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As memberships at the Genoa quarry continue to drop, village officials wonder if it and an adjacent park area are succumbing to a change in lifestyle for families and children.

Two years ago quarry memberships reached 120 but dropped last year to 61. This year, only 41 memberships have been purchased.

“It’s been trending down,” Mayor Mark Williams said. “I’m told back in the 1950s the village sold more than 300 passes in a season. But few people had pools.”

However, at a time when health advisories for beaches along Lake Erie are not uncommon and stories of algal blooms in the lake dominate the headlines, the mayor and Mike Thomas, the parks director, are puzzled why the quarry, with its beach area, two diving boards, four rafts and a tube slide, doesn’t draw larger crowds.

It’s out with the old and in with the new at Genoa’s main park.

Genoa officials razed the old bath house at Veterans Park and months later are putting the finishing touches on a new building at the same site.

But even as the height of summer season fun explodes across the park centered on the quarry, the building won’t be ready for park staff and patron use this season.

“We’ve got the approval from the county building inspection,” Village Administrator Kevin Gladden. “Now we need to get in there and do some electrical work.”

The Diocese of Toledo announced July 12 that Good Shepherd Parish, 550 Clark St., East Toledo, will merge with Epiphany of the Lord Parish.

Epiphany of the Lord was formed in 2005 when the Toledo parishes of Sacred Heart, St. Stephen and St. Thomas Aquinas merged to form one parish community. The parish includes more than 1,700 registered households and more than 4,200 parishioners.

The merger, known canonically as an “extinctive-union merger,” means that Good Shepherd Parish will close and its territory will become part of Epiphany of the Lord Parish, effective Aug. 24.

A response filed in court on behalf of Dan Hoppe, whose appointment to the Woodmore school board is being challenged by the Sandusky County prosecutor’s office, repeats the claim his appointment met the requirements set by state law for filling a vacant seat.

The response was filed earlier this month in the Sixth District Court of Appeals for Sandusky County.

“After reviewing the initial filings by both parties, we remain confident that the court of appeals will hold that Mr. Hoppe properly holds his seat on the board,” Tim McCarthy, attorney for Hoppe, said last week. “He was first appointed by a majority of a quorum of the board in a meeting on May 19, and then by a majority of the full four-member board on May 31. Either qualifies him to hold the office of member of the Woodmore Board of Education.”

Local governments have until Aug. 7 to submit claims for reimbursement from a settlement the state has reached with two major providers of rock salt used during winter to de-ice roadways.

Attorney General Mike DeWine recently announced a settlement of $11.5 million with Morton Salt, Inc. and Cargill, Inc. to resolve allegations the companies conspired, causing state and local governments to pay higher than normal prices.

DeWine’s office filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the companies in March 2012, alleging they, in effect, divided up the rock salt market in Ohio by agreeing to not compete with each other. The result was above market salt prices for about a decade, ending in 2010.

Under the settlement, Morton and Cargill will pay a combined $11.5 million, most of which will be distributed to local governments, the Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio Turnpike Commission.


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