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Owens Community College’s Alumni Association has chosen seven members of local safety forces to receive the 13th annual Outstanding Service Awards for their contributions to Northwest Ohio’s communities. The recipients were honored as part of a community celebration April 29.

This year’s awards are presented within the categories of “Outstanding Police” and “Service to Community.” Selection criterion is based upon a nomination process for candidates demonstrating exceptional service related to dedication, ingenuity, bravery, special skills and/or community service over a sustained period of time. The awards are not limited to a single recipient and can be a group honor where teamwork was a key element.

An informal working group of members of both chambers of the Ohio legislature will continue to meet to discuss changes to House Bill 394, a bill sponsored by Representative Barbara Sears, (R-Monclova Township), that overhauls the unemployment compensation system.

Senator Randy Gardner, (R- Bowling Green) said last week he expects the group to continue to meet during the summer and fall and possibly then have proposals for consideration by the legislature.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is updating businesses along State Route 51 on changes to culvert replacement projects that started in April.

In a hand-delivered notice to the businesses Wednesday, the department says utility delays on the first culvert project at Little Cedar Creek will result in changes to the work schedule. Originally, planners expected that culvert project to be completed by May 10 but work continued until last week.

The mayor of Walbridge said the village is likely to retain its police department rather than contract with another jurisdiction but he plans to review the department’s budget and look for ways to reduce costs.

Mayor Ed Kolanko said the feedback he’s received from village residents indicates there is strong support for keeping the department intact.

He’d asked for proposals from police departments in Lake Township and City of Northwood as well as the Wood County Sheriff’s Department to have them provide coverage for the village.

Nearly two dozen local school children were treated by a visit from rescued animals at the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center on Bayshore Road in Oregon.

Marquita Tillotson, new education coordinator Whitehouse-based Nature’s Nursery, presented a “kid friendly event” featuring rescued animals and animal artifacts, like bones, pelts and feathers.

Tillotson came to Nature’s Nursery with a background in animal behavior. She worked for the Toledo Zoo in the ambassador animal department, caring for education animals and conducting public programming.

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