Oregon Police Chief Richard Stager bid city officials goodbye at a council meeting on Jan. 24.
“I’m going to make the most out of retirement,” said Stager.
“Since I took the job, I probably have more passion for the Oregon Police Department than ever before. It’s kind of tough walking away. But I think I’ll manage somehow,” Stager joked. “I’m leaving Friday for Florida for my condo, and hopefully on Monday I’m playing in a softball game. I’ll be thinking about the officers and praying for their safety.”
Stager expressed concerns about the recent spate of violence against police officers across the country.
“If you’ve heard in the last 30 hours, seven police officers have been shot. It just seems like I’m hearing about it all the time. Even in communities about the same size as Oregon. I have a son who is a police officer in Sylvania, so I’ll be praying for him, too. I do have some concerns. Times have changed somewhat. There seems to be more violence toward police officers. Hopefully, that will stop in the immediate future when the economy gets better.”
Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men.
The estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2010 is about 217,713 new cases will be diagnosed and about 32,050 men will die from prostate cancer. About one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer accounts for approximately 11 percent of cancer-related deaths in men.
Seeing those statistics, a group of Eastwood High School “wrestling moms” looked at their own sons and the coaching staff, and decided that because wrestling is a male-dominated sport, they saw the potential in holding a fundraiser to raise awareness for prostate cancer at the 10-team Claire Simpson Eastwood Duals on February 5.
The “Pin to Win Against Cancer” fundraiser will include the selling of t-shirts, a silent auction, a bake sale and possibly sticker sale, multiple 50/50 raffles throughout the day, and the sale of paper “pins” to put on the team’s memory wall. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.
The “wrestling moms” saw fundraisers being done by basketball, volleyball, and soccer teams for cancer awareness, so they wanted to get in on the action.
Oregon City Council last week approved the purchase of a new camera system that will be used to inspect sewer and water lines. The equipment will help the city in its investigation of inflow and infiltration (I&I) issues to reduce or eliminate excessive storm water from the wastewater collection system.
Significant rainfall sparked I&I issues a few years ago when several residents, particularly in the Wheeling trunk sewer service area, had complained about flooded basements. Flow monitoring, video detection and smoke testing have also been used to help identify I&I.
The State of Ohio Purchasing Contract for the equipment has been awarded to Jack Doheny Supplies, Ohio, Inc., for $188,342.50. The cost includes the installation of the camera in the 2011 Sprinter CCTV Van, which was purchased last year and is currently being outfitted at Jack Doheny Supplies.
The equipment, called an IBAK Closed Circuit Televising (CCTV) system, consists of two cameras, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.
On cable television’s first episode of TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland,” actor Betty White mockingly referred to Toledo as “The Paris of Ohio.”
If one were to ask Chinese investors representing Dashing Pacific Group, LLC what attracted them to Toledo, they might tell you that the veteran actor’s lines were not far from the truth.
The Chinese development firm has signed an agreement to purchase The Docks riverfront restaurant complex in East Toledo’s International Park.
Toledo Deputy Mayor Dean Monske, a former director of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation, and Perrysburg real estate investor Scott Prephan, who represents the Chinese company, say Toledo’s cultural opportunities have impressed the Chinese.
The City of Northwood dropped 35 Christmas trees into the lake at Ranger Park last week to provide shelter to smaller fish from predators.
Mayor Mark Stoner said the city had wanted to do it last year, but decided against it.
“I don’t think the ice was safe to be on,” he said.
The streets department, he said, bore holes along the periphery of the lake where it is approximately eight feet deep to put in the trees. A cement block is attached to each tree. As the ice melts, the trees will sink in the water.
The trees are expected to last for about two years before disintegrating.