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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.

 

Cameron Menchaca always looks forward to his birthday.

Of course, what kid doesn’t?

But this year, Cameron’s  birthday promises to be about 10 times better than the previous nine.

It’s not just because the Oregon youth will be enjoying a trip to Kalahari Resort with his family. This year, Cameron will be celebrating his 10th birthday on Oct. 10, 2010. That’s right. He’ll be 10 on 10-10-10. And as luck would have it, he debuted at Flower Hospital weighing in at exactly 10 pounds. (He missed being born at 10 o’clock by about  three and a half hours).

Cameron, a fourth-grader at Starr Elementary School, plays hockey and football. To celebrate the special decade milestone, Cameron will have cake and ice cream with family and take that much-anticipated trip to Kalahari Resort.

Cameron Menchaca’s, of Oregon, will celebrate his 10th birthday on 10-10-10 with a family celebration and a trip to Kalahari Resort in Sandusky.

Five new members will be inducted into the Birmingham Hall of Fame this year at the 34th annual inductee and scholarship banquet on Oct. 17 at St. Stephen School hall in Toledo’s Birmingham neighborhood.

Tom Amstutz, former head football coach for the University of Toledo Rockets, will be the guest speaker at the event, which begins at 4:30 p.m. with a social hour at the hall, 2018 Consaul St.

A family-style dinner of chicken paprika and pigs in the blanket will be served at 6 p.m.

Tickets to the event are $20 per person ages 13 and older, $10 ages 6 to 12, and free for children age five and under. Tickets are available at Takacs Grocery & Meats at 419-693-9233 or at the store from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The 2010 Birmingham Hall of Fame inductees include:

Luella Jane (Sendi) Humbarger, of Oregon, inducted as a Distinguished Citizen. Humbarger is an active worker with her husband, Robert, at the annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival. She also is a Sunday school teacher at Calvin United Church, where she is active in the Women’s Church Group, and has devoted many years to the Hungarian community. She attended Birmingham school as a youngster and later graduated from Waite High School, where she as a member of the marching band and a member of the National Honor Society. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Bowling Green State University, where she was a member of KAPPA Delta sorority.

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