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Oregon residents may get some relief from overpopulated mosquitoes after City Administrator Mike Beazley met with officials from the Toledo Area Sanitary District Mosquito Control last week.

“I did meet with the folks with the Toledo Area Sanitary District on Friday morning about mosquito control,” said Beazley at a council meeting Aug. 10. “One of the things they’re dealing with, with the volume of rain we’ve had, there’s really almost no system that keeps everyone happy. But we did advocate for a more aggressive response in Oregon.”

At the July 27 council meeting, Councilman James Seaman said he was getting calls from the public complaining about the need to increase spraying in their neighborhoods because of the increase in mosquito bites during the day and night time hours.

“It’s horrible,” he said. “Kids don’t play outside...They’re getting eaten alive.”

Volunteers witnessed arrests, found tires, picked up garbage, mowed, weeded, raked and whatever necessary to clean up an East Toledo neighborhood during T-Town Action Week.

For six days, 40 volunteers spent 900 volunteer hours cleaning up the area between Starr to Navarre and Oak to White, focusing on East Broadway over to Main to Oak. Ages of volunteers ranged from 11 to 72, and they focused on “the worst of the worst” — 14 properties, and mowed over 30 properties during the course of the week.

The basic premise is — if they don’t do it, then who will?

Among the volunteers were youth employees from Pathway and the City of Toledo’s Neighborhood Department. Police set up a temporary substation on East Broadway and remained in full force the entire week. The city provided lawnmowers, rakes, brooms, garbage bags, and gloves.

Once upon a time, the house at 451 Potter Street in East Toledo was a family homestead.

Now, the property is a nuisance, and neighborhood leaders want to make an example out of it. A photo shows a garbage pile that fills the entire front yard.

“451 Potter had been an eyesore for a very long time. We cleaned it up and the garbage pile was just from that property,” said Jodi Gross, East Toledo Family Center community builder and One Voice leader.

“There was so much stuff in the yard. There were couches. There was a Christmas tree that had been there for a couple years. Just trash — things that should have been thrown in the garbage or removed in different ways.

“A team of volunteers, and the City of Toledo's Department of Neighborhoods worked to clean this eyesore up. The city boarded the property up after we cleaned it up.”

Reaching the top of your high school graduating class is no easy feat.

That is why members of the Genoa Academic Committee decided to spotlight that achievement by creating a Valedictorian/Salutatorian Wall in the main hallway by the high school auditorium. A dedication ceremony takes place at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.

Final touches are still under way on the acrylic panels designed by 1157 Design Concepts of Sidney, O., according to GAC President Jennifer Witt.

The wall honors the top students from the 2015 graduating class back to 1964. GAC members are seeking out previous valedictorians and salutatorians to invite them to share in the moment.

“It’s all been very exciting,” she added.

A sentencing hearing is set for Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. for a former state representative convicted of theft last month in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.

Steven Kraus, 56, who represented the 89th district, was found guilty of a fifth degree felony theft charge but jurors found him not guilty of burglary and breaking and entering charges.

Attorneys for Kraus last week filed motions for acquittal, a new trial, or, absent a new trial, a reduction of the charges.

Kraus was indicted last year on allegations he entered a Danbury Township home around April 4 and took several items. A real estate agent and auctioneer at the time, Kraus claimed he went to the residence at the request of the listing agent for the home to inventory property for a possible auction.

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