After decades of neglect, old seminary at Saint Edward State Park reopens as $57M hotel

KENMORE — All around The Lodge at Saint Edward State Park are reminders that it was once a seminary, built in the 1930s to educate young men for the priesthood.

A photo of the Rev. Thomas Mulligan, the seminary’s first president, is hung prominently at the bar named after him. A restaurant is in the old dining hall, and the icebox doors cloistered nuns used in their kitchen were built into the preparation area. The hotel rooms, like the rest of the building, have original windows — and the nightly rates in the mid-$300s are roughly the same as yearly

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Terry Johnson’s departure leaves void in Ohio State coaching staff

Former Ohio State assistant coach Terry Johnson (right) calls out from the bench during an Ohio State game. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

Chris Holtmann has been scouring the transfer portal for prospective players to join the Buckeyes for the 2021-22 season and will have to examine the market for another assistant coach, too.

On April 22, former Ohio State assistant men’s basketball coach Terry Johnson announced he will depart the Buckeyes’ program after four seasons and join Purdue, where he accepted a similar — but different — role with the Boilermakers.

In an interview with JoJo Gentry of

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California urges people to vacation in state, boost tourism

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California tourism leaders are urging residents to spend their pent-up travel dollars exploring their home state, as coronavirus case numbers stay low and the industry reels from a 55% decline in revenue.

The state of nearly 40 million people has been among the most conservative in the U.S. with tight restrictions in place to curb the pandemic.

Now, California has the lowest infection rate in the country and on Tuesday, Los Angeles and San Francisco received permission from the state to reopen bars, restaurants, museums, and businesses more broadly.

Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who faces

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State Department Approves Departure of Nonemergency Government Officials From India

The State Department announced on Wednesday that it would approve the voluntary departure of nonemergency U.S. government employees in India as the country battles a second wave of coronavirus infections.

According to a travel advisory posted on the State Department’s website, the agency is urging U.S. citizens to take advantage of commercial flights out of India and has also approved the voluntary departure of family members of U.S. government employees.

India’s surge in Covid-19 cases has prompted other countries to take precautions concerning who is allowed within their borders. Earlier this week Australia began a travel ban, making it

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Board receives 17 applicants for recreation panel | State

White Township officials are mulling over 17 applications for five vacancies on a new Recreation Advisory Board.

Officially, it was 16, township Manager Milt Lady told the Board of Supervisors Wednesday night, but a late application was accepted as well.

The interest was not unexpected. As Supervisor Sandi Gillette said at a February meeting, she received several calls from residents interested in helping out on such a board.

However, interest was unexpected for another entity that does not exist — at least not yet. Nine applications were received for a White’s Woods Management Committee.

It’s a panel suggested by Board

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State Department Orders Departure Of Nonessential Personnel From Kabul Embassy

Ahmad Nazar


4.27.21 4:21pm

Updated April 27, 2021 at 4:21 PM ET

The State Department is downsizing the U.S. embassy in Kabul, ordering some nonessential personnel to leave amid concerns about heightened violence as U.S. and NATO troops pull out of Afghanistan.

The department “ordered the departure from U.S. Embassy Kabul of U.S. government employees whose functions can be performed elsewhere,” it noted in a travel advisory issued Tuesday.

U.S. officials would not confirm the number of embassy personnel departing, but insisted it would be small and that all offices and services will remain open at the embassy.


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