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Oregon City Council on Monday agreed to pay Gerken Paving, Inc., $217,746.90 more than the contracted amount of $1,036,424.55 for unexpected costs in this year’s road program.

“We had a very generous roads program this year,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “We made no secret of the fact that we would try to expand that and any chance we had to get as much distance of road repaved as we could, depending on what time there would be left in the calendar year and what money would be left at our disposal. This does represent a change.”

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here are two excerpts from his blog, which you can follow by going to and clicking on the icon on the upper right:

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Finding fish in a river is usually no big news. Bigger news, perhaps, is if there were no fish in a river. But, sometimes, certain species turn up where they shouldn’t. Such was the case of the mystery goldfish that invaded the Portage River almost a century ago.

According to several newspaper articles, such an occurrence happened in Port Clinton in 1920. Now, I am not referring to a mere isolated incident involving a few fish, but a massive crypto-zoological phenomenon of such magnitude that commercial fishermen descended on this Ottawa County lake port to harvest these invaders as curious culinary delicacies.

According to an Associated Press article dated December 20, 1920, the carp-like goldfish were being "taken by the ton" at the Portage River and many of them were several inches long and weighing up to a half pound. They were “highly colored in yellow and gold” with sprinkles of red, making them “very attractive”.

Robert James Worthington, a 20-year-old independent in Tuesday’s District 3 city council primary election, says he doesn’t want to be considered a “politician,” but a “public servant.” His idea caught on.

Democratic candidate Peter J. Ujvagi, 66, admitted to about 60 guests at a forum Wednesday night he believes all four candidates have similar intentions.

“I really do believe that all four of us would be like to be public servants, not politicians,” Ujvagi said. “A few times I’ve paid the price for this, but it’s why I’ve done this all my life. I believe I can still contribute. I believe I have the energy and the passion. We can do this together. No elected official can say, ‘I can solve that for you on my own.

Worthington, Ujvagi, Republican Ernest D. McCarthy, 73, and independent Glen Cook, 73, all had an opportunity to respond to questions at the forum, which was hosted by the East Toledo Club and One Voice for East Toledo at the East Toledo Senior Center. Press General Manager John Szozda moderated. The top two vote getters in Tuesday’s primary will advance to the general election on November 3. The winner will take the seat held by Mike Craig, who is term-limited.

About 75 persons involved in agriculture were warned Wednesday to brace themselves for their property tax bills in 2016.

“You’re getting sticker shock today,” Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez, told the growers during a town hall meeting held at the Oregon Municipal Complex to explain changes in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation property tax program. “We don’t want you to get it when you get your January bill.”

In 2015, five counties, including Sandusky County, are going through a sexennial reappraisal and 19, including Lucas and Ottawa counties, are undergoing a triennial update of their property valuations.

Although data used by the Ohio Department of Taxation in the CAUV formula indicate that farmers in the past two years on average have realized lower prices for corn, wheat and soybeans, property taxes for farmland enrolled in CAUV are expected to rise significantly.

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