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Oregon City Council on Monday will vote on whether to amend part of a separation agreement the city made with former Police Chief Tom Gulch that prevents him from speaking about whether he investigated a woman’s complaints in 2002 against Officer Jeff Brown, Mayor Marge Brown’s son.

Nichole Rhoades alleged in 2002 that she had sex several times with Brown while he was on duty.

The Oregon Police Department this year looked into the allegations, as well as complaints made by other women, during an internal affairs investigation of Brown that found him guilty of repeatedly using the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) to gain information about an ex-girlfriend, Tanya Hernandez, over a two-year period.

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Residential electric customers in Lake Township can expect a 6 percent discount off the rate to be set by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for member communities of a coalition, Tom Hays, township solicitor, said last week in a memo to the township trustees.

Hays and other representatives of Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition communities met recently to discuss a proposal by First Energy Solutions to extend the coalition contract for another six years.

“During this extension period FES will provide a 6 percent discount for residential customers and a 4 percent discount for small commercial customers from the standard rate set through the PUCO process,” the memo says. “In addition, Lake Township would receive a one-time payment of $30 per customer.”

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The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a City of

   Marge Brown    Mike Seferian

Oregon Mayor Debate October 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mercy St. Charles Hospital auditorium.

The event is being sponsored by the chamber, The Press Newspapers, and WRSCradio.com, which will be internet broadcasting the debate. The broadcast will be live and archived on the station’s website.

Both candidates running for mayor, incumbent Marge Brown and challenger Mike Seferian, will answer questions submitted by the members of the chamber, Oregon citizens, and local media.

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I have to confess that the need for healthcare reform didn’t fully hit me until I was hospitalized last March for emergency removal of 18 inches of small intestine that somehow got twisted and gangrenous.

I was lucky. I was visiting my son in Vermont when I experienced stomach pain and nausea, and was taken by ambulance to one of New England’s top-notch hospitals. Had I been traveling in war-torn South Sudan, with its nonexistent medical facilities, and “roads” that become a sea of red mud during the rainy season, I would not be alive to write these words.

Oddly, though, the image that kept coming to mind as I lay in the ICU, attached to various life-support systems and attended by a bevy of highly trained personnel—surgeons, anesthesiologists, pulmonologists, nurses—was something I saw two years earlier in the market town of Akon, in South Sudan.

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Voters in the Ottawa County villages of Elmore and Genoa will have a chance to meet candidates who will be on the November ballot.

A Meet the Candidates forum for Elmore, Harris Township, and the Woodmore school board will be held Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Elmore Community Center, at the corner of Toledo and Clinton streets.

Seven persons are vying for four open seats in the village council race: Rick Claar, Christopher Crozier, Matthew Damschroder, Robert Eickel, William Kieffer, Mark Koenig, and James Krumnow.

There are no candidates for one open seat on the board of public affairs.

In Harris Township, five candidates are in the run for two seats on the board of trustees: Carol Baker, Bill Brockmeyer, Andrew Haar, Steven Holland, and Kenneth Neeb.

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