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Residents in the City of Oregon passed a request to make a 2.25 percent income tax permanent on March 15.

The passage will now keep the income tax rate the same as it has been since 1982. The only change is that it will no longer be called a “temporary” tax.

City Administrator Mike Beazley said he was very happy with the outcome.

“We feel good that it has passed,” Beazley said. “Oregon residents expect a high level of service in this city and now we can continue with our high level of service.”


A request by the Lake Township trustees to have street lighting installed at the intersection of State Route 795 and Pemberville Road has been rejected by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Jeff Pettit, who chairs the board of trustees, read ODOT’s response Wednesday to the township request. The department reached its conclusion after reviewing crash patterns at the intersection from 2011-2015.

Although there were 12 crashes during that five-year period, including several injury accidents, none occurred when it was dark, according to ODOT’s analysis. The department’s review indicates there were four accidents occurring at dusk or dawn.

Scott Arvin admits he’s always been a compulsive doodler.

The Lafayette, Ind., native would sit in school or in meetings and start scratching things out on whatever he could get his hands on.

“Early on I got started with cartoons and I would look at (Gary Larson’s) The Far Side and things like that,” Arvin said. “I used to try to copy their illustrations and I started doing my own. It was always nice to have my hand on something and try to form something on the page. It was fun and it was nice to see where you would end up.”

Despite a fire on July 4, 1946, historian Richard J. Norgard says a lot remains of the sailing Ship Success today — the wreck is located in 15 feet of water directly offshore from the Route 163 and Route 2 highway cloverleaf near Jolly Roger’s restaurant.

The keel and ribs rise eight feet off the bottom and parts of the wreck and metal fittings are still found in the sand.

Norgard says the female figurehead was cut off while she sat in her final years at Lake Erie, and numerous wax figures once located in the hull during its museum days still pop up at locations around the world. He says a Michigan drinking establishment has the head of a wax figure sitting at the end of its bar, and guests entertainment themselves by placing a cigarette in its mouth.

Historian Richard J. Norgard grew up on the shores of Lake Erie — his boyhood home, “now long gone,” was located where Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurant sits in Port Clinton.

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Richard Norgard

As a child, his father used to tell him about the “old slave ship” that burned offshore, less than a half mile from their home, on July 4, 1946. His dad watched the ship burn from their beach, and the story stayed with Norgard.

When Norgard landed his first job as a reporter and photographer for a local newspaper, he began collecting information about the “old slave ship,” which was really a historic sailing ship called the “Success.” He says the quest began as a hobby, then became a “passion, and finally, a writing career.”

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