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Business in brief

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:50 PM

Pretto graduates from hair academy

Rhiannon Pretto, daughter of John and Jean Pretto of Monroeville, has recently graduated from Tiffin Academy of Hair Design. Upon receiving her license from the State Board of Cosmetology, she is planning employment in one of the area salons.

Huron County JFS event Wednesday

Huron County Job & Family Services is celebrating Child Support Awareness Month from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday with free activities.

The event will be kicked off with a proclamation from the Huron County commissioners. There will be free popcorn, face painting, prizes, bookmarks and child support information throughout the day at entrance "A."

The children's library will be represented from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Abigail Pregnancy Services also will be there.

Blacksmiths plan open forge Saturday

BELLEVUE The Northwest Ohio Blacksmiths will conduct an open forge at 9 a.m. Saturday at Lyme Village on Ohio 4. There will be three to four working forges with demonstrations by various blacksmiths.

Those attending are encouraged to make and take home completed projects. Safety glasses will be provided. Those 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. While there is no charge to participate, donations will be accepted.

Skilled artisans Mary Brook, of Attica, will demonstrate basket weaving and Katie Farr, of Nova, will demonstrate spinning. Food will be available at the Carriage House for a donation. Entrance to the village is free for observation and demonstrations. Guides will provide tours of the village from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call (419) 483-4949.

RR Donnelley lauds longtime employee

WILLARD Lorrean "Lori" Backensto will celebrate 40 years of service Aug. 4 at RR Donnelley in Willard.

She was hired in 1966 as a packer girl. She worked as a bindery girl, and production line quality inspector. She was promoted to quality assistant and went to sample selection, where she currently is a quality inspector II.

She lives in Willard with her husband, Rodney. They have a son, Jeff, and four grandchildren, Zach, Alex, Adrianna and Ross.

FirstEnergy gives schools a boost

Local schools and municipalities received a financial boost when FirstEnergy Corp. delivered a check totaling $383,240.06 to the Huron County treasurer's office for the company's second-half property taxes. FirstEnergy is one of Huron County's largest taxpayers.

Local school districts will receive more than 70 percent of the approximately $212 million FirstEnergy company will pay in property taxes this year to the 48 counties in Ohio where it owns property and facilities. The remainder is used to fund a variety of township, city and county services, such as police and fire protection, libraries, mental health institutions and parks and recreation facilities.

About 14 percent of a customer's electric bill goes toward about two dozen local, state and federal taxes, which totaled more than $1.8 billion for FirstEnergy in 2006.

First Energy's operating electric utility companies in Ohio are Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison Company.

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