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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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Voters in three precincts in the Village of Walbridge will be casting their ballots at different locations in the November election.

Residents in the village precincts 430 and 432, who had been voting at the St. Jerome School gym, will vote at the Lake Township Fire Station 1, 4505 Walbridge Rd.

Precinct 420 voters, who also had been voting at St. Jerome’s, will vote at the Lake Township administration building, 27975 Cummings Road.

Deborah Hazard, a director of the Wood County Board of Elections, said the school administration didn’t give the board permission to use the gym as a voting site for the election.

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Officials deny Oregon Police Officer Jeff Brown, son of Mayor Marge Brown, received lenient treatment for his repeated and illegal use of the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) to gain information about an ex-girlfriend over a two-year period.

Many posters on The Press’s message board, “Shout,” believe Brown, who was given a 20-day suspension for the LEADS violations, should have been dismissed for the offense, which the Ohio Revised Code calls a fifth degree felony.

LEADS gives police access to national criminal justice databases and provides personal details about individuals, including their addresses, phone numbers, and other private information.

Brown, who is married, used LEADS as recently as May 26, 2009, to look up information on former girlfriend Tanya Hernandez, according to an internal affairs report released Sept. 4 that investigated the officer over a seven year period.

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The Genoa school board is scheduled to open bids this week for preliminary work on the site where a new elementary school will be constructed.

Board members plan to meet Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. to open the bids for what is called an “early site package” that covers grading, drainage, extending utilities to the site, and related issues, said Bill Nye, district treasurer.

The board and administration held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new school on Sept. 16.

Voters in November approved a 1.9-mill, 28-year bond issue that will be used to fund the local share of construction costs for the new school as well as renovations to the high school building.

The bond issue is expected to generate about $5.2 million for the project while the Ohio School Facilities Commission will provide funding for the balance of the costs.

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Ebola outbreak

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