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certiﬁed to do so by the Director of Agriculture. This has been proposed because of the overwhelming algae blooms that have taken place in Lake Erie, which are thought to have a connection with the excess runoff of the fertilizer entering the lake. Redfern said regarding Ohio Senate Bill 150, “Hunting and ﬁshing are regulated; ODNR and the EPA can suggest changes to legislation. Education has to be done.”“When farmers fertilize in other counties to the west it goes in the Maumee River, then to the lake. Education is necessary; farmers wouldn’t intentionally harm the land. The soil is their livelihood,” said Ot-tawa County Commissioner Jim Sass.Carroll Township’s water system was shut down because of the algae blooms. “It’s messing with my business, but now it’s messing with my family,” said a Carroll Township business owner and resident.
House Bill 592
House Bill 592 is a comprehensive solid waste regulatory program. For the ﬁrst time Ohio is required to minimize reli-ance on landﬁlls for managing solid waste by increasing efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. An employee from the solid waste district asked Redfern how this will affect us.Redfern said that this bill is a rewrite of a bill that was put into play 20 years ago. “I don’t want Columbus to make general de-cisions for solid waste; I believe that should be a local community decision. Landﬁlls are economic tools, not just dumps.”
Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
A resident asked Redfern what his thoughts were on Obamacare and Redfern had some enlightening information on the subject. Redfern explained that each state was given the opportunity to create ex-changes regarding health care. The more people in the exchange, the less it costs ev-eryone. Ohio is foregoing an exchange and is relying on the federal system. Ohio will be getting more money for Medicaid. Med-icaid will be federally funded. The more people that are covered with health insur-ance, the more health care people receive and the cost of care will go down. Redfern said that it is a “huge mistake” to give away that power. He believes that health care should be state regulated so that we as a state have more control over our own health care. Redfern believes it’s cynical of the governor to take federal money for Medicaid, but have such nega-tivity towards the Affordable Care Act. “State based exchanges would lower cost for everyone; it’s not going to socialize health care,” said Redfern.
Juanita S. Cooper
March 8, 1922-Nov. 5, 2103
Juanita S. Cooper, 91, of Naples, FL, passed away on Nov. 5, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Bloomﬁeld Hills, MI. She was born on March 8, 1922, to parents Emmit V. and Mary Abby Slater. On June 13, 1942, she married Gordon S. Cooper. Juanita and Gordon founded Gordon Cooper Motor Sales, Inc. in 1950, where she was the bookkeeper, Ofﬁce Manager, and Secretary Treasurer for over 30 years. She was an honor accountant recog-nized by General Motors for 30 consecutive years.In 1979, they moved to Naples, FL, as a winter home, becoming their permanent res-idence in 1995 from their previous home in Port Clinton, and Juanita became a member of Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, where she served as a volunteer. She also volunteered at North Naples Hospital, and was a former member of Catawba Island Club, Port Clin-ton Yacht Club, Palm River Country Club, and many other clubs and organizations in Ohio. As well as her love of volunteer work, Juanita also enjoyed travel, golf, bridge, and mostly spending time with family.She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, Gordon S. Cooper, as well as brothers, Millard Slater and Vernon Slater, and parents, Emmit and Mary A. Slat-er.She will be dearly missed by daughters, Linda (Dallas) Pennington of Aiken, SC; Barbara Moore of Irvine, CA; son, John (Cheryl) Cooper of Birmingham, MI; grand-children, Amy (Stewart) Chisam of Cum-ming, GA; Carrie Cox of Cincinnati, OH; Meghan Moore of Irvine, CA; Gordon Coo-per of Ferndale, MI; Michael Cooper of Bir-mingham, MI; and great grandchildren, Ben and Meredith Chisam, Brady Cox; as well as brothers, Avasteine Slater of Orlando, FL; and Dewitt Slater of Hampton, FL.A visitation will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. at the Fuller Funeral Home Chapel on Pine Ridge Road in Naples, fol-lowed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will take place at Naples Memorial Gardens on Im-mokalee Road in Naples, immediately fol-lowing the funeral service.Memorial contributions may be sent to Great Lakes Caring Hospice, 900 Cooper Street, Jackson, MI, 49202.
Oct. 31, 1949-Nov. 13, 2013
Rick Ferguson, 64, of Port Clinton, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer, sur-rounded by his loving family. He was born on Oct. 31, 1949, in Fostoria, the son of Rich-ard Allen and Esther (Ireland) Ferguson. A graveside service with military rites will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Catawba Island Cemetery, Port Clinton. Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Cre-matory has assisted the family with arrange-ments. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.walkerfuneralhomes.com
Devin Michael Kohlman
June 28, 2000-Nov. 11, 2013
Devin Michael Kohl-man, 13, of Port Clin-ton, died Nov. 11 at his residence. Devin was born June 28, 2000, in Sandusky, the son of Kevin Michael and Alexis Lee (Nelson) Kohlman. Devin was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and an eighth grader at Port Clinton Middle School. He enjoyed playing Football, Soccer, Baseball, Archery, Basketball, Flag Football and he just got his ﬁrst deer while hunting.Surviving are: his father, Kevin (Amy Burris) Kohlman of Port Clinton; mother, Alexis Lee (Tim Beverly) Kohlman of Port Clinton; sister, Leigha Maree Kohlman; grandparents, Mike and Sheryl Kohlman of Port Clinton, Barbara Araguz of Port Clinton and Sam Nelson of Port Clinton; step-grandfather, Lolly Araguz of Or-lando; great-grandparents, Frances and Tom Brown of Fostoria, Russell and Mary Clark of Findlay, Avolene Kohlman of Port Clinton, Darleen and William Vander Giessen of Port Clinton and Mildred Nelson of Port Clinton; aunts and uncles, Josh and Jamie Kohlman of Oak Harbor, Michael and Andrea Kohlman of Port Clinton, Samantha Nelson of Port Clin-ton, Dominique Araguz of Port Clinton, Alyssa Araguz of Port Clinton and Cole Araguz of Port Clinton; step-siblings, Madison Bur-ris, Tanner, Braden, Hunter and his daughter, Kaylee and Mason Beverly; cousins, Michaella Kohlman, Olivia Kohlman, Emma Schrader and Kayden Schrader; grandfather, Mike Nagy of Michigan; great-grandmother, Kate Daw-son of North Carolina; aunt, Elizabeth (Tom) Moore and family of Michigan; uncle, Andrew (Ashley) Nagy and family of Michigan; aunt, Kimberly (Jim) Buehler of Graytown; uncle, Jed (Crystal ) Wetzel of Findlay. He was pre-ceded in death by his grandparents, Calvin Kohlman, Arlene Kohlman, Deborah Nelson and great-grandfather, Donald Nelson.Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Father John Missler at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 15, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton. Visitation was held Thursday, Nov. 14, from 12-8 p.m. at Immaculate Con-ception Catholic Church School Auditorium. Memorial contributions may be given to the Devin Kohlman Fund. Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, Port Clinton, is han-dling arrangements. On line condolences may be shared with the family at www.neidecker-leveckcrosser.com.
Eileen P. Konieczny
July 6, 1926-Nov. 17, 2013
Eileen P. Konieczny, 87, of Oak Harbor, died Sunday, Nov. 17, at Riverview Health-care Campus, Oak Harbor. She was born on July 6, 1926, to Alfred and Laura (Sievert) Lowe. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, at St. John Lutheran Church, Williston, with interment to fol-low in Allen Township Cemetery, Williston. Visitation was Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 2-8 p.m. at the Robinson-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, Oak Harbor. Online condo-lences may be shared with the family at www.walkerfuneralhomes.com.
Bonnie L. Vargo
March 11, 1933-Nov. 12, 2013
Bonnie L. Vargo, 80, of Sandusky, met her savior and was reunited with her eternal family, Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Firelands Re-gional Medical Center, Sandusky, following a short illness. Bonnie was born on March 11, 1933, in Sandusky, the daughter of Walter and Ethelyn (Zepernick) Richards. Visitation was 11-12 a.m., Friday, Nov. 15, in the Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, 216 Washington St., Port Clin-ton, followed by funeral service held at 12 p.m. Interment was in Meadow Green Me-morial Park, Huron. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.walk-erfuneralhomes.com.