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Wanna feel the sand between your toes?

Watch a 13-year-old mesmerize you with his magic skills? 

Have a blast – literally – as Civil War-era cannons fire off?

Oregon Fest has all that plus entertainment, food and more.

The 16th annual event will be held on the 16th of May from noon to 6 p.m. on Dustin Road in Oregon between Coy Road and Isaac Street.

As always, admission to the family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration is free. Tents will be set up so that festival-goers can enjoy themselves rain or shine.

This year’s theme, “Digging into Summer” will be accentuated by a mountain of sand piled high for the free “Big Dig” contest featuring buried “treasure eggs” containing prizes.

Over the past couple of months there have been several burglaries throughout Toledo by two individuals who fraudulently claim to be from the water department or gas company.

The suspects, described as two Hispanic males and/or one Hispanic female; or two white males and/or one white female, are usually dressed in coveralls or uniform type clothing. One even wore a hard hat.

They are very polite and cordial and talk their way into the elderly victims’ homes. Once inside, they split up and keep the victim distracted “looking for leaks.”

Once they leave, the victim finds that money and jewelry are missing. In one case, the victim said they came in a nice red car and pulled all the way into the drive. In an earlier case, the neighbor indentified a blue mini-van as the suspect vehicle. In the most recent case, the suspects were described as two males, one about 40-years-old, with greasy mixed dark and gray hair and one male about 20-years-old. They were driving a full size blue van. They may have followed the victim home from the grocery story.

The Toledo Police Department said the public should keep their doors locked and check to see if vehicles are clearly marked with the City of Toledo or Columbia Gas seal. Water Department employees will have visible identification. If there is any doubt, call 9-1-1 before you allow anyone into your home. If you have information on the suspects, call Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111. Call 9-1-1 if you believe a crime is in progress.

Although the Oregon and Jerusalem Township Memorial Day observance is open to all veterans and the public, an organizer of the event is particularly extending a welcome to veterans who’ve served in the last 20 years.

The observance is scheduled for May 30 at 1 p.m. at the stadium at Clay High School on Seaman Street.

Jerry Eversman hopes the event will especially draw younger veterans and their families.

“I’m told the trend seems to be most of the time veterans tend to be more involved with organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion after their families are raised and they have more time available,” Eversman said. “If the younger veterans wait until that time in their life my fear is there won’t be the support there for those organizations and they could go under. The number of veterans from World War II and Korea is less and less each day.”

He established the website oregonareaveterans.com as a vehicle for veterans “to make themselves known and be recognized” and to communicate with the community and veteran organizations, he said.

Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian served as Master of Ceremonies, and

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representatives of the Lucas County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Oregon City Schools District were in attendance at Oregon’s Betty Carstensen Memorial Arbor Day held at Coy School off Pickle Road on April 30.

“There’s really no one in the area who has probably done more for promoting trees and conservation, let alone all the other things she had done,” said Don Charlton, chairperson of the Oregon Tree Commission, which sponsored the event.

On Friday, several ornamental and columnar trees were planted around a European Purple Beech tree, which was planted in the center of the east side traffic circle in front of the school last fall in memory of Betty.

“Generally speaking, I think it’s safe to say that everyone who was there was glad they were able to attend. It was a very positive, heartwarming experience,” said Charlton after the event.

“It was well attended, and we felt it was a very memorable occasion. The European Purple Beech tree and surrounding trees are now highly visible from the school and Pickle Road,” said Charlton.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 23 in the case of a Genoa man who’s been found guilty in Lucas County Common Pleas Court of theft from a radio station where he was employed for nine years.

Richard Waldron was found guilty May 5 after changing his original plea of not guilty to no contest to a charge of grand theft, a fourth degree felony.

He worked at WPOS Christian Radio from 1999 to 2008 and became station manager in 2002.

He had been charged with six counts of forgery, a fifth degree felony, and one count of grand theft, but the forgery counts were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

In May, 2008, the WPOS board of directors discovered irregularities in the station’s financial records and the Christian Center, which includes a gym and banquet facilities.

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