifted Amish crew to give it a major makeover for future generations of Reeses to continue to work and play beneath the ancient rafters of this grand old barn. Based on the saw marks on the beams, the style and the roofing material, it has been estimated that the barn was built between 1870 and 1880. Think about how Ohio agriculture has changed since then!

My parents are the third generation of the Reese family to own the farm. My great-grandfather, Pearl Jay Reese, and his wife, Jessie Mae, purchased the farm in 1918. Here is more about the barn from the Hancock Historical Society.

November 10th is a date that still haunts the hearts of many people in this region, for this was the day in 1975 that nature reminded us that she is not to be taken lightly. Capable of sudden and capricious power she can render helpless even the largest egos and machines of men. Forty years ago on that day, such was the case when the gales of November swallowed the Toledo-based freighter, the Edmund Fitzgerald in the stormy and violent waters of Lake Superior.

The ensuing tale of this big ship's tragedy has survived long after the storm of that night, spawning songs, poems, stories and multiple theories as to her demise and how she came to rest at the bottom of the biggest Great Lake. The enduring tale of the 729 foot long “Fitz” in many ways would become the Titanic of the Great Lakes in lore and legend.

Her story will not be forgotten anytime soon.

Despite the offer of a reward, the shooting of a yellow Labrador Retriever on Bayshore Road in Oregon this summer remains unsolved.

The owners of the dog, Rocco, found shot to death in August, are hoping someone will come forth with information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

Cindy Mabus, daughter of Ron and Sally “Red” Kilburn, said her parents' dog was found dead on August 20, behind Oregon’s No. 3 Fire Station on Bayshore Rd., across the street from where they live.

“I am just blown away that someone would just shoot him,” Mabus said. “He would not have hurt a flea.”

Rocco was a seven-year-old, 80 pound love bug, she said, adding he would once in a while get loose from his yard, which is attached to her parents' business, Ron's Trailers, located at 4400 Bayshore Rd.

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