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The Germans are coming, the Germans are coming!

Next August there will be more Germans here than at the annual German-American Festival at Oak Shade Grove in Oregon. There will not only be North Americans of German descent, there will be native Germans at what may be the biggest ethnic festival Toledo has ever seen.

GAF Society Chairman Timothy Pecsenye says the Gaufest next August (13-16) in downtown Toledo will fill more hotel rooms than religious missionaries from Jehovah’s Witness fill here each summer.

Ralph Myers can smile about it now.

On one of his first days on the job as the new principal at Woodmore High School, Myers received a phone call in early July about the possibility of the Ohio State University marching band playing at one of the Wildcats’ games this fall.

The call was from Jon Waters, an OSU assistant band director and a Woodmore graduate.

Connie and Richard Shiple, of Fleitz Street in Oregon, often thought about cutting down a large, ornamental tree in their yard because pods that fell from its branches littered the lawn.

“Every time the wind blows, the pods fall, and it’s a nuisance when I mow the lawn,” said Richard. “We had already made plans a couple years ago to have the tree trimmed or cut down, and we didn’t do it.”

Connie said one of the reasons they never got around to it is because the tree, over 85 feet tall, provided considerable shade for their house, which they bought in 2000.

A resolution that authorizes the Lake Township trustees to remove junk vehicles from private and public property was introduced during the trustees meeting last week.

The resolution defines a junk motor vehicle as being at least three model years old, apparently inoperable, and extensively damaged, including missing wheels, tires, engine, or transmission.

Richard Welling, a trustee, said changes in the Ohio Revised Code that went into effect earlier this year allow townships more authority for addressing the problem of junk vehicles.

The Oregon City Schools board this month decided against a proposal that would have offered a graduation guarantee to Clay High School students.

The proposal, introduced by School Board vice president Jeff Ziviski, would have guaranteed that students who graduate and who have passed the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT), are capable of meeting Ohio academic standards as measured by the OGT in reading, writing, math, science and social studies.

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