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“The water highway”
Written by John Szozda   
Monday, 01 February 2010 09:47

An afterthought was the big news at chamber breakfast

The big news at the annual State of Our Communities breakfast was there was no big news.

The event, sponsored by the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce and held Thursday at Bay Park Community Hospital, featured speakers from Oregon, Toledo, Northwood and Walbridge.

The biggest project mentioned was the $22 million Wales Road grade separation project going to bid this year. Construction will start in the spring of 2011, said Pat Bacon, Northwood city administrator. Once completed, a motorist will be able to drive from East Broadway to Woodville Road without stopping for a train. The project will ease congestion at other area crossings.

But, this is old news.

Oregon Councilman Jerry Peach spoke about the $10 million Wheeling Road widening. Construction will begin this year to upgrade the road from Navarre to Pickle to five lanes and expand the overpass over I-280 to six lanes. Completion: 2011. Peach also mentioned the $3 million stimulus grant the city received to repave Otter Creek from Corduroy to Wynn.

Peach also said the city’s new two-million gallon water storage tank and a 16-inch water line to a section of Navarre will be completed in 2010.

The 2009 Gold Star Awards: From Eagle Scouts to Eagle saviors
Written by John Szozda   
Thursday, 21 January 2010 16:22

No money, trophies or medals go with the 23rd Annual Gold Star Awards, just a gold star for the refrigerator and congratulations from an observer.

Nathan Lord, Northwood fifth-grader, who grew his hair 17 inches and donated it to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term hair loss.

Tim Stapleton, Oregon’s Santa Claus for 50 years.

Jerry Siglar, Eastwood graduate, on reaching 400 wins as girls basketball coach at Sylvania Northview.

Gary Failor, Raymond Frick, Csaba Frank Sedivi, Michael Wilkins and Stella Ane Zedro named Distinguished Waite Alumni at the 45th Annual Purple & Gold Dinner.

Rachel Hartzell, Clay High senior, who organized a benefit dinner to defray medical expenses for an Oregon family whose twins were born 13 weeks premature and have been periodically hospitalized.
Tyler Derr, Waite wrestler, for competing although legally blind.

Top quotes from 2009: They came, they spoke, we listened
Written by John Szozda   
Thursday, 14 January 2010 16:09

Let’s give the last word of 2009 to the people who made the pages of The Press.

“The residents here don’t want anything. They don’t want any money to drop that appeal. We have parties in the park twice a month in the summer. We’re a tight knit community…Many of them have lived here most of their lives. These folks are tired of the pollution that they deal with.”
Harbor View Mayor Carl Stanoyevic on turning down an offer of $500,000 by FDS Coke Plant LLC to drop its appeal before Ohio’s Environmental Review Appeals Board.

“That’s what we are looking at —opportunities. You may see empty buildings, empty stores, houses, but what we see is opportunity because as the Marina District progresses, we are going to grow, too.”
Bill Farnsell, director of Neighborhood Housing Services and member of a planning group for the Garfield Neighborhood and Main/Starr Business District, on taking advantage of spin-off from the Marina District.

“It doesn’t matter if they think they should be rescued or not. Once a rescue operation starts, the authorities are in control and you will get off the ice.”
Bob Bratton, Ottawa County sheriff, expressing frustration on the cost of rescuing 130 ice fishermen who went out on Lake Erie on a 50 degree day in February.

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