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Including my children, five generations of the Reese family have worked and played in the old barn on my parent’s property — that is a lot of pitch forking and hay fort building.

When faced with a decision about the future of this incredible, historic structure, my parents made the decision in 2010 to hire a gifted Amish crew to give it a major makeover for future generations of Reeses to continue to work and play beneath the ancient rafters of this grand old barn. Based on the saw marks on the beams, the style and the roofing material, it has been estimated that the barn was built between 1870 and 1880. Think about how Ohio agriculture has changed since then!

My parents are the third generation of the Reese family to own the farm. My great-grandfather, Pearl Jay Reese, and his wife, Jessie Mae, purchased the farm in 1918. Here is more about the barn from the Hancock Historical Society.

November 10th is a date that still haunts the hearts of many people in this region, for this was the day in 1975 that nature reminded us that she is not to be taken lightly. Capable of sudden and capricious power she can render helpless even the largest egos and machines of men. Forty years ago on that day, such was the case when the gales of November swallowed the Toledo-based freighter, the Edmund Fitzgerald in the stormy and violent waters of Lake Superior.

The ensuing tale of this big ship's tragedy has survived long after the storm of that night, spawning songs, poems, stories and multiple theories as to her demise and how she came to rest at the bottom of the biggest Great Lake. The enduring tale of the 729 foot long “Fitz” in many ways would become the Titanic of the Great Lakes in lore and legend.

Her story will not be forgotten anytime soon.

Despite the offer of a reward, the shooting of a yellow Labrador Retriever on Bayshore Road in Oregon this summer remains unsolved.

The owners of the dog, Rocco, found shot to death in August, are hoping someone will come forth with information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

Cindy Mabus, daughter of Ron and Sally “Red” Kilburn, said her parents' dog was found dead on August 20, behind Oregon’s No. 3 Fire Station on Bayshore Rd., across the street from where they live.

“I am just blown away that someone would just shoot him,” Mabus said. “He would not have hurt a flea.”

Rocco was a seven-year-old, 80 pound love bug, she said, adding he would once in a while get loose from his yard, which is attached to her parents' business, Ron's Trailers, located at 4400 Bayshore Rd.

Northwood Councilman Ed Schimmel, who voters on Tuesday tapped to be their new mayor, is already focusing on economic development opportunities for the city.

“Economic development will be my primary focus,” said Schimmel last Wednesday, the day after the Nov. 3 election.

“We first need to address the needs of businesses on Woodville Road if we hope to attract new development there,” he said.

Schimmel, an attorney, said he has a particular insight to the Northwood business community because his law firm is on Woodville Road. As a result, he has been able to address some of the concerns that have prompted businesses to leave.

For the past two years, he has chaired the economic development committee, which has begun the process of addressing economic development concerns on Woodville Road, as well as on the Oregon/Wales Road intersection, which he said is another area of focus.

A 3.95-mill operations levy for the Oregon City Schools District was passed by a big margin on Tuesday. The victory was a big win for the district, which had been unsuccessful in getting an operations levy passed since 2008.

Out of a total of 7,986 votes cast, 4,992, or 62.51 percent, were in favor of the levy, and 2,994, or 37.49 percent opposed, according to unofficial results of the Lucas County Board of Elections.

Last year, the district tried to get a 5.9-mill levy passed, but voters defeated the measure. This time, the board decided to reduce the millage in an effort to get it passed. That, along with budget cuts, may have been the key to success this time.

“We were able to reduce millage, and explained the cuts we made,” said school board Vice President Jeff Ziviski. “I think that went a very long way.”


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