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Car sales generated by the so-called Cash for Clunkers program have been so robust that some area dealers say the $1 billion allocated by the federal government will be exhausted well before the program is scheduled to end on Nov. 1.

John Becerra, sales manager at Mathews Ford in Oregon, said he was certain the initial funding would soon be gone.

“That will happen, absolutely,” he said Wednesday, adding buyers flocked to the Navarre Avenue dealership when the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) officially began July 24.

He estimated 40-50 vehicles were sold under the program at the dealership in just the first few days.

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Like a lot of 12-year-olds are these days, Brandon Rodriguez is looking to raise

some cash.

However, Brandon doesn’t want the money to buy video games, a trip to the movies or some iTunes. Instead, the Oregon youth is planning a car wash fund-raiser to benefit the animals at the Toledo Area Humane Society.

Brandon, with the help of several friends and classmates, will be washing cars for donations Aug. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ralphie’s on Navarre Avenue in Oregon.

“I like animals, and it bothers me to hear that they could be harmed or not taken care of,” Brandon said. “The Humane Society does very good things for animals and they need all the help they can get so I thought I should be one of those to help them.

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An agreement reached last week by the Oregon City School District and teachers’ union will save the district about $375,000 and allow it to restore seven teaching positions that had been recently cut as part of an extensive austerity measure.

The Oregon City Federation of Teachers agreed to an increase in members’ contribution to their medical insurance plan. The increase goes into effect Aug. 1.

The school board last month had approved cutting seven teachers as the district prepares to go to the polls Aug. 4 and decide a 5.95-mill emergency operating levy.

Superintendent Michael Zalar said he was pleased the union agreed to voluntarily restructure its medical benefit plan.

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Like most young boys his age, A.J. LaCourse had his vices.

"He liked baseball and football," said A.J's father, Alan LaCourse. "He liked baseball cards and video games, and he loved to play golf. We have three acres in our back yard and I had some clubs cut down, and he and his older sister Ashlea would always play golf."

A.J. never had the chance to become the next Tiger Woods. He died of a brain aneurism on May 7, 2003. He was 12 years old.

"He died on my wife, Kathleen, and I's anniversary, but we kept him alive one more day," Alan LaCourse said. "They wanted to run another test on him, but he was brain dead. We didn't hesitate...We donated four of his organs."

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Economic development and flooding problems are among the top issues in Northwood, according to five Northwood City Council candidates vying for four council seats this November.

“The economy will get better,” said Councilman Dave Gallaher, who is seeking a fifth term on council. “Businesses may not be spending the money right this minute. But you have to believe they are going to spend money either by building new businesses, or by growing. What we want to do is get the word out there and let people know what kind of place Northwood is, let them know all we have going for us and what we have to offer, so that when that money becomes available and they’re ready to invest in the community, we have things in line to attract those businesses.”

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