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For his latest volunteer efforts in Africa, Ron Overmyer was rewarded generously with a live chicken and a bowl full of sweet potatoes.

The gifts were from members of the Samora Machel Farmer Association who primarily grow white corn and soybeans on farms averaging five to eight acres in a highland area at the eastern base of the Bvumba Mountains.

Overmyer, of Oak Harbor, last month completed his third trip to Africa for the Farmer-to-Farmer program administered by the Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs, working with growers who live near the town of Catandica in west central Mozambique.

Kenn Kaufman, an internationally renowned bird expert and a resident of Oak Harbor, worked as a consultant on the film A Birder’s Guide to Everything. The movie, which stars Ben Kingsley and James LeGros, is a coming-of-age comedy built around birding. It details a 15-year-old boy (played by Kodi Smit-McPhee) who embarks on a road trip with friends to try to document a possible sighting of a bird believed to be extinct.

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Randy Genzman is on track to become the Village of Oak Harbor’s administrator.

On Monday, Mayor Bill Eberle recommended Genzman for the job. Council then agreed to begin contract negotiations with Genzman, who has been serving as interim administrator.

“It’s very exciting,” Genzman said later of the opportunity.

The City of Northwood plans to hire an engineering firm to assess the cost of cleaning up property of an abandoned gas station at 4433 Woodville Rd.

The former AP gas station, marked by rust and overgrown weeds, is deteriorated and endangers the health and safety of the general public, according to a public nuisance abatement order issued to the owners of the property.

The failure to abate the nuisance within 48 hours gives the city the authority to abate the nuisance on its own.

Emergency training vital, available

Shootings in schools receive a lot of attention from the news media but over the past 30 years acts of violence in businesses and churches involving guns rank just as high, members of the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce were informed Thursday.
Lt. Phil Cook, of the Toledo Police Department, said companies should consider ALICE (Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate) training for their personnel as it can be tailored for “any venue where people gather.”

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