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It was a bright and sunny Halloween afternoon.

Just before 1 p.m., a contingent of Kathy Martin’s family members, neighbors and friends began to gather at her son Patrick’s home on South Eastmoreland Drive in Oregon, waiting for a sign of the Hostess Prize Patrol.

The Hostess representatives, accompanied by an agent from a Boston underwriting company, were coming to offer Kathy a chance to win a $1 million as part of the “Hand Out Hostess on Halloween Sweepstakes.”

Much to the crowd’s delight, they were accompanied by a a truck filled with Twinkies, Cupcakes, Ding Dongs and more.

The former Millbury woman – a self-described sweepstakes junkie – won the contest through an online e-mail sweepstakes. She was visiting her son in Oregon as she made her way from her Michigan home to Florida, where she spends the winter with her mother.

After the formalities were completed, the underwriter distributed 15 oversized envelopes, which were held by Kathy’s grandchildren and neighbor children.

With the defeat of a 5.9-mill emergency operating levy for the Oregon City Schools district, the school board plans to make further cuts to avoid a looming budget deficit in 2012.

The levy, which would have brought in $3.4 million annually, was defeated last Tuesday by a vote of 5,603 to 3,907, according to unofficial results from the Toledo Lucas County Board of Elections.

The levy would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home $182 annually.

It is the second time voters rejected a levy in the district since 2009. In August, 2009, voters defeated the same measure 3,605 to 1,119.

The school board had pinned its hopes on the levy passing this time because it made more cuts in the operating budget in the last year. In total, the board has cut $8 million from the budget in the last three years, including 32 teaching positions.

The district also negotiated concessions with both classified and certified teachers’ unions.

Northwood Mayor Mark Stoner said there would be no further budget cuts, despite the defeat of a proposed .25 income tax increase for three years at the polls last Tuesday.

The measure, defeated by a vote of 1,088, or 66.42 percent, to 550, or 33.58 percent, would have raised the income tax from 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent had it passed. The additional revenue would have provided funds for capital improvements, capital reinvestment and operating expenses.

Stoner had made drastic cuts in personnel and services in the last year and a half as a result of reduced tax revenue collected by the city due to the poor economy.

But revenue in the last four months has slowly been rising for the city, reversing a downward trend in income tax collections for the last year.

“We’ve already done a lot of the cuts,” Stoner told The Press on Wednesday. In October, income tax revenue was up 2.5 percent compared to last October.

The Lake Township trustees have given their approval to an automatic response agreement between the township fire department and the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District but said the agreement will be reviewed after six months with an eye on what it’s costing the township.

The trustees unanimously voted in support of a resolution to enter into the agreement with the district but directed Mark Hummer, township administrator, to compile cost figures for the first six months the agreement is in effect.

Under the agreement, the township would automatically provide a rapid intervention team and ladder truck for all structure fires in the Allen-Clay district. The district, in turn, is agreeing to provide a rapid intervention team, rescue vehicle, and fire engine to all structure fires in Lake Township.

Rapid intervention teams set up outside of buildings on fire to rescue or assist endangered fire fighters inside.

Vicki Schwamberger, township fiscal officer, raised questions about the cost of the agreement, noting members of the fire department are credited for two points per hour “right out the door” for fire runs.  Under the point system for the department, two points would equal $20, she said.

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The Elmore Chamber of Commerce presented its 6th annual Halloween event "Tombstone Derby."  Events included a pumpkin carving contest, a motorized casket race, and a pet halloween costume contest.  Top photo: Boston Gallup, left, eyes up his competition, Grant Smith, in the kiddie car race.  Bottom photo: Harley Harrison, as Eddie Munster, gets a treat from Tamilyn Sheen after participating in the Kid's Magic School Adventure.  (Press photo by Ken Grosjean) elmorehalloween1a

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