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The Oregon school board on Wednesday voted 4-1 against placing another 5.95-mill 10-year emergency levy on the Nov. 3 ballot.

School board member Diane Karoly was the lone vote in favor of the levy. The deadline for the board to finalize a levy in November was Nov. 20.

The board had received considerable feedback from the community since voters defeated a 5.95-mill 10-year emergency levy by a nearly three to one margin on Aug. 4.

The district faces a $1 million budget deficit by June 30, 2011.

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Oregon Mayor-elect Mike Seferian said “good dedicated supporters” helped propel him to victory in unseating incumbent Mayor Marge Brown on Tuesday.

“I learned some things from the last election,” said Seferian, an independent who lost to Brown in 2001. “I allowed my friends to help me.”

Voter turnout was strong, with nearly 7,300 voters showing up at the polls. Seferian, who is currently on council, received 4,459 votes, or 61.17 percent of the vote, while Brown received 2,831, or 38.83 percent of the vote. Seferian beat Brown in each of the city’s 19 precincts.

“My supporters networked throughout the neighborhoods and communities for me. I didn’t realize I had such friends so dedicated – I think they were more emotional than I in this race,” he said.

“When I was feeling the heat, or pressured, they showed up at my work or house just to hang out,” he added. “They wanted change, and were willing to take a chance on me. I didn’t win this, they did.”

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“Oh my God, I’m going to die.”

That was Peggy Wulf’s initial thought when she entered the studio for her first “hot yoga” class.

“I had never done any yoga before,” the Curtice woman said. “And when I opened the doors, the heat and the humidity in the room kind of took my breath away.”

Wulf’s reaction is typical, according to fitness and preventative health care professional Joe (Barocsi) Sparks, a native East-Sider who offers the classes daily at his Perrysburg studio.

Conducted in a room heated to around 100 degrees with a humidity level of about 60 percent, each class lasts for 90 minutes and takes participants through 26 traditional yoga poses - twice.

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Veteran incumbents challenged by business owners

Two self-employed business owners, Mike Evanoff and Jeff Pettit, are challenging veteran incumbents, Ron Sims and Richard Welling, for seats on the Lake Township Board of Trustees in the Nov. 3 election.

In these tough economic times, who knows how to stretch a dollar more than an owner/operator of a small business, reasons Evanoff, who hopes to use his entrepreneurial skills as a trustee.

“My wife and I have been doing this for 20 years in bad and good economies and our doors are still open,” the owner of Suburban Motors said. “A sense of discipline is what I want to bring to the table.”

If elected, Evanoff, who’s been regularly attending trustee meetings for several years, said he’d scrutinize the expenditure of every township dollar, casting a keen eye especially on equipment and related purchases.

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The German-American Festival (GAF), the Toledo area’s oldest, largest and greatest ethnic festival, returns to its familiar Oregon grounds Aug. 28 through 30.

As always, authentic German food, beverages and entertainment will be in full abundance, including continuous live music at three stages from local Germanic and ethnic bands, an old world-style Bier & Wein Garten, the Import Haus featuring steins, linens and other gift items, new amusement rides and the fest’s signature 56’ by 40’ wooden dance floor in the main Fest Zelt tent – a 100’ by 265’ clear span without poles.

According to Timothy Pecsenye, festival chair, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever.

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