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A former member of the Ottawa County Board of Commissions is back on the board.

Mark Stahl was appointed to the seat recently vacated by Steve Arndt.

Stahl will fill Arndt’s unexpired term through Jan. 1, 2017.

A former Allen Township trustee, Stahl was elected to the board of commissioners in 2008 in a race for the seat held by Carl Koebel, who retired from the board.

Stahl lost his bid for re-election in 2012 to JoEllen Regal, who was county auditor at the time.

Regal and Jim Sass are currently on the board.

Newly-elected members of the Woodmore school board plan to focus on the district’s financial condition and improving communications between the board and residents.

Sam Preston, Cara Brown, and Sean Rizor were elected to the board in competitive races while incumbent Corinna Bench was the only candidate for a seat to complete the unexpired term of Grant Cummings, who resigned in the spring.

Brown, who was the top vote-getter, and Rizor, credited their extensive use of Facebook for helping them win seats

Brown started her Facebook page, Woodmore Speak Up Speak Out, in September of 2014.

“It was huge,” Brown said Thursday. “The idea of a having a social media page was to give information to the public. I have over 476 followers now. The public wanted the information and there was no other simple way at that time to do that. People were able to go on at their leisure and read what was going on in the district and listen to (recorded) board meetings. I think my Facebook page showed the public how far and how hard I was willing to work for them. You’re able to put yourself out there and say here are my ideas and this is what I’m willing to do for you.”

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