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Oregon City Council last week approved placing four renewal levies on the November 8 ballot.

They include the renewal of a .5-mill levy for the fire department that would provide and maintain fire apparatus, appliances, buildings and sites; a .5-mill levy for the recreation department for recreation purposes; a 2.25-percent tax to retire bonds issued for such things as financing, operation and/or maintenance of the municipal water distribution system, transmission, supply, storage, pumping, filtration or purification facilities, payment of interest and to provide funds for the continued construction and maintenance of the sanitary sewage system, for additional capital improvements and general operating expenses of the city within the general fund, for refuse pickup and disposal, and for storm drainage improvements; and the renewal of the municipal income tax rate of 2.25 percent.

The Stony Ridge Summer Festival and Flea Market would have celebrated its 40th year this July but the economy, torn up roads, state licensing mandates, lack of volunteers and past bad weather forced organizers to take a year off.

According to Karen Nicely, president of the Stony Ridge Civic Association, the group is currently discussing plans for next year.

John Dandar, of Curtice, stood in line with his fellow workers to thank President Obama for saving his job. What he received, in the end, was two priceless mementos from the experience.

Dandar’s wife, Maggi, a photographer, took photos of then presidential candidate Barack Obama, when he visited Maumee Bay State Park, in Oregon, in 2008.

Area farmers took advantage of a few days of dry weather to get into their fields and try to salvage what has been a planting season overwhelmed by record-breaking rainfall.

In Sandusky County, about 10 percent of the corn crop and about 3 percent of the soybean crop had been planted prior to last week, said W. Todd Warner, executive director of the county’s Farm Service Agency office.

The spell of dry weather earlier this month, however, allowed growers in some areas of the county to plant as much as 80 percent of their corn acreage, Warner estimates.

Oregon City Schools is moving closer to deciding whether to put up two wind turbines at Clay High School, two at Coy Elementary and two more at Jerusalem Elementary.

Jim Gilmore, City of Oregon commissioner of building and zoning, told The Press one turbine at Clay will be 286 feet in height and one will be 279 feet in height. They will be able to withstand winds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

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