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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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Oregon City Council last week passed a resolution urging the Ohio Senate to defeat Senate Bill 5, which restricts collective bargaining rights for public workers and strips away their right to strike.

At the meeting Feb. 28, Councilman Mike Sheehy introduced the resolution, which was not originally on the meeting’s agenda.

Sheehy called Senate Bill 5 “an assault on collective bargaining for public employees in many of the states throughout the union.”

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Northwood is considering developing a bike path down a two mile stretch of Curtice Road to improve traffic safety and storm water drainage.

Councilman Dave Gallaher, who is also acting chairman of the city’s economic development committee, noted the possibility of a bike path at a council meeting on February 24.

Curtice Road does not have sidewalks between Lemoyne and Fostoria roads, a two and a half mile stretch. And a storm water ditch runs alongside it.

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World War II veterans are hopping flights to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial built in their honor, thanks to the efforts of Honor Flight Northwest Ohio.

The non-profit organization, formed in 2007, offers a free flight and accommodations for the one day trip, which includes bus service to the memorial, meals and beverages.

So far, the organization has flown over 462 veterans on 17 flights to see the memorial in the nation’s capital.

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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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