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At home in Oregon after serving a tour of duty in Iraq, Ralph Berry spends as much time as he can with his two sons.

“I’m a family man. I love the outdoors and like to take them out whenever I can,” says Berry, an Army sergeant who was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor while serving in Iraq.

The medal sits in a closet and Berry says he rarely thinks about it.

“I’d give it back in a minute if it meant some people would not be shot or injured. I don’t even look at it,” he said. “I was just doing my job. I was in the wrong place at the right time.”

The medal certificate praises Berry for his actions during a battle in which he faced “concentrated and high volume of enemy fire” to provide covering fire that prevented his position from being over run and allowed for the evacuation and treatment of his wounded battalion commander.

The medal was presented by then Major General Raymond T. Odierno, who assumed command of U.S. forces in Iraq in September, 2008, following his assignment as the commanding general of Army III Corps from May, 2006 to September, 2008.

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Crystal Bowersox is not the only local young woman who needs your vote to make a dream come true.

Kelsey Perry, a 2006 graduate of Genoa High School, and her fiancé Justin Wehr are among 10 finalists for a dream wedding at St. Lucia Lighthouse in a contest being sponsored by Jasmine Bridal & Coconut Bay Resort & Spa.

Kelsey and Justin are the only couple from Ohio to make it into the top 10, beating out over 30,000 other couples nationwide. Winners receive a dream wedding and honeymoon. Jasmine Bridal will also dress the bride and her entire bridal party.

Perry, who learned about the contest while looking at wedding dresses online, submitted the following entry: “My fiancé and I are like a fairytale relationship, only without the happy ending. We have been dating now for about three years, but have been friends much longer. When we first met, I was dating a real jerk of a guy. He did everything that a man could possibly do to degrade a woman and I mean everything.

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Oregon City Council by a split vote last week approved district fire chief Edmund Ellis as the city’s new fire chief, effective June 7.

Mayor Mike Seferian recommended to council at a special meeting that Ellis, a veteran of the fire department, be appointed to the position.

Council voted 4-3 for Ellis, 61, who has considerable support from the department’s rank and file firefighters.

Councilmen Jerry Peach, Dennis Walendzak, Sandy Bihn, and James Seaman voted in favor of Ellis, while Councilmen Mike Sheehy, Terry Reeves, and Clint Wasserman were opposed.

A safety committee meeting was held before the special council meeting to discuss Seferian’s recommendation.

Ellis replaces former Chief Bill Wilkins, who retired soon after Seferian was elected Oregon mayor last November to take a job with the state fire marshal’s office.

Ellis’s annual salary as chief will be $74,003.4, $3,500 below the minimum set for the salary schedule for fire chief, said Seferian, because Ellis has not yet received his 240 hour firefighter certification training from the state. The certification is one of the requirements of the position. Ellis has one year to obtain the certification. At that time, he will receive the proper pay scale as chief.

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For the last several weeks, residents in the Liberty and East Broadway area in East Toledo have been watched over by their very own Guardian Angels.

Make that The Alliance of Guardian Angels.

According to Terry Wertz, the leader of the local chapter, the group was invited by one of its members to start patrolling the streets on the east side.

“He asked us to help in this area,” Wertz, of South Toledo, said. “We have 20 members, most from the Old South End, and a couple members from East Toledo. We were asked to help patrol this area. We go where we are invited to go to help the community.”

The area, bounded by the Weiler Homes, a development of the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority, is considered a “heavy” spot for the Angels.

“What we have seen on the east side, so far, revolves around drugs,” Wertz said. “On one patrol, we observed a group of kids peddling drugs, hiding them in sewer grates. One gentleman came up and out of the sewer, moving the grate to get out, when we went up to them. During our conversation, one guy about dropped his gun on the ground. It is not a good situation there right now.”

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“Crystal-clear” confidence started at a young age for Bowersox

When the Orian family from the Oak Harbor area had the opportunity to use a

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When the Orian family scheduled a suite at Fifth Third
Field for the May 14 game, they had no idea they would
be hearing Crystal Bowersox sing “The National Anthem.”
Cathy Bergman, who was among those in the suite, had
taught Crystal at Rocky Ridge Elementary. (Press photo
by Harold Hamilton/www.hehphotos.com).

suite at Fifth Third Field May 14, they didn’t hesitate, as they were looking forward to seeing their Hens whip the Indianapolis Indians.

Boy did they get a surprise.

Normally the lopsided loss by the Hens would have been depressing to them, but not Friday night. Little did they realize when they scheduled the suite that they were going to participate in an historic evening for them and all of the Toledo area. For those who somehow missed the news coverage, Friday night was Crystal Bowersox night at Fifth Third Field.

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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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