The Press Newspaper
Dodging bad weather and irregular schedules, the members of People Inc. were able to sponsor two successful blood drives this school year.
Despite a two hour delay, People Inc. members, working in conjunction with The American Red Cross, were still able to hold their annual blood drive on December 10, with the theme “Give blood; save a life.”
People Inc. members worked to incorporate “The Game of Life” board game feel to the drive. Play money was placed on the lockers of the donors. Members also brought in food for the canteen and Multi-grain Cheerios for the students and teachers that gave blood. Members that did not get to work the blood drive will have the opportunity to work the next one.
A coalition of organizations continues to raise another $110,000 to build two new homes for Lake Township families who saw their homes destroyed by a tornado in June.
Calvary Lutheran Church Pastor Bob Noble, Hope Builds Campaign spokesman, told The Press $150,000 is needed for materials. Noble said about $40,000 has been raised.
The Genoa Banking Company is one of the business partners of the campaign, created last year to oversee the project.
Lake Township residents will see the benefits of additional revenue for road repairs, according to Melanie Bowen, a township trustee, who says the number of road projects will increase this year.
The trustees Tuesday approved annual appropriations for 2011 totaling approximately $5.4 million, including $1.2 million for the general fund and $377,500 for the road improvement fund.
Township voters in November replaced a 1.5-mill property tax levy for road improvements and approved an additional 1-mill levy. Both taxes will be levied on current property values.
“The number of roads we do this year will be up,” Bowen said.
The Oregon Police Department may be without a new police chief for at least the foreseeable future.
According to Mayor Mike Seferian, the search for a chief may not even begin until summer.
“We want to get a feel for what the people in the department want to see happen,” Seferian said. “This is going to take a little time. It could be mid to late summer before we fill the position.”
Assistant Police Chief Paul Magditch has assumed the responsibilities of the position vacated by former Police Chief Richard Stager. Stager, along with Lieutenant Brian Andrzejewski, retired in January.
Eastwood’s first annual Pin 2 Win event raised $1,600 for the American Cancer Society and the fight against prostate cancer.
The Eastwood wrestlers, along with their families and supporters, held the fundraising event in conjunction with the Clair Simpson Duals. Numerous prizes were raffled and the team sold Pin 2 Win t-shirts, bracelets, and lanyards.
According to Jody Eaton, who oversaw the project, the team exceeded its goal for the fundraiser and she hopes to continue the project in the future.