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Eastwood school superintendent Brent Welker is cautioning district residents the most recent financial statements paint a rosy but unrealistic picture of the district’s actual condition.

As of Nov. 6, about a third of the way into the current fiscal year,  total revenues were about $7.1 million, about $655,067, or 10 percent more, than at the same time last year when the district had collected $6.5 million.

General property tax revenues this year are about $2 million, about $207,963 more than last year but the district has only collected a little more than $1 million in income taxes - a drop of $134,549 compared to last year.

The superintendent notes the district’s allocation of grants-in-aid includes $138,715 in stimulus money that can’t be used for basic general fund purposes.

A New York businessman says he may be able to close a deal to purchase the Woodville Mall in a few weeks.

Mike Kohan, who has purchased several malls in the Midwest in recent years, said he remains in negotiations to purchase the mall, which has seen many of its smaller stores close and one of three anchor stores, Elder Beerman, announce it plans to close in September.

“I have a lot of plans for that mall,” he said. “I want to open up my own stores; clothing shops, children shops, shoe stores, book stores, toy stores. I’m in merchandizing myself so I won’t have to wait for stores to come. I’ll open some stores myself. I don’t want to be wasting time just waiting for tenants.”

Voters give nod to Molnar, Gadus, and Gabel

The Oregon school board will see fresh faces with the election of Carol-Ann Molnar and Diana Gadus last Tuesday.

Voters also returned incumbent Richard Gabel to another term, but voted against re-electing school board president Jeff Ziviski to a second term.

Molnar was the top vote getter, according to unofficial results from the Toledo-Lucas County Board of Elections. Molnar received 5,157 votes, or 32.04 percent of the vote. Molnar, 67, is a retired teacher.

Gabel, 66, came in second with 3,726, or 23.15 percent of the vote. Gabel is retired from the CSX coal and ore docks.

Gadus came in third, with 3,631 votes, or 22.56 percent of the vote. Gadus, 44, is a physical education and art teacher at Central Catholic Schools.

“I’m very grateful that I’m able to share my experiences and the knowledge I’ve gained in the field of education at a level that’s going to help the kids in the community,” said Gadus.

Patricia Lewis, who lives on Recker Road in Troy Township, and her house guest, Paul Urban, are used to seeing dogs show up out of nowhere.

When Middi, a 13-year old dachshund mix, came walking into their homestead on Friday, August 17 at about 7 p.m., the couple thought little of it.

“We live in a very secluded area and we get dogs out here all the time. So we see this dog prancing down the street,” recalled Urban, who is retired.

“Pat was on her way to work (at Genoa Care Center) and she called me back on the phone and said, ‘This dog is going towards Bradner Road,’ and we live just west of Bradner.”

The next day, the dog found its way to their barn.

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.