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With a blanket of snow covering the ground and the temperature below freezing, members of the East Toledo Club Thursday saw a presentation of a volunteer’s work in a much warmer part of the world – the Republic of Mozambique, Africa.

Ron Overmyer, a former Ohio State University Extension educator who’s volunteered with the Farmer-to-Farmer program administered by the Citizens for Foreign Affairs, gave club members a view of a country still working to overcome the effects of a civil war that ended years ago.

It’s a palette of contrasts, he said of life in and around the town of Cantandica in the west central part of the country, where he was working with the Samora Machel Farmer Association.

Homes, schools and other buildings made of thatched roofs and mud bricks are still common, but so are cell phones.

“Cell phones are ubiquitous. They’re skipping the phone poles like we had and going to towers and cell phones,” he said, adding that pre-paid phone cards are widely used.

Ottawa County’s administrator has resigned.

Dennis Jensen turned in his resignation letter Thursday, Jan. 8 after being on paid administrative leave since Dec. 18.

County commissioners are mum though on the circumstances surrounding Jensen’s leave and subsequent resignation,

At this point, Jodi Regal, president of the board of commissioners said, commissioners aren’t searching for a replacement.

“We really haven’t talked about a replacement. The position just became open less than a week ago,” Regal said.

Jensen was a full-time administrator. He took the position following the retirement of Jere Witt. Witt had served in the position full-time for 20 years before retiring. He was hired back immediately on a part-time basis until his departure early 2011.

In the interim, Rhonda Slaughterbeck, the county’s assistant administrator, Theresa Elder, clerk, and the other office staff members are handling the daily operations in collaboration with the commissioners, Regal said.

An Oak Harbor woman convicted on a weapons charges in a domestic dispute last spring is heading to prison for 15 months.

Following her sentencing Jan. 9, Ann Goode, 43, was handed over to Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office custody until she could be transported to an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections facility. The charge stemmed from a fight with her daughter in March when Goode grabbed a gun and threatened to shoot the girl’s horses. In the end, though, she didn’t hurt the horses.

She pleaded guilty in September to an amended felony charge of attempted possession of a gun while under disability. The court ordered a presentencing investigation and set an early December sentencing date that ended up being delayed three times.

During sentencing hearing, Goode’s lawyer, Stephanie Lenke, told the judge Goode had been on probation since July 2014. “She has been well behaved and has not violated her probation,” Lenke said. She added Goode has completed court-ordered treatment assessments and counseling.

Goode then spoke quietly as she told the judge she took responsibility for what happened that day. Prosecutor Joe Gerber had nothing to add, he told the court.

In coming weeks, Oak Harbor Village Council is going digital. That is, the sound system used to record village council meetings and other public events is being updated after nearly two decades of service.

Council members have talked repeatedly over the years about replacing the TRAC double cassette tape system in place since the late 1990s. They’ve even tucked away money for the eventual change-over but never pushed for an upgrade, Councilman Jon Fickert has noted repeatedly at meetings.

That changed in the last quarter of 2014 when continued system malfunctions could not be overlooked anymore. Among the problems is members of the public who wanted to listen to recorded meetings could not because of device breakdowns.

“This unit is on its last legs,” new fiscal clerk Henry Jarrett told council at its first meeting of the year.

Late last year, council hired Torrence Sound System of Perrysburg to check out their old system and recommend a replacement.

Can we win the fight?

On August 2, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Toledo issued a tap water ban to communities that consume city water after high levels of a toxin created by blue green algae was detected in samples taken from the Collins Park water treatment plant on the East Side.savingLakeErieHeader

Samples from the plant, which draws its water from the western basin of Lake Erie, the 12th largest freshwater lake in the world, showed that microcystin, produced by blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, was detected at 3 parts per billion (ppb), exceeding the 1 ppb safety threshold established by the World Health Organization. The toxin, at high levels, can cause abnormal liver function in humans and animals.

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