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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.

Oregon City Council on Monday will consider an ordinance providing for a fee schedule for non-resident participation in city recreation programs.

Oregon students whose parents are employed in the Oregon City Schools District, but who live outside the city, were no longer allowed to participate in the city recreation program after July 31 last year.

Following complaints, the city’s recreation and parks committee came up with a fee schedule that would allow non-residents to participate if council passes an ordinance on the issue Monday.

At a committee of the whole meeting last week, council debated the matter.

Councilman Terry Reeves, chairman of the committee, said the committee, the city recreation advisory board, and city recreation director believe the inclusion of non-resident participation in the Oregon parks and recreation youth and adult sports program enhances the recreation experience for Oregon residents through increased diversity, quantity and quality of competition.

“A fee structure for non-resident participation was developed that covers the recreation department program expenses, including a surcharge in fairness to Oregon residents,” he said.

Genoa Village Council decided Tuesday to ask Ottawa County law enforcement to look into a possible misappropriation of public funds.

Councilmembers voted 5-1 during a special meeting to send the request to Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton and Prosecutor Mark Mulligan, Village Administrator Garth Reynolds confirmed Wednesday.

Councilman John Lewis cast the single “no” vote.

The issue surrounds a clerk-type position at the village hall.

Reynolds, who oversees that position, referred further comment regarding the meeting to council president Dave Adams.

The person currently filling the position was employed through a county placement program in partnership with the Ohio Job and Family Services office, Adams said.

“They paid part of it (the salary) and we paid the other part,” he explained.

Records show the placement was approved for Aug. 25, 2008 until March 1, 2009, Adams said.

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