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The Woodmore school board has approved a resolution to proceed with the bidding process for demolishing the former elementary school building but board members are divided on how to meet the district’s need for storage space.

The board Tuesday voted 3-2 for taking the preliminary steps needed to raze the building. A proposal that’s been floated to retain for storage the wing of the building that housed kindergarten and first grade classes drew support from Steve Huss and Julie Bowman, the board’s president and vice president respectively, but Joe Liszak, Dan Hoppe and Corinna Bench voted for the resolution.

A member of the board’s buildings and grounds committee, Bowman said a recent inspection of the wing and materials being stored there, indicates the district is using about 6,000 cubic feet of space for storage.

The City of Northwood Community Cares Committee is hosting a golf outing at noon on Sunday, Oct. 4 at Sugar Creek Golf Course in Elmore to raise funds to develop a community pride day.

Although it is not an officially sanctioned event by the city, proceeds from the fundraiser will be used for the creation of an annual festival starting next year.

City Administrator Bob Anderson said the city wants to have its own city pride event, similar to surrounding communities. Oregon has Oregon Fest and Boomfest, and Walbridge has Rally by the Rails. Northwood is long overdue to have its own festival, he said.

Even Bono, said Anderson, has “Bonofest,” said Anderson.

A small kitten with a torn leg needs a foster home and orthopedic surgery to fight off infection.

An Oregon clinic, Maumee Bay Veterinary Center, is offering to use its relationship with Veterinary Care Foundation, based in Citra, Florida, to help cover costs of the surgery.

On Wednesday, Jeanette Fremont, of Lake Township, was unprepared for a phone call from her brother, who notified her about a kitten he found on US 20, just west of Stony Ridge in Troy Township.

“A kitten came out of the bushes and started following him around, as if it was seeking his attention,” said Fremont. Upon further examination, he noticed that one of the kitten’s front legs had been torn off and it was in need of veterinary care. He didn’t know much about cats, so he called his sister, who did.

When Cajon Keeton walked into the Oak Harbor Village Council meeting last Monday, he had one idea in mind - to get across the message that Gov. John Kasich’s decision to put $500 million over the next two years into Ohio’s rainy day fund is a bad idea for Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools as well as other school districts in the state.

With B-C-S superintendent Guy Parmigian and Jeff Dornbusch, treasurer of the Port Clinton City School District, joining him, Keeton, B-C-S treasurer, addressed Mayor Bill Eberle and council, encouraging them to take the issue seriously and contact their local representatives.

In addition to B-C-S facing a potential loss of $440,000, several schools located to the east of Oak Harbor — Port Clinton, Perkins, Huron and Vermilion — face similar cuts.

When they meet next month for a conference, a coalition of area volunteers who assist first responders during disasters and emergencies will hear from a fire chief who used to be skeptical of relying on volunteers in such situations.

Bruce Moritz, the fire chief of the Lake Township Fire Department, is slated to address a session of the conference scheduled by the Disaster Volunteer Coalition, an arm of the emergency management agencies in Ottawa, Huron and Erie counties.

The conference, Beyond Response – Joining Forces to serve in Disasters, is scheduled for Oct. 16-17 at The Chapel, 4444 Galloway Rd., Sandusky, O.

It is free and open to the public.

In the wake of the June 2010 tornado that swept through Wood and Ottawa counties, volunteers “did an awesome job,” says Moritz, who was chief of the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District at the time.


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