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Mentor Charities, Sheetz & The Sales Tax Increase: A Week In Review

Catch the biggest stories from the week

1. We featured a lot of Mentor philanthropists this week. (That is enough to qualify this as a good week.)

Jane and Michael Knausz of are organizing a Prom To Remember -- a .

People can help the cause in a lot of ways. For example, some boys from wore as a way to encourage their classmates to donate gently used formal dresses for the kids.

2. student Ashley Imbrogno began Warming the Hearts, a charity that makes blankets for hospital patients, seven years ago.

In that time, she and a team of volunteers and donors have made more than 6,000 blankets.

And, to think, .

3. The Mentor Planning Commission unanimously approved a pair of permits and a preliminary site plan for a .

But first both proponents and detractors of the service station spoke at the meeting.

Dale Bradley lives directly south of the where the Sheetz would be. He said he would be happy if the service station replaced the present "eyesore."

"It's like a giant flea market," he said. "People are parking old cars over there for sale."

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4. The Lake County Commissioners voted Tuesday to .

This comes after Mentor Council had unanimously passed a resolution, . City officials were concerned the sales tax increase would have a disproportionate affect on Mentor because 43 percent of the county's sales come from Mentor.

They asked the commissioners to delay their vote until council members could discuss the topic further with them.

However, the commissioners approved the tax increase anyhow and some Mentor Council members were perturbed by that decision.

"We're disappointed," Council President Scott Marn said. "Our goal was to find out how this would affect not just the city of Mentor's residents and businesses, but all of Lake County's."

5. Chinese New Year began this week.

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