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Oregon youth looking to raise funds for his “pet” project
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 30 July 2009 15:15

Like a lot of 12-year-olds are these days, Brandon Rodriguez is looking to raise

some cash.

However, Brandon doesn’t want the money to buy video games, a trip to the movies or some iTunes. Instead, the Oregon youth is planning a car wash fund-raiser to benefit the animals at the Toledo Area Humane Society.

Brandon, with the help of several friends and classmates, will be washing cars for donations Aug. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ralphie’s on Navarre Avenue in Oregon.

“I like animals, and it bothers me to hear that they could be harmed or not taken care of,” Brandon said. “The Humane Society does very good things for animals and they need all the help they can get so I thought I should be one of those to help them.

 
Oregon schools - Concessions by union restores 7 teaching jobs
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 30 July 2009 15:11

An agreement reached last week by the Oregon City School District and teachers’ union will save the district about $375,000 and allow it to restore seven teaching positions that had been recently cut as part of an extensive austerity measure.

The Oregon City Federation of Teachers agreed to an increase in members’ contribution to their medical insurance plan. The increase goes into effect Aug. 1.

The school board last month had approved cutting seven teachers as the district prepares to go to the polls Aug. 4 and decide a 5.95-mill emergency operating levy.

Superintendent Michael Zalar said he was pleased the union agreed to voluntarily restructure its medical benefit plan.

 
A.J. LaCourse fundraiser benefiting 10 graduates
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 30 July 2009 13:45

Like most young boys his age, A.J. LaCourse had his vices.

"He liked baseball and football," said A.J's father, Alan LaCourse. "He liked baseball cards and video games, and he loved to play golf. We have three acres in our back yard and I had some clubs cut down, and he and his older sister Ashlea would always play golf."

A.J. never had the chance to become the next Tiger Woods. He died of a brain aneurism on May 7, 2003. He was 12 years old.

"He died on my wife, Kathleen, and I's anniversary, but we kept him alive one more day," Alan LaCourse said. "They wanted to run another test on him, but he was brain dead. We didn't hesitate...We donated four of his organs."

 
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