Fayette meeting to discuss housing assistance 5.20.09

Written by David Green.

Representatives from four organizations will speak at the Fayette Opera House at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss a variety of assistance programs.

• A Northwest Ohio Community Action Commission representative will talk about four programs for income-eligible residents.

Technicians will check homes for energy efficiency and funding is available for weatherization upgrades.

The First Energy Community Connections program works with residents to reduce energy consumption.

The Area Office on Aging has funds to assist elderly residents with home repair needs and handicapped modifications to help citizens live independently.

The Ohio Housing Trust Fund provides money for home repairs and handicapped modifications to help applicants live independently.

• Habitat for Humanity works on home ownership programs, building new homes through community volunteers and donations of materials.

More recently, the organization has started rehabilitation efforts to preserve existing housing.

• Fayette’s Helping Hands—Fayette’s food pantry operates on donated food, along with food purchased from a regional food bank in Toledo.

• Project Pride—Fayette council member Ruth Marlatt initiated a program last fall called Project Pride in which neighbors get together for a “block party.” Participants discuss neighborhood problems and solutions, or come up with projects to improve the neighborhood.

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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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