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Thanks to the settlement of a federal lawsuit, Toledo Public Schools’ reprimands concerning lifelong Oregon resident and TPS employee Terrence Reeves have been removed from his file.

Terry Reeves

The lawsuit stemmed from a front page article about Reeves, a Bowsher high school athletic director, published in The Press on March 17, 2014. Reeves spoke to Press contributing sportswriter Mark Griffin, who wrote a front page feature headlined, “Councilman breaks up fight: Athletic director’s job description didn’t include this.”

The issue — whether Reeve’s First Amendment rights were violated when TPS reprimanded him for not referring his comments to the communications office first. Those reprimands were dismissed in a settlement reached July 8, 2015 between TPS and the Toledo Federation of Teachers, the union that filed the lawsuit.

“I’m very happy. I knew that it was going to work out OK,” Reeves said.

Oregon City Council on Monday agreed to pay Gerken Paving, Inc., $217,746.90 more than the contracted amount of $1,036,424.55 for unexpected costs in this year’s road program.

“We had a very generous roads program this year,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “We made no secret of the fact that we would try to expand that and any chance we had to get as much distance of road repaved as we could, depending on what time there would be left in the calendar year and what money would be left at our disposal. This does represent a change.”

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here are two excerpts from his blog, which you can follow by going to and clicking on the icon on the upper right:

Hello All -

Finding fish in a river is usually no big news. Bigger news, perhaps, is if there were no fish in a river. But, sometimes, certain species turn up where they shouldn’t. Such was the case of the mystery goldfish that invaded the Portage River almost a century ago.

According to several newspaper articles, such an occurrence happened in Port Clinton in 1920. Now, I am not referring to a mere isolated incident involving a few fish, but a massive crypto-zoological phenomenon of such magnitude that commercial fishermen descended on this Ottawa County lake port to harvest these invaders as curious culinary delicacies.

According to an Associated Press article dated December 20, 1920, the carp-like goldfish were being "taken by the ton" at the Portage River and many of them were several inches long and weighing up to a half pound. They were “highly colored in yellow and gold” with sprinkles of red, making them “very attractive”.

Robert James Worthington, a 20-year-old independent in Tuesday’s District 3 city council primary election, says he doesn’t want to be considered a “politician,” but a “public servant.” His idea caught on.

Democratic candidate Peter J. Ujvagi, 66, admitted to about 60 guests at a forum Wednesday night he believes all four candidates have similar intentions.

“I really do believe that all four of us would be like to be public servants, not politicians,” Ujvagi said. “A few times I’ve paid the price for this, but it’s why I’ve done this all my life. I believe I can still contribute. I believe I have the energy and the passion. We can do this together. No elected official can say, ‘I can solve that for you on my own.

Worthington, Ujvagi, Republican Ernest D. McCarthy, 73, and independent Glen Cook, 73, all had an opportunity to respond to questions at the forum, which was hosted by the East Toledo Club and One Voice for East Toledo at the East Toledo Senior Center. Press General Manager John Szozda moderated. The top two vote getters in Tuesday’s primary will advance to the general election on November 3. The winner will take the seat held by Mike Craig, who is term-limited.


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