Anthony Wayne Bridge
Oregon firm gets $28.69 million contract; learn more Thursday.
E.S. Wagner Company of Oregon has been awarded the contract to make improvements to the Anthony Wayne Bridge.
A spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Transportation District Two last week announced the company’s bid of $28.69 million was lower than the estimate of $28.97 million.
ODOT engineers will speak to the public about the three-year rehabilitation project Thurs., April 25, 12:30 p.m. at the East Toledo Senior Activities Center, 1001 White St. A question and answer period will follow.
The historic bridge, built in 1931, is expected to be closed for two construction seasons, beginning either this year or in 2014. When it reopens, there will be lane restrictions for one season to allow for painting.
A timeline for the project is expected to be released sometime this month
The East Toledo Club is sponsoring the talk and the public is encouraged to attend. A lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $6 for club members and $8 for non-members. RSVP to 419-691-2254.
To “The Cloud”
Telesystem has secured an agreement to provide cloud-based services for Wood County Hospital. Telesystem’s cloud servers will help prepare the hospital for technology challenges facing the health care industry, according to a company statement.
Joanne White, chief information officer for the hospital, stated the implementation of cloud servers will enable Wood County Hospital to improve communications and access to information in a highly secure manner, using Telesystem’s private E-LAN network, while also providing these additional benefits:
•Hosting: Hosting of Electronic Medical Records in a secure environment in compliance with the stringent data security policies and health care industry regulations.
•Enhanced Security: Computing resources are provided via Telesystem’s Network Operations Center, one of the area’s premier hardened facilities. It was built by doubling the specifications to withstand a direct hit from an F5 tornado.
•High Availability: There is end-to-end redundancy, which ensures that should a hardware or communications component of the service fail, downtime will be minimized if not outright eliminated.
Telesystem is a subsidiary of privately-owned Block Communications, Inc., whose other holdings include Buckeye CableSystem and the Toledo Blade, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette daily newspapers.
Wood County Hospital, founded in 1951, is a private, not-for-profit general acute care facility, licensed for 196 beds that serves a population of over 72,000 in Wood, Henry, Seneca, Sandusky and Hancock counties.
Volunteer of the year
Robert Hughes has been named Volunteer of the Year at Arbors of Oregon and The Willows. He has been a volunteer for six months. He will be honored at the annual Volunteer Coordinator luncheon scheduled for May 8.
Chippewa Golf Club, Curtice, has named John Harmon general manager of golf operations and Lynne Murnan head golf pro.
Harmon began his association with Chippewa as a caddie and has always considered it his “home” course. Murnan is an LPGA Class A teaching professional. She will offer golf instruction to players of all skill levels, along with club-fitting and swing analysis.
Recent capital improvements at the course include a grass tee driving range and short game area, a new set of senior tees and the redesign of #8 fairway and green.
At the clubs
Alicia Wagner, founder of Heels Coaching, will talk about the five generations in the workforce and how to better communicate with them, Thurs., April 25, 7:30 a.m. at the Little Sisters of the Poor, 930 S. Wynn Rd in Oregon.
Wagner is also the executive director of WEN (Women’s Entrepreneurial Network).
The free presentation is sponsored by the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce. RSVP to 419-693-5580.
The Ottawa County Improvement Corporation will host its annual Business and Industry Awards Program Wed., April 24 at Camp Perry Clubhouse in Port Clinton.
The event starts with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Call 866-734-6789.
The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is launching a Business over Breakfast Networking & Education Series on Thursday mornings from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. The event is designed to help chamber members meet regularly, exchange contact details and share information. Reservations are required for the catered hot breakfast. Call 419-898-0479.
The Oregon/Northwood Rotary will host its annual golf scramble Fri., June 21 at Chippewa Golf Club.
New car sales up Foreclosures down
Local new car sales were up 10.7 percent, according to figures released by Autoview Online, a data information company that compiles information from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
The three-month sales totaled 922 units versus 833 for the same time last year. Top sellers were the Ford Fusion, Ford F-150, Ford Escape, Chevy Silverado 1500. Chevy Equinox and Chrysler 200.
Area dealers are: Dunn Chevy-Buick and Mathews Ford, Oregon; Baumann Ford and Baumann Chevrolet, Genoa; Keller Chevrolet, Gibsonburg ; Rouen Chrysler-Jeep, Woodville and Tri County Motors, Oak Harbor.
New car sales in Lucas County were up 3.6 percent from 5,274 to 5,464, according to Bernie Quilter, Lucas County Clerk of Courts.
Quilter also released foreclosure figures for the county. Filings were down 26.9 percent. There were 549 filings for the quarter.