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Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here is an excerpt from his blog, which you can follow by going to and clicking the icon in the upper right corner.

Al was recently hit by a passing motorist. While he suffered only minor injuries, his bike needed extensive repairs. He debated whether to proceed on his quest to bike the perimeter of the United States. He has raised $14,500 to date.

Greetings Folks -
I went for a little bike ride today…on my own bike. It felt pretty good to be back on the seat again. Brett at Cycle Therapy here in Lake Havasu City has rebuilt the front wheel, is replacing the rear derailleur and chain now, and the front pannier (saddle bag) rack that we were waiting for just came in today. So my intention is to Proceed On tomorrow.

The Oregon Planning Commission recently voted in favor of a Special Use Exception (SUE) for 15 acres of land owned by St. Kateri Catholic Academy and Cardinal Stritch High School, which plans to develop athletic fields at 1055 South Coy and 3521 Pickle roads.

Last September, St. Kateri removed most of the trees on the property, an area bounded by Coy, Pickle, Schmidlin and Worden roads, in preparation of the project. Many residents who live nearby have been opposed, mainly out of concern that the athletic fields will create noise, additional traffic and safety problems in the area.

The Planning Commission met three times to discuss the matter. Originally, Kateri sought a zoning change from R-2 Single Family Residential to P-Park Land Zoning. But the request was changed to an SUE so that certain conditions could be placed on the property to address residents’ concerns. Park Land zoning would not have allowed such conditions.

The Oregon School board will be taking bids to install turf at the Clay High School Memorial Stadium.

“We have a real opportunity here with a private donation,” said Oregon City Schools District Superintendent Hal Gregory.

The school board had received five bids for the project – all coming in over $500,000. But Maumee Bay Turf Center offered much more, according to School Board Member Jeff Ziviski. The company, from Oregon, offered to waive its labor costs up to $250,000 and just charge the district for materials and equipment.

Due to language in the bid, which stated that labor costs “up to $250,000” would be waived, the board decided to rebid the project in hopes that Maumee Bay Turf Center will clarify its previous offer to mean that the total cost will be reduced by $250,000, said Ziviski.

Oregon voters are being asked to support a request to make the 2.25 percent temporary income tax permanent.

The issue, which will be on the March 15 ballot, would keep the income tax rate the same as it has been since 1982. The only change is that it would no longer be called a “temporary” tax.

“It will be the same income tax, no increase,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “We just won’t have to renew it every five years.”

“I think after more than 30 years, our residents understand that our income tax isn’t a temporary measure,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “It is essential to meeting the service needs of our community.”

How do you thank the people you credit for saving your life?

If you’re as talented as David Overholt you present them with some artwork that you created.

Overholt, of Walbridge, last week presented prints of two original paintings to the Lake Township Fire Department, thanking department members for their service on Jan. 29, 2014 when he suffered a heart attack – the result, he suspects, of a blood clot following knee surgery.

Fire Chief Bruce Moritz accepted the paintings during Tuesday’s meeting of the township trustees.

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