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The Lake Township trustees Tuesday reluctantly accepted the resignation of Sgt. Jim Goodenough who is retiring from the police department.

Goodenough has been with the department for 27 years and states in a letter to the trustees he’ll be retiring at the end of November.

“I can not think of a better place I would like to work,” his letter, which was read by Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, says.

Police chief Mark Hummer said he and Goodenough both started at the police training academy in 1983.

“He’s a natural leader,” the chief said. “He’s great with the public and great with the guys.”

Richard Welling, a trustee, said the sergeant was “the face of the Lake Township Police Department for a considerable time” and is a “very professional, outstanding officer and community advocate.”

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Harold K. Douthit, a ‘Renaissance man’

Harold Kenneth Douthit Jr., 87, of Sandusky, who died Oct. 21 from complications of long-term diabetes, was a newspaper and magazine publisher, computer-programming innovator, art and book collector, world traveler and a boxer.

A student of history and creativity, Douthit knew all about Leon Battista Alberti, the 15th-century Italian artist, architect, poet, priest, linguist, philosopher and cryptographer who developed the ideal of the “Renaissance man,” submitting that “a man can do all things if he will.”

Douthit didn’t speak of himself in such fashion. According to a 1979 feature story documenting his Northern Ohio publishing successes, Douthit “has a local press run of 122,000 weekly papers and yet he’s truly incognito when it comes to fame.”

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When incumbent District 46 State Legislator Michael Sheehy got his chance to speak to the Oregon-Northwood Rotary Club Wednesday, he spoke mostly about invasive algae issues in Lake Erie.

Sheehy, a Democrat, has a completely different approach to the algae issue than his Republican challenger, 34-year-old Andrew Blazsik.

Sheehy is for stricter regulation, noting with a fact sheet he presented to the Rotary that 11 million people derive their drinking water from Lake Erie. In 2011, invasive blue-green algae covered 1,900 square miles of the lake and the “dead zone,” where they is not enough oxygen for fish to survive, in the middle basin of Lake Erie increased to 1,544 square miles.

Sheehy’s fact sheet further stipulates that 9,576,624 animals in the Maumee watershed produce over 12 billion pounds of manure per annum with no sewage disposal plant required. Also, 422 million pounds of fertilizer are put into the Maumee watershed per annum. He adds that the Maumee River is the largest river flowing into the Great Lakes. Sheehy says his facts are from symposiums he has attended.

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The Eastwood school board has decided to proceed with a plan to finance a new elementary school building without additional tax revenues.

The board Wednesday agreed to issue bonds in December, hoping to benefit from a recent decline in interest rates, and complete the issuance by early January, Brent Welker, district superintendent, said.

He said the district could then complete an agreement with the Ohio School Facilities Commission, which is providing about $7 million for the project.

“In the coming weeks, we also anticipate the assignment of a project manager to the Eastwood project,” Welker says in an email message to district residents. “Once we have a project manager, we will be moving forward with the selection of an architect and construction manager.”

In addition to the OSFC funding, the board is proposing to finance construction costs with $12.5 million in local revenues.

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If you know someone who graduated from Waite High School in 1969 and served in the United States military, a committee of Waite alumni wants to honor that veteran.

Sponsorship has been paid to have a plaque with that veteran’s name and branch of service placed on the back of chairs in the newly renovated Waite Auditorium.

A committee led by 1969 graduate and Vietnam veteran Tim McKibben has found about 40 names so far, including two who were killed in Vietnam. Committee leaders fear there could be more, especially since the Class of 1969 had over 400 graduates and was one of the largest, if not the largest, in school history.

“Our biggest hurdle is not to leave anyone out, and we’ve done as much as we can, but we need help and we can’t cover anybody unless we get help,” committee member Ron Hill said. “The people that we did send out emails to, that we knew were veterans, to help out, we think they fear that we are fishing for money, and that is not the case.”

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