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Management of the Pat Catan’s Craft Centers plans to open a new store in Oregon by October.

The Strongsville, Ohio-based company has an agreement to lease a building on Navarre Avenue, according to Craig Catanzarite, who oversees the company’s retail development efforts.

“There is a lot of work to do,” he said. “The owner is putting in a new ceiling and floor as well as paint. We’re going to have a classroom in there where we’ll teach craft classes and scrapbooking. We’re also going to have a custom frame shop.”

He said the building is about 45,000 square feet, placing it among the company’s larger stores.

“Our average size store is probably closer to 35,000 square feet. So this is a big commitment,” Catanzarite said.

The company plans to install shelving at the site by mid-August followed by stocking of inventory.

Still stunned by the death of Dan Sprinski, the township’s cemetery sexton, the Lake Township trustees Tuesday began their meeting with a moment of silence in his memory.

Jeff Pettit, chairman of the board of trustees, said Sprinski, 47, had worked for the township since 1999. In 2014, he was promoted to sexton, replacing Gary Schulte, who retired.

Sprinski had a wife and two children, Pettit said.

Pettit said Schulte has offered to return to work at the cemetery on a temporary basis and help mentor Joe Sujkowski, a full-time cemetery employee.

The Lake Township trustees Tuesday thanked employees of Life Star who’ve been dispatching emergency calls for the township since February 2003.

On June 3 at 1 p.m. the township officially turned over dispatching responsibilities to the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.

Police Chief Mark Hummer said the township held a pizza party on May 29 for the employees, who’ve found other jobs with Life Star.

He said the dispatchers received state recognition for their work during the June 2010 tornado that destroyed the township administration building and the night of a shooting at the Eastpointe on the Mall subdivision.

The chief said he’d like plaques awarded to the dispatching department by the state to be displayed in the current administration building when the dispatch center on Lemoyne Road is closed.

The Woodmore school board has a new member and differing legal opinions on whether he was appointed to the seat in accordance with state law.

During a special May 31 meeting Steve Huss, board president, and Julie Bowman and Corinna Bench voted to appoint Dan Hoppe to the seat vacated last month by Grant Cummings.

Board member Joe Liszak said Monday he declined to attend the meeting and informed other board members by email of his intent to not participate in the vote after receiving an opinion from Norm Solze, assistant Sandusky County prosecutor, on the appointment procedure.

In a May 29 email to Liszak, Solze states he agrees with an earlier opinion by Jim Stucko, an attorney with a Columbus law firm retained by the school board, which says state law requires a school board to fill a vacancy no sooner than 10 days from when the seat was officially vacated but within 30 days of the vacancy.

The state budget bill pending in the Ohio Senate doesn’t “put the dollars where the kids really are,” Jeff Carpenter, treasurer of the Lake Local School District, told the senate’s education finance subcommittee in recent testimony.

He challenged assertions by the Ohio School Board Association, Buckeye Association of School Administrators and other educational organizations that in its current form, the bill, which was adopted in the House of Representatives in April, will leave no district with less state funding in Fiscal Year 2016, which starts July 1, than in fiscal 2015.

“Even the governor’s proposal is more favorable by far than the house’s version,” Carpenter told The Press. “The governor’s proposal is trying to move off the cap and guarantee funding models and get them on the formula. His budget proposal moves in that direction.”


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