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Emergency management director named

        The Wood County commissioners have selected Jeff Klein as the new Director of the Emergency Management Agency.

        The EMA director coordinates local, state and national resources that may be needed to respond to and recover from the effects of a disaster.

        Klein, from Perrysburg, will begin his new role on March 29 with the retirement of current Director Brad Gilbert.

        Klein currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Wood County Emergency Management Agency. He has 32 years of fire service experience, having worked most recently for the City of Perrysburg as a firefighter-paramedic, assistant fire chief, and for 10 years as fire chief.

Boiler gifted to Woodville Library

        If you’re visiting the Woodville Library this winter and find it warm and toasty you can thank Chuck Henson, owner of Henson Plumbing & Heating, Inc., Bridge Street, Woodville.

        When the library branch’s 22-year-old boiler system began needing frequent repairs, Henson installed a new boiler, including piping, pumps and other material at no charge to the library.        The removal of the old system and installation of the new one took about 1 ½ days and Henson even donated his labor to the library – a total value of about $6,000.

        “The library greatly appreciates Chuck and this gift,” said Rene Dix, branch supervisor.  

        Deb Grove, office manager at Henson Plumbing & Heating, called The Press about Henson’s generosity and said he would be too modest to mention it.

Office manager retiring

        The Lake Township trustees have accepted the resignation of Jeanne Rogacki, the office manager of the police department for 30 years, who is retiring.

        In her letter of resignation, Rogacki wrote she had worked for five police chiefs.

        With accumulated time, her resignation will be effective May 1.

        Trustees Richard Welling said she is “an outstanding employee who will be missed.”


Fire Maids donate for monitors

        With a donation of $3,500 from the Lake Township Fire Maids, the township fire department has purchased four portable gas monitors.

        Fire chief Bruce Moritz recognized members of the Fire Maids during Tuesday’s meeting of the township trustees.

Kaptur honored by

Parks & Rec Assn.

        Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur has been named Legislator of the Year by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association. The award was presented at a banquet Feb. 5 during OPRA’s annual conference and trade show at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky.

        “Congresswoman Kaptur has been a friend to our agency and many others in our field,” said Dave Zenk, executive director of Metroparks Toledo, which nominated her for the honor. “The new Chessie Circle Trail, an important north-south link in the region’s trail system, is just one example of the many projects that may not have happened without her vision.”



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