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Light agenda but long meeting for council

City Council will have its lightest agenda in months Monday, but four committee meetings plus five resolutions and an ordinance on the agenda will extend the evening, and a restart of the vacant property registry measure will likely occupy center stage.

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Shellmar Park paving short on funds

Off-season work continues at Hiawatha Water Park. This week, a contractor replaced the caulking in the bottoms of all three pools, Parks Superintendent Dave Carpenter reported, and the bottoms will be painted when dry weather returns.

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Simple error interrupts fishing day

Finally, after weeks of getting ready and enduring cold nights and less-than-pleasant weekend days, I finally was out on the water fishing at Buckeye Lake Saturday — and didn’t even make it through a full morning because I forgot to do a simple check.

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Joshua Morrison/News Central Ohio Joint Fire District Chief Joe Porter, left, is retiring after 34 years with the department. He will hand over the leadership duties to Mark McCann, right, on April 19.

Porter’s career started on a whim

Thirty-four years ago, Joe Porter was working as an aide at a nursing home when he saw an ad that said Hilliar Township/Centerburg Fire Department was looking for volunteer firefighters.

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