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Terry Breymaier, president of Friends of Pearson Park, refers to the Metropark’s
300-acre north expansion as “one of the biggest conversation pieces in Oregon.”
Pearson North is in the process of being restored to its natural state as a swamp woods and open wetland by the Columbus-based Ohio Wetlands Foundation.
Pearson North, acquired in 2001, is beginning to show positive signs of becoming a wetland capable of attracting natural habitat, says OWF President Vincent E. Messerley.
Messerley said the oasis of trees, water and meadow provided by the area will be a natural stopover for birds, and meadows with wildflowers will provide important nectaring sources for butterflies and insects.
“We thought it had the highest chance of being a good wetland project to restore the Old Black Swamp and we settled on that,” Messerley said.
Since then, 100,000 trees, shrubs, and bushes have been planted in Pearson North.
“The ratio we used was 600 individual tree seedlings per acre and 100 shrubs per acre,” Messerley said. “We tried very hard to use native seed material from this area, or from Michigan or Indiana, and stay within this climate as much as possible.”
Two injury accidents occurred last Tuesday within a 20 minute period and just a half mile from each other on I-75.
Jerusalem Township trustees want former Trustee Rodney Graffis to reimburse the township $20,174.04 that an audit in 2007 showed he had improperly received for health insurance coverage.
The special prosecutor in the case of Terri Camp, Woodville, who is seeking to have her driving privileges re-instated after being convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide, has asked the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court for a hearing continuance.
Christy Cole, who was appointed special prosecutor by Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan, said Thursday she has filed a motion asking the court to re-schedule Camp’s hearing because of a scheduling conflict with her private practice.
Cole has also filed a motion with the court opposing Camp’s request.
Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters had scheduled a hearing on Camp’s request for Feb. 26.
On paper, Camp appears to be someone who has turned her life around and overcome past problems with alcohol.
Since her release from prison for a conviction in 1993 of aggravated vehicular homicide committed while driving drunk, she has earned the certification for becoming an optician and is employed by a Woodville optometrist. Camp, 45, has also been a participant in a 12-step program and completed the Healing, Encouraging, Abstinence, and Recovery Through Sobriety (HEARTS) program.
A former Modine manufacturing plant employees says one of his own may have saved a life during a fire that engulfed the shut down factory with smoke on Jan. 29.
Former Modine worker Tom Liskai says Jamie Haas, also a former employee and Pemberville-Freedom Fire Department volunteer firefighter, responded just in time to save a contractor’s life.
Haas says he was just doing his job, and doesn’t want to take all the credit for it. He believes because he once worked at Modine, his fellow employees are making a bigger deal of it than it really deserves.
“We don't like talking about things like that. I don't want to be known as a hero, I just did what we were told to do and that's it,” Haas said.
“That's just one of those situations, and like I said, it was something where I did nothing out of the ordinary that nobody else wouldn't have done,” Haas continued.
Nonetheless, Liskai, a Sandusky County resident, says Haas deserves most of the credit and the public should know about his action.
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