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A ruling by a Lucas County Court of Common Pleas judge in 2013 to reinstate the former fire chief in Jerusalem Township after trustees fired him was reversed this month by Ohio’s Sixth District Court of Appeals.

The appellate court, consisting of Judges Mark L. Pietrykowski, Arlene Singer, and James D. Jenson, unanimously voted on Feb. 6 to uphold the trustees’ dismissal of former Fire Chief Harold Stanton.

Stanton filed a lawsuit against the township after trustees fired him on March 19, 2013 for allegedly permitting an individual who was not a member of the fire department to actively participate on emergency calls. Trustees initially suspended Stanton, who had been part-time fire chief since 2008, then later decided to dismiss him following a hearing.

Trustees had stated in a letter to Stanton that they had repeatedly instructed him to not permit individuals to assist in the fire department during emergency situations unless they had been lawfully appointed Jerusalem Township firefighters.

“This action is potentially dangerous to the individual, significantly increases the township’s potential liability and violates Ohio law,” trustees stated in the letter. “You have failed to follow the instructions of the township trustees. Your conduct and failure to follow instructions constitutes misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance, and misconduct in the performance of your official duties as chief of the Jerusalem Township Fire Department.”

Two Eastwood High School graduates, Kenneth W. Krukemyer and Leroy Minnix, who were killed in action during the Vietnam War, are being inducted into Eastwood’s Eagle Way Hall of Fame.

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Kenneth W. Krukemyer Leroy Minnix

Krukemyer and Minnix were nominated for the Eastwood Hall of Fame by Vietnam veteran and Eastwood graduate Jerry “Jiggs” Sandwisch.

Krukemyer answered his country’s call to duty and joined the United States Army on July 18, 1968. He completed basic training at Fort Benning in Georgia and was then assigned to Fort McClellan in Alabama where he was placed in the Advanced Infantry School. Upon completion of this training, he was issued orders for deployment to Vietnam.

On April 3, 1969, Krukemyer began is tour of duty in South Vietnam. Kenneth was assigned to D Company, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry of the 9th Infantry Division.

At East Toledo Family Center’s Annual Meeting and Recognition Night held Jan. 28, the board of trustees welcomed new members Julie Gallaher, Matt Grimes, Matt Keel, Toni Moore and Matt Pavley and returning members Nick Huber and Dave Yenrick.

Board of trustees officers for 2015 include Phil Amadio, president; Nick Huber, vice president; Andrea Martin, secretary and Michael Craig, treasurer.

Several staff members, volunteers and members of the community were recognized for their service and achievements. Honorees included:

• Service Awards, the highest awards the East Toledo Family Center Board of Trustees presents, were given to the Bowling Green State University Art Department, Memorial Church of Christ and Michaels Stores, Inc.

• Volunteer Awards were presented to George Stuller, Senior Softball; Doug Kwiatkowski, Gala Volunteer; and Amy Tingley, Debbie Tingley, Larry Avery and Glen Cook, One Voice.

• Staff Awards, presented for dedicated service and a commitment to quality in the workplace, were given to Monica Cardenas, Preschool cook; Steve Smith, Senior Home Repair coordinator; Gabby Wilson, Help Me Grow Service Coordinator.

Bob Evans’ fundraiser for Tiger Ridge draws support

When she heard about Tiger Ridge Exotics’ animals being taken by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Stony Ridge resident Christie Swan knew she had to do something.

So, Swan, the manager at Bob Evans Restaurant on Route 20 in Perrysburg, organized a fundraiser.

She contacted seven other Bob Evans restaurants in the Toledo metropolitan area, and arranged to have 15 percent of proceeds during last Monday and Tuesday’s sales donated to Tiger Ridge. Patrons did not have to participate if they did not wish to.

She has not gotten the figures back from all the restaurants yet, but from what she saw at her own restaurant, the fundraiser was a hit. It will happen again on February 23-24.

“I can honestly say we were just so overwhelmed with how many people wanted to come out and show their appreciation. It was beautiful to see — it really was,” Swan said.

A coalition of residents with farms, homes and businesses along the proposed route of a 22-mile natural gas pipeline between the cities of Maumee and Oregon are requesting a rehearing before the Ohio Power Siting Board to push for an alternate route.

North Coast Gas Transmission, a Columbus-based company, has applied to the siting board for permission to construct a 24-inch diameter pipeline to supply natural gas for an $800 million electric generation plant being built near the intersection of Lallendorf and York Street in Oregon.

However, the Oregon Lateral Citizens Coalition filed its request last week with the siting board, contending an alternate route is needed.

“The Oregon Lateral Citizens Coalition does not oppose the Oregon Clean Energy Facility, or the need for a gas supply pipeline for the facility,” the coalition’s request says. “But there clearly are feasible alternative routes for the pipeline that NCGT has neglected or refused to consider, which would mitigate most of the adverse impacts presented in the current proposal.”

The coalition’s letter asks the siting board to:
• Conduct a full hearing on the NCGT’s application.

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