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Headquartered in Dayton, P&R Communications Service, Inc. has expanded into the northwest Ohio market and moved into an existing building in Oregon at 4910 Wynnscape Drive.

Mike Rausch, general manager of the local P&R, said the wireless communications company moved into the area in October.

Founded in 1961 by Paul Reeves and Robert Pahren, the company was an authorized sales and service shop for Motorola. In 1990, Steve and Dave Reeves purchased the company from their father, Paul, and took over as co-owners of P&R.

The family owned company, described as a consultative comprehensive wireless solutions provider, has grown to over 70 employees, including seven who were hired locally, said Rausch.

A group of Clay High School biology students have taken on the challenge of contributing to a collection of scientific data about the quality of streams and rivers in northwest Ohio. 

Six students, Jessica Duez, Kayla Durczynski, Megan Ladd, Jasmine Samples, Jordan Shanks, and Annie Streight, along with their teacher, Caine  Kolinski, and a graduate student from the University of Toledo, Justin Chaffin, spent several hours wading through Wolf Creek, collecting water samples and macroinvertebrate specimens. 

The team performed several chemical tests on the samples to analyze the environmental quality of the water.  The team looked at such factors as dissolved oxygen, phosphate levels, nitrate levels, turbidity, and bacterial levels. They also sorted through several taxa of collected organisms to determine the health of the animal biodiversity. 

Combined, Oregon Chief Richard Stager, Lt. Brian Andrzejewski, and Officer Michael Poddany have given nearly 100 years of service to the city’s police department.

Chief Stager, who started as a patrolman in June, 1978, will have served 32 years and eight months. Lt. Andrzejewski has served 33 years, and in February Officer Poddany will be approaching 34 years.

As all three approach retirement within the coming month, on January 11 an open house will be held in the city’s community room on Seaman Road from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. to honor them.

All three say the biggest change they have seen in the department is technology.

“That’s probably the most notable change I’ve seen in law enforcement,” Chief Stager said.

Chief Stager said people and the duties involved have changed, too.

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        Chief Richard Stager       Lt. Brian Andrzejewski       Officer Michael Poddany

It’s taken four months of building relationships, but City of Toledo Deputy Mayor Dean Monske believes the pending purchase of The Docks riverfront restaurant complex by the Chinese development firm Dashing Pacific Group, LLC is only the beginning.

Monske believes this same company could be the one that develops the 127-acre Marina District in East Toledo.

The Chinese company has signed an agreement to purchase The Docks for $2.15 million. The matter will go in front of city council, which has to approve the transaction before the sale can be closed.

Councilman Mike Craig expects discussion to begin next week and a vote in about two weeks.

“I think it’s a good thing,” Craig said. “I think most everybody on council is supportive. We’ve got somebody interested in our riverfront and in our city. Banks aren’t letting loose of any cash and we really need the investment in Toledo. I think at least one of the restaurant pads will be filled by the summer.”

Oregon native Natalie Cummerow was an instructor in the optometric ophthalmic technology department at Owens Community College in the early 1990s when all of a sudden, everything went dark.

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 Natalie Cummerow

Cummerow, whose job was to teach students how to make eyeglasses and how to do preliminary vision testing on patients, was grading papers when her vision…disappeared.

“It was gone for 45 minutes and then it was back,” she said. “I knew it was serious, just from working in that field.”

Cummerow learned that her vision loss was caused by a blood clot that had formed in her eye. There was still more bad news to come for Cummerow, who at that time was married and raising three children ages 2, 5 and 8.

She needed a heart transplant – at age 34.

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