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Public hearing

Oregon City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, Jan. 14, in council chambers at 5330 Seaman Rd. on a Special Use Exception (SUE), which is in an A-1 Agricultural District. The purpose of the SUE is to operate a kennel at 6733 Seaman Rd. The applicants/owners are Walter and Yvonne DuPont.

Gas line upgrades

    Columbia Gas of Ohio will be upgrading natural gas lines in Oregon next year, according to City Administrator Mike Beazley. “They have been going through a process of upgrading pipelines throughout the community. That was a notice they sent us - that they are going to be working in the community. Not on ever block and in every area. But they will be going through a general upgrade and refurbishing of their pipelines for safety purposes. Some residents will see that more than others, but it will be a multi-year project. They will be coordinating with the public service department as they get work in the right-of-way permits,” said Beazley.

Latta provisions in water bill

        The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have approved legislation, H.R. 7279, the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, that includes a number of provisions authored by Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) earlier this Congress.

        “There are billions of dollars’ worth of water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure needs in Ohio, and it’s critical to provide communities with the ability to meet their obligations in a more cost-effective manner,” said Latta. “This legislation is important because it allows municipalities and clean water utilities to decide how to best spend their limited financial resources. Integrated Planning allows communities to allocate funds in a targeted manner, focusing them on the most effective water quality improvements. Modernizing our water infrastructure is a critical issue in the Buckeye State and it’s why I’ve led on efforts in Congress to improve both our wastewater and drinking water systems.”

        The legislation has the support of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA).

        Under the Clean Water Act, municipalities on average are spending nearly 7 percent of their tax dollars on water and sewer systems. Even with that amount of taxpayer money, there is a need for approximately $300 billion for clean water infrastructure investments nationally. Many ratepayers are also seeing sewer rates increase at a rapid pace compared to inflation.

New Year’s Eve Eve

        Celebrate the New Year at Imagination Station Toledo with futuristic tools, physics, engineering and lots and lots of bouncy balls.

        Be on hand as the science center drops 19,000 bouncy balls from the ceiling for its New Year’s Eve Eve Celebration with the science center opening two hours early at 10 a.m.

        Get to the science center before 2:19 p.m. to see physics in action like never before. Plus, enjoy New Year’s-themed activities throughout the day, like building noisemakers and experimenting with acoustics.

        Imagination Station will open early Sunday, Dec. 30, for the New Year’s Eve Eve event. It will be open Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, 2019 for New Year’s.

        The New Year’s Eve Eve Celebration is free with admission and is part of Imagination Station’s Season of Making, which is presented by Comfort Line FiberFrame.

        All Lucas County residents receive a $1.50 discount and free Saturday admission for kids 12 and under with paid adult admission. For more info, call 419-244-2674 or visit www.imaginationstationtoledo.org.

       

Marathon Classic

distributes funds

        The Marathon LPGA Classic Presented by Owens Corning & O-I distributed $554,000 to 17 Northwest Ohio children’s charities today as a result of this year’s annual LPGA tournament. The tournament has now raised $10.8 million for 180 northwest Ohio children’s charities since its inception in 1984.

        “We’re grateful to all of our sponsors for their continued support of the Marathon Classic,” said tournament director Judd Silverman. “This year’s record contribution of $554,000 gets us close to the $11 million mark in charitable donations over the past 35 years. This kind of sustained effort would not have been possible without the loyal support of the Northwest Ohio business community.”

        The breakdown of charities that received contributions is as follows:

  • Awakening Minds Art - $12,000
  • Baby University - $15,000
  • Bittersweet Farms - $20,000
  • CASA – Lucas County - $40,896
  • Clubhouse Reading Center - $12,000
  • Family House - $40,000
  • Findlay Family YMCA - $7,100
  • Historic South Initiative - $35,000
  • Jamie Farr Scholarship Fund of TCF - $24,000
  • Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital - $25,000
  • Mobile Meals - $25,000
  • Raise the Bar – Hancock Co. - $153,900
  • Rally Cap Sports – BGSU - $10,000
  • Read for Literacy - $30,000
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities - $50,000
  • US Together INC - $29,151

        It was also announced that Marathon Petroleum has extended their title sponsorship through 2021. The three-year commitment will allow the tournament to raise the purse each year through 2021. Next year’s purse will be $1.75 million, $1.85 million in 2020, and $2.0 million in 2021. In addition to Marathon’s three-year commitment, it was also announced that Dana Incorporated will be the tournament’s presenting sponsor for the next three years. The official name of the tournament moving forward will be The Marathon Classic Presented by Dana.

        “Marathon and Dana’s multi-year commitments will allow us to raise the purse each year and ensure that all four rounds of the tournament will continue to be nationally televised by The Golf Channel,” Silverman said. “Marathon and Dana’s commitments also provide the foundation for the tournament to continue its mission to support local children’s charities.”    

        The children’s charities that will receive the net proceeds from the 2019 Marathon Classic Presented by Dana include Ability Center of Greater Toledo, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Children’s Rights Collaborative of NW Ohio, Diabetes Youth Services, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Hospice of NW Ohio, Imagination Library of Women’s Initiative of United Way of Greater Toledo, International Boxing Club, Jamie Farr Scholarship Fund, Metroparks Connections Camps, Mom’s House Inc. of Toledo, Parker’s Purpose, Partners in Education of Toledo, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Toledo Challenger Little League, Toledo Junior Golf Association, Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, Toledo Orchestra Association, Blanchard Valley Health System, Boy Scouts of America, Findlay City Schools, Hope House for The Homeless, and SAFY- Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth of Ohio Inc.

        The 2019 Marathon Classic Presented by Dana will be held July 8-14 at Highland Meadows Golf Club. All four rounds of the tournament will once again be nationally televised by The Golf Channel.

Board to meet

        The Woodmore Board of Education organizational/tax budget/regular meeting will be held Jan. 10, 2019 at the PreK-8 building beginning at 5 p.m. in the band room.

        The tax budget hearing will be conducted during this meeting and regular business will also be conducted.

Hearing set

        A hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 31 in Ottawa County Municipal Court on a misdemeanor complaint filed against a member of the Woodmore school board.

        Kelly O’Connor, a resident of Woodville, filed a report with the Elmore Police Department against Sean Rizor, president of the school board, after a board meeting in November.

        Her report says she stayed after the meeting at Rizor’s request and he began screaming at her. She secretly recorded the incident on her cell phone, her report says.

        In his statement, Rizor said O’Connor has harassed him since he ran for a seat on the school board and is “attacking” his full-time job as an investigator with the state. He claims O’Connor is providing information to another resident to file complaints with the state.

        Rizor is also a part-time police officer with the Village of Woodville and O’Connor is a member of Woodville Village Council.

        Also at Rizor’s request, Andy Miller, a member of school board, witnessed the discussion between Rizor and O’Connor.

        His statement to police said the conversation began with “no signs of frustration by either party.”

        “At no time was any part of the conversation threatening…” his statement says.

        O’Connor told police she felt threatened by Rizor because he held a position of authority.

        In addition to O’Connor and Rizor, Elmore police chief Jeff Harrison took statements from Miller, Tim Rettig, Woodmore superintendent; Andrew Hemminger, school counselor, and Nolan Wickard, high school principal for the report submitted to the Ottawa County prosecutor’s office.

Judge to address

Neighborhood Watch

        When the Woodcreek Village senior residential complex Neighborhood Watch group meets at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, Perrysburg Municipal Court Judge Aram Ohanian will provide members with information on how the criminal justice system works.

        Judge Ohanian was recently appointed to the Perrysburg court bench and had previously served as an assistant prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office.

        Ron Craig, Lake Township Police Department’s crime prevention officer and community policing officer, said Neighborhood Watch members attending the meeting will come away with a much better understanding of criminal justice.

        “The average citizen may not know there are various levels of crimes, and not just the difference between misdemeanors and felonies, but the levels of each of those two types of crimes,” Officer Craig explained. “Judge Ohanian will discuss the various ‘pieces of the puzzle’ that go into determining what level of crime a suspect may be charged.”

        The judge will also discuss how plea bargaining works.

        “There is a lot of media attention given to plea bargains, and the general public may not understand the reasons behind them. Plea bargains are not always reached because of a legal technicality, although that may be true in some cases.”

        Judge Ohanian will also address the group on how the courts deal with suspects charged with crimes, including bail options. While there is some truth to how bail is decided on television shows and in the movies, it can be a complex scenario.

        Jury selection is another topic expected to be covered by the judge during his address, as is the role of a court magistrate who may preside during some court proceedings, rather than a judge.

        Neighborhood Watch members will hear about other various aspects of a trial, such as motions made by both prosecutors and defense attorneys.

        Further information on the meeting, and on Neighborhood Watch may be obtained by contacting Officer Craig at 419-481-6354.

Silent Movie Night

        A silent movie night featuring “Steamboat Bill Jr.” and Lynne Long on the piano will be the next Live! in the House concert presentation at the Pemberville Opera House.

        The movie will be presented Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Pemberville Opera House.

        Tickets are $12 and are available at Beeker’s General Store, at the door or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848.

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Foul play

not suspected

        Pending the completion of a report by the Wood County coroner, Lake Township police don’t suspect foul play in the death of a Curtice woman whose body was found along railroad tracks on Dec. 16.

        Police chief Mark Hummer last week said the woman has been identified as Patty M. Knitz, 49.

        She was struck by a train approximately 150 feet from the Main Street crossing in the Village of Millbury, the chief said.

       

 

border wall

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