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For Oak Harbor native Kevin Winters, the opening ceremonies for Camp Perry's annual National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches is an opportunity for him to pay homage to America's veterans.

In each of the last three years, Winters has taken part in a World War II re-enactment that is part of the first day festivities, kicking off the national championship of marksmanship.

Guests are exposed to a few exciting moments of booms, smoke, fire and amazement on the ground and in the air.

Winters portrayed a German soldier in a World War II battle where he and his fellow soldiers are seen by a TBM Avenger and a B-17 Bomber flying overhead, who then turned around and pretended to fire upon them. Cannons were fired to account for the shooting, helping to give the experience more of an authentic feel. Also taking part was Ron Dowling, the Oak Harbor High School German language teacher.

Erin Saelzler, an Oregon native and 2001 graduate of Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School, will be among the three contestants competing on Jeopardy! in a show set to air Thursday, July 23.

She is the first CSCHS alum to hold such an honor.

“It is pretty nerve-racking, but it is also pretty surreal,” said Saelzler about her appearance on the game show. “It is surprisingly fast paced. It is an amazing experience with the big (question) board and being up on stage.”

Saelzler traveled to Los Angeles in April to be on the show. Due to a confidentiality agreement, she can’t say how she fared, but was able to share some tidbits about her trip.

The process to become a Jeopardy! contestant took more than two years to complete. Saelzler began by taking an online test, followed by a written test and interview in Detroit. She then waited patiently for months to hear back from a show representative before finally finding out she was going to be a contestant.

Briefs will be filed in a couple of weeks to appeal a recent decision by Wood County Common Pleas Court Judge Alan Mayberry that dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block the Eastwood school board from constructing a new elementary school building.

Andrew Mayle, attorney for three residents who contend the construction decision should be made by voters, called the court decision “truly, remarkably bad.”

Judge Mayberry ruled the plaintiffs, Victor and Eileen Schuerman and Karl Offerman, all of Pemberville, lacked standing in the case.

The three filed suit in April to challenge the school board’s plan to proceed with a construction agreement for a new elementary school building on the district’s main campus. The board has an agreement with the Ohio School Facilities Commission covering constructions costs that obligates Eastwood to provide about $12.5 million and the OSFC to pay about $7 million.

The City of Oregon was not much different than any other local community that received a historic rain event on Saturday, June 27, except it had to deal with lakeshore flooding.

Oregon logged in 6.03 inches of rain at the municipal complex in one day's time. City officials say this is the largest single-day rain storm event on record for the city. This equates to a 200-year reoccurrence interval storm event, or in other words, this storm has a less than one-half percent of a chance of occurring once in a year.

The highest intensity rain occurred between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., where 3.15 inches fell. Combined with the observed 7.26 inches of rain over the past 30 days, this amounted to 13.29 inches of rain over the past month. For comparison, Oregon's average annual precipitation is 34.2 inches, per climatology data.

As the waters receded last week, farmers, home and business owners and public officials took time last week to scan the aftermath of severe rainstorms.

It wasn’t a pretty picture.

Mike Libben, program administrator for the Ottawa Soil and Water District, said some corn fields had just gotten dry enough for growers to side-dress their crops (mix fertilizer into the soil along rows of growing plants) when the storm hit on June 27.

“The damage is done I think,” he said. “We were within a few days of some fields being able to be replanted or first time planting. I would imagine doing any planting/replanting is out the door now as it will need a solid week or more to dry up.”

He said he heard reports of rain from 3.5 inches to 6.5 inches in Ottawa County.

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