Review Category : Local News

Downtown Mural Dedicated During Findlay’s New Third Thursday Event

8/21/14   10:10 p.m.

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After exactly two months of detailed work, Oscar Velasquez and many Findlay community members celebrated his new University of Findlay mural downtown tonight.
Velasquez said everytime he visits a town and sees an empty wall, he imagines what he could create there just as he did on the south wall of the First Federal Bank building in downtown Findlay.
The mural was officially dedicated at a ribbon-cutting during a new downtown Findlay event.

Working the normal 9 to 5 is usually pretty convenient, unless you’re trying to shop in downtown Findlay.

Audio: Maria Reza
In an effort to help shoppers, many downtown Findlay businesses are joining Maria Reza, downtown Findlay coordinator, to host Third Thursdays. The third Thursday of every month downtown businesses stay open until 8 p.m. and have special promotions exclusively for that evening.
Since it’s conception in May, Reza said Third Thursdays has grown from eight businesses to more than 30. The special shopping day often includes events, such as tonight’s mural celebration at First Federal Bank.
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Gluten Free Labeling Now Regulated by FDA

8/21/14    12:45 p.m.

If you are at the grocery store or a restaurant you are bound to see gluten free labels on many food items. But until now, none of that labeling has been regulated. The FDA just announced the standard must be less than 20 parts of gluten per million for food to be labeled gluten free.

Audio: Ed Lentz

Ed Lentz from OSU Extension said the gluten-free craze began with people who have celiac disease. Celiac is an allergic reaction to gluten that causes small intestine and digestive issues as well as anemia and fatigue. Gluten itself is just a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

Lentz said marketers used the idea that all gluten is bad and took advantage of that by labeling things gluten-free.

Audio: Ed Lentz

About one percent of population in the United States has celiac disease and is therefore allergic to gluten. That is the same amount of people in the U.S. that are allergic to peanuts.

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Fostoria Police Want More Attendance At Block Watch Meetings

8/21/14 – 5:28 A.M.

The Fostoria Police Department wants to see more people taking part in its Block Watch meetings. The Review-Times reports only three people showed up at the latest get together. Police Chief Keith Loreno tells the newspaper that the meetings are an opportunity to get to know police officers on a more personal level.

Loreno says he would like to hear what Fostoria residents would be interested in learning about. If you have a suggestion you’re asked to call (419)435-8573.

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Arcadia School Board Considers Window Upgrades

8/21/14 – 5:20 A.M.

The Arcadia school board is considering upgrading the school’s windows. The Courier reports board members were given a presentation on the benefits of replacing their windows during a Wednesday meeting. Capitol Window representative Dave Burns told the group the wooden frames around the windows are warped, letting out heat in the winter.

Burns said the summer or spring would be the best time to replace the windows. But work could be done during the winter by moving kids into other classrooms.

No decision was made Wednesday.

MORE: The Courier

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Seneca County School Merger Becomes A Reality

8/21/14 – 5:12 A.M.

A new era in education began in Seneca County Wednesday. The merger of Bettsville schools into the Old Fort School district became a reality. The Review-Times reports the merger between the once rival districts was signed on June 24.

Bettsville’s former school building now serves as the home for Old Fort’s kindergarten through sixth grade classes. The Old Fort building now houses grades seven through 12.

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Former Ottawa Council Member

8/21/14 – 5:05 A.M.

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a former Ottawa council member. The Courier reports the suit against Alan Ducey is seeking more than $50,000.

On June 6, Ducey went left of center to avoid stopped traffic on State Route 65, hitting another car in the process. 62-year-old Christine Hayden and 85-year-old Joan Beam were killed. Ducey was seriously injured.

The Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities is also named in the suit. Ducey was driving for the agency when the crash happened.

The crash resulted in Ducey resigning his council seat.

MORE: The Courier

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Maumee Watershed Conservancy District Asked To Take Over Blanchard Projects In Ottawa

8/21/14 – 4:55 A.M.

Ottawa Village Council has asked for the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District to take over a proposed flood reduction project. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Blanchard River Flood Mitigation Coalition has also asked the Maumee group to take the reigns.

Now both groups wait as Maumee District members decide if they want to take over leadership of the Lower Blanchard project. The plan calls for altering a the Road I-9 Bridge and a diversion channel for the river. If approved, an engineering firm could be selected to do the work.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project manager Mike Pniewski tells the newspaper the conservancy district can consider more cost benefits compared to what the Corps can do. That includes items like reductions in property value, the cost to safety services, and the expense of road closures.

Ottawa Assistant Municipal Director Jason Phillips says if the Maumee Conservancy decides to take on the plan, work on the I-9 bridge could start next year.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Liberty-Benton Student with Whooping Cough First in County in 2014

8/20/14    3:10 p.m.

Liberty-Benton Elementary School sent a letter home Tuesday with its students after one student was recently diagnosed with pertussis, better known as whooping cough.

It is recommended to be vaccinated for pertussis at two, four, six and fifteen months of age, along with boosters before kindergarten and seventh grade. But by the time we reach adulthood, the vaccine is worn off.

Audio: Frances Meeks

Frances Meeks, director of nursing at the Hancock County Health Department, said pertussis in adults is less severe and may seem more like a bad cough or bronchitis. Despite this, the disease can still be spread to children who are unvaccinated or in the process of receiving all their immunizations.

Meeks said Ohio is third in the nation for number of pertussis cases, and the best way to prevent it is vaccainations. Last year there were six reported cases in Hancock County, but so far this is the first case for 2014.

Symptoms vary by age, but are magnified in babies because of their smaller airways. With adults, it may appear more as a bad cough or bronchitis. Pertussis in a child can start as a mild upper respitory infection and appear as a cold with a runny nose and low grade fever, but the cough becomes more severe. Coughing episodes which sound like crowing or high-pitched “whoops.”

In order to contract the diease, it usually requires two to three hours of face time with the infected person, and coming in contact with any fluids from the nose or throat. Once contracted, quarantine is advised and antibiotics are administered. The person is no longer contagious after approximately five days or continuous antibiotics, but the symptoms can last for up to a month.

As for the student at Liberty-Benton, according to Superintendent Jim Kanable the student is not in classes, and was only exposed to other students at the school’s open house last week. Kanable said the school was notified of the diagnosis Monday after school and sent information home with students immediately on Tuesday.

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Jenera Straw Fire Probably Caused by Lightning Strike

8/20/14      2:23 p.m.

A straw fire at a Jenera farm early this morning was probably caused by a lightning strike around 2:30 a.m.

The Boehm Dairy Farm at 7326 Township Road 25 was the site of the blaze. Jenera Fire Chief Matt Boehm, second cousin of farm owner Mark Boehm, said the fire caused about $45,000 in equipment damage and $5,000 for 105,000 pounds of burned straw.

Firefighters from Jenera, Rawson, Mount Cory and Arlington responded to the fire and used about 55,000 gallons of water in attempts to extinguish the fire.

No buildings were directly affected, but the fire is expected to smolder for a few days. There was no injuries.

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BGSU Football Player Indicted On Rape Charge

William Houston, a sophomore football player at Bowling Green State University, has been indicted for one count of attempted rape by a Wood County grand jury.

The Sentinel-Tribune reports the incident happened on July 20 of this year in the 200 block of Manville Avenue in Bowling Green. Court documents say that Houston held a female down with force in her bed while attempting to engage in sexual conduct with her.

Jason Knavel, BGSU’s assistant Athletic Director said Houston is not currelty taking part in any team activites. A further hearing has not been set.

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