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When thinking of roller derby, many people see an image of the popular television bouts from the 1970s that were more stage than competition.

Roller derby is back — and the Glass City Rollers will compete in their first home match against The Fox Cityz Foxz on October 31 at SeaGate Convention Centre. Team members include Luckey native Pam Keppler and Elmore resident Melissa Simon.

This time the competition is for real — at least that’s what the players say.

“It’s very real,” Keppler says. “It’s not the roller derby of the 70s that was more staged and was more of a show. This is a true sport. Any injuries are real. We’re really hitting, we’re really falling — nothing is staged.

“I think it’s very entertaining. The crowds that we’ve been in front of seem to really enjoy it — they get really into it.”

Keppler would go so far as to classify today’s version of roller derby as an extreme sport.

“It really is rough. Physically, it takes a lot out of you,” Keppler said. “It has a mental game. It’s tremendous — there is a lot of strategy to it. The danger involved physically is pretty high.”

Now that voters have approved an emergency operating levy, the Woodmore school board is turning its attention to a bond issue for the November ballot that would leverage state funding to help pay for the construction of a new building.

A resolution to proceed with putting a bond issue request on the Nov. 3 ballot was approved last week by the school board.

The resolution authorizes the district to issue bonds totaling about $19.5 million to be used for construction costs and to levy an additional 0.5-mill property tax that would be used for permanent improvement expenses if the new school is built.

Oregon City Council will vote on entering into a contract with AFSCME at a council meeting on Monday following lengthy negotiations.

“We did have quite an extended time period where we negotiated this agreement with AFSCME,” said Administrator Ken Filipiak at a committee of the whole meeting last Monday. “On balance, I think it’s a fair agreement. There’s some give and take in here. We addressed a lot of long standing issues that I know ultimately will lead to better efficiency. We addressed a few issues that were important to the union related to their seniority and other matters. It will probably save us a lot of money in the long run.”

The agreement “pretty well reflects what you’ve seen with the other bargaining units to this point, exactly in the same vein as the patrolmen’s,” said Filipiak. The cap for health insurance is the same, with a 90-10 split, he added.

A panel of elected officials assembled to examine the possible formation of a joint police district to service the villages of Genoa and Clay Center and Allen and Clay townships is turning its attention to conducting a survey of residents in the four jurisdictions.

Dave Fryman, a member of Genoa Village Council who chairs the Joint Law Enforcement Commission, said a survey will be discussed at the commission’s next meeting Aug. 20 at the Allen Township administration building.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

The Ohio Department of Development last October awarded a $42,000 grant to Genoa to fund a feasibility study of forming a joint law enforcement district.

Circuit Rider Management Group, Granville, O., has been retained to conduct the study.

Imagine a widespread E. coli outbreak that sickens millions of Americans. By the next year, the government determines that lax oversight exacerbated the problem and calls for restructured FDA regulations to protect consumers from tainted products.

In response, the industry cries foul. “These regulations will limit our innovations,” howl the food lobbyists. “Our customers deserve greater freedom of choice.”

Or, imagine this scenario. Children’s toys contaminated with lead paint have been found on store shelves, so the Consumer Product Safety Commission responds with regulations to protect children from dangerous toys.

“No fair,” cry toy-company lobbyists. “Low-income consumers can only afford the lead toys. Why should the government punish low-income families by regulating toys?”

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