The Press Newspaper
Though still weeks from Christmas, an Oregon couple last week got some holiday cheer when a company that buys tall Christmas trees such as pines, spruces and firs approached them to see if they were interested in cutting down two 50-60 foot pine trees in their yard.
Carol Sarns was in her Eastland Drive home last Sunday when a man came to her door asking about a pair of tall pine trees in the yard of her neighbors, Ryan and Jenny McMahon.
The man, from Egan Acres Tree Farm, of Riverdale, New York, spotted the McMahon’s trees from I-280 as he made his way back from delivering a tree to a mall in Detroit.
“You can see our backyards from I-280, and he saw my neighbor’s trees,” said Sarns. “He said he was looking for two trees to take to New York, and they were what he wanted.”
Knowing that the McMahons were not home, Sarns agreed to jot down his name and phone number for the McMahon’s to contact him.
Switching schools. One’s last senior tackle. The prestige of clinching a fourth-straight Suburban Lakes League title. The looming imminence of a juggernaut of an Ottawa-Glandorf Titans’ squad stomping its way into Comet Stadium for the program’s third-consecutive home playoff game.
The disappointment of essentially being relegated to a back-up role on offense during one’s bittersweet swansong senior season for his new team, when he was a bona fide rising star and basically a “Mr. Do-It All” for his old.
It’s nonetheless hard for 11-0 Genoa’s soft-spoken, well-grounded power running back, and quietly-determined defensive end Chris Cuevas to sweat the proverbial “small stuff” these days.
In the early morning hours of June 6, 5-10, 210 pound Cuevas was force-fed a heaping spoonful of responsibility, crushing personal loss and sheer terror as a tornado that barreled through neighboring Lake Township and parts of Ottawa County, where it tore through the middle of his Reiman Road home while he was still inside.
Oregon City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Zalar at a special school board meeting Nov. 4 rallied supporters of the 5.9-mill emergency levy, which was defeated on Nov. 2, and urged them to remain united to resolve a $2 million budget deficit expected in the next school year.
“We had tremendous support from the board of education, from our teaching staff, classified support staff, administrative team, and the community,” said Zalar. “I think we set new standards in terms of the amount of money that we raised to run that campaign, the number of volunteers who contributed their time. I’ve heard from many, many people about the amount of information that was published. I don’t think anybody can say they weren’t aware we were on the ballot, they weren’t aware of what the issues were.”
Voters on Nov. 2 rejected the levy for the second time since 2009 by a vote of 3,605 to 1,119.
The school board has cut nearly $8 million from the budget in the last few years as a result of House Bill 66, which phased out tangible personal property taxes for businesses and created budgetary shortfalls for several school districts.
Parents of students attending Rocky Ridge Elementary School are watching various scenarios they claim could be implemented by the Benton-Carroll-Salem school board next year to reduce costs or raise revenues.
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