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“Is your refrigerator running?”

refrigerator

Harry and Jean Roberts have kept
their Westinghouse refrigerator
running throughout their 63-year
marriage. (Press photo by Ken
Grosjean)

Back in the day, it was great fun for telephone pranksters to ask unsuspecting friends or even strangers on the other end of the line with the query. (The answer – It is? Well, you’d better catch it!)

A prankster calling Harry and Jean Roberts Oregon home might get the answer that their refrigerator is indeed running – and has been since they got it – in 1946.

The Westinghouse refrigerator, was offered to Jean at a deep discount as an engagement present from her employer, Westinghouse Supply, where she was an office worker.

“It was a beautiful 1946 model, being replaced by a new model coming out,” she said. “They knew I was getting married the following year, so they offered the refrigerator to me at a good price.

“Harry was in the Navy, so I took the refrigerator to my parents’ house and plugged it in in the spare bedroom,” she said.

When the couple was married Oct. 11, 1947, they took it to their home and used it for many years. “As our family grew, we needed a bigger model, so we bought an Amana,” Jean said, adding that the trusty Westinghouse model was moved to the summer kitchen.

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This summer, Woodmore High School Spanish teacher Tom Adams, accompanied by three students and a chaperone, took a ten-day adventure to Spain. Woodmore Spanish Club has not take a trip like this in many years but have tentative plans for a Costa Rican trip already in the works for next summer.

Those who went on the trip were students Andrea Bouldin, Ben Czeczele and Lora Zatko, and Laurie Czeczele, who went as a chaperone.

“I liked seeing all the different places in Spain, especially the palaces,” said Bouldin. “

While the most exciting part for Adams was the bullfight, some of the favorite stops they visited included Granada and Toledo, Spain.

Students even got to try out their bilingual skills by conversing in Spanish when buying things and at dinner by asking for the check.

While there, several cultural differences were noticed.

“In Spain they hardly ever wear shorts unless they are going to work out,” said Adams.

Bouldin noticed that people seemed to be dressed up all the time, even while just walking around town. The meal times also differ from Americans as they eat a large meal in the late afternoon and then eat something light at around 10 p.m.

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Oregon Police Chief Richard Stager will be retiring at the start of next year, according to Mayor Mike Seferian. Stager became chief in 2008, replacing former Chief Tom Gulch, who resigned in 2007.

“At first, we thought he was looking at June, but I think it’s some time in January or February,” said Seferian.

Stager was acting chief when Gulch stepped down, then was appointed to the position permanently in 2008.

Seferian said he and Administrator Mike Beasley will be seeking a replacement soon.

“As soon as we get some other issues out of the way, we’ll  start to figure out the process. Of course, we’ll share what we’re doing with council. I want them to be a part of it.”

Picking a police chief, said Seferian, “is never an easy thing.”

When former Fire Chief Bill Wilkins resigned last year, Seferian said it was not difficult finding a replacement because he knew the fire department well. Seferian appointed veteran Oregon fire fighter Ed Ellis, formerly an assistant district chief, for the post last May.

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Controlled burns at refuge to start
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be conducting prescribed burns Oct. 12 to Nov. 19 at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge where approximately 300 acres will be burned.

The wildlife service will be conducting the controlled burns to eliminate dead vegetation and encourage native plant establishment for next spring.

In addition, the controlled burns eliminate years of built up dead plants that would otherwise increase the risks of wildfires, according to the service, which said detailed burn plans are written and reviewed by officials for each burn conducted.

The refuge covers more than 10,000 acres in Ottawa and Lucas counties.


TMACOG reception
Ottawa County members of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG), and business and community leaders in the county are invited to a reception Oct. 14 from 5-7 p.m., at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor.

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Lake Erie Waterkeeper Sandy Bihn will be special speaker to talk about algae issues on the lake and the Duck and Otter Creeks Partnership at the Friends of Pearson Park October 13 meeting at Macomber Lodge.

 

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