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Ohio to offer wind, solar power grants

CLEVELAND  — Ohio is taking another step in its attempt to turn the state into a hub for the renewable energy industry.

A new program will offer grants to increase the use of solar and wind power.

The state says the $3.5 million program for residential projects will lead to 260 wind turbines and 200 solar hot water systems.

Gov. Ted Strickland has targeted renewable energy as a key to reviving the state's weak economy.

The state says customers of FirstEnergy Corp., Duke Energy, American Electric Power and Dayton Power and Light Co. will be eligible for the wind and solar grants. 

Man not guilty by insanity in house blaze

ELYRIA — A Lorain man was found not guilty by reason of insanity this week for trying to set his Highland Park Drive home on fire in 2007.

Peter Pohorence, 38, had faced prison time if he had been convicted of aggravated arson, felonious assault and other charges.

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Raymond Ewers determined that Pohorence was mentally ill after reviewing the reports of three mental health experts who examined Pohorence.

Pohorence’s wife called police on May 6, 2007, and said her husband was acting crazy and had started a fire in the kitchen. When police arrived, they reported smoke pouring out of the kitchen and Pohorence inside ranting and swearing.

Police said an officer was forced to subdue Pohorence after he attacked the officers.

Pohorence will receive outpatient mental health treatment at a Gloucester, Va., counseling center, where he already is being treated.

CSU seeks firms for marketing study

CLEVELAND — Cleveland State University is looking for local companies to participate in a partnership with a group of business students.

Students from the university’s Nance College of Business Administration will travel to London in May to conduct applied business research projects that will allow the partnered local companies to gain marketing data and information.

The students are designing projects that relate to business issues facing Cleveland-area firms and will work with the companies to define the data and information that will benefit the companies most.

Interested businesses should contact Thomas Whipple, chair of marketing, at (216) 687-4770 or

Physician academy seeks nominees

COLUMBUS — Ohio Academy of Family Physicians is accepting nominations for its Family Physician of the Year award.

One winner who is a current member of the organization, currently practicing, has 10 years of post-residency experience, possesses high professional standards, provides high-quality and family-centered care and is involved in the community will be selected.

Nominees will be judged on contributions to the community, work beyond the call of duty and encouragement of others to pursue family medicine.

The deadline for nominations is April 3.

Letters of nomination can be sent by mail to OAFP Awards Selection Committee, Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, 4075 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214.  They can also be sent by fax to (614) 267-9191 or by e-mail to

To find out if a physician is a member of OAFP, send an e-mail to or call (800) 742-7347.

The winner will be recognized during an awards luncheon in August.

Ballroom dance Friday at Rose Cafe
LORAIN — Lorain County Metro Parks is hosting a ballroom dancing night 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Rose Cafe at Lakeview Park. The park is at 1800 W. Erie Ave. in Lorain.

Live big band music will be played and refreshments will be available.

Preregister today. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call (440) 245-1193 or (800) LCM-PARK.

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