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final stop on the pope choo choo. To best describe wauseon, i give you this excerpt from the chamber of commerce's website:

 

The old state line of Michigan runs through the central part of the county near Seward.  A historic marker notes the battle of 1835 between Michigan and Ohio over the positioning of the state line and possession of Toledo.  After the “Toledo War,” which Ohio won, the state line was moved north seven miles.

 

you lucky sobs, you got wauseon out of the deal!

 

wauseon has seen better days

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nice little library though

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woah, what are you guys, stuck in the 1960s?

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look at that imposing shadow, what could it be?

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thougth it was a church at first, turns out its the county courthouse (by this time in the day, the sun really blew)

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fly high for oh-hi-o

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Soldiers and sailors of wauseon

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wow, old town.

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turns out my suspicions were right, this town really is stuck in the 1960s, apparently the vietnam "conflict" is still going on

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skyscraper

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not looking too good

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sigh

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when your chamber of commerce is in a 150sq ft building, that's a bad sign

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well maybe at one day it was jumpin'

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cabooosey

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station in quesiton

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creepy, but nice looking house

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another gem

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wtf?

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moo

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not much else here

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so i leave you with the "pano":

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Great series.  Thanks for the giant cow shots... it puts our giant cows in Wisconsin to shame!

 

By the way, what's with the painted intersections in NW Ohio towns?

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Oy.

 

Well, atleast the umm...ok.  Fine.  Bah.


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...After the “Toledo War,” which Ohio won, the state line was moved north seven miles....

 

That's the Ohio version. The night after the "surrender," overheard at a huge party in Michigan: "Man, that worked like a charm! If we had tried to give them Toledo, they'd have told us to go f*ck ourselves. Now, they think they took it away from us! We're happy -- They're happy! Everybody won <...much uproarious laughter...>"

 

You just hit Wauseon at the wrong time. In June, there's the National Threshers' Reunion, one of the oldest events of its type, at the fairgrounds. You could've bought a corn dog or a funnel cake and gotten straw down your neck watching them thresh wheat, or sawdust in your eyes watching the sawmill run, all with steam power even older than me. :wink:

 

 

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thx for the shots of my old bg / nw ohio nabe haunts pope. great job.

 

my favs were the cool 60's hammontree tv store above, the zen deco "christy" car dealership and by far the world's grandest subway shop.

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Some great photos - and I thought small-town NorthEAST Ohio was desolate  :|

 

Phooey!  Morrow County= Desolate (over anything in the NE)!

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Wauseon school district studies construction options

Toledo Blade, 6/14/06

 

The Wauseon Board of Education is expected to decide Monday whether it will pursue plans this year to build a middle school and renovate its primary and high school with state assistance. 

 

Yesterday the board spent an hour behind closed doors discussing the possible purchase of real estate.  "I think they see this as a tremendous opportunity.  But they want to make sure they have all the questions answered before they jump out and commit," Superintendent Marc Robinson said.  He gave the board figures for two possible bond issues for the proposed project that would replace Elm Street Elementary and Burr Road Middle School and renovate Wauseon High School and Leggett Street Primary School.

 

To raise $13.6 million over 28 years, the district would need a 4.79-mill issue, according to the Fulton County auditor's office.  Such an issue would cost $147 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home.  That amount would be the minimum required for the district to get $25 million from the Ohio School Facilities Commission for the project, which is listed at $38 million.  However, the $38 million does not include expenses such as land and interest, and it would cover only what Mr. Robinson called "the bare bones" of a building.

 

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Wauseon to proceed on school proposals

Toledo Blade, 6/28/06

 

The Board of Education will pursue plans this year for a more than $38 million construction project that would include a new middle school and renovations to its primary and high school with state assistance, the board unanimously decided yesterday during a three-hour meeting.  “They’ve had a difficult time making a decision,” Superintendent Marc Robinson said.

 

At issue is the fact the board has yet to make offers on land for the proposed middle school.  Development costs could vary significantly depending on which parcel it might buy.  Real estate purchase proposals for 30 to 40 acres are expected to be made this week or next, Mr. Robinson said.  The board is mulling three sites.  Two are within the city limits, and one could be annexed into the city.

 

In the next two weeks the board is also expected to seriously consider whether to ask voters on the November ballot for a bond issue for the proposed project.  The first step of such a decision — asking the county auditor to certify millage — must be made by July 25 for the Nov. 7 ballot, Mr. Robinson said.

 

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Expansion is slated for hospital by fall

Toledo Blade, 7/20/06

 

By fall, Archbold Hospital is to have 14 beds - double the number it opened with four years ago - that will include an intensive-care unit and allow the hospital to admit cardiology patients.  The hospital is in the midst of a $3 million project to put beds in its second floor that had been an unfinished shell space built in 2002.

 

The expansion, which will add four medical-surgical beds and create a four-bed intensive care unit, is expected to lead to 10 to 20 new jobs that will be filled over two years, said Phil Ennen, chief executive of Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers.

 

Community Hospitals operates hospitals in Williams County's Bryan and Montpelier as well as Archbold, and billing and other services are done together.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060720/NEIGHBORS05/607190349

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Wauseon board OKs option

Toledo Blade, 9/2/06

 

The Wauseon Exempted Village Board of Education yesterday approved an option to pay $455,000 for 40 acres of land east of the high school for a new middle school, contingent on voter approval of a bond issue on the November ballot.

 

The resolution that was adopted at a special meeting would pay Thomas C. and Frances Yackee $11,375 an acre.  The $455,000 will come from a bond issue that voters will be asked to approve Nov. 7 as part of the Ohio School Facilities Commission project.

 

Last month, the board voted to seek a 6.99-mill combination bond issue-maintenance levy on Nov. 7 to build the middle school.  If approved, it would be coupled with state assistance to construct a building to replace Elm Street Elementary School and Burr Road Middle School and to renovate other buildings in a nearly $44 million project.

 

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From the 9/15/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Perrysburg Township, Archbold food plants to close, idling 565

By MARY-BETH McLAUGHLIN

BLADE BUSINESS WRITER

 

In a sharp blow to northwest Ohio, packaged-food maker ConAgra Foods Inc. announced a restructuring yesterday that will shutter two area plants, laying off 565 workers.

 

In all, the company plans to close five plants and make other moves that will cut costs by $100 million by 2009, it said.

 

Closing in January is a plant in Archbold, where 400 employees make Healthy Choice soup and La Choy products, and shutting by the end of 2007 is a Perrysburg Township plant on Glenwood Road off State Rt. 795 that employs 165 workers making pudding products, such as Hunt Snack Pack brands.

 

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More at:

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060915/BUSINESS06/609150353/-1/RSS04

 

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From the 9/19/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

ConAgra Foods' exit to affect wastewater plant costs, schools

By JANE SCHMUCKER

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

ARCHBOLD, Ohio - ConAgra Foods Inc.'s closing in Archbold might continue to affect village residents even after many of the company's nearly 400 employees find new jobs.

 

The village is in the midst of a $5.4 million wastewater treatment plant expansion. Work was about 40 percent done when ConAgra announced on Thursday that it plans in January to close the Archbold plant that makes Healthy Choice soup and La Choy products.

 

The wastewater plant expansion never would have been started if village leaders had known ConAgra was leaving. ConAgra uses about half of the current wastewater treatment plant's capacity and pays 60 percent of its revenues - last year its bill was almost $700,000 - because its waste requires extra treatment.

 

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More at:

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060919/NEWS17/609190409/-1/rss

 

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From the 9/28/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

CONAGRA FOODS INC.

Archbold may recover tax-abatements

By JANE SCHMUCKER

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

ARCHBOLD - ConAgra Foods Inc., which this month announced it will close its Archbold plant in January ending 370 jobs, might owe the village and other local government entities hundreds of thousands dollars from tax-abatement agreements that will not be upheld.

 

The corporation, which makes Healthy Choice soup and La Choy products in Archbold, has three tax abatements on the books that all call for it to employ 410 people:

 

• A seven-year personal property-tax abatement on business equipment and inventory that went into effect in 2000 saved the corporation $166,480 last year alone after it made donations to Archbold Area Local School District and Four County Career Center.

 

• A combination 10-year real estate-tax abatement and seven-year personal property tax- abatement that went into effect in 2003 saved ConAgra more than $318,000 last year after its donations to the schools.

 

• A 10-year Community Reinvestment Agreement affecting real estate taxes that started in 2001 saved the corporation more than $52,000 last year after its school donations.

 

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More at:

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060928/NEIGHBORS05/609270340

 

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From the 10/5/06 Toledo Blade:

 

College OKs $2M renovation project

 

ARCHBOLD, Ohio - The board of trustees at Northwest State Community College has approved more than $2 million to renovate an old school in Metamora, Ohio, into a branch campus.  Included in the cost is a technological upgrade of the three-story building, which opened in 1909. During the renovation, Northwest will open enrollment Oct. 23 for courses in temporary classrooms in Metamora.

 

The renovation will be paid for with $400,000 from the Ohio government, $75,000 from the Farmers and Merchants State Bank, $763,500 set aside from current reserves, and $1 million that will be borrowed from college reserves and reimbursed through fund-raising efforts and operations.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061005/NEWS21/610050405/-1/NEWS

 

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Wauseon: Council works to acquire site for eventual trailhead

Toledo Blade, 10/12/06

 

Wauseon City Council is in the process of buying an old storage building on an odd-shaped parcel along Fulton Street with the idea that the property could eventually be made into a trailhead for a nearby bike path.  Council last week voted 5-0, with Jeff Stiriz absent, to pay $12,000 for the property owned by Fulton Lumber Co.  Mayor Jerry Dehnbostel said he expected city leaders to plant grass on the odd-shaped parcel and perhaps apply for grants for further work.

 

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NW State plans school renovation

Toledo Blade, 10/12/06

 

Northwest State Community College leaders expect enrollment at their new campus center in Metamora to double from 24 to 50 students this month and then to increase tenfold to 500 within a few years.  The community college board agreed last week to spend nearly $2.2 million to renovate the former Evergreen Middle School, which has sections that date back to 1909.  The college purchased the building for $1 from Evergreen Local School District about a year ago after the district constructed new buildings.

 

That work, which is to make the building handicapped-accessible, provide wireless Internet access throughout, and make changes, is to be finished by next fall or perhaps as early as late summer, college spokesman Michael Brown said.  In the meantime, the college is offering about five classes in mobile buildings on the grounds, and more classes are to begin Oct. 23 in Metamora as well as at the college's other new campus centers in Montpelier in Williams County and at the Defiance Regional Medical Center.

 

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Article published January 21, 2007

 

Plant closings take toll in Fulton County's Archbold

 

By JANE SCHMUCKER

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

 

ARCHBOLD, Ohio — There’s a tradition that Archbold village leaders have kept each January involving steak dinners and the financial health of what has always been the most prosperous corner of Fulton County.

 

At the second meeting of the month, the mayor, village administrator, and councilmen jot down on small slips of paper their guesses for the amount of money the village income tax will produce in the new year.

 

The slips go into an envelope, where they remain until the first meeting of the next year, when the total receipts from the village’s 1.5 percent income tax are announced.

 

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More at:

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070121/NEWS17/70121001/-1/NEWS

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Archbold -- Hey Pope, that's near Stryker isn't it?? (Four miles away, I see).


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Swanton: Paigelynn Place development delayed

Toledo Blade, 2/22/07

 

The proposed 40-unit rental complex for people ages 55 and over with moderate incomes, which was being mulled for Swanton, is being delayed by its central Ohio developer.  "We've got other projects we've given a higher priority right now," said David Cooper, a principal in The Woda Group LLC of Westerville.

 

The group was on the agenda for Tuesday's Fulton County Commissioners' meeting and representatives had spoken to Swanton Village Council last week about the proposal for Madeline Village.  But in the meantime, WODA withdrew its request for a letter of support from those governmental groups and is re-evaluating the project it was considering building by its Paigelynn Place development.

 

The letters of support would have been for WODA to use in an application for a federal tax credit through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.

 

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From the 4/12/07 Blade:

 

WAUSEON

Health center will show off changes

Tours of renovations slated for April 22

By JANE SCHMUCKER

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

WAUSEON - More than 1,000 people are expected to tour the Fulton County Health Center's new emergency room and surgical areas April 22 when the hospital shows off the progress it has made on an $18 million expansion.  Among the most interesting stops on the 1 to 4 p.m. tour is likely the new emergency room, which measures 18,000 square feet - more than quadruple the space of the current emergency room.

 

The new emergency room, which is expected to go into use May 1, will have 18 beds, up from seven in the current emergency room.  That's important, health center administrator Dean Beck said, because patients have waited for beds in the current emergency room four or five times in the last two months.  For the tour, the hospital will have about 50 staff members explaining the new setup to visitors, who are expected to spend about an hour on the walk-through.  It will include stops in occupational medicine and endoscopic units.

 

More at http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070412/NEIGHBORS05/704110338

 

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Article published August 11, 2008

 

$6M development set to begin in Wauseon

By ANGIE SCHMITT

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

WAUSEON - The scene of an April, 2007, fire that damaged a half-dozen downtown businesses will begin its rebirth this week as a $6 million development.

 

More than 200 public officials, business owners, and members of the public are expected to attend a groundbreaking ceremony at 5 p.m. tomorrow for a 28,000-square-foot retail, restaurant, and hotel development in the heart of downtown Wauseon.  Mayor Jerry Dehnbostel hails the event as a turning point for the city.

 

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