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Oregon Arbor Day to honor Betty Carstensen
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 15 April 2010 15:25

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.

 
Curtice man the ‘Cal Ripken’ of payroll specialists
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 08 April 2010 15:13

Owens Community College interim president Dr. Larry McDougle relies on George Pollauf to pay his mortgage, car payments and grocery bills.

So do the professors in the history, law enforcement administration, psychology, computer science, social sciences, sociology and mathematics departments.

Pollauf is Owens' payroll specialist, and he takes his job very seriously.

"I'm dealing with peoples' livelihood," he said.

Pollauf, who lives in Curtice with his wife, Sandy, and their two daughters, has missed making Owens' payroll just once since 1985.

"Except for this past Friday pay of April 2, I processed almost all of the components — the checks and the deposit files — for literally every pay date I've been here," Pollauf said. "Last Friday would have been my 646th consecutive bi-weekly payroll."

If Pollauf doesn't do OCC's payroll that means someone else has to do it. That doesn't sit well with Pollauf, 51, who on July 1 will celebrate his 25th year at Owens. Ronald Reagan occupied the Oval Office when Pollauf took over as the payroll specialist at what was then known as Owens Technical College.

 
Gov. appoints 10 to livestock standards board
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 08 April 2010 15:15

Governor Ted Strickland has appointed 10 persons to the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board – a panel created by the passage last year of an amendment to the state constitution.

The governor’s appointments include: Tony Forshey, a veterinarian with the Ohio Department of Agriculture; Leon Weaver, owner/operator of Bridgewater Dairy; Jeff Wuebker, a farm owner and president of the Ohio Soybean Association; Bobby Moser, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at the Ohio State University; Jeffrey LeJeune, associate professor of Food and Animal Health Science at the agricultural research and development center at the Ohio State University; Harold Dates, president of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Cincinnati; Jerry Lahmers, a veterinarian and family farm owner; Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks; Robert Cole, a former official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Stacey Atherton, co-owner of a farm and member of Ohio Dairy Producers and Ohio Farm Bureau.

Robert Boggs, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, is to be chairman of the board.

The speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and president of the Ohio Senate will also each appoint someone to the 13-member board.

 
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