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The Woodmore school board will be making spending cuts, the only question is when and how deep they’ll be.

Superintendent John Fernbaugh said the board has pledged to hold off on implementing major spending cuts until the district has a clearer idea of how much state aid the district will lose in the next biennium budget.

The board last week approved a resolution to place a 3.95-mill, 5-year emergency levy on the May 3 ballot. If voters pass the levy it will generate approximately $600,000 annually for the district, which is facing a deficit in the general fund by July 1, 2012.

For planning purposes, Fernbaugh said, he and the school board are anticipating a cut in state aid of about 10 percent – approximately $335,000 - although some school officials are projecting cuts in the range of 15-20 percent.

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Headquartered in Dayton, P&R Communications Service, Inc. has expanded into the northwest Ohio market and moved into an existing building in Oregon at 4910 Wynnscape Drive.

Mike Rausch, general manager of the local P&R, said the wireless communications company moved into the area in October.

Founded in 1961 by Paul Reeves and Robert Pahren, the company was an authorized sales and service shop for Motorola. In 1990, Steve and Dave Reeves purchased the company from their father, Paul, and took over as co-owners of P&R.

The family owned company, described as a consultative comprehensive wireless solutions provider, has grown to over 70 employees, including seven who were hired locally, said Rausch.

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Oregon has purchased a solar powered message board that will improve traffic safety.

City council last month unanimously approved the purchase of a Solartech MB2-1548 340 watt solar power full matrix message board with cellular remote and radar from American Construction Equipment  Supply, Inc.,  Maumee, for $19,394.34.

“It’s an LED message board with changeable scrolling copy predominately geared towards vehicle safety,” said Mayor Mike Seferian.

Public Service Director Paul Roman said the message board, which will be purchased through the Federal Supply Schedule Contract Program administered by the General Services Administration (GSA), is to be used for construction projects. He said the city purchased a similar message board in 2008.

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A group of Clay High School biology students have taken on the challenge of contributing to a collection of scientific data about the quality of streams and rivers in northwest Ohio. 

Six students, Jessica Duez, Kayla Durczynski, Megan Ladd, Jasmine Samples, Jordan Shanks, and Annie Streight, along with their teacher, Caine  Kolinski, and a graduate student from the University of Toledo, Justin Chaffin, spent several hours wading through Wolf Creek, collecting water samples and macroinvertebrate specimens. 

The team performed several chemical tests on the samples to analyze the environmental quality of the water.  The team looked at such factors as dissolved oxygen, phosphate levels, nitrate levels, turbidity, and bacterial levels. They also sorted through several taxa of collected organisms to determine the health of the animal biodiversity. 

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The Clay High School marketing class traveled to The University of Findlay to compete against other area schools, including Port Clinton, Napoleon, Whitmer, Fostoria, and others, and won a “clean sweep.”

Competition put the marketing students in authentic life situations that will prepare them for both upcoming DECA competitions and real-world business. Such competitions included business management decision-making, interviewing, public relations, and law.

DECA is a branch of the marketing class in which students compete with other schools in business and marketing competitions.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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