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The superintendent of the Oregon City Schools District said last week that he and School Board President Carol Molnar will honor a pledge to use revenue from a 3.95-mill levy passed last November for local Career Technical programs and extra-curricular activities.

Superintendent Hal Gregory specifically noted in a recent email to The Press that the funds would not be “available for employee raises.”

“On behalf of Mrs. Carol-Ann Molnar, school board president, and myself, and, as the representatives of OCS [Oregon City Schools] who publicly committed to using the recently approved 3.95-mill levy proceeds exclusively for maintaining local Career Technical programs and extra-curricular programs, we remain committed to that promise,” stated Gregory.

After a successful presentation of the musical “Hello Dolly,” the director of the Woodmore Drama Club says it’s time for the school district to begin planning for a performing arts center.

The club staged the musical March 17-20 in the cafetorium of the new PreK-8 building in Woodville, drawing mostly sellout crowds, according to Marcia Busdeker, who praised administrators and staff members for accommodating the production team and cast as they held auditions and rehearsals in different district buildings to, in turn, accommodate the practice schedules of athletic teams, cheerleading squads and other groups.

Regardless of your thoughts are on the Vietnam War, few argue that it’s fair to say that veterans who served this country in that conflict deserve our appreciation.

Unfortunately, for many of those veterans, anything but appreciation was shown to them when they returned in the 1960s and 1970s from southeast Asia. Many of the troops were treated by protestors with great disdain and abhorrence, something that might be difficult for many younger people to believe.

That’s why veterans believe that saying "thank you" is so important. They argue that people should showing respect and adoration for those who admirably served this country, as well as their loved ones, is important, no matter how long ago the war took place.

Oregon City Council passed an ordinance that requires second hand goods dealers, such as pawn brokers, to provide the police department with an electronic record of goods to help police deal with an increase in reports of receiving stolen property.

“The reason for this ordinance is that the Oregon police division has experienced an increase in crime for receiving stolen property by dealers and second hand goods,” said Law Director Melissa Purpura at a council meeting Monday. “This offense is often the result of the theft of jewelry, electronics, tools and other collectibles. This ordinance would require second hand dealers to now keep records and provide those records online to the Oregon Police Division.”

A second public forum to address heroin addiction problems in the Woodville-Elmore area has been scheduled for May 15 at 2 p.m. at Woodmore High School.

Organizers said the large turnout of about 300 residents for the first forum in March prompted them to plan a second to further discuss issues surrounding the opiate/heroin problem in the area.

Panelists will include representatives from agencies in Ottawa and Sandusky counties and other organizations will have displays and resource information available.

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