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Northwood City Council gave first reading to an ordinance to cut the pay of the mayor and city council by 10 percent.

It is the latest cost cutting measure by the city, as it struggles to adjust to a reduction of income tax collections in the last year as a result of the economic recession.

If passed, the ordinance would cut the annual salaries of the mayor and council to $10,800 from $12,000, and to $6,300 from $7,000, respectively.

The measure would not become effective until 2012.

The city has already cut the 2010 budget by 30.6 percent, laid off staff, cut department budgets, instituted eight unpaid furlough days for salaried staff, cut non-union pay by 3 percent, eliminated the senior program, instituted a hiring freeze for all departments, froze all capital improvement and replacement projects since last year, stopped rentals of shelter houses, closed the community room for rentals,

“We have made adjustments, instituted new policies, taken on more job duties, reduced staff, reduced costs, and not approved purchases. We’re simply always looking for ways to save money,” said City Administrator Pat Bacon.

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Oregon will dedicate the planting of several trees to the late Betty Carstensen, a long time Oregon school board member, during its 16th annual Arbor Day Program, which will be held Friday, April 30, at 11 a.m. at the new Coy School off Pickle Road.

The public is invited to attend the event.

Several ornamental trees are being planted to surround the Living Memorial European Purple Beech tree, a joint project planted by the city and the Oregon City Schools District last November in honor of Mrs. Carstensen.

Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian has proclaimed the event the “Betty Carstensen Memorial Arbor Day.”

Carstensen was 85-years-old and finishing her fourth term on the board when she died last Sept. 5 following a stroke. She had served on the board since 1993 and had planned on running for a fifth term in November. She was a strong proponent of literacy education and spent many hours volunteering her time reading to elementary students.

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It is not every day that a groundbreaking for a new commercial building in Pemberville occurs.

Wednesday morning at 8 a.m., village representatives and business owners celebrated the groundbreaking of the Baker Building being constructed just inside the village limit at 531 East Front Street.

Attending the groundbreaking were Mayor James Opelt, Council President Gordon Bowman, the buildings’ owners, Lance and Darla Baker, and project foreman Mark Cairl from Midwest Construction Inc.

“Because of these bad economic times, we’re very happy that this is happening,” Mayor Opelt said.

The 2,250 square feet Baker Building, located just east of the railroads tracks off State Route 105 just before one leaves Pemberville heading towards Woodville, will house up to four businesses.

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He had a Hollywood-sounding name anyway, so maybe it was only natural that

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Reed Steele, currently director of
Oregon’s Challenger Learning Center
of Lucas County, at the B&B Sound
Studio, where he once worked. The
recording studio is still in business,
but has changed its name. Steele lived
in Burbank, California at the time.
(Photo courtesy of Reed Steele)

Reed Steele found work as a Los Angeles-based film and television actor back in the late 1980s.

 

Steele, the director of the Challenger Learning Center of Lucas County, located in Oregon, has worked with Bob Hope, Bruce Willis, John Travolta, James Garner, Scott Baio and Sharon Gless, to name just a few.

“I was a basic actor who tried to do everything,” Steele said. “I worked as a stunt man, I did stand-up comedy, magic, done voiceovers. It was fun. I really enjoyed it. My first couple weeks doing comedy were really tough. You don't know what to expect. Comedy can be a lot of fun if you let go. I modeled myself after Red Skelton and Dick Van Dyke.”

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FirstEnergy’s Bayshore power plant will be required to install technology to reduce fish kills at the plant’s intake system.

“Ohio EPA has decided, for the first time, FirstEnergy will be required to install technology that is designed to minimize fish mortality,” said Dina Pierce, Ohio EPA’s northwest district coordinator.

The plant will install devices called “reverse louvers,” she said.

“Once those are in place, FirstEnergy will be required to study the effectiveness of the devices,” said Pierce. “If the study proves the technology effective, then the company will have to permanently install the devices. If the study shows the technology is not effective, then Ohio EPA will require the company to pursue another solution to the fish impingement and entrainment problem.”

The fish impingement and entrainment issue is particularly important at this location near where the Maumee River drains into the Maumee Bay because it is a very productive fish spawning area, according to Pierce.

FirstEnergy conducted detailed studies on I&E and on the thermal plume created by heated water discharged into the Maumee Bay from the plant’s cooling system. Ohio EPA asked an independent environmental engineering firm, Tetra Tech, to examine FirstEnergy’s studies and the technologies available to reduce the Bayshore intake system’s impact on fish and determine which ones would work best at the plant. Ohio EPA also held a public information meeting in Oregon in March, 2009 to review the studies and get feedback from the public.

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Ebola outbreak

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