“Is your refrigerator running?”
Back in the day, it was great fun for telephone pranksters to ask unsuspecting friends or even strangers on the other end of the line with the query. (The answer – It is? Well, you’d better catch it!)
A prankster calling Harry and Jean Roberts Oregon home might get the answer that their refrigerator is indeed running – and has been since they got it – in 1946.
The Westinghouse refrigerator, was offered to Jean at a deep discount as an engagement present from her employer, Westinghouse Supply, where she was an office worker.
“It was a beautiful 1946 model, being replaced by a new model coming out,” she said. “They knew I was getting married the following year, so they offered the refrigerator to me at a good price.
“Harry was in the Navy, so I took the refrigerator to my parents’ house and plugged it in in the spare bedroom,” she said.
When the couple was married Oct. 11, 1947, they took it to their home and used it for many years. “As our family grew, we needed a bigger model, so we bought an Amana,” Jean said, adding that the trusty Westinghouse model was moved to the summer kitchen.
“A couple of them were nervous,” she said. “I just said, 'do what you've been doing for the last three weeks.' This was the first time any of them made it that far and they were excited.”
Workman's brief pep talk worked, because Lake took first place in District II, Division II. Lake scored 98 points in its division to outscore Anthony Wayne (89 points) and Tinora.
“It was exciting because it was real close,” Workman said. “Our other meets weren't that close. They pulled together and they're all good showmen. They just continued what they did the last three weeks. They are very devoted and I have great parents, and they are really into it. They've done a good job and really earned their way.”
Workman's daughter, Jenna, is a senior at Lake and a member of the equestrian team. Other team members who attend Lake are junior Morgan Collins, sophomore Ashley Landers and freshmen Ellen Johns and Alissa Knieriem. Lake's squad also includes Riley Herman, a sophomore at Woodmore, Northwood senior Holly Slater and Gibsonburg junior Demitrius Ernsberger.
Lake clinched its first appearance in the state meet after taking first place at District II's final show event, on Sept. 26 at the Wood Country Fairgrounds in Bowling Green.
A groundbreaking ceremony for a new Lake Township administration building is scheduled for Oct. 15 at 10 a.m.
The township trustees have approved contracts for hiring an architectural/engineering firm and a general contractor for the construction of a new facility to replace the building destroyed by the June 5 tornado.
The trustees last week agreed to retain Normand and Associates, Inc., Perrysburg, as the architect for the building at a cost of $105,000. Rudolph Libbe, Inc., Walbridge, was retained as the general contractor for $1.7 million.
The building will be slightly larger than the former building, which housed the police department and dispatching center, trustees’ offices, emergency medical service personnel living quarters, and the offices of the zoning inspector and fiscal officer.
The new building will be constructed at the same location at 27975 Cummings Road but will be larger, covering 14,183 square feet plus a porch area of 720 square feet.
A completion date of May 15, 2011 is included in the resolution to hire Rudolph Libbe.
Proficiency scores, teachers’ salaries and absenteeism were among the issues raised by residents with the Oregon school board at a public information forum last week on the proposed 5.9-mill five year emergency operating levy that will be on the November 2 ballot.
The forum was held before a regularly scheduled school board meeting on September 30.
The district faces a $2 million deficit for the 2011-2012 school year. If passed, the levy is expected to bring in $3.4 million annually.
In the last three years, the district has cut $8 million from the budget.
If the levy does not pass, the district plans to cut 20 additional teaching and staff positions.
One resident asked why Oregon teachers rank eight, or “dead last” in attendance among area school districts in the 2009-2010 school year, yet they rank second in salary.
“It kind of looks like we’re rewarding bad behavior,” said the resident.
Over the summer, Woodmore High School Spanish teacher Tom Adams went on a one week mission trip to Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, with his sister and three other members from her church in Temperance, Michigan.
During the mission trip, Adams stayed with fellow missionary Kathy Kemmer, who has been living in the country for the past six years.
While in Nicaragua, Adams and his team were involved in many projects to help the local impoverished communities which include working at a local orphanage, building furniture for a preschool and helping elementary students make ojo de dio or God’s eyes, which is a simple arts and crafts project.
Adams and his team also completed larger projects. For three days, they built one 11 foot by 11 foot house each day using only concrete for the floor, a wooden frame and tin for the roof and siding. Although it may seem like not such a nice home, it was a vast improvement to their previous homes which were made from trash from the city dump.
“There are many beautiful parts to Nicaragua, but there are also parts that are devastatingly poor and need help,” Adams said.
Reprinted with permission by journalism advisor Carolyn Nitz from the September 2010 issue of Window to Woodmore, a student publication.
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