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The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a City of

   Marge Brown    Mike Seferian

Oregon Mayor Debate October 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mercy St. Charles Hospital auditorium.

The event is being sponsored by the chamber, The Press Newspapers, and WRSCradio.com, which will be internet broadcasting the debate. The broadcast will be live and archived on the station’s website.

Both candidates running for mayor, incumbent Marge Brown and challenger Mike Seferian, will answer questions submitted by the members of the chamber, Oregon citizens, and local media.

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Correction: In an article on how the Oregon School Board is spending revenue from its P.I. levy that appeared in last week’s edition of The Press, it should have said the district has a 5.95 emergency levy on the August ballot. The Press regrets the error.

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 Woodmore Local School District will head to the polls Aug. 4 to decide a 5.9-mill, 5-year emergency levy.

Because the school board has decided to not seek renewal of a 4.9-mill issue that is scheduled to expire at the end of this year, property owners will only realize a net increase of 1 mill on their taxes if the emergency measure is approved

For the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000, the additional mill would raise property taxes by about $47 annually.

If passed, the levy will generate approximately $829,000 a year. An emergency levy functions as an operating levy proposed for a specific dollar amount.

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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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