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If you’ve had a conversation with Donald Measel recently, chances are the topic has drifted to Agent Orange, herbicides used in Vietnam to defoliate trees and bushes that could conceal those fighting U.S. forces.

Measel, the sergeant-at-arms of American Legion Post 324 in Genoa, has been on a mission to inform Vietnam veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange - and anyone who can pass the word to them - about assistance that is available.

For the past few months or so he’s been wearing a cap with emblems of his service in Vietnam, hoping it will draw a comment from anyone he meets and give him an opening to discuss what has become his personal crusade; to alert as many veterans of the war as he can there is help if they need it.

“If you start talking with me about Vietnam you’re going to get an earful,” said Measel, who served there for 11 months while in the Army. “I tell anyone who served in country and feels they have medical conditions caused by Agent Orange they should re-apply for help if they’ve been turned down.”

And then there were four…

k-tshirt
Jacob Parr, who works at the family-owned
Adams Screen Printing and Embroidery,
designed a T-shirt proclaiming Crystal
Bowersox as “Our American Idol.” Bowersox,
of Elliston, is one of four remaining Idol hopefuls.
(Press photo by Ken Grosjean)

With Elliston’s own Crystal Bowersox’s passage into the next round, Northwest Ohio’s American Idol fever is growing even hotter.

Whether you’ve been a fan from the start or if you’re a little late to the party, you can show your support for Crystal and help the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation with a T-shirt available at Adams Screen Printing and Embroidery in Millbury.

The shirts were designed by Jacob Parr, who works at the family-owned business, at the request of Crystal’s boyfriend’s family.

“Colleen Kusian, Crystal’s boyfriend’s stepmother, for whom we’d done some work last summer, wanted some shirts made to supporting Crystal and she decided to come here,” Jacob said.

Kusian asked that Parr, a freshman graphic design student at Bowling Green State University, come up with a couple of designs from which she’d choose.

“She had brought in one of Crystal’s early CDs. The cover had her name on it written in a curvy, handwritten script, which I thought had a `70s kind of feel,” Jacob said. “So I brought it into the computer and used it as inspiration for the T-shirt logo.

“Colleen liked it, and I’m told, so did Crystal, so that’s the one we chose,” Jacob said.

Wanna feel the sand between your toes?

Watch a 13-year-old mesmerize you with his magic skills? 

Have a blast – literally – as Civil War-era cannons fire off?

Oregon Fest has all that plus entertainment, food and more.

The 16th annual event will be held on the 16th of May from noon to 6 p.m. on Dustin Road in Oregon between Coy Road and Isaac Street.

As always, admission to the family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration is free. Tents will be set up so that festival-goers can enjoy themselves rain or shine.

This year’s theme, “Digging into Summer” will be accentuated by a mountain of sand piled high for the free “Big Dig” contest featuring buried “treasure eggs” containing prizes.

Over the past couple of months there have been several burglaries throughout Toledo by two individuals who fraudulently claim to be from the water department or gas company.

The suspects, described as two Hispanic males and/or one Hispanic female; or two white males and/or one white female, are usually dressed in coveralls or uniform type clothing. One even wore a hard hat.

They are very polite and cordial and talk their way into the elderly victims’ homes. Once inside, they split up and keep the victim distracted “looking for leaks.”

Once they leave, the victim finds that money and jewelry are missing. In one case, the victim said they came in a nice red car and pulled all the way into the drive. In an earlier case, the neighbor indentified a blue mini-van as the suspect vehicle. In the most recent case, the suspects were described as two males, one about 40-years-old, with greasy mixed dark and gray hair and one male about 20-years-old. They were driving a full size blue van. They may have followed the victim home from the grocery story.

The Toledo Police Department said the public should keep their doors locked and check to see if vehicles are clearly marked with the City of Toledo or Columbia Gas seal. Water Department employees will have visible identification. If there is any doubt, call 9-1-1 before you allow anyone into your home. If you have information on the suspects, call Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111. Call 9-1-1 if you believe a crime is in progress.

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.

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