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The Press Newspaper

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“Welfare.” In the past, the very word has conjured up negative images of people standing in long lines to get food stamps as well as “stories” of those who were unwilling to work hard to support their families trying to get a “free ride.”

But this year, due to the economic downturn, many people who have never sought help and those who have been off the “system” for years, are being forced to apply for food, medical and financial benefits.

Revenue growth likely to be restrained

When the fiscal year ends next June 30, the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will see expenditures have exceeded revenues by about $722,252, according to an updated five-year forecast presented last month to the school board.

Oregon is considering `soft billing’ patients’ insurance providers for rescue squad transports to the hospital.

Administrator Ken Filipiak said it would help fund rising costs in the fire department. It will be discussed further at a safety committee meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m.

“It is an interesting issue that I think the public should be informed about,” said Councilman Clint Wasserman, chairman of the safety committee.

Results from a survey on the Oregon City Schools Web site showed that the public wants more up to date information on the schools.

Over 220 people completed the survey that provided ideas, feedback and comments on how the Web site could be improved.

Most respondents access the Web site on a daily or weekly basis, according to Jeff Ziviski, vice-president of the school board.

Thanksgiving is a special time of year in which family and loved ones come together and give thanks for the blessings they have received throughout the year. Yet, for thousands right here in our community, this is not the case. 

With the joy of Thanksgiving and the holidays also comes the harshness of the winter months.  Rising heating and transportation costs will affect us all this coming winter, however it will be especially burdensome for the approximately 80,000 people who live below the poverty line in Northwestern Ohio.

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