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Eastwood school superintendent Brent Welker is cautioning district residents the most recent financial statements paint a rosy but unrealistic picture of the district’s actual condition.

As of Nov. 6, about a third of the way into the current fiscal year,  total revenues were about $7.1 million, about $655,067, or 10 percent more, than at the same time last year when the district had collected $6.5 million.

General property tax revenues this year are about $2 million, about $207,963 more than last year but the district has only collected a little more than $1 million in income taxes - a drop of $134,549 compared to last year.

The superintendent notes the district’s allocation of grants-in-aid includes $138,715 in stimulus money that can’t be used for basic general fund purposes.

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On Nov. 11, 2009, Coy Elementary fourth- and fifth-graders invited

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Coy Elementary students Joshua Case (front)
and David Carr, along with Principal Amy Molnar,
at a recent Veterans Day program held at the school.

veterans to come to the school for a special Veterans Day program.

The program began with Christ Dunberger Post of the American Legion posting the colors, followed by Coy Boy Scouts leading the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance, and a moment of silence.

The fourth grade then shared a poem titled, “Just a Common Soldier,” by A. Lawrence Vaincourt and some fifth-grade students read essays they had written on the topic of, “What Freedom Means to Me.”

The program continued with the playing of “Armed Service Medley.” As each service song played, the veterans stood to be recognized.

The program concluded with each student introducing the veteran he or she brought to the program and a presentation of flag pins.

Voters give nod to Molnar, Gadus, and Gabel

The Oregon school board will see fresh faces with the election of Carol-Ann Molnar and Diana Gadus last Tuesday.

Voters also returned incumbent Richard Gabel to another term, but voted against re-electing school board president Jeff Ziviski to a second term.

Molnar was the top vote getter, according to unofficial results from the Toledo-Lucas County Board of Elections. Molnar received 5,157 votes, or 32.04 percent of the vote. Molnar, 67, is a retired teacher.

Gabel, 66, came in second with 3,726, or 23.15 percent of the vote. Gabel is retired from the CSX coal and ore docks.

Gadus came in third, with 3,631 votes, or 22.56 percent of the vote. Gadus, 44, is a physical education and art teacher at Central Catholic Schools.

“I’m very grateful that I’m able to share my experiences and the knowledge I’ve gained in the field of education at a level that’s going to help the kids in the community,” said Gadus.

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Oregon City Council will see a new face, and a familiar one when they take their seats in December.

Sandy Bihn, former clerk-auditor, finance director, and member of city council, and Dennis Walendzak, vice president, Technical Services, Environmental Management Services, were elected, along with five incumbents on Tuesday.

Walendzak received 4,035 votes, or 11.76 percent of the vote, while Bihn won 3,850, or 11.22 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Toledo-Lucas County Board of Elections. Incumbent Bill Myers was unsuccessful in his bid for a second term. He received 3,175, or 9.26 percent of the vote.

The top vote getter was incumbent Clint Wasserman, 27, who received 4,156 votes, or 12.12 percent of the vote. Wasserman, an attorney, also received the highest vote count when he first ran for council two years ago.

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One of his first priorities as the new owner of the Woodville Mall is to repair the roof and replace much of the carpeting, says Mike Kohan, who completed the purchase recently.

The New York businessman said the purchase price was $700,000.

He and associates were in town this past week to inspect the mall and introduce themselves to local officials.

Kohan, who has been buying malls throughout the Midwest in recent years, said he’s still assessing the Woodville Mall’s condition but was planning to invest in extensive renovations.

“The condition was worse than we thought. But that’s OK, we are up for a challenge,” he said.

And within a month he’s intent on opening some of his own stores, including clothing and children’s shops as well as shoe, toy, and book stores.

“I want merchants in the town of Northwood to know that I am here to help them,” he said. “I am more than willing to give them a good offer.”

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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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