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04/27/15     4:35 p.m.

A local women’s giving circle is giving back to the community.

Handbags that Help is a local group that donates every dollar of their $500 memberships to the community through a grant. This year, the circle had 76 memberships and chose to donate their $38,000 to the Literacy Coalition of Hancock County to enroll 1,000 preschoolers in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program.

In the last eight years, Handbags that Help has generated $336,100 to give to 18 local non-profit organizations: Hancock County ADAHMS Board, Arts Partnership of Hancock County, Hancock Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Habitat for Humanity, Camp Fire, Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services, Hancock Christian Clearing House, Caughman Health Center, Findlay Hope House for the Homeless, Findlay YMCA, Family Resource Center, Cancer Patient Services, American Red Cross of Hancock County, Owens Community College Foundation, Read for L.I.F.E., Hancock County Saves, Century Health and the Literacy Coalition of Hancock County.

HTH is currently accepting memberships for 2014-2015. For more information regarding HTH, please contact the Community Foundation at 419-425-1100 or visit their website.

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04/27/15     4:20 p.m.

Union workers will be protesting at the Marathon Petroleum headquarters in downtown Findlay again Wednesday morning.

United Steelworkers says it will rally at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Marathon before the company’s annual shareholders meeting. Leaders and members of the USW Local 13-1 in Texas will be in attendance. They have been on strike at Marathon’s Galveston Bay refinery and Houston plant since February, protesting what they call unfair labor practices.

USW ended its strike at Marathon’s Kentucky refinery April 3 after a new contract was approved.

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04/27/15     2:50 p.m.

Former Congressman Michael Oxley visited the Findlay Rotary Club today. Oxley reflected on his 26 years in office and his time in Findlay, noting how progressive and successful Findlay has been.

Audio: Michael Oxley

Oxley referenced the creation of the Findlay Airport and the collaboration it took between the city and the state to do so. He said that model has become an iconic part of Findlay’s history.

 

And even though Findlay has been booming for the past year, Oxley said that success didn’t come overnight.

Audio: Michael Oxley

Oxley also made some predictions about next year’s presidential race. He said he thinks that Ohio Governor John Kasich will run for president and would make a good candidate. As far as how the race will play out, Oxley said he has no idea.

Oxley is now working for Baker Hostetler Law firm in Washington D.C.

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04/27/15     2:30 p.m.

Rumors have been floating around about the possible purchase of property for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services’ recovery home on Findlay’s east side.

ADAMHS Executive Director Precia Stuby said they are simply rumors. Stuby said the board did receive an offer to purchase from the homeowners, but because there was no board meeting scheduled the board did not consider the offer and the owners rescinded.

Stuby said the board is still searching for locations for two separate men and women’s recovery homes.

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04/27/15     10:55 a.m.

An Arcadia man charged with aggravated burglary and sexual conduct with a minor will have two trials in the near future.

21-year-old Joe Vera III is accused of trying to steal a vehicle with a knife at Circle K on Tiffin in Findlay in March. The trial for that charge will begin June 1.

Separately, Vera is also facing two counts of engaging in sexual conduct with a 14-year-old last April. That trial will begin May 18.

Vera will have a combined pretrial hearing for all his charges May 11. He also has pending charges in Wood County.

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04/27/15     10:23 a.m.

With warmer weather expected this week Findlay crews will continue to flush fire hydrants.

A release from the city says crews will be working in the area of N. Blanchard Street east to Bright Road and from the Blanchard River north to Tiffin Avenue today.

You can contact the water distribution office at 419-424-7192 with questions.

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04/27/15     7:18 a.m.

When an injury forced him into physical therapy, Findlay Fire Captain Matt Cooper started a 90-day competition with the staff at Ohio Orthopaedics. The Findlay Fire Department challenged the staff and after 90-days, whichever team lost the most weight would get to put the other team through a workout of their choice in the final Fitness Face-off Challenge coming up on Saturday.

Audio: Matt Cooper

Though the fire department won, Ohio Orthopaedic’s Director of Sports Therapy Josh Baker said the statistics that came out of the challenge were staggering and the benefit to everyone who participated was greater than win or lose.

Audio: Josh Baker

For the final challenge, the department chose to put the Ohio Ortho staff through the firefighter’s agility entrance exam as their Fitness Face-Off Challenge. The face-off will take place at Dorney Plaza in downtown Findlay at 10:30 a.m. and the public is invited to watch and enjoy some of the other events taking place at the challenge such as family workouts, yoga classes and booths with information on getting started with a healthier lifestyle.

For more information see the event poster below or visit Ohio Orthopaedics on Facebook.

Click on the image to see a larger version.

 

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04/24/15     12:38 p.m.

When Dow Chemical announced that it would be leaving Findlay in December, Findlay officials were nervous about the economic loss. But Valfim, who was looking for a plant in the U.S. at the time, heard about the opening and said that upon visiting Findlay they were convinced.

Valfilm officially took ownership of the plant at 3441 N. Main Street on February 2 and celebrated the opening with local and state leaders, company owners and employees.

The company recently received a 55 percent eight-year Job Creation Tax credit from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority for that expansion. Valfilm will add 80 full-time positions and $2.5 million in annual payroll to the already existing $3.5 million.

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04/24/15     5:30 a.m.

As we approach election day, today we share our interview with political newcomer Christina Muryn, who is running for Findlay’s sixth ward city council seat. Muryn said her focus will be on residential needs.

Audio: Christina Muryn

Additionally, Muryn said she’d like to look into other services Findlay may be able to provide its residents by researching best practices from other cities.

Some of the other issues she is looking to tackle are use of land and property clean-up.

Audio: Christina Muryn

Muryn is running against incumbent Jim Niemeyer, who was appointed to council when sixth ward representative Andy Douglas took a job elsewhere in the state.

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04/24/15     5:10 a.m.

Road work continues through Findlay and so will lane reductions.

A release from the city says sidewalk and curb restoration on Western and Broad Avenues continues between West Main Cross and Howard Streets. As a result, each road will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

The city asks that you avoid the block if possible. Short traffic delays are expected as work continue on the streets over the next week.

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