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Edmida Hintz is a first-year Woodmore High School special education teacher who, after teaching kindergarten for three years, decided to go back to college to become an intervention specialist.

“My motivation to become a special ed teacher was that I have always wanted to be involved in helping people,” Hintz said.

Hintz’s undergraduate work was in speech therapy because she wanted to work with students who had difficulty expressing themselves.

“I then worked with Help Me Grow with the Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities and came across many special families who had a child with special needs,” said Hintz. “I wanted to find a way to help them, using my creativity and a new way of teaching.”

A resolution to donate $500 for the Care-A-Van service has been approved by the Lake Township trustees.

The trustees unanimously approved the donation Tuesday for the community service for 2016.

“We’ll try it for one year to see how it is received by the public,” Ken Gilsdorf, a trustee, said.

The service provides round-trip transportation for residents to medical-related appointments.

The township trustees recently heard a brief presentation from Sue Hart-Douglas, a member of Walbridge Village Council, who asked them to consider supporting the van service and the Active Older Adults program at the Eastern Community YMCA.

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon), urged President Obama to appoint a clean water expert to replace Susan Hedman as the EPA Region 5 administrator following Hedman’s resignation in the wake of the Flint, Michigan water crisis.

“The recent water crises in Ohio and Michigan that have threatened the health and lives of our citizens are entirely unacceptable,” said Sheehy last week. “Here in the Great Lakes region, we need an EPA administrator committed to protecting and maintaining our clean water resources and the people that rely on them.”

Sheehy said it should be someone “who is knowledgeable enough and willing to take a closer look at what scientists are finding in Flint, and here in the Western Lake Erie Basin.”

The Oregon Planning Commission on Jan. 19 agreed to continue discussion on a request to change zoning on 15 acres of land owned by St. Kateri Catholic Academy and Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School, which plans to develop athletic fields at the site at 1055 South Coy and 3521 Pickle roads.

The commission met last month to discuss changing zoning from R-2 Single Family Residential to P-Park Land Zoning. Some neighbors whose properties abut the land have expressed concerns that the athletic fields will create noise, additional traffic and safety problems in their community. About 60 people attended the meeting, which lasted nearly three hours.

The late George Tschann in 2011 donated the land to St. Kateri Catholic Academy and Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School. The property was lined with 2,000 trees, mostly gum, oak, and maple, all planted by Tschann. Last September, St. Kateri removed most of the trees on the property, an area bounded by Coy, Pickle, Schmidlin and Worden roads.

For Keith Walker, owner of Walker Funeral Homes, the increase in both heroin and opioid related deaths has not been a boon to his business. In fact, it has sickened him.

“We have had 22 overdose related deaths here in the last 12 months and I am tired of seeing it,” Walker said. “I have had friends, friends' children, a nephew of a friend of mine, and young people who were all lost way too soon. Something has to be done to help stop this epidemic.”

Walker said he has seen an uptick in the number of heroin and opioid related deaths in the last three years. Prior to that, he maybe saw three such deaths a year.


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