The Press Newspaper
Wood Lane support urged
Historically, a critical part of what we have done right to maintain a high quality of life for all of us is the excellent human services that have been developed in our county. We recognize our county as one that supports frugality, but also one that provides support for the things that work to enhance all of our lives.
Now is one of the times where we all need to stand up and once again support something that is a vital part of our positive identity as a county – Wood Lane.
Wood Lane provides very necessary basic services throughout the lifespan of individuals with developmental disabilities ¬– from birth to the end of the life. Early Intervention Services support families as they teach and guide their children in achieving developmental milestones. Wood Lane School provides educational services to students from every school district in Wood County. These students require intensive supports to meet their medical and physical assistance needs as well as a quality education to reach their human potential. Adult Services, like all of Wood Lane’s services, support individuals to be as independent as possible so that they too may contribute to the well-being of our communities. Wood Lane’s focus is on developing and enhancing skills and competencies in work, home, and self-management. These services are not luxuries. They are necessary and we need to support them by voting “yes” for Wood Lane on Nov. 5.
It has been 13 years since Wood Lane last asked us for additional financial support. In spite of increased demands for the services provided, Wood Lane has successfully demonstrated its ability to fulfill their mission while being careful stewards of our citizens’ tax dollars. We encourage everyone to vote yes and continue our commitment to these services that are so important to our quality of life in Wood County.
In the city of Northwood, we have a mixed answer to that question. As far as the quality of education goes, the support from the community and the commitment to our students from the board of education, the administration, the teachers and all of the staff, the answer is a resounding “outstanding.”
However, from a facilities and buildings standpoint, unfortunately the answer is not as positive. As a parent who was fortunate to have had two kids start their first day in kindergarten at Northwood Schools and finish their high school years by getting their diploma from our district; and by having had the privilege of serving on the board of education for eight years, I have seen firsthand the care and time the district has taken to keep our buildings as functional and updated as possible.
Unfortunately the infrastructure of 50-plus-year-old buildings can only be held together with a “Band-Aid” for so long. I am proud of the hard work that the current board and administration have done to keep providing a quality education and terrific school experience for our kids.
If we want this to continue, I would ask that you support the schools on the upcoming ballot and allow Northwood Schools to continue to be the “Excellent” school district that we have all come to expect and that we are so proud of.
What a wonderful weekend filled with food, rides, crafts and entertainment. When we say that the festival and all of the great activities would not be possible without the help of generous sponsors and volunteers, we truly mean it. From the village departments, to the property owners, to the volunteers and vendors, it really takes everyone working together to make our festival the success that it is.
We would especially like to recognize the Oak Harbor Hardware, National Bank of Ohio, Spangler Motors & US Bank for the use of their property for the festival.
The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their contribution to this year’s festival: Candy Apple sponsors Carroll Township, Civilian Marksmanship Program, McDonald’s, Magruder Hospital, National Bank of Ohio and the Village of Oak Harbor.
Additional sponsors include ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, Buehler Excavating LTD, Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union, Community Markets, Croghan Colonial Bank, Health Management Solutions, Kocher & Gillum, Lake Erie Shores & Islands, Materion, Memorial Hospital, Molly Judge DPM, U.S. Bank and Zink Calls.
Many thanks to other groups and individuals who helped and to everyone who came out to enjoy the festival and support the community and the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce.
He touched the lives of nearly everyone in the community in one way or another.
Whether it was the many festivals he helped organize, a walk through the downtown area with its historical lighting and signage he was so passionate about placing there, or a walk or ride down the North Coast Inland Trail which would have never been possible without his endless efforts.
Many tributes were paid to him as a person and mayor during his short illness and untimely death but the one that will stand out in many minds was the honor bestowed on him by the Woodmore High School students and staff.
One of the most beautiful and poignant tributes was seeing more than 500 Woodmore students and faculty members standing silently and respectfully along Elmore Eastern Road as the procession passed by to honor the memory of the only Elmore mayor they had ever known.
A Woodmore graduate, Lowell was one of the school’s more ardent public supporters. He always said, because of the strong Woodmore School District, the foundation for a strong Elmore community was being laid for years to come.
I am only one of many that would like to say thank you to the Woodmore staff and students for that beautiful tribute that will last forever in our memories.