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Michael Seferian was sworn in as Oregon’s new mayor last Sunday at 2 p.m. by

Municipal Court Judge Jeff Keller at the city municipal court.
 
Seferian, 52, was accompanied by his fiancé, Regina Goulding, his sons, Michael, Eric, and Christopher, and sisters Sue Meis and Cheryl Kinkaid.
 
It was icing on the cake for Seferian after he overwhelmingly defeated incumbent Marge Brown for the mayor’s seat on Nov. 4.
 
Seferian said he felt “humbled” as he took the oath of office.

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It probably helped Susie Mendoza’s nerves when she received a letter from her son Lance Mendoza telling her that he and his Northwood buddies Brandon Bugbee and Ronnie Koch are in the same platoon while in U.S. Marines basic training.

But all of the parents of four Northwood graduates won’t deny they were nervous about their sons’ decisions to enter the Marines.

Susie and husband Jesse Mendoza say they made good use of the blessing ceremony at Hope Community Church Labor Day weekend.

“We just gave him hugs and kisses, I guess. He doesn’t need to pack. He can’t take anything with him,” Susie said. I’ve got mixed emotions. They’re running high.”

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has fined Sunoco $32,250 for deficiencies in its equipment and its risk management plan at the Toledo Refinery as part of a settlement agreement.
 
In April, 2008, the Ohio EPA inspected the plant and found four violations, including one that had been ongoing since a 2002 inspection, according to Dina Pierce, the Ohio EPA’s northwest district media coordinator.
 
Those violations include:

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The Oregon school board last week appointed Sheron Baumgartner to fill the unexpired term of long-time board member Betty Carstensen, who passed away unexpectedly a few weeks ago.

Baumgartner, who previously served on the board from 1982 to 1993, was chosen from among a number of other candidates based on her experience and knowledge of the district.

“We had numerous options available to use,” said school board President Jeff Ziviski. The board wanted to choose someone who, like Carstensen, is from Jerusalem Township.

“Sheron is unique in that she meets our established criteria and is available to serve the district in a time of need,” said Ziviski.

Baumgartner was chosen from a list of approximately 12 people, including previous board members as well as members of the community, who had expressed an interest in filling the vacancy, said Ziviski.

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The villages of Genoa and Clay Center and Allen and Clay townships budgeted a combined total of slightly more than $1 million for police service in 2008 – about $219,361 more than they actually spent, according to a report commissioned by the four communities, which are studying the feasibility of forming a joint police district.

The report, compiled by Circuit Rider Management Group, Granville, O., was presented last week to members of the Joint Law Enforcement Commission (JLEC), a group of elected officials from the four jurisdictions.

A 5-mill property levy in the villages and townships would generate about $817,573 a year – about $19,000 more than they actually spent in 2008 for police protection, the report says. The levy figure is based on the current property valuation in the proposed district, which is about $168.1 million.

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