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Piles of leaves filled with tree branches, heavy vegetation, grass clippings and other debris are slowing down municipal workers charged with cleaning up the foliage.

“They have to take time to pick all that stuff out,” village administrator Kevin Gladden said. “If that stuff gets in the machine, it’s not going to take too much to wreck the fan or some other part. It’s a leaf pickup machine … that’s it. It’s just ridiculous. One of these piles had a bunch of logs and tree limbs at the bottom. Someone took down a small tree and left it there for us to clean up.”

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Oregon resident Mary Kellerbougher was not diagnosed with multiple sclerosis until she was 40-years-old.

“I had this fatigue that I couldn’t figure out what was going on,” Kellerbougher said. “I was a mom with young kids and working full time and working on my master’s degree. This was a new fatigue that as a nurse I could not figure out exactly what it was, so we were trying to pinpoint what it was. When you say you have fatigue there isn’t very many things you can do.

“Then, one Friday I developed numbness in my chin, and by Monday it was in my arm, and by Thursday it was in my leg and I was diagnosed on Friday. I have weakness, I have numbness, I have lost some things cognitively, like memory loss, and the fatigue is the biggest thing.”

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Northwood City Administrator Bob Anderson said at a meeting earlier this month he is looking for a compromise to the traffic code that would allow off-street parking under certain circumstances.

Currently, it is illegal for residents to park on their lawns and yards.

“We’re moving toward a compromise that would allow people to occasionally park where there’s no parking available, and allow them to temporarily park there,” said Anderson.

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An EF2 tornado that went through Oregon caused massive destruction to homes surrounding Pearson Metropark, but the park suffered only minor damage.

“We feel very fortunate. Nobody was hurt, no buildings were damaged,” Metroparks communications director Scott Carpenter said.

“It's pretty much just tree damage,” Carpenter said. “It was a very close call with Johlin Cabin. The park manager said if you put your back to Johlin Cabin and looked back toward Pearson, you could see the path where the tornado came through. He was amazed that it missed the cabin. It looked like it went behind the fire station.”

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Oak Harbor’s superintendent of public power is leaving for a new job in Genoa.

The appointment of Barry Reau’s was unanimously approved Monday during the regular meeting of Genoa Village Council, according to village administrator Kevin Gladden.

Reau will join the public utilities staff of Genoa, which currently consists of five full-time employees and one part-time employee. His starting wage is $19 per hour as a general laborer.

Gladden said one of the staffers is retiring in March and the search has been on to replace him.

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