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Lake Township has been given verbal approval to continue to provide emergency dispatching service for the Village of Walbridge, Mark Hummer, township police chief, said last week.

Village officials had received an offer from Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn for dispatching service for the village police department for approximately $31,000 a year but have indicated they will continue to contract with the township at a cost of $48,500 annually, Chief Hummer said, adding the agreement with the village will be on a month-to-month basis until a contract is signed.

In January, the township trustees renewed a one-year contract with LifeStar for dispatching service that included a 3 percent increase, raising the cost to $21,060 per month.

The company provides 24-hour dispatching service for fire, police, and emergency medical service calls. The service is shared by the township and village and City of Rossford with costs split by the percentage of calls for each.

Oregon will dedicate the planting of several trees to the late Betty Carstensen, a long time Oregon school board member, during its 16th annual Arbor Day Program, which will be held Friday, April 30, at 11 a.m. at the new Coy School off Pickle Road.

The public is invited to attend the event.

Several ornamental trees are being planted to surround the Living Memorial European Purple Beech tree, a joint project planted by the city and the Oregon City Schools District last November in honor of Mrs. Carstensen.

Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian has proclaimed the event the “Betty Carstensen Memorial Arbor Day.”

Carstensen was 85-years-old and finishing her fourth term on the board when she died last Sept. 5 following a stroke. She had served on the board since 1993 and had planned on running for a fifth term in November. She was a strong proponent of literacy education and spent many hours volunteering her time reading to elementary students.

Owens Community College interim president Dr. Larry McDougle relies on George Pollauf to pay his mortgage, car payments and grocery bills.

So do the professors in the history, law enforcement administration, psychology, computer science, social sciences, sociology and mathematics departments.

Pollauf is Owens' payroll specialist, and he takes his job very seriously.

"I'm dealing with peoples' livelihood," he said.

Pollauf, who lives in Curtice with his wife, Sandy, and their two daughters, has missed making Owens' payroll just once since 1985.

"Except for this past Friday pay of April 2, I processed almost all of the components — the checks and the deposit files — for literally every pay date I've been here," Pollauf said. "Last Friday would have been my 646th consecutive bi-weekly payroll."

If Pollauf doesn't do OCC's payroll that means someone else has to do it. That doesn't sit well with Pollauf, 51, who on July 1 will celebrate his 25th year at Owens. Ronald Reagan occupied the Oval Office when Pollauf took over as the payroll specialist at what was then known as Owens Technical College.

Governor Ted Strickland has appointed 10 persons to the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board – a panel created by the passage last year of an amendment to the state constitution.

The governor’s appointments include: Tony Forshey, a veterinarian with the Ohio Department of Agriculture; Leon Weaver, owner/operator of Bridgewater Dairy; Jeff Wuebker, a farm owner and president of the Ohio Soybean Association; Bobby Moser, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at the Ohio State University; Jeffrey LeJeune, associate professor of Food and Animal Health Science at the agricultural research and development center at the Ohio State University; Harold Dates, president of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Cincinnati; Jerry Lahmers, a veterinarian and family farm owner; Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks; Robert Cole, a former official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Stacey Atherton, co-owner of a farm and member of Ohio Dairy Producers and Ohio Farm Bureau.

Robert Boggs, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, is to be chairman of the board.

The speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and president of the Ohio Senate will also each appoint someone to the 13-member board.

Hungarian Club president Michael Csizek said the late Andrew J. Rakay was always the “life of the party” and “center of attention.”

“The guy was amazing,” Csizek said. “He didn’t realize he was 80 when he died. He thought he was 16, you know, the guy had so much energy. He had a story for everything. He knew everybody in town. If you lined his friends up from any group of person there is, any ethnic group, any person, Andy was friends with them.”

This past winter while Rakay was a patient in Toledo Hospital, he had a visitor — Mike Bell. One day later, Bell was sworn in as Toledo’s mayor. Bell once served under Captain Rakay when both were with the Toledo Fire Department.

After the 80-year-old Rakay passed away on January 14, at his funeral service were Councilmen Mike Craig and George Sarantos, former mayor Donna Owens, and “just about every politician in town,” said one friend.

The evening before his funeral service, the fire department conducted last alarm services at the funeral home.

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