Toast the state of Ohio for offering a helping hand, About 97 percent of senior citizens and others eligible for an expanded property tax cut met an Oct. 1 deadline to apply or already were enrolled, officials said. As a result, nearly 566,000 new applicants joined about 222,000 Ohioans in the expanded Homestead Exemption Program approved this summer as part of the state's two-year, $52 billion operating budget. The program allows people 65 and older or those deemed permanently or totally disabled to shield the first $25,000 of a home's value from property taxes. The program previously had income restrictions on eligibility. The change is expected to save the average eligible Ohioan about $400. Eligible homeowners who missed the deadline will get a second chance to apply, but they will have to wait until the normal enrollment period from Jan. 8 through June 2.
Roast the person or persons involved with the bomb threat last week to the Bellevue City Schools. Just one day after local first responders held a student hostage/lockdown drill at Bellevue High School, somebody e-mailed the Sandusky Register's Web site and issued the bomb threat as a comment to the story. The threat will cost thousands of dollars and somebody will have to pay. Guess who? That's why whoever is involved should be prosecuted and held accountable for their actions.
Toast Edison High School graduate Abbe Ewell, who left last week for a nine-month journey to Liberia volunteering with the African Youth Development Action Project. Ewell has volunteered for different causes most of her life and said she just wants to do her part to make this a better world. You can follow her trip by visiting her blog atwww.abbeinafrica.blogspot.com. Good luck and be careful.
Toast the six Norwalk City Schools students who had their poems published in the 2007 version of "Young American Poetry Digest," an annual publication of poems written by students throughout the United States. Having their work published were Maplehurst Elementary fourth-graders Raven Emerick, Alexis Adkins, Kyra Sparks, Cheyenne Kramer and Ashley Hinojosa, along with Main Street School fifth-grader Heidi Mangold. An honor like this encourages students to be creative and succeed, Maplehurst Librarian Linda Busco said.