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Pay hikes cause dissent on N. Baltimore budget PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:08
NORTH BALTIMORE - Council has approved its 2014 budget, but its passage was met with some dissension on Tuesday.
By a 3-2 vote, council members approved $5.2 million in appropriations for 2014.
Two council members, Leslee Thompson and Aaron Patterson, voted against the appropriations. Jeff Bretz was absent from the meeting.
Despite being one of the key figures in preparing the budget as head of the finance committee, Patterson said he felt strongly about voting against it.
"I don't agree with the way we did the raises," Patterson said after the meeting. "I am very upset about it."
Patterson said village employees were given 2.5 percent raises across the board. In addition, employees were considered for additional small raises based on their 2013 performance rating.
"I don't agree with the across-the-board raises if we have employees who are out-performing other employees," Patterson said. "I like to reward our employees who go above and beyond for the citizens of this community."
Tiny village beams with Christmas spirit PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:46
Figurines are seen in a Christmas village display in the home of Denise Carpenter of Pemberville. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PEMBERVILLE - The spirit of Christmas is alive inside many houses in Wood County, but perhaps none more so than Denise Carpenter's home on Devil's Hole Road.
Carpenter is admittedly more than a little bit crazy about Christmas villages, to the extent that she has allowed the fanciful creations to fill much of her historic farmhouse.
"I have just about every kind of village," from Department 56 on down, "but they're all period pieces from the horse-and-buggy era."
She got started with the hobby more than 30 years ago, when she and her husband "moved into this 100-year-old farmhouse."
Carpenter, who was born and raised in Dunbridge, noted that she's never lived more than a four-mile radius from where she does today.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:53
Retirees on learning curve PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:05
Bob and Lee McLaird at BGSU's Jerome Library. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bob and Lee McLaird are technically retired, but they aren't letting that stop them.
For them, retirement means just "tired again" and they're proving that in a big way.
Between remodeling their new house and actively participating in their church, the married couple of 39 years are enrolled in an Early American Horror class at BGSU.
"If I could afford it, I would have been a professional student," said Bob, 70. "I'm not working toward a degree - I'm just having fun."
However, earning degrees is nothing new to the couple.
Lee has undergraduate degrees in Library Science and English and a Master's degree in Library Science from the University of South Dakota.
Minarcin set to join Rossford council PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 11:22
ROSSFORD - After a group interview of applicants, the City Council voted 5-1 to have former school board president Joseph "Moe" Minarcin join their ranks Monday.
Minarcin was one of five residents seeing to fill the vacancy created by the Thanksgiving Day death of Chuck Duricek, who had just been elected to a third term in November.
Among those seeking the seat on city council were Duricek's widow, Pam Domalski-Duricek and the two losing candidates from the November council election, Robert Densic and Dennis Foy. Densic came in fifth in the six-candidate race for four sets in November.
Retired Dana Corporation president and chief operating officer William Carroll was the fifth candidate.
Council interviewed the panel of applicants for about 90 minutes, covering a range of topics including nuisance properties, development of the Crossroads area of town, revitalizing downtown and the role of grants in city finances.
While many of the questions elicited similar responses from the candidates - all thought economic development was the most important issue facing the city - there were some pointed queries.
Councilman Jerry Staczek asked Carroll if he thought his position with the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority posed a conflict of interest.
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