OTTOVILLE — Cloverdale Mayor Judd Spencer believes whole-heartedly
that the worst of events brings out the best in people. And he has all
the proof he needs to back up that belief. This past Saturday, hundreds
of people gathered in Ottoville to help Cloverdale and its residents
recover from a catastrophe.
On Nov. 17 of last year, the Village of Cloverdale was ravaged by a tornado.
The storm leveled homes, displaced families, wreaked havoc with the
town’s infrastructure and razed St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. As
devastating as the emotional damage created by the loss of hearth and
home was for residents, the financial burden it incurred seemed nearly
insurmountable. Fortunately, the residents of Cloverdale are made of
stern stuff, are able to bear up under the stresses that assail them.
That and they have good neighbors.
benefit, held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and a combined
effort of the Cloverdale Task Force and the Ottoville Mothers Club,
involved a 5K benefit run, a bake sale and a silent auction. Over 160
runners preregistered for the event, with some coming from out of town
and even out of state. While total revenues from the event have yet to
be tallied, Spencer was pleased with the results.
“It’s more than I imagined,” he said. “We don’t have a final count, but I know it’s over $15,000.”
reported that all of the monies raised will help individual residents
with their individual needs, and needs are great. Even so, and despite
the fierceness of this past winter, there are already signs of progress.
gotten a lot done since the weather has shaped up a little bit,”
Spencer said. “Now we’re seeing a lot of construction going on, a lot of
remodeling, a lot of rebuilding. That kind of gives everybody a bit of a
spring in their step.”