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While you were shoveling snow from your driveway and dreaming of Florida or the Caribbean Islands, Evie Wakulenko was mushing through the middle of Alaska through white-outs and sub-zero temperatures.

And she was enjoying herself.

Wakulenko, a graduate of Genoa High School and Bowling Green State University, completed the Serum Run, which commemorates the efforts of sled-dog teams in 1925 that relayed diphtheria serum to residents of Nome, Alaska.

This year’s start in Nenana, Alaska began Feb. 20 and Wakulenko arrived in Nome – a distance of about 800 miles – on March 14.

“We were late four days due to weather in the beginning and a snow machine that wouldn’t start at 35 below in Tanana. The mushers really depend on the snowmachiners to haul the heavy gear between villages so we need them all,” she said.

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Oregon City Council earlier this month authorized the mayor and finance director to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to create a building improvement project designed to save energy and improve the environmental performance of city owned buildings.

The matter was discussed at a Drainage, Roads, Buildings, and Lands Committee meeting just before the council meeting on March 14.

Administrator Mike Beazley said the agreement “is an essential step for the city to get a better handle on the energy costs and consumption issues with our own buildings.”

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Oregon City Council at a meeting on March 14 voted to increase the speed limit on Otter Creek Road to 45 mph from 35 mph.

“Raising the speed limit also raises the level of safety,” said Councilman James Seaman. “That’s something different than what most people think because of the way the road is wide open and so well paved. People have a  tendency to go faster than the 35 mph speed limit. I think this will move towards a safer environment for our drivers in Oregon.”

The road was reconstructed with new asphalt last year as part of an upgrade to the existing deteriorating concrete pavement.

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Two former public employees agree with Governor John Kasich that it’s time to rein in school spending by adopting some of the tools Senate Bill 5 will provide local school districts.

Mike White, former director of public utilities for the City of Toledo, and Jim Austermiller, a CPA who worked 26 years in the public sector including 13 years with the state auditor’s office, are two members of  Oregon Residents for Effective and Efficient Schools, a citizens committee formed shortly before last November’s election.

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‘Rebuilding not only our school but our community…’

Work on underground lines for sewer, water, and electric service was expected to begin this week at the new Lake High School building.

Tim Krugh, president of the Lake school board, said Rudolph/Libbe submitted the lowest of three bids for the first phase of the construction project.

The school board and administration will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new school March 27 at 2 p.m. at the school campus at 28080 Lemoyne Rd.

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