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Residents in the Lake School District can certainly recall the Lake school levy

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fiasco a few years back.

After several failed attempts to pass a school levy, voters finally approved a 6.75-mill, five-year operating levy in August 2006. The vote was close even while passing, with 1,949 voters supporting the levy and 1,580 voters giving their "no" vote.

The operating levy raises an additional $1.4 million a year for the district, which had gone through a string of levy defeats going back to August 2004.

Dave Shaffer, a 1982 Lake graduate who has been the high school's director of athletics since 1999, watched levy after levy fail. In 2005, the school board cut extracurricular activities that were eventually funded through a private volunteer group, but with limited athletic teams.

"We scaled back in some of our programs," said Shaffer, who was an assistant athletic director at Lake from 1989-99. "We offered fewer junior high teams and we reduced our assistant coaching staffs. We lost approximately 150 kids district-wide who transferred out, which probably equates to a graduating class. That is hard to handle, and it was difficult.

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Construction of a 250,000-kilowatt solar panel array at the Pilkington North America site in Northwood is tentatively scheduled to start the second quarter of next year, according to the engineering firm overseeing the project.

A federal grant of $680,782 for the installation of the array was awarded through the state energy component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Kara Allison, Director of Government and Community Relations for Hull & Associates, said the firm is working with Pilkington to structure the project so it can be owned and operated by Hull or one of its affiliates.

Construction of the solar field should be completed by the third quarter of 2010, she said, adding it is intended to supply power to Pilkington’s research and development facility.

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Budget cuts have taken the bite out of Barney, Northwood’s crime-fighting

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police dog.

Like most communities across the country, the city is struggling with a deep recession that has not yet lost its grip. The city cut costs to balance its budget, including two full-time officers, and Barney, a six-and-a-half-year-old shepherd that was purchased with a homeland security grant six years ago.

“Due to budgetary cutbacks, we can’t afford him anymore,” said Police Chief Tom Cairl.

The news caught Barney’s handler, Patrolman Fred Genzman, by surprise.

“It was a shock. I can’t complain because people are losing their full-time jobs. But it’s still a shock. He’s got three, maybe four good years left in him,” said Genzman, who’s been on the force for eight years.

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Oregon City Council voted 6-0 with one abstention for Clint Wasserman to be council president during a reorganization meeting held before a committee of the whole meeting on Dec. 7.

Councilman Jerry Peach abstained from voting.

Councilman Terry Reeves nominated Wasserman, who was re-elected to a second term on Nov. 3. He was the top vote getter last month as well as in the Nov. 6 election of 2007.

Wasserman, a Democrat, replaces Councilman Mike Sheehy as president. Sheehy, who was re-elected Nov. 3, had been president of council for the last several years.

“First thing first, I want to thank Councilman Sheehy for mentoring me over the last couple of years, and his leadership as council president. It really taught me a lot taking me under your wing in my first term,” said Wasserman, 27, an attorney who lives at 1442 S. Coy Road.

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A $14 million project to build two railroad overpasses on Wales Road moved closer is moving forward after years in limbo.

The project, which calls for two railroad overpasses that would effectively eliminate three at-grade crossings on Drouillard and Wales roads, was originally part of a $200 million, 10-year program former governor Bob Taft started in 2000 to fund railroad overpasses.

Survey, road profile, drainage and environmental studies had been completed.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been purchasing rights-of-way along Wales and Drouillard roads, according to Northwood Administrator Pat Bacon.

“ODOT has purchased property from the city and properties down Wales and Drouillard roads,” said Bacon.

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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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