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For the week of 4/27/09
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 23 April 2009 12:21

Center to break ground on $1.5 million expansion
The Piping Industry Training Center in Northwood will break ground Monday, April 27, 10:00 am on its $1.5 million expansion.

The 15,000 square-foot addition will provide added classroom space, indoor industrial rigging areas, a hydronic heating area, a three-story plumbing module and a pipe layout area.

Toledo Mayor to talk about the economy
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 16 April 2009 14:35

Carty Finkbeiner, Toledo mayor, will speak on the Marina District and other East Toledo development such as the Skyway Marina when he appears before the East Toledo Club Thursday, Noon at Cousino’s, Woodville Road.

Mayor Finkbeiner will also talk about the city’s general economic health and its direction for the future. Mayor Finkbeiner and city council have been at odds over the need to layoff police and fire personnel to balance the budget.

Commodore Perry Joins network for Shared banking
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 09 April 2009 09:55

Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union has joined a network of credit unions that share more than 3,000 branch offices to provide members with more convenient access to their accounts.

Bank, boosters Donate $40,000 For digital sign
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 26 March 2009 12:02

The National Bank of Oak Harbor, in honor of its 75th Anniversary this year, is donating $20,000 to the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local schools to assist in the purchase of a new state-of-the-art outdoor digital sign. The main source of funding for the purchase of the sign is a collaborative effort between the bank and the Oak Harbor Athletic Boosters, who have also agreed to match the bank’s donation of $20,000. In return for their contributions, these two organizations will have their names placed on the sign. To round out the additional funds needed to make this special project a reality, contributions of $2,000 each were made by the Oak Harbor Music Boosters and the Oak Harbor High School Student Council.

“The decision to purchase a new sign was the direct-result of us no longer being able to find replacement parts for our current sign. The existing sign was installed in the early 1980’s and has served us well,” stated Keith Thorbahn, Oak Harbor principal.

The full color high definition sign is fully programmable and additional features include high resolution animated graphics, built-in time and temperature, the ability to schedule messages up to one year in advance, and adjustable power supplies which will extend the life of the sign.

Sign Source Company, LLC of New Knoxville, Ohio will build the new sign and then assist B-C-S staff with the installation. The sign will be installed within the current brick structure that exists. 

Gold stars
Chris Burchell, chef for Genoa Retirement Village, and Audrey DuPrae, a member of the dining staff,  took two Gold Medals at the Trilogy Health Services Cook-Off. The Northeast Division Cook-Off was held on March 17 at Heritage Health Campus in Findlay.

Each of seven participating Trilogy Health Campuses planned their own signature menu composed of a salad, entree and dessert.

Criteria for judging included: use of fresh, seasonal ingredients, plate presentation, portion control and nutritional value.

The team will now compete in the final divisional Cook–Off to be held in Greenfield, Indiana the last week of March. There the winning team will compete against the gold medal winners from five additional Divisions.

On the boards
Cate Knipp, Barry Luse and Scott Warner were elected recently to serve three year terms on the Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.

Cate Knipp is employed by WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. as the Communication and Training Specialist.  Knipp is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Lindsey. She is the immediate past Chairperson of the United Way of Sandusky County.

Barry Luse is a Vice President and Trust Officer at The Croghan Colonial Bank. Luse has served on the Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce Board as both Chairman and Treasurer. Luse has served in leadership roles at Terra Community College and The United Way of Sandusky County.

Scott Warner, CEO of Warner Mechanical, is a past President of the Mechanical Contractors for Northwest Ohio. 

The Memorial Hospital Foundation Board provides support to the Hospital through annual and capital campaigns, and planned giving programs.  

At the clubs
Carty Finkbeiner, Toledo mayor, will speak on Toledo’s Economy: Present to Future to members of the East Toledo Club, Thursday, April 23, Noon at Cousino’s Restaurant, Woodville Road. The public is invited. RSVP to Andrea at 419-691-7651.


The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will meet Friday, April 17, 7:15 am at Bay Park Community Hospital. Call 419-693-9999

Just the fax: Fax items before Wednesday to 419-836-1319, e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or send to The Press, Box 169, Millbury, OH 43447

l-r Kim Dusseau, B-C-S School Board president; Carlos Mincheff, Oak Harbor Athletic Boosters president; Charles Hablitzel, president of the board of directors of The National Bank of Oak Harbor; Gary P. Macko,  president and CEO of The National Bank of Oak Harbor; Diane S. Kershaw, B-C-S superintendent; Keith Thorbahn, Oak Harbor High School principal


Dealer uses virtual auction to Find cars
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 19 March 2009 13:14

Looking for that specific color on a late model used car and tired of searching all the used car lots?

Terry Paul, owner of Genoa Ford and Genoa Chevrolet, has a new service which allows him to launch a wider search for that color or special feature. Paul’s dealerships are part of an auction service that allows his salespeople to attend wholesale auctions via the Internet.

Paul still utilizes two auction buyers but they can only be at one auction at a time. With the Internet, he now has access to 20 to 30 auction houses throughout the country. He has sent for cars located in Nashville, Columbus, Detroit and Cincinnati. So, he says, if you want a 2007 white Malibu with blue interior and 20,000 miles, he has just bettered his chance of finding one.

Paul targets cars still under warranty—usually those three years old or less. The auction house has the responsibility to portray the car accurately and if the dealer is not satisfied he can return the car.

The new service has reduced the price of buying the car for the dealership.

Opportunity knocks
Terri Sweeney-Cable has been named assistant branch manager at GenoaBank’s Oregon office.

Sweeney-Cable has eight years experience in the banking industry.
The Ottawa County Improvement Corporation will host its annual business and industry awards dinner Wednesday, March 25, 5:30 pm at the Camp Perry Clubhouse in Port Clinton. Call 1-866-734-6789.

The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will host its annual golf classic Thursday, June 18 at Eagles Landing Golf Club.

St. Charles Mercy Hospital Foundation will host its annual Randy Kordash Golf Classic Monday, June 8 at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg. 

Plugs & freebies
The public is invited to the Rossford Business Association’s Fourth Annual Business Fair Saturday, March 28, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Rossford High School gym. More than 70 booths will showcase products and services.  Entertainment will include a dancing team, music and a magician. Go to or call 419-720-4701.


The Woodville Mall will change hours of operation. Effective April 1, hours will be from 10:30am to 8:30pm Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours will be Noon to 5:00pm. The anchor tenants will retain their current hours. The mall entrances will open at 9:00am everyday.

Gold stars
Memorial Health Care System has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for the standards it maintains for health care quality and safety. The Joint Commission monitors the nation’s health care systems. Its on-site survey occurs annually.


FirstEnergy was honored by the Edison Electric Institute with the Emergency Recovery Award for its efforts in restoring electric power in the wake of Hurricane Ike. The company was also honored with the Emergency Assistance Award for its efforts to assists other utilities in major restoration work outside the company’s service area in 2008.

FirstEnergy sent 4,000 workers from seven of its operating companies included Toledo Edison to Texas and restored electric service to 86 percent of those affected after two days and to 100 percent after six days.
Just the fax: Fax items before Wednesday to 419-836-1319, e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or send to The Press, Box 169, Millbury, OH 43447


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