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The Lake Township trustees were asked Tuesday to reconsider their decision to intervene in a rate case FirstEnergy has filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Hans Rosebrock, an economic development manager for FirstEnergy, said the company’s rate plan filed in August is designed to “help shore up” the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant and two other plants.

The plan, if approved by the PUCO, would cover electric service for consumers from June 2016 through May 2019 and set a 15-year agreement between FirstEnergy Solutions, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, for purchasing power through Davis-Besse, the W.H. Sammis Plant and Ohio Valley Electric Corp. units. The utilities would sell power into the wholesale market and when wholesale prices exceed costs, consumers would receive a credit; when wholesale prices are less than costs, consumers would pay a charge.

Rosebrock said the company is projecting the “cost-based” arrangement would save consumers $2 billion over 15 years.

Oregon council on Monday will consider approving additional design engineering services from Poggemeyer Design Group to install a sanitary sewer for $105,963 as part of the Cedar Point Road Relocation project.

Cedar Point Road will be relocated approximately 1,000 feet south of its current location between Wynn Road and just east of Otter Creek Road. The purpose of the project is to accommodate future industrial growth for BP-Husky Refining and adjacent property owners.

To provide future sanitary sewer service to Wynn Road and Cedar Point properties near the intersection of the roads, the city decided to incorporate a new sanitary trunk sewer main in the design and construction of the Cedar Point Road Relocation project, which is expected to go out to bid in February.

“Currently, the city has almost completed the design of the relocation of Cedar Point Road between Wynn and Otter Creek Road,” said Public Service Director Paul Roman at a committee of the whole meeting last week. “When we’re looking at a road improvement, we want to look at the underground infrastructure to see if there is any potential of a future sanitary sewer, and whether we should accommodate for that sewer before we do the road project.”

Christmas in the Village – a celebration of hometown holiday hospitality – will be held Saturday, Nov. 29 and Sunday, Nov. 30 in Pemberville. Festivities are scheduled from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The annual celebration will coincide with this year’s national Small Business Saturday promotion, and shoppers are encouraged to shop local and patronize Pemberville’s many small businesses.

As a special feature, live reindeer will be on hand in the heart of downtown – in celebration of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’s 75th Birthday. Owner Ron Disher and staff will be on hand to answer questions about these unique animals and their role in helping Santa pull his sleigh.

The historic Opera House will be the setting for this year’s Festival of Trees entitled “Childhood Memories.” Fifteen decorators will create trees showcasing decorations inspired by the theme. Local musicians will provide holiday entertainment throughout the festival. Admission is $5 per person; children will be admitted free with paid adult admission. Proceeds raised will benefit the Pemberville-Freedom Area Historical Society.

Not guilty plea to be entered in burglary case

A Huron, O. man who was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in November will enter a not guilty plea in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court to charges relating to a burglary.

Steven Kraus, a Republican who won the 89th District House seat, which covers Erie and Ottawa counties, was indicted recently on one count of burglary, a third degree felony, and one count each of breaking and entering and theft, fifth degree felonies.

His attorney, James Hart, of Sandusky, last week said a plea of not guilty will be entered during Kraus’ arraignment on Dec. 5.

The grand jury heard the case during its September session. The indictment, which was released Wednesday, alleges Kraus entered a Danbury Township residence around April 4 and took several items.

Genoa Middle School staff members are daring students to “cross the line” this school year. This time, though, it’s a good thing.

A character building theme for teens, “Choose to Care”, is being intertwined into daily school activities. The push is always on to help kids excel at school work and on the playing field. This program goes beyond that to spur kids to open their eyes and hearts to others – to learn to care, explained guidance counselor Kathleen Bressan.

She and Principal Kevin Katafias choose a theme annually to promote student involvement and growth. They liked the “Choose to Care” program because it extends the caring to those around them and the community.

As a result, Student of the Month winners aren’t based solely on academic prowess. Teachers select honorees because they put the theme into action daily through multiple ways such as sharing, creativity, humor, loyalty, participation and compassion. Postcards sent home detail the students’ effort. And at school, they are rewarded with pizza parties.

“It’s not just about academics,” Bressan emphasized. “It’s about being gentler, nicer, kinder … and the world can be a better place.”

Recent Student of the Month winners have been surprised by the reasons listed for their receiving the award. “A lot of times they don’t realize that teachers notice more than just your grades,” the counselor said.

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