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The Oregon school board, disappointed by voters’ rejection of a 5.95-mill emergency levy Aug. 4, has until Aug. 20 to place another levy on the November ballot. But first, they want to analyze last Tuesday’s election results before they make any decisions, according to School Board President Jeff Ziviski.
 
“It’s disappointing the levy failed because we have a desperate need for additional revenue within the district, though we realize we are in some tough economic times no one has faced before,” said Ziviski.

Voters rejected the levy by 3,605 to 1,119, according to unofficial results released by the board of elections last week.

The board had hoped the levy would be easier to pass following millions in budget cuts it made in the last several months.

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Four full-time employees with the City of Northwood received notices that their last work day is November 6 due to the recession.

Two full-time police officers, a full-time court employee, and a full-time secretary will lose their jobs next month because of a big loss to the city in income tax revenue.

“In May, we were hanging in there, just down 6.3 percent,” said Administrator Pat Bacon. In June, we were down 8.8 percent, then 9.7 percent in July. We knew we could handle a 10 percent loss in revenue. We anticipated that. In August, it went to 12.7 percent, then in September, it was 14.8 percent. That came out of nowhere.”

Much of the loss is attributable to shutdowns of four major automotive suppliers in the city for a couple months, she said.

“We went from being down $121,000 in May to being down $484,000 in September. That’s devastating. And that was not projected. It was far worse than we thought because we have so many automotive related suppliers. And when the Jeep plant’s down, the suppliers aren’t working. Or they go from three shifts to one shift,” she said.

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At age 11, Walbridge resident Craig Burtch was diagnosed with multiple cavernous angiomas, a congenital abnormality that causes brain hemorrhaging due to a lesion in the brain.

"He had his first 'bleed' at 11 and he has had 10 bleeds since, with three brain surgeries," said Burtch's mother, Linda Hamilton. "Some of the bleeds were large enough to require three brain surgeries, and we traveled as far as Gainesville, Fla., and Phoenix for those surgeries."

In 2006, Burtch had two bleeds in the brain stem and had to be put on high doses of steroids to combat the swelling within the brain stem. Doctors now think that the high doses of steroids may be the cause of a bone disease called avascular necrosis, or AVN.

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Who voters decide will be Toledo’s next mayor may depend on whether city leaders need to think “creatively,” or if they need a “reality check.”

Those are the words said repeatedly by mayoral candidates Keith Wilkowski and Mike Bell on Thursday during a debate at The Courtyard at Navy Bistro in The Docks restaurant complex.

East Toledo voters got to hear views from both candidates as they squared off in a forum sponsored by the East Toledo Club and The Press. Bell and Wilkowski finished as the top two vote getters in September’s primary, and only one will be elected November 3 to replace current mayor Carty Finkbeiner in January.

Bell attended the University of Toledo with a concentration in business, and was a UT football co-captain and student of the year. He has more than 19 years experience as Toledo’s Fire Chief and State Fire Marshal. He was the first African-American as well as the youngest person ever to lead the Toledo Fire Department with its 500 plus employees.

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Naming their new pet store, Pet Finatics LLC, didn't come overnight for David Grosjean II and his fiancee, Tracy Kamelesky.

"We were going round and round with names for like two months," Grosjean said. "We were trying to figure out a play on words of some sort, but we didn't want to be too out of the ordinary. This just popped in my head and we discussed it with a few people. We had two pages of names we went through."

Pet Finatics was almost Pets Unlimited, or, better yet, Tank Dogs.

"My friends sometimes call me Tank," Grosjean said, "because I used to do aquarium maintenance."

Make no mistake, this guy was destined to either work in a pet store or own one.

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