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Public feedback at a community forum for the Oregon City Schools District held earlier this month showed some support for putting an operating levy on the November ballot so long as there are also more budget cuts.
 
School officials held the forum to help the school board decide on whether there was support to put another levy on the ballot this fall, or to make more cuts.
 
The school board has already made $6.9 million in budget cuts in the last few years. “During the last three years, we cut approximately 20 percent from the budget,” said Diane Karoly, a member of the school board. “There really isn’t too much more that we can cut. It’s going to be tough.”
 
In fact, the board is bracing for more bad news, including less funding from the state, said Karoly.

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If you’ve had a conversation with Donald Measel recently, chances are the topic has drifted to Agent Orange, herbicides used in Vietnam to defoliate trees and bushes that could conceal those fighting U.S. forces.

Measel, the sergeant-at-arms of American Legion Post 324 in Genoa, has been on a mission to inform Vietnam veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange - and anyone who can pass the word to them - about assistance that is available.

For the past few months or so he’s been wearing a cap with emblems of his service in Vietnam, hoping it will draw a comment from anyone he meets and give him an opening to discuss what has become his personal crusade; to alert as many veterans of the war as he can there is help if they need it.

“If you start talking with me about Vietnam you’re going to get an earful,” said Measel, who served there for 11 months while in the Army. “I tell anyone who served in country and feels they have medical conditions caused by Agent Orange they should re-apply for help if they’ve been turned down.”

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Wanna feel the sand between your toes?

Watch a 13-year-old mesmerize you with his magic skills? 

Have a blast – literally – as Civil War-era cannons fire off?

Oregon Fest has all that plus entertainment, food and more.

The 16th annual event will be held on the 16th of May from noon to 6 p.m. on Dustin Road in Oregon between Coy Road and Isaac Street.

As always, admission to the family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration is free. Tents will be set up so that festival-goers can enjoy themselves rain or shine.

This year’s theme, “Digging into Summer” will be accentuated by a mountain of sand piled high for the free “Big Dig” contest featuring buried “treasure eggs” containing prizes.

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Although the Oregon and Jerusalem Township Memorial Day observance is open to all veterans and the public, an organizer of the event is particularly extending a welcome to veterans who’ve served in the last 20 years.

The observance is scheduled for May 30 at 1 p.m. at the stadium at Clay High School on Seaman Street.

Jerry Eversman hopes the event will especially draw younger veterans and their families.

“I’m told the trend seems to be most of the time veterans tend to be more involved with organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion after their families are raised and they have more time available,” Eversman said. “If the younger veterans wait until that time in their life my fear is there won’t be the support there for those organizations and they could go under. The number of veterans from World War II and Korea is less and less each day.”

He established the website oregonareaveterans.com as a vehicle for veterans “to make themselves known and be recognized” and to communicate with the community and veteran organizations, he said.

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Sentencing is scheduled for June 23 in the case of a Genoa man who’s been found guilty in Lucas County Common Pleas Court of theft from a radio station where he was employed for nine years.

Richard Waldron was found guilty May 5 after changing his original plea of not guilty to no contest to a charge of grand theft, a fourth degree felony.

He worked at WPOS Christian Radio from 1999 to 2008 and became station manager in 2002.

He had been charged with six counts of forgery, a fifth degree felony, and one count of grand theft, but the forgery counts were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

In May, 2008, the WPOS board of directors discovered irregularities in the station’s financial records and the Christian Center, which includes a gym and banquet facilities.

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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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