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It’s fitting that Josephine Fassett’s portrait greets students, staff and visitors to the office at the Oregon middle school that bears her name, though few people – if any – call it “Josephine” Fassett Middle School these days.  For nearly a half-century, Miss Fassett dedicated herself to the development of young minds, helping to guide the Oregon school system from the days of one-room schoolhouses to modern facilities.

Born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1884, she was 77 years old when the new Fassett Junior High was dedicated at a ceremony held Oct. 8, 1961.

She was on hand to give remarks to the crowd before Board of Education President George Ackerman formally accepted the presentation of the building from general contractor Richard Knowlton and Orville Bauer, representing the architectural firm that designed the school.

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The Village of Elmore is hosting a green energy summit next month to offer the public, business community, and elected officials an opportunity to learn more about the many products and services that save energy and are easier on the environment.

The summit is scheduled for April 15, said Mayor Lowell Krumnow, who’s organizing the event in the hope it will draw local businesses that manufacture or offer green energy, bio-friendly, and energy-efficient products and services.

American Municipal Power, a nonprofit corporation that owns and operates electric facilities that provide generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power to its members, is also a sponsor of the summit.

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The demise of two aging Genoa School District elementary buildings will result in the expansion of two municipal park systems this year.

Yet-to-be finalized land agreements between the Genoa School District, the Village of Genoa, and Allen Township trustees should ensure that acreage surrounding Brunner Elementary and Allen Central Elementary will be turned over to the communities for park space, according to Dennis Mock, school superintendent.

The tradeoff comes as school officials ready to open a new elementary school building for the 2011-12 school year at the high school and middle school campus on Genoa-Clay Center Road.

The village will receive 7.27 acres near Brunner Elementary and Allen Township gets 12 acres now encompassing the Allen Central campus.

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Ironworkers killed when the gantry truss responsible for construction of the main span collapsed on February 16, 2004 were Robert Lipinski Jr., Arden Clark II, Michael Phillips, and Michael Moreau. Local residents Josh Collins of East Toledo and Roger Henneman of Curtice were among those injured, not killed, as reported in last week’s issue of The Press. On April 19, 2007, carpenter Andrew Burris of Curtice died when the construction platform he was on became detached and fell from the bridge. A kinetic sculpture to honor the loss of five tradesmen and recognize those who constructed Toledo’s signature bridge is to be dedicated on April 28. The Press regrets the error.

When Northwood parents Brant and Lisa Bugbee learned their son, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Brandon Bugbee,

was shot in the head in Afghanistan last week, they feared the worst.

“Initially, we’ve been really scared,” Lisa said. “They’ve kept us pretty updated. The hardest thing is you feel like you are waiting and waiting. He went through this whole week by himself, if you know what I mean. He didn’t really have anybody nearby. If your kid stubs his toe, if he breaks a leg, whatever, you want to be there.”

Since then, Mom and Dad have had several conversations with Brandon and are reassured their son is going to be alright.

“It’s getting better every day because we’ve been able to talk to him,” Brant said. “He’s doing better and sounds real good. At first, it was really rough because we didn’t know anything other than he was shot in the head. I think he’s going to be 100 percent.”

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