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Towns worry about flooding PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:39
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Pemberville Mayor Gordon Bowman checks sand bags Wednesday. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Two Wood County communities are steeling themselves for the worst as melting snow and expected rainfall threaten to create flooding along area waterways.
“Obviously at this point, concern is going to be Thursday and Friday,” said Wood County Emergency Management Director Brad Gilbert. He noted that between 1 and 1.5 inches of rain is expected for the area.
“We’re going to see what the ice on the rivers do,” he said. “And actually, with that amount of rain, we’re going to see water issues all over the place, even away from the rivers.”
Thick layers of ice are present on both the Portage and Maumee rivers, he said.
“Our big concern is always Grand Rapids and Pemberville. We’ve met several times with both villages, and they’re making preparations as far as making sand bags available” and “just kind of tuning into any other preparations they need to do in the event of major flooding.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 13:59
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Time capsules put cap on Walbridge Centennial PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Staff   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 09:28
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Items to be placed in time capsules are seen on a table February 19, 2014 as a reminder of the town's centennial year. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
WALBRIDGE – The centennial committee concluded a year of activities by presenting two time capsules to village council.
The presentation was made after Wednesday’s meeting by centennial committee chairwoman Darlene Limmer.
There are two time capsules. One will be opened in 25 years and the other in 50 years.
Some of the items in the capsules include photos from the 2013 centennial events, newspaper clippings, menus from local restaurants, coins, stamps, letters from Limmer and Mayor Ed Kolanko, and copies of the centennial cookbook and alumni book. There are even two cans of pop.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 09:37
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Pipeline path may avoid old cemetery PDF Print E-mail
Written by By ALEX ASPACHER/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 09:40
PERRYSBURG — Worries over a pipeline project digging up the past have been eased by the utility company’s willingness to avoid disturbing a historic cemetery.
Local historian J.D. Justus said he met with Columbia Gas for several hours Wednesday about a proposed pipeline replacement near Fort Meigs, and he’s pleased so far with the company’s efforts to respect historical significance in the area that contains the Spafford Family Cemetery.
While Columbia Gas hasn’t released the full details of the $7 million project, it aims to replace an aging 12-inch gas line — running under the Maumee River and connecting in Perrysburg on West River Road just west of Fort Meigs Road — which has experienced repeated problems with leaks. The company wants to install a 20-inch line in the same area, but by making a new bore under the river rather than using the existing one occupied by the 12-inch line.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:37
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National competition highlights Perrysburg Winterfest PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Staff   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 09:27
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File photo. Seth Wyse and Kevin Hull of Ice Creations, place one of several ice sculptures on a pedestal in downtown Perrysburg in preparation for the city's Winterfest. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG – Downtown Perrysburg will be warming up to the annual Winterfest featuring a national ice carving competition this weekend.
The event is sponsored by Downtown Perrysburg Inc. and will include family activities, ice carvings, two nights of music, and a variety of food and drink.
“It’s a great community event to enjoy the weather and get out of the house in this time of year,” said DPI Executive Director Rick Thielen.
On Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., 24 ice carvers will compete in a single-block competition for the national ice carving title. Additionally, the streets will be lined with more than 60 community ice carvings commissioned by businesses.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 09:41
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