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A former member of the Oregon school board has been appointed to fill the seat left vacant by the recent death of Betty Carstensen.

The board Wednesday appointed Sheron Baumgartner to fill the unexpired term of Carstensen, 85, who died Sept. 5, but was planning to run for re-election in the Nov. 3 election.

The board selected Baumgartner from a host of other potential candidates based upon her experience and knowledge of the district, said board president Jeff Ziviski.

Baumgartner served previously on the school board from 1982-1993.  She is a graduate of Clay High School and Bowling Green State University.  Mrs. Baumgartner worked at St. Charles Hospital in a supervisory capacity prior to her retirement there after 35 years.  She is a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and has served as a member of the bard of trustees.

Preliminary construction on the new elementary school building in Genoa has begun and the school board has authorized the administration to proceed with seeking bids for the next phase of the project.

“We’re getting down to the finite details of construction,” Bill Nye, district treasurer said Thursday.

The board Tuesday heard reports from a representative of Buehrer Group Architecture & Engineering, the project architect, and the construction manager for the Ohio School Facilities Commission.

Nye said the board gave its approval to seeking bid packages for plumbing, heating and air conditioning, electrical, food service, and fire protection systems.

The school board this week will appoint someone to fill the vacant seat previously held by Betty Carstensen, who died Sept. 5 following a stroke.

Carstensen, 85, was finishing her fourth term on the board when she died. She was running for re-election on the Nov. 3 ballot.

“We rescheduled our regularly scheduled meeting last Wednesday to Sept. 16,” said School Board President Jeff Ziviski.

“The law requires the board to act to fill the vacancy at its next regular meeting, which is held at least 10 days after the vacancy occurs,” said Ziviski.

The person who is appointed to the seat will fill the remainder of Carstensen’s term, which is through December 31, he said.

“Essentially, it’s a three-and-a-half month appointment,” he said.

To kick off the most wonderful time of the year, the Genoa Merchants will sponsor their Holiday Open House the weekend after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, 28 and 29.

The special holiday event will offer the perfect occasion for family members and friends to get together, get a jump on their holiday shopping and maybe enjoy a leisurely lunch – one that doesn’t include turkey leftovers.

Some of the merchants will be offering specials, drawings and a chance to get away for some great shopping for unique gifts for the holidays.

Among the shops participating in the Holiday Open House is Packer Creek Pottery, where shoppers can find unique and colorful majolica pottery created by artist Jan Pugh. Among those who have purchased her pieces are Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Bush family, and the Queen of Jordon. Pugh specializes in handcrafted items in a wide variety of patterns and designs, including festive holiday patterns.

September marks the observance of National Preparedness Month and the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) is leading a statewide campaign with a diverse group of national, state and local partners to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and to promote community involvement.

National Preparedness Month 2009 is focusing on changing perceptions about emergency preparedness to help Ohioans understand what it truly means to be Ready. Each week during National Preparedness Month, ODPS will be sending a press release or providing information on different areas of preparedness most likely to impact Ohioans.

In 2008, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Ohio had more than 48,000 fires and 150 deaths as a result of fires, many of which could have been prevented. It is important to learn about fires and how your family will respond to a fire in order to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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