Briefly, Aug. 27

Auxiliary bishop from Philadelphia

selected to lead Toledo diocese

TOLEDO (AP) – Pope Francis has appointed the auxiliary bishop from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to lead the Catholic Diocese of Toledo.

The Ohio diocese announced the appointment of Bishop Daniel E. Thomas Tuesday.

Thomas has been auxiliary bishop in Philadelphia since 2006. The 55-year-old was named a monsignor in 1995.

He replaces Bishop Leonard Paul Blair, who was named bishop of the Hartford Archdiocese in Connecticut last October.

Thomas is to be installed as bishop Oct. 22.

He is a native of Philadelphia and was ordained a priest in 1985.

The Diocese of Toledo serves 320,000 Roman Catholics in 124 parishes across northwest Ohio.

Pat Catan’s to craft grand opening Thursday morning

Pat Catan’s Craft Centers is planning a grand opening celebration at 9 a.m. Thursday at its store in Westgate Village Shopping Center.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz and Seneca County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services President John Detwiler are among the dignitaries scheduled to attend.

The store plans to offer sales, free craft projects, giveaways, contests and refreshments all weekend.

Board of revision

to meet Thursday

Seneca County Board of Revision is to meet at 11:15 a.m. Thursday in the Auditor’s Office to discuss remission of penalty applications.

Toledo water

treatment plant

supervisor resigns

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – A city official who was in charge of Toledo’s water treatment plant has resigned three weeks after toxins contaminated the water supply for about 400,000 people.

Toledo’s mayor said he asked for David Leffler’s resignation because he no longer had confidence in him.

Leffler was on vacation during the water emergency in early August, but Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins told The Blade newspaper the do-not-drink advisory would have been issued even if Leffler had returned to the city.

Leffler couldn’t be immediately reached for comment. There was no telephone listing for him.

Residents in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan were left without clean tap water for more than two days when toxins produced by algae in Lake Erie got into the water supply.

Donation to help build replica of Wright flyer

DAYTON (AP) – An anonymous donation of $50,000 is to help build another replica of one of the Wright brothers’ earliest airplanes in Ohio.

An historic lookalike of the Wright brothers’ 1911 “B” Flyer has been flown out of the Dayton area by a nonprofit, volunteer organization since 1982.

Another replica is needed, organizers say, and is expected to cost more than $115,000.

Jay Jabour, president and acting chairman of the organization, Wright “B” Flyer Inc., told the Dayton Daily News that a yet-to-be chosen experimental aircraft builder could start assembly in about a year.

Another replica of the “B” Flyer crashed during a test flight in July 2011, killing two experienced pilots.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigation determined a faulty weld on a propeller shaft may have contributed.