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One Call Now, an emergency notification system that the city contracted with last spring, has been annoying some residents with repeated calls.

Mayor Mike Seferian and some members of council have received several calls from residents complaining about the service, which allows the city to notify the public of emergencies or events.

“I was getting a lot of calls,” said Seferian at a council meeting last month. Council members Jerry Peach, Sandy Bihn and Terry Reeves also received several calls from irate residents about repeated calls from the service.

Seferian said he called Mike Scott, of One Call Now, repeatedly to try and get the system fixed.

“He was out of town, and his voice box was full. I think after 67 tries, he realized I’m pretty good at re-dialing. He did call me back then. I told him to get that thing shut off in the next 15 minutes, or we won’t have this program anymore. He said he couldn’t because he was out of town. I said, `You ought to be able to find someone to hit this thing with an axe or something, but shut it off.”’

Someone was finally able to disarm the system.

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For the last several years, Oregon officials have been discussing the possibility of constructing a new senior center at a site near the municipal complex on Seaman Road.

The current senior center on Bay Shore Road, a former sewage treatment facility, is outdated and too small.

At a council meeting Aug. 9, Mayor Mike Seferian questioned the availability of a $1 million grant from the Area Office on Aging. In fact, Seferian said he doesn’t know for sure if the agency ever had money available for a senior center in Oregon.

“There was always the belief there was $1 million, and that it could come here,” said Seferian. “It is still possible that somewhere around $1 million could come from the Area Office on Aging. It was rumored that there was money out there in a fund that they could get and bring to this area two to three years ago. And I think it is almost as possible now as it was then.”

The Area Office on Aging, said Seferian, “suggested it may be able to produce $1 million.”

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Gibsonburg High School senior Daniel Repp fully intends to compete in thepic-repp1 National Kidney Foundation U.S. Transplant Games for years to come.

“I'll do it as long as I can,” Repp said. “As long as I'm feeling healthy.”

Good health has been a bonus for Repp, 17, for the last couple years.

He underwent a kidney transplant in October 2007 and said he now feels like his younger teen-age self.

“Now, I fit in with everybody,” Repp said. “Everybody loves me.”

Repp caught a still unknown virus at age 8 and, he said, “it started kicking in when I was 10.”

His parents, Doug and Jayne Repp, took Daniel to the family doctor in Fremont to have some blood samples taken, and what the doctor found was enough for him to recommend that Daniel have a kidney biopsy taken the next morning in Toledo.

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Will the third time be the charm for the Woodmore School District?

School board members have voted to place a 2.99-mill, 5-year operating levy request on the November ballot.

Voters rejected an identical levy request last week and in May.

Last week’s unofficial results show the levy fell by 40 votes : Against – 759, For – 719.

Voters in the Ottawa County portion of the district approved the measure by 20 votes: For – 342, Against – 322. But in Sandusky County it fell by 60 votes: Against – 437, For – 377.

Voter turnout in Ottawa County last week was just under 30 percent while in Sandusky County it was just under 39 percent, according to the respective county boards of elections.

Woodmore treasurer Kevin Slates said the boards of elections have told him voting information broken down by precinct will be available for review by Aug. 17.

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She may be living in El Paso, Texas but Lake High School alumnus, Elizabeth Urbanowski, is doing her best to help the tornado battered school.

Last month, Urbanowski, along with Troy Zam, another Lake alumnus, started a Facebook page nominating the school for ABC-TV’s hit show, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

“When I heard about the tornado I was in Texas,” Urbanowski said. “A friend called and I was shell-shocked. I got right on the computer and read about it and I checked on friends. I put up a video on YouTube and got 40,000 hits in a day.”

Because of the success of that video, Urbanowski and Zam decided to nominate the school for EMHE.

“I wanted to help, to do anything,” Urbanowski explained. “You feel so helpless when you are so far away.”

Keeping her eyes and ears open, Urbanowski heard about the Kohl’s contest and decided to submit the school for the national contest.

In celebration of Kohl's Cares®10th anniversary, the company is donating $500,000 to 20 schools, for a total of $10 million. Kohl's Cares® is a philanthropic program that supports children's health and education.

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