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When Owens College softball players Lydia Eckel and Aerica Susor first chose to

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volunteer community service alongside their teammates, they probably never thought they would be providing relief efforts for Haiti earthquake victims.

The two Genoa High graduates were two of 20 Owens’ student-athletes who volunteered on Martin Luther King Day.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the softball players began painting the waiting room, assembling survival backpacks for the homeless, and stocking and sorting food items at Food For Thought, which is located in New Harvest Christian Church on Seaman Road in Oregon. They planned to stay until 3 p.m.

Food for Thought was founded with the overall mission of assisting the needy through the organization’s stationary food pantry, mobile food pantry, and picnic program. Six days per week, Food For Thought is credited with providing community outreach services to thousands of individuals as part of its efforts to increase access to food for hungry people.

“Having people volunteer, and having all these girls here from the Owens softball team taking what’s a day off for them and spending it here is great,” said New Harvest Church Senior Pastor Mike Przylbylski.

Lake Township police will continue a special traffic enforcement blitz through Jan. 3, according to chief Mark Hummer, who said the enhanced effort is aimed at speeders, drunk drivers, and motorists who fail to yield the right-of-way.

The township in October received a grant of $32,000 through the Ohio Traffic Safety Office to fund overtime pay for office for extra patrols.

The department is concentrating on stretches of state routes 51, 163, and 795 and U.S. 20, the chief said.

From Dec. 1 to Dec. 29, officers stopped 120 vehicles and issued citations to about 70, according to figures compiled by the department.

In November, the department used grant monies to fund 58 hours of special enforcement and stopped 170 vehicles, resulting in the issuance in 75 tickets.

During an 11-hour enforcement blitz over the Halloween weekend, officers stopped 36 vehicles and issued 10 citations.

Mike Beazley, Oregon’s new city administrator, has extensive experience in public office and has had high profile positions in northwest Ohio in the last several years.

Since 2005, he has been county administrator for the Board of Lucas County Commissioners.

Previously, he has held the following positions:
• City clerk/clerk of council for the City of Toledo from 1998 – 2005;
• Board member of the Lucas County Board of Elections from 1989 - 1998; and chairman of the board of elections from 1991 – 1998;
• Member of the Bishop’s Education Council with the Catholic Diocese of Toledo from 1995 – 2004; and president of the Bishop’s Education Council from 2001 – 2004;
• Director of the Lucas County Board of Elections, 1983 – 1989;
• Member of the State of Ohio Board of Voting Machine Examiners, 1983 – 1991;
• Trustee of the Ohio Association of Elections Officials;

Oregon council unanimously passed the city’s operating budget at a meeting Dec. 21.

“I’m encouraged it’s a solid budget,” said Councilman Mike Sheehy.

“I think the process was good,” said Councilman Sandy Bihn. “I just wanted to alert everyone that what we’re doing is projecting our revenues for 2010. I think they’re less conservative perhaps than in the past,” she said of the $16,108,000 budget. “We’re projecting our revenues less than what we’re projecting our expenses without the capital improvement budget. So I’m just cautioning that the economy and what’s going on with the rising expenses may be hitting some kind of a balancing act with us as time goes on through 2010. Hopefully that won’t be the case, but it may be.”

Councilman Jerry Peach said the administration will be watching revenues “very closely.”

“I think that provides us with some reassurance,” said Peach.

Councilman James Seaman, who is chairman of the Finance Committee, said employee wages and contracts are set two years providing some stability to the budget.

Humane Ohio, a non-profit organization that provides low-cost spay/neuter to cats, is planning its annual “Beat the Heat” promotion next month to battle the expected influx of unwanted litters.

For just $20, Humane Ohio for the month of February will spay female cats in an effort to prevent unwanted litters in the spring and summer.

The special rate is even less than the group’s normal low-cost price and applies to all residents of Lucas and Wood  counties (must provide proof of residency).

To take advantage of the rate, cat owners must mention “Beat the Heat” when scheduling their appointments at 419-266-5607.

Jill Borkowski, marketing manager for Humane Ohio, said the group started the “Beat the Heat” promotion in 2007 to avoid the onslaught of unwanted litters in the spring and summer, the peak period for litters. The special rate of $20 is less than half or the group’s normal low-cost price, she added.

“Beat the Heat has become an annual promotion that’s in its third year. During the 2009 “Beat the Heat” promotion, we spayed 266 female cats and prevented countless unwanted litters,” said Borkowski.

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