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Almost every Woodmore senior who traveled to the Bahamas would agree that

the time spent with their classmates and the memories made will never fade away from their recollections.

The senior trip began with the arrival of sleepy students and their luggage at the high school on March 19 at 3 a.m. After a long bus ride to Detroit Metro Airport, all 70 students, parents and teachers boarded the airplane headed for Orlando, Florida. 

After arriving in Orlando, the group ventured to Port Canaveral where the Monarch of the Seas awaited them. The first day on the ship was busy with lying in the sun, swimming, and eating a five-star dinner for the first time in the formal dining room. The evening entertainment consisted of an extremely humorous comedian and some late night karaoke. However, the first day was merely the beginning.

Early the next morning, the group exited the ship to the beautiful tropical city of Nassau, Bahamas, where the students had an opportunity to explore the downtown shops, hunt for bargains in the straw market and enjoy the turquoise water and warm sunshine. Soon after, the group watched the ship sail out of port and prepared for more evening activities. That night, the students had the option of watching the love and marriage game show or participating in more karaoke and everyone enjoyed the comedic styles of a talented juggler.

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Lake Township has been given verbal approval to continue to provide emergency dispatching service for the Village of Walbridge, Mark Hummer, township police chief, said last week.

Village officials had received an offer from Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn for dispatching service for the village police department for approximately $31,000 a year but have indicated they will continue to contract with the township at a cost of $48,500 annually, Chief Hummer said, adding the agreement with the village will be on a month-to-month basis until a contract is signed.

In January, the township trustees renewed a one-year contract with LifeStar for dispatching service that included a 3 percent increase, raising the cost to $21,060 per month.

The company provides 24-hour dispatching service for fire, police, and emergency medical service calls. The service is shared by the township and village and City of Rossford with costs split by the percentage of calls for each.

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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.

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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.

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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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