E. Toledo - Director of land bank to talk to public about demolitions
Cindy Geronimo, executive director of the Lucas County Land Bank, will speak at the East Toledo Senior Center Thursday, Jan. 17 at 12:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the East Toledo Club and is open to the public.
The land bank acquires and sells foreclosed tax delinquent properties without going through the long court process leading to a sheriff’s sale.
In July this year, the land bank was awarded a $3.6 million grant from the Ohio Attorney General. With matching funds from the City of Toledo, the land bank has $6.8 million available through December 2013.
This funding will help increase the pace of demolitions of dilapidated housing. There are 93 East Toledo properties on the demolition list. To see a map, search the web for Lucas County Land Bank.
Geronimo will talk about the location of these demolitions, how to get a house on the list and how to acquire the vacant land for use as a side lot or a community garden.
Prior to taking the position with the land bank, Geronimo had worked for Lucas County for 16 years, as a Civil Bailiff for the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, the Chief Deputy Recorder in the Lucas County Recorder’s Office and Director of Real Estate in the Lucas County Auditor’s Office. She also served as both a guardsman and civil service technician in the Ohio Air National Guard where she was a Logistics Specialist for the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio.
The public is also invited to lunch which starts at noon and costs $6 for a sub, chips and a beverage. RSVP for lunch to 419-691-1429. The senior center is located at 1001 White St.
New stores open
Dollar General recently opened two new stores in the area. One is at 1221 W. Main St in Woodville and the other is at 18300 Pemberville Rd. in Pemberville.
According to a company spokesperson, Dollar General stores offer convenience and value to customers by providing a focused selection of national brands and private brands of food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health and beauty care products.
Each store employs approximately six to 10 people.
Dollar General is an ardent supporter of literacy and education. In 1993, the company founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which has awarded more than $74 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.4 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dollargeneral.com.
Dollar General Corporation operates more than 10,000 stores in 40 states. In addition to private brands, Dollar General sells products from Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.
The right thing
Genoa Retirement Village, provider of senior health and living services, donated more than $5,000 in cash and toys to the Ottawa County Holiday Bureau this year, according to a company press release. Through a combination of toy collection and several fundraising events, Genoa Retirement Village was able to raise money to give back to the local community.
Each year, Genoa Retirement Village, along with their sister health campuses across a five-state area, participates in an annual fundraiser called Hope for the Holidays. In addition, the campus also participates in an annual companywide fundraising event each summer called Independence from Hunger. This year, Genoa Retirement Village donated over $4,000 of food and cash to the Genoa Area Food Pantry.