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Appropriations dip for county library PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Monday, 24 March 2014 10:32
In spite of inflation and higher fuel and grounds expenses already incurred in the first three months of the year, the Wood County District Public Library's appropriated budget for 2014 will be $280,000 lower than the budget for 2013.
The library Board of Trustees approved an anticipated budget for the year totaling $2.5 million at its March board meeting on Wednesday.
The comparable figure for last year was $2.8 million.
"We spent triple what we had for the last four years on snow removal" and "we've added an extra $20,000 for utilities. It's just been so cold, we've had abnormally high gas bills," said library director Michael Penrod.
So what makes the end figure lower?
"We don't have the expense of the Carter House renovations running through the books" in 2014, board President Brian Paskvan pointed out. The children's department renovations, too, are all but complete.
The one area of exterior work still planned for the Carter House is repainting the historic dwelling, with advice being sought from Wood County Historical Museum personnel on the best method to treat the bricks and the ornate metal railing.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 11:34
Lake groups pitch in to take care of school track and turf PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 22 March 2014 08:22
MILLBURY - Three organizations have pledged $300,000 toward the Lake School District's upkeep of the stadium field turf and the all-weather track.
At Wednesday's meeting, Lake Board of Education President Tim Krugh announced a collaboration to plan for the resurfacing of the turf and track.
Donating $100,000 each toward the approximate $400,000 costs are the Lake Athletic Boosters, Lake Athletic Department and Lake Turf and Track Fundraising Committee. The pledges are for $10,000 each, per year over 10 years.
The Lake BOE is also promising $100,000 from the permanent improvement fund, which is funded through a levy.
The collaboration "significantly takes a burden off taxpayers," Krugh said.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 11:33
No light warranted at Haskins & Wooster PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Saturday, 22 March 2014 08:25
Data from a traffic study conducted in February does not warrant a change of traffic control devices at the intersection of West Wooster Street and Haskins Road.
Data for the update was collected Feb. 13 as a result of citizen requests in 2013. The technical study was completed by DLZ, an architecture, engineering, planning, surveying and construction services firm based in Columbus. The same firm did a study of the Haskins Road area for the city in 2007.
City Engineer Troy Sonner said the scope of the traffic consultant's work was only to evaluate the intersection for a traffic signal or a change to an all-way stop based on current and projected traffic numbers and crash history.
DLZ points out that the Ohio Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices has nine signal warrants, and requires one or more to be met to justify a traffic signal. DLZ determined that four of the nine warrants could be applied to this intersection and were the only ones considered.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 11:34
Bomb survivor ‘Stronger’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 22 March 2014 08:20
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman (left) is wheeled out by Carlos Arredondo, the man who helped save his life, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park on May 28. Bauman is working on a memoir titled  “Stronger,” scheduled to come out in April. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
Listening to Jeff Bauman on stage at Bowling Green State University, it's easy to imagine he'd talk to strangers.
That's what the 28-year-old was doing 11 months ago, waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The atmosphere on that bright spring day was festive, and everyone was chatting together.
Except the "weird" tall guy carrying a backpack who Bauman noticed standing next to him. "He was not having fun."
When Bauman turned again, the tall guy was gone, but his backpack was still there. Bauman sensed something was wrong. He turned to a friend to suggest they move.
There was a "flash," he said, "and three pops," and he was on the ground. Around him was total chaos. Then he realized how badly ripped apart his legs were. When he looked down at his legs, "there was nothing there ... I was really messed up." Then he heard the second blast. He didn't think he would make it, and he thought about calling his mother but his phone was gone.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 11:32
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