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To pay for a plaque honoring Toledo area servicemen killed in action, a memorabilia store has been set up at 4505 North Summit Street.

Last Memorial Day, a stone and plaque honoring Lucas County Medal of Honor recipients was erected on a pathway south of Cullen Park. It was the first of seven memorials planned for the site.

Earlier this month the second plaque, honoring Lucas County veterans killed in action during the Vietnam War, was added. The two plaques are near the Point Place lighthouse on Pinkway Path and are visible from Summit Street.

“We had all 19 of our Medals of Honor on there in chronological order, except the last one,” said Remembrance Inc. chairman Nick Haupricht. “We found out at a later date after we had the thing all set up, looked at it and thought it looked good, that we had another Medal of Honor recipient that had enlisted here in Toledo. So, we had to send the plaque back and put his name on there, too.

Oregon City Council on Monday will consider passing ordinances regarding improvements to Navarre Avenue and the replacement of the Taylor Road Bridge over Otter Creek.

Public Service Director Paul Roman said both ordinances are required by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to allow the agency to let bids for both projects.

“This gives ODOT the authority to go ahead and bid a project that will take place in Oregon with ODOT funding,” Roman said at a committee of the whole meeting last Monday.

The Navarre Avenue improvement project consists of the replacement of a bridge over Otter Creek that is located between Cresceus and Patchen roads, just west of I-280, and beautification to add bioswales and sidewalks from Cresceus Road to the CSX railroad underpass, according to Roman.

Oregon plans a stakeholders’ meeting late next month on the Navarre Avenue Safety improvement project.

“It’s going through an engineering process now,” Administrator Mike Beazley said at a committee of the whole project last Monday. “We want to make sure we had meetings in the last two years with stakeholders. When they wrap up the engineering process, it should be ripe in late October to bring people together for a public meeting. We’ll work things out with some of the business owners and get some feedback from council. We’ll have individual meetings with some of the most affected property owners prior to that to make sure people are plugged into that.”

The project is based on an Access Management Study conducted in 2012 that examined the safety of vehicles pulling out of businesses onto the busy Navarre Avenue thoroughfare.

Sixth-grader Hannah Van Clere glanced over her shoulder as she finished a slow first jog around the Genoa High School track.

“A surprising record for me,” she smiles proudly. “I wasn’t last today.”

Van Clere is one of 22 Genoa Middle School students hitting the track every Tuesday and Thursday this September as part of the after school running program.

The program, in its 12th year, was the brainchild of Principal Kevin Katafias.

A phone scam involving calls purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service has apparently made its way to Ottawa County, according to the sheriff’s department.

The callers claim to be IRS employees and tell victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debt card or wire transfer.

“Several residents have received these calls and have been subjected to threats and harassment by these scammers,” a statement Wednesday from the sheriff’s department says. “Please be aware that this is a scam and this is not how the IRS conducts business.”

J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, issued a warning earlier this year about the scam, noting his office had already received more than 20,000 complaints and was aware of thousands of victims who had collectively paid more than $1 million as a result of the scam.

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