The Press Newspaper
Presenting Mr. Bowers…hasn’t missed in 32 years
Ladies and gentlemen . . . presenting 1967 Genoa grad Wade Bower, the "unofficial standard bearer" of "Comet Nation," who has had a reserved seat ticket for 327 straight Genoa football games and 32 celebrated seasons.
That's roughly 15,696 minutes of Comet football for all those counting.
"All I can say is that I just love high school football, and that's the bottom line," mumbles Bower, 60.
"Personally, I don't like to call it a streak, because really it's just a passion of mine. I just love to go to these high school football games. I love the competition between the boys out there. And I just love being there out at the stadium come Friday, and watching Genoa Comets football, and other Genoa sports, too, really," he said.
In last week’s story about the Genoa village council forum, the comment, “I think it’s an exciting time to live in the village. I’m not saying it’s perfect. No one is perfect, but I think we have the proper people on council to keep things in place,” should have been attributed to incumbent Jennifer L. Kreager and not challenger John C. Lewis.
Also, incumbent Dave Fryman’s comment should have read, “There is nothing that should be done behind closed doors as it was done in the past in this town,” and not read, “There is nothing that should be done behind open doors...” Fryman was involved in the creation of the joint law enforcement district, not the upgrade of law enforcement vehicles and equipment. The Pr
Oregon Administrator Ken Filipiak is resigning. He will be the new city manager of Mentor, located just east of Cleveland, on the south shore of Lake Erie. His resignation is effective Nov. 28.
The Mentor City Council voted unanimously at a special meeting on Saturday to hire Filipiak, according to Mentor City Council President Bob Shiner. The city has a population of over 50,000, more than twice the size of Oregon’s 18,000.
City government is based on a city manager executive appointed by council instead of an elected mayor form of government. The city manager is accountable to city council.
Shiner said over 100 people applied for the spot, which has been temporarily filled by the police chief since May, when the former city manager retired.
Filipiak came out on top because of his “diverse background,” said Shiner.
“We found him to be a very smart guy. It all looked good on the resume and the interview process,” said Shiner.
A Genoa business owner and candidate for a village council seat has made a request for copies of files in the computers used by the village police chief and administrator.
Through his attorney, Eric Hise, owner of the Bharmacy, 621 Main Street, sent a letter dated Oct. 19 to Mayor Mark Williams requesting copies of the memories in the computers of the chief and administrator going back to January, 2008.
Mayor Williams last Tuesday said he hadn’t seen the request but acknowledged it may have arrived at the town hall after he last checked his mail.
Hise said his request is unrelated to a lawsuit he filed in December, 2008 against Mayor Williams, Chief Randy Hill, and a village police officer, alleging the mayor directed the police department to harass his business.
Marvin Belknap has started a support group, of sorts, for small businesses in hopes of resolving problems they share.
Belknap, who owns The Coffee Shop, and Tan Pro Oregon, held a small business forum with city officials to discuss those problems.
“We invited any business owner with 50 or fewer employees. There’s a lot of concern that small businesses are faltering, and not able to make it in Oregon. So I wanted to host a forum so everyone could ask questions,” Belknap said at a committee of the whole meeting on Oct. 19.
Belknap hopes to form a small business task force outside the Chamber and Oregon Economic Development Foundation that would work with the city administrator, public service director, and possibly law director to find ways to promote small business and help “relieve some stress and burden on us.”
“A lot of our members are tired of seeing people go to the other side of the river to do things, to shop, go to dinner, enjoy themselves,” he said.
Some common concerns of small businesses, said Belknap, include relaxing a stringent sign code and architectural committee regulations “that drives business away.”
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