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The 51st German-American Festival is set to take place Aug. 26-28 at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., in Oregon.

According to Jack Renz, G.A.F. chairman, more than 30,000 people attended last year's event and organizers are expecting more this year.

“The Northwest Ohio community has truly embraced our festival, and we’ve been thrilled to share our German culture and traditions with them for such a long time” Renz said. “Everyone has such a great time every year.”

According to Renz, whose father was chairman in 1987, the festival committee decided to keep up with the pace set by the late chairman, Tim Pecsenye, who served for several years. Pecsenye passed away in February.

The Oregon City Schools District plans to install window air conditioners in the classrooms by next year.

“I’m very excited about this initiative,” said Superintendent Hal Gregory at a recent school board meeting. “I think it’s long overdue in coming. It’s something we all support and it’s really a low cost solution to a big, big problem.”

There will be a total of 200 units installed in the high school, intermediate and elementary schools once the project is completed, according to Dean Sandwich, director of business affairs in the district.

By last Wednesday, the day before school started, air conditioners were already installed at Clay.

There are 555 athletes on the United States Olympic team at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Team USA rower Josh Konieczny..
(Photo courtesy Team USA)

How many of those athletes, however, competed in the men’s lightweight double sculls? How many were the class valedictorian at St. John’s Jesuit High School and graduated from Dartmouth College?

Better yet, how many Olympic athletes grew up in Millbury, Ohio?

Local, state and federal officials lauded the opening Monday of the Great Lakes Dredged Material Center for Innovation, saying the facility represents a milestone in the re-use of material that would otherwise be deposited in Lake Erie.

Paul Toth, president and chief executive officer of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, said it was time to think differently about the nearly 1 million cubic yards of material dredged annually from the shipping channel at the Port of Toledo.

“The Center for Innovation will help us to better understand how to derive value from the material so it can be used to enhance the region in a sustainable manner,” he said.

A California firm will take over billing for ambulance service in Lake Township.

The township trustees Tuesday approved a resolution to contract with Health Services Integration, Inc., Santa Rosa, California, for collecting fees from ambulance runs.

Fire Chief Bruce Moritz said the change was needed after Mercy LifeStar, which provides paramedic personnel for the township’s Medic 50 ambulance, decided to end its billing service.

Under the five-year agreement with the township, Health Services Integration will receive 3.25 percent of all payments collected for Medic 50 services and ambulance runs by township personnel.

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