UP: Ed May sees many changes in 30 years as Van Buren’s mayor. May is the longest-serving mayor of a Hancock County village, and this month he began his eighth straight term to lead the village of about 420 people. He was reelected again last November.

UP: Carey coach Phil Vaughn gets 200th career victory. Carey started fast, finished strong and handed head coach Vaughn a milestone win on Saturday when the Blue Devils rolled to a 49-21 victory over Upper Sandusky in a Northern 10 Conference girls basketball matchup. Carey’s win was No. 200 in Vaughn’s 12 seasons as head coach of the Blue Devils, improving his career record at the school to 200-73. His record is currently 201-74.

UP: State grant will support University of Findlay computer science students. New scholarships will be available to support students pursuing computer science degrees at UF through a $347,655 Choose Ohio First grant. Current graduating high school seniors from Ohio entering UF for the 2020-21 academic year will be the first group able to benefit from the new scholarships. Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner announced that the state’s Choose Ohio First initiative will support 35 colleges and universities across Ohio with $20 million in scholarships for students in technology over the next five years.

UP: More acreage sought for flood storage basin. The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District, Defiance, now owns about 417 acres in Hancock County’s Eagle Township, which it considers central to the construction of a proposed floodwater storage basin. On Tuesday, Clark Lynn Army, general manager of the conservancy district, said that’s about half of what is needed for the basin.

“Ideally, we’d like to have about 800 acres. The bigger the basin is, the less it will cost to build,” Army said, following Tuesday’s regular meeting of the conservancy district board.

By comparison, Findlay’s reservoirs in Marion Township combined are about 831 acres, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

UP: Findlay mayor attends national mayors conference. Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, D.C., last week. During the conference, Muryn attended dinners with Meshal Al-Thani, the Qatar ambassador to the United States, and a reception with the Japanese ambassador to the United States, Shinsuke J. Sugiyama.

She also attended dinners with the Community Leaders of America and the Ohio Mayors Alliance.

Additionally, Muryn participated in sessions on community planning, flood mitigation strategies, community approaches to substance abuse and addiction, social media and citizen engagement, and addressing issues facing communities, specifically around veterans.

UP: Local library marks 130th anniversary. When the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library opened its doors 130 years ago, patrons were charged a small fee to borrow a book they weren’t even allowed to choose for themselves. Things have changed since then. The books are still there — available to all — but so are cooking lessons, craft nights, movies, book clubs and story times. “We try to have something for everyone,” said director Sarah Clevidence. “And if you think we don’t have something for you, I’d like the chance to change your mind.”

UP: Holocaust survivor shares story at Liberty-Benton. Martin Lowenberg, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor, held over 500 Liberty-Benton students spellbound Friday as he shared his story of persecution, displacement to a concentration camp and loss of family. The last week of January marks the 75th anniversary of the first liberation of prisoners from the Auschwitz concentration camp complex, and Lowenberg’s message was not confined to the past: He also weaved in warnings that something like the systematic, industrial-style mass murder of Jews could occur again if people didn’t take a stand against hatred.

He left the students with a request: “Let’s live in peace without hate.”

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