The Press Newspaper
During Genoa’s “Meet the Candidates Night” Tuesday, council candidates focused on subjects other than the police department’s controversial underage alcohol sting.
Questions for the candidates were pre-determined by the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and each candidate did not address every issue.
Regarding village spending:
Incumbent Steven D. Bialorucki: “In my opinion, the things I’ve seen on the projects we’ve done on the sidewalks and streets are positive. The things we are spending on are the right ones, quite honestly. Yes, we are spending money, but you have to realize $86,000 was grants. Local small government needs to maintain what we have and we are doing it in a mindful way of the taxpayers’ dollars.”
Challenger David N. Brown: “I’d think it would be irresponsible if I didn’t say we’re spending too much. Let’s try to get better communication, let everyone know how we can better communicate and let everybody give their input,” Brown said, suggesting a newsletter.
Jerusalem Township Trustees Aug. 11 voted unanimously to place a 3.5-mill levy for one year on the November 3 ballot to fund sheriff patrols in the township.
On July 28, trustees Joe Gray and Rodney Graffis voted in favor of putting a levy on the ballot. Following a special meeting to gauge public opinion on the matter on Aug. 6, Gray said he would vote at the Aug. 11 trustee meeting to rescind his motion to vote for the levy because it lacked support from the packed crowd of 125 residents.
Gray did rescind his motion, then voted with Graffis and Trustee Joe Kiss in favor of putting the 3.5-mill levy on the ballot.
Gray said he changed his mind because voters in the township should have the opportunity to decide on the levy.
About 100 residents packed the gymnasium at the Genoa Community Ministry Center Tuesday evening to listen to 10 village council candidates discuss a controversy surrounding an underage drinking sting operation.
It was Genoa’s “Meet the Candidates Night,” sponsored by the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce and local churches. The ten council candidates are vying for four seats, to be determined in the November 3 election.
Candidates include four incumbents, Steven D. Bialorucki, Dave Fryman, Jennifer K. Kreager, and Betsy Slotnick. Six challengers are Brian D. Best, Carroll M. Bigelow, David N. Brown, Eric L. Hise, John C. Lewis, and Raymond A. St. Marie, Jr.
Eight of the 10 candidates appeared at the forum Tuesday. Not attending were Best and Bigelow.
Lewis is a lifetime resident of Genoa, having lived in the same house. He has been married to wife Theresa 32 years, has two daughters, and has served 35 years as a firefighter and emergency medical technician.
The Army Corps of Engineers plans to conduct soil sampling and related surveys later this year at the former Brush Beryllium site near the Village of Luckey as part of an ongoing remedial program for the 40-acre parcel located at 21200 Luckey Road.
“Later this year, we will further define the extent of the FUSRAP-related soil contamination on the site by performing soil sampling and geophysical and topographic surveys,” Lenhardt said, adding results from the testing will provide the Corps with the necessary data to enter what is called the remedial design phase of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).
When thinking of roller derby, many people see an image of the popular television bouts from the 1970s that were more stage than competition.
Roller derby is back — and the Glass City Rollers will compete in their first home match against The Fox Cityz Foxz on October 31 at SeaGate Convention Centre. Team members include Luckey native Pam Keppler and Elmore resident Melissa Simon.
This time the competition is for real — at least that’s what the players say.
“It’s very real,” Keppler says. “It’s not the roller derby of the 70s that was more staged and was more of a show. This is a true sport. Any injuries are real. We’re really hitting, we’re really falling — nothing is staged.
“I think it’s very entertaining. The crowds that we’ve been in front of seem to really enjoy it — they get really into it.”
Keppler would go so far as to classify today’s version of roller derby as an extreme sport.
“It really is rough. Physically, it takes a lot out of you,” Keppler said. “It has a mental game. It’s tremendous — there is a lot of strategy to it. The danger involved physically is pretty high.”
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