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Best, 95, not taxed by tax forms PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA, Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Friday, 28 February 2014 09:52
Norma Best, 95, helping with taxes. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Over at the Wood County Senior Center they still call her their "Best Norma."
At 95, Norma Best is a whirlwind of energy, known for helping fellow seniors - often decades younger than she - make sense out of a sea of tax-season confusion.
For the past quarter-century, Best has been an AARP volunteer tax preparer for the Wood County Committee on Aging. CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO
Last week she was honored by AARP for her 25 years of service in that capacity and presented with a plaque in recognition of her ongoing efforts to help county seniors, including those with low incomes, get their taxes filed without having to pay someone for the service.
Ever since 1988, when she turned 70 and retired from Bowling Green State University, Best has continued to take an exam and get recertified annually to prepare other people's taxes. But she never does it for money; smiles of gratitude - and the occasional unsought plate of cookies - are sufficient payment.
She began doing tax preparation for the older generation "because my mother was a senior. That's what started me on it."
But, as she told the Sentinel-Tribune in February, 2012, she kept on "because I enjoyed doing it, meeting the people."
The AARP tax assistance project, currently headed by Tom O'Brien, started in an upstairs room at the Wood County Senior Center in Bowling Green and has expanded over the years.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 10:22
Drouard tapped to be Rossford fire chief PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 16:19
ROSSFORD -  For someone like Assistant Fire Chief Josh Drouard, who visited fire stations with his father every Sunday after church, being a fire chief would seem to be a dream job.
Mayor Neil MacKinnon III announced Thursday that he would ask council to approve Drouard at its next regular session on March 10.
But Drouard's promotion to fire chief comes as the department is under a shadow.
The current chief Jim Verbosky is leaving his post in March after it was revealed that he'd sent a text message of a sexual nature to a female firefighter.
"It's quite awkward, my friend," was how Drouard described the mood in the firehouse.  Verbosky still reports into the office at times.
Drouard feels he has the support of almost all the department's 35 members.
The department is still trying to assess the situation a week after Verbosky's retirement was announced by MacKinnon.
MacKinnon said the retirement was in the works before someone sent a fax to area media outlets exposing the situation and forcing city officials to address the situation publicly.
MacKinnon Thursday also said he would ask council to support promoting Ryan Stautzenbach to assistant chief.
Drouard has been assistant chief, a half-time position, for just over 15 years, since Verbosky was named chief. Drouard has served just over 26 years with the department.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 10:04
Jail expansion to cost $2.5 million PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 28 February 2014 09:27
Playing cards are left behind at the Wood County Jails minium security cell. The Sheriff has plans on removing the wall to make room for more inmates. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Costs to renovate and add space to the Wood County Justice Center could top $2.5 million.
The figure, as well as detailed renovation plans, were discussed at Thursday's meeting of the Wood County Board of Commissioners.
"None of us like to spend money like this, but we don't have a choice," said Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn during the meeting. Representatives of Wachtel & McAnally, a Newark architectural firm, were present to talk about the costs and show preliminary schematics.
The project's $2.531 million cost as presented Thursday would include a 60-bed minimum security addition to the jail in the former work industries building attached to the facility, and the potential of two renovations to some of the existing minimum security space, creating 19- and 18-bed medium security areas. Some of the new space would accommodate a total of 19 beds designated for female inmates, more than quadrupling the current bed spaces. The renovations would also alleviate what the sheriff said were some security issues at the current jail.
The cost additionally includes preparatory measures designed to allow expansion of the work industries building space to accommodate a total of 96 beds in the future. The cost of the upgrade for the additional 36 beds was not yet known.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 09:35
New site treats drug addictions PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Religion Editor   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:16
Steve Chapman and Lucy Wayton of Lutheran Social Services of Northwest Ohio, are seen February 12, 2014. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - Medical technology combined with mental health counseling may provide a key to fighting opiate addiction. One non-profit business is convinced its new treatment program can make a dent in the problem for those seeking help.
Lutheran Social Services, located at 1011 Sandusky St., Suite 1, in Perrysburg, is now providing what officials consider a better treatment for some with drug addictions.
The faith-based organization has been active with providing counseling services for years; however, the newly began Suboxone treatment plan adds the benefit of a newer drug which combined with the counseling is seeing positive signs of success.
Steve Chapman, a licensed clinical therapist, has seen positive results in previous trials with the medication assisted therapy (MAT).
"This provides better treatment through the medication," Chapman said, noting there is a larger heroin population in the area than most people realize.
The use of the Suboxone can provide positive results, especially with counseling.
"The treatment works if done well. Medical assisted therapy works very well in stopping drug use when used with therapy," he said, noting roughly a 90 percent success rate. "It almost always works."
He explained there are many stressors which can contribute to a person's drug addiction. Those can include, but are not limited to family, financial and work issues. Almost anything can cause stress. Chapman says what they do at his office is to provide a wholistic approach to various matters such as anxiety disorders, sleep disorders and depression.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:51
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