Passport program to become a reality at library, after all

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Passport program to become a reality at library, after all

Stow Sentry – A one-stop shop for applying for passports at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, which was put on hold in March by the U.S. State Department due to federal budget cuts, is back in business.

People can apply for passports at the library during its regular hours starting May 16. Passports are issued by the U.S. State Department.

“I’m very proud we can revive this program,” Library Director Doug Dotterer said.

Dotterer said the change of plans took place because of lobbying done by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office.

“Their office was vital,” Dotterer said. “I was able to put together a strong case why our application should be re-examined. I told Sen. Brown this is what President Obama is talking about, having the government partner more with local communities.”

Dotterer said Meredith Turner, Sen. Brown’s state department liaison, worked with state department representatives and cleared up paperwork problems that were holding up the project.

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