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About 100 residents packed the gymnasium at the Genoa Community Ministry Center Tuesday evening to listen to 10 village council candidates discuss a controversy surrounding an underage drinking sting operation.

It was Genoa’s “Meet the Candidates Night,” sponsored by the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce and local churches. The ten council candidates are vying for four seats, to be determined in the November 3 election.

Candidates include four incumbents, Steven D. Bialorucki, Dave Fryman, Jennifer K. Kreager, and Betsy Slotnick. Six challengers are Brian D. Best, Carroll M. Bigelow, David N. Brown, Eric L. Hise, John C. Lewis, and Raymond A. St. Marie, Jr.

Eight of the 10 candidates appeared at the forum Tuesday. Not attending were Best and Bigelow.

Lewis is a lifetime resident of Genoa, having lived in the same house. He has been married to wife Theresa 32 years, has two daughters, and has served 35 years as a firefighter and emergency medical technician.

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When thinking of roller derby, many people see an image of the popular television bouts from the 1970s that were more stage than competition.

Roller derby is back — and the Glass City Rollers will compete in their first home match against The Fox Cityz Foxz on October 31 at SeaGate Convention Centre. Team members include Luckey native Pam Keppler and Elmore resident Melissa Simon.

This time the competition is for real — at least that’s what the players say.

“It’s very real,” Keppler says. “It’s not the roller derby of the 70s that was more staged and was more of a show. This is a true sport. Any injuries are real. We’re really hitting, we’re really falling — nothing is staged.

“I think it’s very entertaining. The crowds that we’ve been in front of seem to really enjoy it — they get really into it.”

Keppler would go so far as to classify today’s version of roller derby as an extreme sport.

“It really is rough. Physically, it takes a lot out of you,” Keppler said. “It has a mental game. It’s tremendous — there is a lot of strategy to it. The danger involved physically is pretty high.”

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Oregon City Council will vote on entering into a contract with AFSCME at a council meeting on Monday following lengthy negotiations.

“We did have quite an extended time period where we negotiated this agreement with AFSCME,” said Administrator Ken Filipiak at a committee of the whole meeting last Monday. “On balance, I think it’s a fair agreement. There’s some give and take in here. We addressed a lot of long standing issues that I know ultimately will lead to better efficiency. We addressed a few issues that were important to the union related to their seniority and other matters. It will probably save us a lot of money in the long run.”

The agreement “pretty well reflects what you’ve seen with the other bargaining units to this point, exactly in the same vein as the patrolmen’s,” said Filipiak. The cap for health insurance is the same, with a 90-10 split, he added.

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Imagine a widespread E. coli outbreak that sickens millions of Americans. By the next year, the government determines that lax oversight exacerbated the problem and calls for restructured FDA regulations to protect consumers from tainted products.

In response, the industry cries foul. “These regulations will limit our innovations,” howl the food lobbyists. “Our customers deserve greater freedom of choice.”

Or, imagine this scenario. Children’s toys contaminated with lead paint have been found on store shelves, so the Consumer Product Safety Commission responds with regulations to protect children from dangerous toys.

“No fair,” cry toy-company lobbyists. “Low-income consumers can only afford the lead toys. Why should the government punish low-income families by regulating toys?”

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Mayor Marge Brown, who is seeking a third term, and her challenger, long-time Councilman Mike Seferian, sparred for about an hour in a debate before about 150 people in St. Charles-Mercy Hospital’s auditorium Wednesday evening.

The debate was sponsored by the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce, The Press, WRSCradio.com and Channel 13. Jeff Smith from Channel 13 served as moderator.

Brown and Seferian answered questions on a variety of issues, including economic regionalism, a new senior center, the need for a full-time fire department, how to improve drainage, how to maximize the city’s greatest assets, Lake Erie and Maumee Bay State Park, and what can be done to help existing small businesses.

On economic regionalism, Brown, who had been chairman of the executive board of The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG), said sitting down and networking with area communities is important.

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