The Press Newspaper

Toledo, Ohio & Lake Erie

The Press Newspaper

The Press Newspaper

Imagine going on vacation and having it turn into a service trip.


That's what happened to a group of local people who traveled to Tennessee recently and found themselves on the edge of the wildfires that have ravaged the Gatlinburg area over the past few weeks.

A group of 41 people from Northwest Ohio, including Gibsonburg, Luckey, Oregon, Pemberville and Woodville, took a trip with Star Tours of Ohio to Pigeon Forge, which is located just over eight miles northwest of Gatlinburg in the Smoky Mountains near the North Carolina border. Gatlinburg is home to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Pigeon Forge, where Dolly Parton is from, and is where the Dollywood theme park is located.

By Press Staff Writer

 The Woodmore school board plans to interview candidates this week for the treasurer position that is opening due to the resignation of Jaime Pearson, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

 Board president Joe Liszak said the board will meet in executive session Dec. 14 to interview four candidates at the board’s office in Elmore from 5-9 p.m.

 The Lake Township trustees Tuesday agreed to update the rules and regulations for the township cemetery and to study whether or not it’s feasible for the township to erect a columbarium at the cemetery.

 Ken Gilsdorf, a trustee, reported during Tuesday’s meeting that he and Ron Hanely, acting cemetery sexton, have been conducting research on funeral trends and found cremations are becoming more common.

Oregon City Council on Monday will consider conducting a study on whether to fill in 130 acres of Maumee Bay with dredged sediments next to Facility 3.
 
The study would look at creating a wetlands, but at a cost of filling in the open shallow waters of the bay, something environmentalists have long opposed.
 
Council will consider entering into an agreement with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to receive funding through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for planning and preliminary design of wetland restoration and enhancement at Facility 3.

Oregon City Council on Monday will consider increasing the salary of the fire deputy chief of training position in an effort to attract more qualified candidates for the post, which has remained vacant for three years.

        The pay increase is part of updating the training and experience requirements of the position.

        “We’ve had this position open for some time now,” Mayor Mike Seferian said at a committee of the whole meeting last week. “It’s not always easy to attract someone to the job.”

        The pay range would be from $81,000 to $89,000 annually, dependent upon an individual’s qualifications.

        “The $89,000 is approximately $4,500 less than the assistant chief, and the $81,000 is a little bit above the full-time fire pay scale, so it’s in the middle,” said Seferian. “If we come up with something in the process of the search, or something isn’t working, we may come back with another request. But the goal is to fill a vacancy in the fire department that can best serve the city and fire department. Until we can see what individuals we can attract, we have that range to deal with now, or we may come in and amend this classification.”

Disney

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" will feature its first openly gay character. Will you take your kids to see it?
1036437966 [{"id":"174","title":"Yes","votes":"17","pct":50,"type":"x","order":"1","resources":[]},{"id":"175","title":"No","votes":"17","pct":50,"type":"x","order":"2","resources":[]}] ["#194e84","#3b6b9c","#1f242a","#37414a","#60bb22","#f2babb"] sbar 160 160 /component/communitypolls/vote/67-disney No answer selected. Please try again. Thank you for your vote. Answers Votes ...