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Floyd Hagedorn has been the unofficial historian of First St. John Lutheran Church for about half of his 81 years, and he’s been a member of First St. John his entire life.
He has painstakingly assembled a detailed account of the church’s history, beginning in 1861. Abraham Lincoln had just been elected to the presidency in 1860, and the church was organized with eight charter members just after the start of the Civil War.
The Black Swamp Bird Observatory considers its banding program a “feather in its cap.”
The program, led by research director Mark Shieldcastle, has banded more than 500,000 birds over two decades. The BSBO banding station is the largest in the country, according to Kim Kaufman, executive director of the BSBO.
“We band more birds than any other station in the country on a regular basis,” Kaufman said. “That's a feather in our cap, but what it really represents is how important that (Magee) marsh is to migratory birds.”
The Fair Housing Center deals with issues regarding race, disability, religion, color and sex for those seeking a place to live. It also helps people who are struggling to make their mortgage payments and are in danger of foreclosure on their houses.
“We are a HUD approved housing counseling agency under the Ohio Housing Financing Agency,” said Lisa Lawson-LaPointe, of the Fair Housing Center. “Basically, what it comes down to is that we never charge anyone for foreclosure prevention counseling. No one should ever pay for that. A new federal law just passed that took effect partly in December and partly in January. We’re not allowed to charge upfront fees. People were paying those ridiculous fees when they could be putting that toward their mortgage and getting caught up. So now that’s not allowed, for the most part. But we never charge.”
The Oregon City Schools and Northwood Local Schools districts are planning cuts in spending as a result of Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget next year.
Get ready for another possible round of cuts at Genoa schools.
The western Ottawa County school system is facing thousands of dollars of revenue loss in the next year that’ll pack a powerful punch.
“Busing for the high school. Increasing pay-to-play. It’s all back on the block for review,” said Superintendent Dennis Mock.
Layoffs are also a possibility; as is a levy request.
“This is not a good time for educational funding. You go to what would be considered minimum requirements,” the superintendent added.
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