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Tim Laderach is Oak Harbor through and through.

The longtime Rocket mentor of youth, who coached basketball and baseball for 30 years and taught for 33 years, was honored for his commitment by the school at a basketball game between Clyde and Oak Harbor. He plans on retiring from teaching after this school year.

Laderach, a 1975 Oak Harbor graduate, was all about teaching the fundamentals of any sport. He was only a varsity coach for seven of his 30 years, but coached eighth grade, freshman and junior varsity basketball at the school from 1985-2015 and varsity and JV baseball from 1987-2015.

The T Whitehead Recovery Center, formerly the Idle Time Club, is reaching out for support from the community.

According to John Hughes, director, the building where the center is located is in need of major work.

“The building we are housed in is in need of some renovations,” said Hughes. “We are also in the process of acquiring other nearby properties for expansion of the center, to include a banquet hall to be rented out for various social gatherings, which will contribute to our vision and its sustainability.”

The Idle Time Club has been a fixture in east Toledo since it was first opened by Tom Whitehead in 1973. Due to mismanagement by a former manager, the Idle Time fell on hard times and lost its 501(c)(3) in the process.

Members of the Woodmore school board and administration have tentatively scheduled a “walk through” of district facilities for Feb. 27 to determine what repairs or upgrades are needed.

Board member Sam Preston reported Tuesday the goal is to have a prioritized list compiled by March 8.

Major improvements totaling more than $1.1 million over the next two years are on the board’s agenda, including a new bus, textbook purchases, a new heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems at the high school, computer leases, parking lot improvements and other upgrades.

Costs would be borne by permanent improvement fund revenues.

Northwood is looking at a possible ordinance that would require pawn shop owners to use an online service that would show whether or an item was stolen or not.

Residents can currently input information, such as the color, make, model and serial numbers of valuable property, into an online database called “Leads Online” at www.leadsonline.com. It makes it easier for police to track down stolen items more quickly.

“We know a lot of stuff surfaces at pawn shops and people didn’t have their property recorded,” said Northwood Police Chief Thomas Cairl. “With Leads Online, residents can go to this webpage and give detailed information on their property so that if it is ever stolen, the information will show it is their property. It’s a tool that has been used in police departments. This is the second year that we’ve had it.”

The wife of Better Business Bureau President Richard T. Eppstein is Chinese, so every year he finds himself taking part in the Chinese New Year celebration, just like he did last week.

So, when Eppstein spoke to 40 guests at a breakfast hosted by the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, he told them, “You’re the monkey.”

For the Chinese, this is the Year of the Monkey, and he wasn’t exactly calling business owners “monkeys,” but he could have. As usual, he had plenty of stories about business owners who made “monkeys of themselves” when they were cheated by scammers.

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