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Discussion of a resolution to pay the widow of a Lake Township employee for the employee’s accrued sick time hours became heated Tuesday as the township trustees couldn’t agree on whether they should proceed without a written policy in place.

Richard Welling, a trustee, read a resolution to pay the widow of Dan Sprinski, the township cemetery sexton who died suddenly in late May, for the 240 sick-time hours he had accrued – approximately worth $5,280. But the other trustees, Melanie Bowen and Jeff Pettit, didn’t second his motion for consideration and the resolution didn’t receive a vote.

Welling then called for a discussion of the matter, which ignited a sharp exchange as Pettit and Bowen said the payment shouldn’t be made without a written policy.

The resolution says that the relevant section of the Ohio Revised Code says public or private employers “…may pay all wages or personal earnings due to the deceased employee …to the surviving spouse…”

Oregon will hold a meeting on Monday to address flooding and drainage issues following the June 27 storm that dropped over 6 inches of rain in many local areas.

The meeting will take place in council chambers at 6:30 p.m.

“We got more rain than most – over 6 inches,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “There was a lot of flooding in general. People got water in basements, water in their crawl spaces, their houses, streets, yards. So there are people in the community who have questions. They want to know why this happened, and what is the city doing about it.”

There is little the city can do when that much rain falls, said Seferian. In addition, there was a constant 25-35 mph northeast wind on the lake that caused the water to rise and push back on the entire storm sewer and ditch system, essentially stopping discharge into the lake.

Since 2010, the city has worked on projects to reduce sanitary sewer backups and overflows in the collection system.

“We’ve done more than we have ever done,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “In cities of 25,000 and less, we’ve done more than anyone around us.”

As a result of various wastewater treatment plant and collection system evaluations and design studies conducted between 2009 and 2012, the city has completed or is in the process of completing many projects that will help to prevent sanitary sewer backups and overflows, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

Projects are being completed in the sanitary sewer collection system as well as at the wastewater treatment plant. Projects taking place in the collection system are reducing the amount of storm water inflow & outflow (I & I) (rain and groundwater) leaking into sanitary sewers, according to Roman. Projects taking place at the wastewater treatment plant are increasing the overall treatment capacity of the plant in order to be able to treat more flow during large rain events.

For Oak Harbor native Kevin Winters, the opening ceremonies for Camp Perry's annual National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches is an opportunity for him to pay homage to America's veterans.

In each of the last three years, Winters has taken part in a World War II re-enactment that is part of the first day festivities, kicking off the national championship of marksmanship.

Guests are exposed to a few exciting moments of booms, smoke, fire and amazement on the ground and in the air.

Winters portrayed a German soldier in a World War II battle where he and his fellow soldiers are seen by a TBM Avenger and a B-17 Bomber flying overhead, who then turned around and pretended to fire upon them. Cannons were fired to account for the shooting, helping to give the experience more of an authentic feel. Also taking part was Ron Dowling, the Oak Harbor High School German language teacher.

Erin Saelzler, an Oregon native and 2001 graduate of Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School, will be among the three contestants competing on Jeopardy! in a show set to air Thursday, July 23.

She is the first CSCHS alum to hold such an honor.

“It is pretty nerve-racking, but it is also pretty surreal,” said Saelzler about her appearance on the game show. “It is surprisingly fast paced. It is an amazing experience with the big (question) board and being up on stage.”

Saelzler traveled to Los Angeles in April to be on the show. Due to a confidentiality agreement, she can’t say how she fared, but was able to share some tidbits about her trip.

The process to become a Jeopardy! contestant took more than two years to complete. Saelzler began by taking an online test, followed by a written test and interview in Detroit. She then waited patiently for months to hear back from a show representative before finally finding out she was going to be a contestant.


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