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Mortgage foreclosures have dipped and auto sales have climbed for the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period last year, according to a recent audit by the Lucas County Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas.

The audit showed that mortgage foreclosure case filings in Lucas County dropped by 227 in the first quarter of this year compared to the first quarter of 2009.

Through the first quarter of 2009, there were 1,680 mortgage foreclosure actions filed with the Lucas County Clerk of Courts compared to 1,435 cases filed through the first quarter of this year.

During January, February and March, foreclosure case filings dropped in January, February and March, with March showing the biggest decline in comparison to the same time of 2009.

“This is a significant drop,” said Larry Loutzenhiser, public information officer for J. Bernie Quilter, the Lucas County Clerk of Common Pleas.

“Ohio and Michigan are always slow compared to the rest of the country to recover economically,” he said. “But those numbers indicate we’re moving in the right direction. We hope it will continue.”

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A $20 million renovation of Waite High School is scheduled to be completed two years before the school celebrates its 100th birthday.

Waite’s portion of the Ohio Schools Facility Commission renovation, part of Toledo Public School’s “Building for Success” program, begins in August this year. Students arriving in the fall of 2012 will welcome new technology, air conditioning, and a return to much of the original architecture.

The school’s original horse-drawn construction was completed in 1914 — the end result of a bond levy supported four years earlier by Toledo voters. Toledo Central H.S., formerly located on Michigan Avenue at the current site of the Toledo-Lucas County Library Main Branch, was being replaced by Jessup Scott H.S. on the west side and Morrison R. Waite H.S. on the east side. The east side school is named after a U.S. Supreme Court chief justice from Toledo.

The original plan for the building called for 158,856 square feet, but a skill center was later added and a 38,222 square foot field house was constructed in 1960.

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If you’ve had a conversation with Donald Measel recently, chances are the topic has drifted to Agent Orange, herbicides used in Vietnam to defoliate trees and bushes that could conceal those fighting U.S. forces.

Measel, the sergeant-at-arms of American Legion Post 324 in Genoa, has been on a mission to inform Vietnam veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange - and anyone who can pass the word to them - about assistance that is available.

For the past few months or so he’s been wearing a cap with emblems of his service in Vietnam, hoping it will draw a comment from anyone he meets and give him an opening to discuss what has become his personal crusade; to alert as many veterans of the war as he can there is help if they need it.

“If you start talking with me about Vietnam you’re going to get an earful,” said Measel, who served there for 11 months while in the Army. “I tell anyone who served in country and feels they have medical conditions caused by Agent Orange they should re-apply for help if they’ve been turned down.”

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Wanna feel the sand between your toes?

Watch a 13-year-old mesmerize you with his magic skills? 

Have a blast – literally – as Civil War-era cannons fire off?

Oregon Fest has all that plus entertainment, food and more.

The 16th annual event will be held on the 16th of May from noon to 6 p.m. on Dustin Road in Oregon between Coy Road and Isaac Street.

As always, admission to the family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration is free. Tents will be set up so that festival-goers can enjoy themselves rain or shine.

This year’s theme, “Digging into Summer” will be accentuated by a mountain of sand piled high for the free “Big Dig” contest featuring buried “treasure eggs” containing prizes.

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Although the Oregon and Jerusalem Township Memorial Day observance is open to all veterans and the public, an organizer of the event is particularly extending a welcome to veterans who’ve served in the last 20 years.

The observance is scheduled for May 30 at 1 p.m. at the stadium at Clay High School on Seaman Street.

Jerry Eversman hopes the event will especially draw younger veterans and their families.

“I’m told the trend seems to be most of the time veterans tend to be more involved with organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion after their families are raised and they have more time available,” Eversman said. “If the younger veterans wait until that time in their life my fear is there won’t be the support there for those organizations and they could go under. The number of veterans from World War II and Korea is less and less each day.”

He established the website oregonareaveterans.com as a vehicle for veterans “to make themselves known and be recognized” and to communicate with the community and veteran organizations, he said.

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