Bellville area news briefs


Sensei Williams will speak Sunday at All Souls

BELLVILLE — Sensei Dean Williams will deliver the 10:30 a.m. message Sunday at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Bellville, 25 Church St. He will speak about “What is Real?: The Strawberry Fields Talk”

How can we possibly plot our course in life when our path is so tangled with continuous bold and blatant lies by political leaders while “traditional journalism” is very much on the decline as the wild west of the internet and “fake news” becomes the dominant domain of public discourse? Can we find our moral bearings again in the middle of such social and political chaos? This talk will lay out a moral path as the only way we can create a sustainable future for ourselves and our offspring.

Williams is the guiding teacher of the Crooked River Zen Center in Cleveland, Ohio. His interest in Zen Buddhism began in the early 70s when he was working on his BA in philosophy. He began formal zen practice in 1997. He was lay ordained in 2000, ordained as a Buddhist chaplain in 2001, and as a priest in 2003.

Retirement planning seminar set Sept. 17

RICHLAND COUNTY — The Richland County Retired Teachers Association will sponsor a retirement planning seminar for all actively employed educators and their spouses Tuesday, Sept., 17.

The two-hour program will be of special interest to those teachers who are 5 to 10 years from retirement, but will be helpful for all educators. Hope Short, a specialist from State Teachers Retirement System, will review retirement eligibility requirements and the essential steps of retiring, explain how benefits are calculated, discuss financial planning, and more. Each attendee will receive a retirement planning workbook to take home. A free light supper will be served before Ms. Short’s presentation.

The seminar will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church , 2010 Park Avenue West , Ontario, from 4:30 to approximately 7 p.m. To plan for the workbooks and supper, preregister by calling Ruth Pierce at 419-989-7351 or emailing rp53tch@neo.rr.com by Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Road construction update for Richland County

RICHLAND COUNTY — Here is an updated road construction report for Richland County

U.S. 30, from just west of the Lexington/Springmill interchange to the SR 309 interchange, will have single lane closures for a resurfacing project. Daily/nightly lane closures started Monday, Aug. 12 for pavement repairs. Lane widths will be reduced to 11’ in each direction during the project, which should be completed in August 2020.

US 42, from Grace St. in the City of Mansfield to Baney Road in Ashland will have intermittent lane closures for a resurfacing project. Crews will perform night work as needed from Crider Road to Stewart Road. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers. The project is expected to be complete in October.

Interstate 71, between County Road 32 (Mock Road) to the Ashland County line, will have daily and nightly lane closures northbound and southbound for a resurfacing project. Crews will have nightly lane closures northbound and southbound for smoothness profiling and deck sealing. The project should be completed this month.

State Route 97, from the Village of Butler to the Ashland County line, will have daily lane closures for a resurfacing project. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers. The project is expected to be complete by the end of October.