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Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 05 November 2009 17:59

Voters give nod to Molnar, Gadus, and Gabel

The Oregon school board will see fresh faces with the election of Carol-Ann Molnar and Diana Gadus last Tuesday.

Voters also returned incumbent Richard Gabel to another term, but voted against re-electing school board president Jeff Ziviski to a second term.

Molnar was the top vote getter, according to unofficial results from the Toledo-Lucas County Board of Elections. Molnar received 5,157 votes, or 32.04 percent of the vote. Molnar, 67, is a retired teacher.

Gabel, 66, came in second with 3,726, or 23.15 percent of the vote. Gabel is retired from the CSX coal and ore docks.

Gadus came in third, with 3,631 votes, or 22.56 percent of the vote. Gadus, 44, is a physical education and art teacher at Central Catholic Schools.

“I’m very grateful that I’m able to share my experiences and the knowledge I’ve gained in the field of education at a level that’s going to help the kids in the community,” said Gadus.

 
Bihn, Walendzak win seats on Oregon city council
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 05 November 2009 17:57

Oregon City Council will see a new face, and a familiar one when they take their seats in December.

Sandy Bihn, former clerk-auditor, finance director, and member of city council, and Dennis Walendzak, vice president, Technical Services, Environmental Management Services, were elected, along with five incumbents on Tuesday.

Walendzak received 4,035 votes, or 11.76 percent of the vote, while Bihn won 3,850, or 11.22 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Toledo-Lucas County Board of Elections. Incumbent Bill Myers was unsuccessful in his bid for a second term. He received 3,175, or 9.26 percent of the vote.

The top vote getter was incumbent Clint Wasserman, 27, who received 4,156 votes, or 12.12 percent of the vote. Wasserman, an attorney, also received the highest vote count when he first ran for council two years ago.

 
New mall owner says he’s up for challenge
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 05 November 2009 17:54

One of his first priorities as the new owner of the Woodville Mall is to repair the roof and replace much of the carpeting, says Mike Kohan, who completed the purchase recently.

The New York businessman said the purchase price was $700,000.

He and associates were in town this past week to inspect the mall and introduce themselves to local officials.

Kohan, who has been buying malls throughout the Midwest in recent years, said he’s still assessing the Woodville Mall’s condition but was planning to invest in extensive renovations.

“The condition was worse than we thought. But that’s OK, we are up for a challenge,” he said.

And within a month he’s intent on opening some of his own stores, including clothing and children’s shops as well as shoe, toy, and book stores.

“I want merchants in the town of Northwood to know that I am here to help them,” he said. “I am more than willing to give them a good offer.”

 
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