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Tim Taylor found his niche quite some time ago.

The 1997 Clay graduate has been employed by Haas Factory Outlet Midwest for the past 10 years, and he is now the 700-member company’s sales manager.

HFO Midwest is a distributor for Haas Automation, the largest machine tool builder in the United States. Haas Automation manufactures a full line of CNC vertical and horizontal machining centers, CNC lathes, rotary tables, mini mills, super mini mills and 5C indexers.

“I really enjoy what I do and I plan to remain with HFO Midwest for the remainder of my career, if possible,” said Taylor, 36. “HFO Midwest (which covers Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia) has me on a path towards future leadership within the organization.”

Eight candidates are vying for four seats on Oregon City Council on November 3. One is a 2014 Clay High School graduate. The others are incumbents or have held prior public office.

The candidates are running for four year terms.

Corey Greenblat, of Grisell Rd., graduated from Clay last year. The 19-year-old is now a student at Ohio State University majoring in political science.

Incumbents include Jerry Peach, Timothy Zale, Josh Hughes and Kathy Pollauf.

Peach, of Navarre Avenue, is a self-employed farm owner and former teacher. First elected in 1987, the 67-year-old Republican is the longest serving member of council. He is a past president of council. He is currently chairman of the Economic Development & Planning Committee, a member of the Finance Committee and the Safety Committee. He is one of three city representatives to the Oregon on the Bay Regional Economic Development Foundation.

For 24 years, Jay Haas has been committed to making sure Luckey’s youth baseball and softball fields are well taken care of.

Haas is the field maintenance manager for three fields, two of them now lighted, at Basic Park. The work and time he puts into those fields is on him. He demands no one’s help, but if you offer, he certainly won’t turn you away.

When the Eastwood Baseball-Softball Association recognized Haas for his volunteer efforts at their opening day ceremony last May, he was caught by surprise.

“I guess my son (A.J. Haas) had a little bit to do with that,” Jay said. “I was surprised. It was appreciated but very unnecessary.”

The evening started like usual, with the national anthem. Then, before announcing this summer’s teams, the EBSA honored Haas by naming the maintenance building after him.

Daphne Derden, Director of Career Technology at Toledo Public Schools, admits she does not necessarily agree with all of Governor John Kasich’s policies.

But when it comes to directing new initiatives for education, she believes he is “awesome.”

She says the jobs are going back to the trades — and it’s a different world of trades than it was in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. And, Kasich and the Ohio legislature are responding.

“Even with the emphasis from a federal perspective, a state perspective, and a local perspective, this is a great time for career technology in that we’ve gotten so much support and attention right now,” Derden said. “Sometimes it’s overwhelming, but it’s been long overdue and I’m so glad this attention has come because it’s good for the economic health of our region.”

For example, she says when House Bill 107 became law, it provided an incentive from the state to industry to partner with school districts. Companies can now get up to $5,000 per student to bring them into their industry and train them.

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit alleging the Woodmore Board of Education repeatedly violated Ohio’s open records and meetings laws.

A conference held July 29 in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court resulted in a full settlement, according to a status report filed by John Py, a mediator.

The report calls for attorneys for the school board and for Cara Brown, a Woodville resident who lodged the complaint, to file a dismissal entry with the court.

Court costs are to be paid by the board.

Brown said last Thursday she’s been directed by her attorney to not discuss the settlement until the final paperwork has been filed with the court.

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