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Wouldn’t you like to be a lighthouse keeper, if only for a few days?

The Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Society plans to have that opportunity available once a $1.5-2 million renovation project is complete.

“Once it’s restored, we’re hoping in two to three years, people will be able to stay out there three to four days a week,” THLS President Sandy Bihn said. “It would be about four people, two pairs in each room that obviously know each other and apply together.

“They would pay some amount to stay there. They would be the keepers at the lighthouse so that when boaters and the school children will hopefully come out and tour it, it will be manned from spring until fall. So it will be a long period of time. We are giving priority to becoming a keeper to members, so the longer you’ve been a member, you get first and then second and whatever. A lot of people are enthused about the project and we’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback.”

The Toledo Harbor Lighthouse is located about five miles north of Maumee Bay State Park's shores. The lighthouse marks the entrance to the Toledo shipping channel where Lake Erie and Maumee Bay meet. Boaters are generally destined for the Maumee River.

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Members of Oregon City Council last Monday asked the city to look into the possibility of using Wynn Elementary School as a senior center.

The Oregon school board recently announced that the school would be closing due to budgetary constraints following the defeat of an operation levy last month.

Council members Dennis Walendzak and Sandy Bihn asked Mayor Mike Seferian to look into the feasibility of using the school for a senior center.

The city in the last several years has been looking at options for a new senior center. The current facility, the James Hancock Center on Bay Shore Road, is deemed too small and inadequate for the growing senior population in the city.

“I know it’s kind of out there a little bit,” said Walendzak in proposing the idea at a committee of the whole meeting last Monday, “but I asked them to look at the potential of using that facility.”

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Oregon City Council on Monday will consider approving a 30-year Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement with BP-Husky Refining.

A TIF agreement with the company would be a way for Oregon to help finance capital improvement projects in the area.

Taxes attributable to increased property values at BP would be set aside in a fund to finance public improvements within the boundaries of the TIF zone.

“Instead of BP paying taxes on increased property value, that money would go into a fund associated with a TIF that would help pay for the local share of public improvements,” said Administrator Mike Beazley.

The agreement would require BP to make the school district whole so it would not lose tax revenue, said Beazley.

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Lake board to unveil high school plans
The Lake Board of Education has scheduled a community reception for Dec. 22 to unveil plans for a new high school building.

The reception will start at 6 p.m. and be held in the middle school cafeteria.

Jeff Carpenter, district treasurer, said floor plans, which will include computerized three dimensional images as well as architectural renderings will be presented.

The district is leasing a building on Tracy Road from Owens Community College for high school students.

After lengthy negotiations with the district’s insurance carrier, the school board proceeded with having the former high school building on Lemoyne Road razed.

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The Oregon City School Board at a meeting Nov. 29 eliminated seven teaching positions and closed Wynn Elementary School to cut $2.8 million from the budget.

The most recent round of cuts was made in the wake of the defeat of a 5.9-mill emergency levy on the Nov. 2 ballot.

The district faces a $2 million deficit for the 2011-2012 school year. The levy would have brought in $3.4 million annually.

In the last three years, the school board has cut $8 million from the operating budget.

The district issued a position statement last summer that outlined plans to reduce the operating budget further by $2 million for the 2011-2012 school year if the levy did not pass. Those cuts included cutting 20 additional teaching and staff positions, eliminating the Career & Tech program, reducing kindergarten from all day every day to all day every other day, increasing athletic participation fees, reducing cleaning services to buildings, eliminating or significantly reducing bus service for all high school students, and implementing a process to close an elementary school and/or reconfigure the district.

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$15 Hourly wage

The "Fight for $15" campaign proposes a $15/hour wage for fast food workers. Do you agree?
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