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Humbled and grateful
To the editor: To the Benton-Carroll-Salem community: Thank you.

The passage of the operating levy and the permanent improvement levy Nov. 4 will ensure ocontinued efforts in providing a top-notch educational program for the citizens of Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools.

We are humbled and so very appreciative of your continued backing of Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools and the efforts made on behalf of the children.

BCS Board of Education, Superintendent, Treasurer and Staff
 

Support is appreciated
To Lucas County voters:

On behalf of the employees and board of Lucas County Children Services (LCCS), thank you for showing your continuing support for the safety and well-being of the children of our county.

Your approval of Issue 38 will allow LCCS employees to investigate reports of abused and neglected children and to take steps to protect them. Last year, we touched the lives of 11,000 local children, more than 2,300 of whom were confirmed victims of abuse. With this show of support, we will continue to act on their behalf, protect them and provide them with hope for the future.

Your “yes” vote is all the more meaningful given our community’s difficult economic conditions. Please be assured that LCCS will continue to use your tax dollars responsibly. Our mandate requires the dedicated work of highly qualified caseworkers, supervisors, administrators and support staff, and the funds generated by this levy will allow us to maintain our staff levels and pay for critical services to children and families.

Again, thank you to Lucas County residents for supporting Issue 38.

Dean M. Sparks
LCCS Executive Director

 

The ball was dropped
To the editor: Halloween is supposed to be for the kids, correct? Then why did Allen Township Trustees drop the ball and not change this year’s trick-or-treat date?

Trick-or-treating in Allen Township was Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Why is this a problem, you ask? The biggest game of the year…no, the biggest game in the history of Genoa football took place at Comet Stadium Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. The residents of Curtice, Williston and parts of Martin were in the dark, so to speak, because they were attending the big game.

Parents in Allen Township were forced to ask their children to make a choice to attend the game or trick-or-treat. This choice should have never been presented to 4 to 12 year olds. The township should have done the right thing and moved the date to Nov. 1, as did the villages of Genoa and Clay Center as well as Clay Township.

The trustees were made aware of this conflict Monday, Oct. 27. They chose not to change the date for a number of reasons.
1) The township had already published this date a couple of weeks in advance of knowing that the game would be the same night and they were concerned that this may lead to confusion with kids and parents not knowing which date to go trick-or-treating. This is why you publish a new date in area newspapers and contact the local television stations.
2) This would also lead to safety issues on two nights, not just one. How would this lead to a safety issue for two nights? The game and trick-or-treating have nothing in common other than being on the same night.
3) The township has the sheriff’s office set up with additional patrols on Friday for trick-or-treat. Again, you make a phone call to Ottawa County Sheriffs Department and tell them the date has been changed and why.
4) The trustees changed the date a number of years ago and received many complaints from parents that it should stay on the 31st. This is a cop-out excuse. Due to a decision not to change the date, they are still getting complaints and more of them.
5) Curtice also includes a part of Jerusalem Township and they were also celebrating Halloween on Friday, which may add to the confusion if it were changed at the last minute. If residents of Curtice do not know what township they live in based on the school district they reside in, then they deserve to pass out candy two days.

The trustees go on to say that they support Genoa Schools. Good for them. We should back our schools and support them at whatever cost necessary because our children are our future. However, if you support Genoa Schools, why don’t you also support Genoa athletics? I’m glad the residents of Genoa opened their arms and invited my family to celebrate Halloween in their town and allow my child to trick-or-treat there.

I’m glad Genoa didn’t drop the ball. Go Comets.

Aaron W. Wolfe
Allen Township Resident and Avid Comet supporter

 

Support for generations
To the editor: On behalf of Genoa Area Local Schools administration, teachers and staff, the Genoa Levy Steering Committee would like to thank all of our voters who supported Issue 14, our 1.9-mill bond initiative.

The committee members truly feel “the face” of a community the size of Genoa is the school system that educates our children. With the passage of this levy, the learning environment for our children will be positively enhanced for generations to come.

To the supporters who kindly listened as we presented the facts; to the volunteers and teachers who handed out literature and signs at football games, Genoa Street Fair and other community events; to the volunteers who went door-to-door or who made telephone calls to promote this issue; to the people who wrote letters in support of the issue; and to the many student athletes who gave their Sunday afternoons to help with the door-to-door campaign, we cannot thank you enough.

To Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce, Allen Township Trustees, Genoa Village Council, Clay Center Village Council and all local business owners and leaders who offered their support, we say thank you. Your open willingness to support this important issue will always be remembered.

To those voters who exercised their right to vote against Issue 14, we respect your position and understand the current economic situation is very challenging. We ask that you give us an opportunity to gain your trust by attending local school events or even take the time to visit your schools.

As parents of two young children who attend Brunner Elementary, we can attest to the wonderful and caring learning environment our children are provided with everyday by the staff of Genoa Schools.

Tara and Douglas Linker
Genoa Levy Co-Chairs

A true partnership
To the editor: Citizens of Lucas County, I’m honored to have worked side by side with so many of you who share a genuine passion for COSI.

Heartfelt thanks to each of you for your time, your talents, your commitment and to all the voters for your trust. The success belongs to all of you. Congratulations.

Together, our citizens, businesses, elected officials, labor leaders, educators and community leaders have formed a true partnership. Together, we’ve taken strides to provide for kids by teaching them the wonders of science, mathematics and technology in a hands-on environment. We’ve helped our region’s job outlook by creating a knowledgeable workforce with the skills a technology-based manufacturing economy needs. As forward thinkers, we are looking to our future by stimulating a climate favorable to economic development.

More details about the future of our science center will be announced soon. We will not take the positive results of this election lightly. We understand the citizens of Lucas County have placed their faith in us, and it is now up to us to improve upon COSI as repayment for this trust.

Thanks to everyone for helping to revive COSI into a sustainable, beneficial partnership among all stakeholders in our community.

Lori Hauser
Director of Operations

 

A special evening
To the editor: A successful “Eat In to Help Out” dinner was held Nov. 1 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oregon.

With the help of all who assisted with the dinner and preparation and all who purchased tickets, we had a glorious evening.

We were able to donate $1,000 to both Fassett Middle School and Coy Elementary School in Oregon. The dinner was once again prepared by Quinn McDougle and members of the parish of St. Paul’s.

The outreach program at St. Paul’s puts on two of these dinners a year with the hopes of increasing educational opportunities for children. The evening is always special. Our first dinner, held last February, was for Raymer Elementary School’s Accelerated Reading Program.

The committee wants to express our thanks to all who made this possible.

Rita McDougle
Outreach Committee

 

Do your homework
To the editor: I, among others, would like to express our concern to the public about how unjust the decision by Woodmore school board to overlook Gary Zajac as head baseball coach is. He has been the assistant baseball coach and donated his time for nine years and has given his expertise on the game to the players at Woodmore. Coach Gary loves the game and the kids and they adored him as well. I guess experience and loyalty doesn’t count.

Gary should have been given a lot of credit for the success Woodmore baseball has had by reaching the district several times. He was the only pitching coach Woodmore had. I give him all the credit in helping my grandson improve enough to be the winning pitcher in the 2008 district finals.

Besides coaching and being the kids’ best friend, he worked endlessly to earn money for better facilities for Woodmore schools. He is on the CAGE committee, the paint crew for football field and more that I probably don’t know about, when and after his children attended Woodmore High School.

For the past 30 plus years, Gary was involved as coach for little league, pony league and also coached summer ACME high school baseball. Again, I guess experience does not count. He also coached the person given the position of head coach.

The kids always respected him and gave him their best, because of the respect he showed to the kids.

He is well respected in the community by all who know him. I doubt that anyone on Woodmore school board knows Gary like any of us who knew him since he first came to Woodville over 30 years ago.

I urge the school board to investigate someone’s background the next time they have to make a choice. Ultimately, I do not think the school board did their homework.

Georgena Harsanje
Woodville

 


Extremely generous
To the editor: Postmasters Julie Paule, of Lindsey; Jill Groves of Clyde; Dennis Carothers, of Gibsonburg; Leeandra Karszewski, of Millbury; Sue McDaniel, of Harbor View; Catherine Garcia, of Pemberville; Linda Bower, of Rocky Ridge; Betty Wilson, of Williston; Ava Bodnar, of Graytown; Jordan Davenport, of Elmore; Rochelle Habel, of Helena; Laretta Rydman, of Walbridge; and I would like to thank all who came to The Andersons at the Woodville Mall and gave to the Salvation Army Nov. 8.

Even though it was cold, windy and wet, you were extremely generous with your giving. Thank you to The Andersons for providing space for the Salvation Army and thank you to the Salvation Army for your help to the community.

Rufus Wallace
Postmaster, Clay Center

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