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Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:00 PM


$1.77 BILLION - This is how many American tax dollars Iberdrola has received under Section 1603 of the Recovery Act. President Obama claimed that the Act would help get Americans back to work. However, a 2013 congressional report (link below) compared the tax dollars that companies like Iberdrola received to the jobs created. The report concluded:

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Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:00 PM


In October, I had surgery. I was home two days and my husband went to get my medication from the pharmacy. He brought some hamburgers home. I didn’t want to eat but I did eat it. Tom Fell asleep on the couch and when he woke up, he asked if I was OK. It looked like I may have had a stroke.

On the Other Hand — Words of wisdom from Charles Schulz PDF Print
Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:00 PM

What parent hasn’t felt a little twinge of jealousy when their child names a famous person who has influenced their life choices? Be it LeBron James or some other sports star or perhaps a movie or music star. How scary are the last two? Right now, it’s easier to find famous people in rehab than it is on Rodeo Drive or in Hollywood. Few fit the mold as role model except for drug abuse, eating disorders and somewhat questionable behavior.

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Saturday, April 05, 2014 8:00 PM


I would like to thank the two families who have agreed to be host families for our German exchange students this Fall. However, I am still trying to find host families for the remaining six students. The deadline for placing the students is April 28.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014 8:00 PM


Beware: Wind turbines still proposed for eastern Van Wert County!

Our committee opposing the proposed Dog Creek wind project has been attending several township meetings. At the meetings, Dan Litchfield, Iberdrola, has updated everyone on the progress of the proposed Dog Creek wind project.

1) Iberdrola has enough land/contracts signed to go forth with the Dog Creek project.

2) The project will have 50-60 wind turbines heading east of the existing Van Wert Blue Creek project, north of State Route 30 and stopping at Bockey Road.

3) Anyone that has signed or will sign a contract to put a wind turbine on their property cannot get out of the contract once it is signed.

If you are opposed to this Dog Creek project, please voice your opinion now. Do not wait until 50-60 MORE turbines are in your back yard.

Iberdrola claims they are a good business partner but in the next breath wants us to give them huge tax abatements (in lieu of paying taxes) for the project. What should have Van Wert County received instead of the $2,070,000 check? $9,120,000 is what Iberdrola should be paying each year. So instead of paying $60,000 per turbine, they paid $18,000. If Iberdrola is going to force us, in the Dog Creek area, to live by these turbines for the next 25 years, let’s make sure they pay the full tax amount.

Please call Van Wert County Commissioners to let them know you oppose the Dog Creek wind project and any other tax abatement.

Thad Lichtensteiger - 419-203-1835

Stan Owens - 419-203-2446

Todd Wolfrum - 419-238-4200

The Van Wert County Commissioners will have the final vote for the tax abatement on this project. The commissioners have told our committee that they will listen to all township trustees on this issue. Ultimately the commissioners will make the decision.

Your opinion to the commissioners does matter. Please call today.

To read the facts about wind, please go to If you would like to be on this opposing committee, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Mary Kay Klausing



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