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Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian served as Master of Ceremonies, and

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representatives of the Lucas County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Oregon City Schools District were in attendance at Oregon’s Betty Carstensen Memorial Arbor Day held at Coy School off Pickle Road on April 30.

“There’s really no one in the area who has probably done more for promoting trees and conservation, let alone all the other things she had done,” said Don Charlton, chairperson of the Oregon Tree Commission, which sponsored the event.

On Friday, several ornamental and columnar trees were planted around a European Purple Beech tree, which was planted in the center of the east side traffic circle in front of the school last fall in memory of Betty.

“Generally speaking, I think it’s safe to say that everyone who was there was glad they were able to attend. It was a very positive, heartwarming experience,” said Charlton after the event.

“It was well attended, and we felt it was a very memorable occasion. The European Purple Beech tree and surrounding trees are now highly visible from the school and Pickle Road,” said Charlton.

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Oregon City Council on Monday will consider an ordinance providing for a fee schedule for non-resident participation in city recreation programs.

Oregon students whose parents are employed in the Oregon City Schools District, but who live outside the city, were no longer allowed to participate in the city recreation program after July 31 last year.

Following complaints, the city’s recreation and parks committee came up with a fee schedule that would allow non-residents to participate if council passes an ordinance on the issue Monday.

At a committee of the whole meeting last week, council debated the matter.

Councilman Terry Reeves, chairman of the committee, said the committee, the city recreation advisory board, and city recreation director believe the inclusion of non-resident participation in the Oregon parks and recreation youth and adult sports program enhances the recreation experience for Oregon residents through increased diversity, quantity and quality of competition.

“A fee structure for non-resident participation was developed that covers the recreation department program expenses, including a surcharge in fairness to Oregon residents,” he said.

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Genoa Village Council decided Tuesday to ask Ottawa County law enforcement to look into a possible misappropriation of public funds.

Councilmembers voted 5-1 during a special meeting to send the request to Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton and Prosecutor Mark Mulligan, Village Administrator Garth Reynolds confirmed Wednesday.

Councilman John Lewis cast the single “no” vote.

The issue surrounds a clerk-type position at the village hall.

Reynolds, who oversees that position, referred further comment regarding the meeting to council president Dave Adams.

The person currently filling the position was employed through a county placement program in partnership with the Ohio Job and Family Services office, Adams said.

“They paid part of it (the salary) and we paid the other part,” he explained.

Records show the placement was approved for Aug. 25, 2008 until March 1, 2009, Adams said.

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Oregon City Council unanimously approved a zoning change following a public hearing for E.S. Wagner, of 840 Patchen Road, for the operation of a concrete crushing facility at 2215 Navarre Avenue.

Lewis J. Wagner, the applicant for the zoning change, requested that the parcel be rezoned from M-1 Light Industrial to M-2 General Industrial.

An E.S. Wagner official said the expansion may mean more jobs.

A public hearing on the matter was held on March 16 by the Oregon Plan Commission, which voted 5-0 to recommend approval of the rezoning application.

The rezoned parcel is located on the north side of Navarre between the city border and I-280, according to Jim Gilmore, commissioner of building and zoning.

“E.S. Wagner has a storage and repair yard located on this parcel,” Gilmore said to council. The concrete crushing facility would be located just north of the storage building.

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For Holly Gusky, leader of Block Watch 420-C in East Toledo, the approaching summer weather may be looked at as a good and bad thing.

Although winter heating bills will soon disappear, the switch to warm weather also means a possible rise in crime.

“We have a lot of kids walking the streets in the summer,” Gusky said. “We have a lot of gangs, many not from this area, who start fights with each other. The Greenwood and Potter area seems to be neutral territory for them and we see the fighting in the summer.”

Gusky said that her block watch area, which encompasses Woodville Road, Oak Street, Starr Avenue up to Broadway, not only sees upswings in crime during the warmer months, but also during the holidays.

“Crime comes and goes around here,” Gusky said. “In one week, we have had three cars with the windows smashed. At Thanksgiving time, people broke in and stole TV’s. We had a big rash of crime during the holidays even though we are in a low income area.”

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