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Oregon City Council will see a new face, and a familiar one when they take their seats in December.

Sandy Bihn, former clerk-auditor, finance director, and member of city council, and Dennis Walendzak, vice president, Technical Services, Environmental Management Services, were elected, along with five incumbents on Tuesday.

Walendzak received 4,035 votes, or 11.76 percent of the vote, while Bihn won 3,850, or 11.22 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Toledo-Lucas County Board of Elections. Incumbent Bill Myers was unsuccessful in his bid for a second term. He received 3,175, or 9.26 percent of the vote.

The top vote getter was incumbent Clint Wasserman, 27, who received 4,156 votes, or 12.12 percent of the vote. Wasserman, an attorney, also received the highest vote count when he first ran for council two years ago.

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She’s 13-years-old, just 22 pounds, and a little hard of hearing. Middi, a

dachshund mix belonging to Libby Carstensen, is also lost.

The black canine, with gray on its face, stomach, paws, and tip of its tail, has been missing since Friday, Aug. 14, when it dug out from under a fence at a location just off State Route 163 in Lake Township. It is the longest time Carstensen, 20, has been without her dog.

“She slept with me every night,” said Carstensen, who adopted Middi nearly 13 years ago when Carstensen was just eight-years-old.

Back then, her brother, who is two years older than she, got a puppy, which prompted Libby to ask her parents for one, too.

“My mom took me down the road and there was just one puppy left, which had worms and was kind of ugly,” she fondly recalled. “My mom asked if she could get me a Pomeranian instead. I said, `No. I want this one. And her name is Midnight. She is mine.’ So I brought her home and made huge puppy eyes at my dad. And he said, `Alright. You can keep her.”

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One of his first priorities as the new owner of the Woodville Mall is to repair the roof and replace much of the carpeting, says Mike Kohan, who completed the purchase recently.

The New York businessman said the purchase price was $700,000.

He and associates were in town this past week to inspect the mall and introduce themselves to local officials.

Kohan, who has been buying malls throughout the Midwest in recent years, said he’s still assessing the Woodville Mall’s condition but was planning to invest in extensive renovations.

“The condition was worse than we thought. But that’s OK, we are up for a challenge,” he said.

And within a month he’s intent on opening some of his own stores, including clothing and children’s shops as well as shoe, toy, and book stores.

“I want merchants in the town of Northwood to know that I am here to help them,” he said. “I am more than willing to give them a good offer.”

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Oregon City Council on Monday will vote on a proposed agreement with Envirosafe Services of Ohio, Inc., that would include dropping its appeal with the Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC).

ERAC is reviewing an appeal by the city of a decision by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency that allows the hazardous waste landfill to vertically expand Cell M, the facility’s only active landfill at 867 Otter Creek Road.

The Ohio EPA’s director on Sept. 15, 2005, approved an application for a modification of Envirosafe’s permit to increase the allowable elevation of Cell M at the facility from the limits in the facility’s original permit issued in 1991 by the Ohio Hazardous Waste Facility Board to 714 feet above the mean sea level.

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Bench, Sheahan unseat Gray, Graffis; levy loses

Newcomers David Bench and Ron Sheahan will take their seats on the Jerusalem Township board of trustees next year, while a police levy that would have funded current police services from the sheriff’s department was defeated on Tuesday.

Bench and Sheahan unseated incumbents Joe Gray and Rodney Graffis.

Bench, 59, is a self-employed farmer at Bench Farms. He received the top vote, 974 votes, or 41.10 percent of the vote cast.

Bench attributed his win to name recognition of his business, and voters’ desire for change.

“I’ve been going to the meetings for about a year, and nothing ever seemed to get done,” he said. “I kept telling trustees that they work for the people. We pay their wages.”

Sheahan, 45, is a project manager at Dimech Services, Inc. He received 581 votes, or 24.51 percent of the vote.

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