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An agreement reached last week by the Oregon City School District and teachers’ union will save the district about $375,000 and allow it to restore seven teaching positions that had been recently cut as part of an extensive austerity measure.
The Oregon City Federation of Teachers agreed to an increase in members’ contribution to their medical insurance plan. The increase goes into effect Aug. 1.
The school board last month had approved cutting seven teachers as the district prepares to go to the polls Aug. 4 and decide a 5.95-mill emergency operating levy.
Superintendent Michael Zalar said he was pleased the union agreed to voluntarily restructure its medical benefit plan.
Some members of Oregon City Council were surprised to learn that a separation agreement the city made with former Police Chief Tom Gulch in 2007 included a clause that prohibits him from publicly saying or doing anything that will portray the city administration in a negative light.
Those who were on council at the time remember approving the agreement, but say the administration withheld the clause from their review.
“When we voted on Gulch’s package to go, I do not remember that being in the paperwork that we looked over,” said Councilman Bill Myers, adding that he will vote on Monday to lift the restriction on Gulch so he can talk about whether he conducted an investigation in 2002 of a woman’s complaints about Officer Jeff Brown, Mayor Marge Brown’s son.
Like most young boys his age, A.J. LaCourse had his vices.
"He liked baseball and football," said A.J's father, Alan LaCourse. "He liked baseball cards and video games, and he loved to play golf. We have three acres in our back yard and I had some clubs cut down, and he and his older sister Ashlea would always play golf."
A.J. never had the chance to become the next Tiger Woods. He died of a brain aneurism on May 7, 2003. He was 12 years old.
"He died on my wife, Kathleen, and I's anniversary, but we kept him alive one more day," Alan LaCourse said. "They wanted to run another test on him, but he was brain dead. We didn't hesitate...We donated four of his organs."
Brittney Firsdon admits to being sort of a tomboy "when I was little, a few years
The 16-year-old Eastwood High School sophomore, a right-side hitter on the Eagles' state-ranked volleyball team, is finding that other doors are beginning to open up for her besides playing sports.
On Sept. 26 at Levis Commons in Perrysburg, the 5-foot-10 Firsdon was voted runner-up at the second annual EPIC Rocks Fashion Show. The runway competition was for males and females age 13 and older who had no prior modeling experience.
Twelve local retailers featured runway participants from Northwest Ohio, who displayed more than 100 fall fashions on the runway. Five local salons, meanwhile, provided the audience with choreographed runway routines to show off the latest looks for hair.
Economic development and flooding problems are among the top issues in Northwood, according to five Northwood City Council candidates vying for four council seats this November.
“The economy will get better,” said Councilman Dave Gallaher, who is seeking a fifth term on council. “Businesses may not be spending the money right this minute. But you have to believe they are going to spend money either by building new businesses, or by growing. What we want to do is get the word out there and let people know what kind of place Northwood is, let them know all we have going for us and what we have to offer, so that when that money becomes available and they’re ready to invest in the community, we have things in line to attract those businesses.”
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