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Dream Again Ohio will soon be opening two subsidized residences to house foster children who have aged at 18 out of the system in former parsonages in the villages of Woodville (Solomon Lutheran) and Elmore (Bethel United Brethren).

There is no set move-in date but the house in Woodville has been recently renovated and has held an open house for the community.

The Elmore residence will house boys and the Woodville residence will house girls, with one site manager for both locations.

The goal of Dream Again Ohio, says founder Evan Matheney, is to end homelessness among former foster youth and to help them develop vital life skills needed to succeed outside of the foster system.

A non-profit organization, Dream Again Ohio was founded by Matheney in October 2014.

Two complaints of money thefts from Woodmore High School facilities have recently been filed with the Elmore Police Department.

Police were called to the school Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, according to department reports.

On the 29th, James Kieper, high school principal, reported funds missing from “athletic event admissions.”

On Oct. 1, Steve Barr, athletic director, also notified police of a “cash box reported stolen from unoccupied and unsecured concession building.”

Sgt. Jeffrey Harrison, who responded to both calls, issued a statement last week saying the thefts are under investigation and additional records would not be released.

The Wildcats last home football game, prior to the missing funds being reported, was against Otsego on Sept. 18.

Oregon has submitted an application to the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) to help fund the $2.1 million Pickle Road Storm Sewer Relief Ditch project.

Council last week authorized the mayor to submit the application for financial assistance from the State Capital Improvements Fund and the Local Transportation Improvement Program Fund for the project.

The application, if approved, would provide a $320,000 grant and a 0 percent loan of $480,000 for the project, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

The city earmarked $1.3 million in the budget for the project, which includes the purchase of an easement from Toledo Edison.

Administrator Mike Beazley said plans call for the construction of detention/retention ponds on the Toledo Edison property that will improve drainage in the area.

Over the course of ten days, nine lucky people were blessed with the opportunity to go on the trip of a lifetime.

Last summer, Woodmore High School Spanish teacher Tom Adams; sophomore Hunter Stevenson and his parents, Jill and Kurt; senior Emily O’Reilly and her mother, Andrea; sophomore Hailey McAfee; and juniors Adam Lemke and Jake Amstutz packed their bags and hopped on a flight to Spain.

After arriving just eight hours later, they checked into their hotel and began their adventure. Students looked forward to their trip.

“My sister went on the 2011 Spain-France trip, and her trip experience influenced me to go,” said Lemke. “It was the first opportunity I had to travel outside of the country and I loved seeing the cultural differences.”

Amstutz said, “My parents influenced me to go to take a step out of my comfort zone.”

Oregon recently purchased property at 746 Wheeling Street as part of the Navarre Avenue Safety Improvement Project. Without the purchase, the project would not be able to proceed, according to city officials.

The city paid $582,410 to Kin Cheung Lau and Monica Mon Koon Lau, owners of Oriental Garden Chinese Restaurant, Inc., of 746 Wheeling Street, and $7,590 for kitchen equipment and a pole sign, so an access road could be built in the middle of the property to alleviate traffic congestion.

“This is something I would have liked to have done a couple of years ago,” said Mayor Mike Seferian, who initially started talking about plans in 2013. But state regulations kept the city from negotiating with the owners to purchase the property, he added.

City Administrator Mike Beazley said the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently approved of the city’s environmental engineering plan.


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