The Press Newspaper
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.
After voters strongly supported a 1.1-mill levy last November for the Harris-Elmore Public Library, Georgiana Huizenga, the library director, expressed her gratitude for their support.
It was the first time in the library’s history it had gone to voters for local millage and cuts in state funding had forced the library to enact reductions in service.
“I am very proud of the communities of Elmore and Genoa coming together to pass the first ever library levy,” she said at the time. “Two communities: one library system. We are very grateful to all of our supporters and to the levy committee that worked so hard. We are very excited that we will be better able to serve our patrons.”
In a lingering recession, Oregon is not in a hurry to fill several positions in the police and streets departments left vacant by retirements.
Administrator Mike Beazley said he and Mayor Mike Seferian are looking at ways to maintain city services with fewer people as the city deals with reduced revenue this year.
“It’s come to my attention there’s been a number of retirements lately,” Beazley said to council at a meeting earlier this month. “As we look at our revenues and we discuss this year’s budget, we’ve been on a go slow mode on filling vacancies. We do want to make sure we continue to meet essential service needs looking at both police and streets. I’ve been talking with the mayor and obviously looking at issues associated with those vacancies to make sure we can maintain the service level that our citizens expect within the revenue that we’re actually getting. We wouldn’t contemplate filling all the vacancies, but we’re going to look at making sure we continue to fill our shifts appropriately.”
‘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.
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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