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Call it a "shotgun wedding."
     
When Tom and Pam Crawford got married, they didn't dress in a tuxedo and flowing wedding gown. No, they dressed in western-style clothing from the 1890s and got hitched at the Sandusky County Sportsmen's Club in Gibsonburg.

Suddenly, it seems as if there will be no shortage of historical museums on this side of town.

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Samuel J. Bonifas

The Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society is well-established at its base, Brandeville School. The National Great Lakes Maritime Museum, thanks to a $6.1 million grant from the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, is being relocated from Vermilion, Ohio to the Skyway Marina building in East Toledo’s Marina District, next to where the James M. Schoonmaker (formerly Willis Boyer) historic lake freighter museum ship will also be relocated.

The newest venture, the Harbor View Historical Society, has begun a soft opening of its museum in the former Harbor View Missionary Baptist Church at 2083 Autokee St. in Oregon. Over the past year, volunteers have started working to convert the former church into the new home of the historical society. The renovation is ongoing.

The Oregon City Schools District, which is continuing to lose revenue due mostly to lower property valuations, may want to consider a levy sooner than later, according to Jane Fruth, treasurer of the district.
 
The value of placing a levy on the ballot this year is the millage would be lower because the district would be collecting it sooner, said Fruth at a school board meeting last month.
 
 “In 2012, the district would need a 5.9-mill levy,” she said. “In 2013, it would go up to 8.3-mills for the same financial impact in our district. So that’s the only reason to consider it.”
 
The board, in deciding whether to place a levy on the ballot, would also have to consider if it would compete with other issues on the ballot, according to Superintendent Mike Zalar, such as the renewal of the permanent improvement levy.
 
“I think the board needs to consider the timing of that renewal as well as any anticipated operating levy in the future,” said Zalar.

A former mayor of the Village of Walbridge is questioning whether police have thoroughly investigated a residential breaking and entering case and a nearby vandalism incident.
 
Bob Robson says he’s been frustrated by answers he’s received from Mayor Dan Wilczynski and Police Chief Ken Frost.
 
“I’m just asking for an honest answer,” Robson said last week. “Are you doing it or not doing it? Where are we at? I’m not trying to humiliate the mayor or the chief, I just want honest answers. I think we’re entitled to that.”
 
Minutes of the March 1 meeting of village council’s safety committee meeting state: “On going investigation of break in and vandalism in the area of Parklane and Meadow Lane was discussed with Chief Frost. Neighborhood interviews will be conducted. Discussion followed.”
 
Robson attended the meeting and doubts the interviews were conducted.

Oregon school board member P.J. Kapfhammer wants a plan in place to cut expenses after learning that the district paid over $400,000 to two companies last year for electrical repairs.
 
At a school board meeting last month, Kapfhammer said the board could find savings in some of the district’s business agreements and contracts.
 
“I keep hearing we’re going backwards financially. But business is still business as usual down here because of the way we’re doing things,” he said.
 
“We spent almost $500,000 in the last 12 months to two firms – very good quality firms, but for mostly non-bidded work. We call them, they do the work, and we pay the bills. We have to start tightening the purse strings in here real quick,” said Kapfhammer. “Every report we keep getting is how we’re going backwards, but it’s business as usual. I’ve never heard a report about how we can trim some fat and save some money.”
 
Dean Sandwisch, the district’s business manager, said the district saved $50,000 by hiring the companies.

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