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Last month, freshman students from local schools were bused to the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry to take part in the second annual Ottawa County Career Showcase.

The event, conducted by the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation and sponsored by the Ottawa County Business Advisory Council, was part of National Manufacturing Month – celebrated in October.

This year, over 600 freshman students from Ottawa County schools (where Camp Perry is located) attended the showcase. The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) was proud to serve as participant and host at last year’s inaugural event as well as during this year’s showcase, which is meant to encourage workforce development, career preparation and skilled-trade opportunities for the next workforce generation.

Eight candidates are vying for four seats on Oregon City Council. The Press asked them questions to help voters decide who they want to vote for in the Nov. 3 election. Here is what the candidates had to say:

What is the most important issue facing Oregon?

Tim Zale: Certainly, the condition of Lake Erie is important, but this is a larger regional issue. Oregon needs an identity that encompasses the hometown feeling we want. Navarre Avenue beautification and luring more responsible retail development would help. The redesign of Navarre from Isaac Streets Drive to the western city limit is our chance to enhance part of our business district. I intend to be part of this process and will continue to meet with our economic development people regarding commercial/retail development.

The Oregon City Schools District is seeking voter support for a 3.95 mill operation levy on the Nov. 3 ballot. The levy is needed to sustain current programs and activities, according to Superintendent Hal Gregory.

“Public schools are funded through a combination of state money and local money,” said Gregory. “Oregon City Schools has not received new money since 2008. The district cannot sustain all of our current programs and activities without additional revenue.”

If passed, the levy would bring in $1,927,246 annually beginning in January.

“The new money raised from the levy would continue funding the Career/Technical programs at Clay High School as well as extra-curricular programs throughout the district. The 3.95 mills will allow our district to stay off the ballot for a minimum of 2-3 years,” he said.

Sandy Bihn
Age: 68
Address: 6565 Bayshore Rd., Oregon
Occupation: Executive Director, Lake Erie Waterkeepers
Oregon-area resident for: 45 years
Spouse’s name: Frank
No. of children: 2
Party registration: Democrat
Formal education: Cardinal Stritch High School; University of Toledo, MBA, Major Finance
Prior elected office(s): Oregon Council, 1983; Oregon Clerk Auditor, 1987; Oregon Council, 2005.
Clubs and affiliations: Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Society; Lake Erie Improvement Association; League of Women Voters

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a 9,000-mile bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

You can follow his blog by going to and clicking on the icon on the upper right:

Greetings All -
I rode out of Washington on Monday feeling disappointed that I had not been able to meet with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, our 9th District Representative in the House. As I may have mentioned before, Ms. Kaptur was back home in Ohio last week while I was in D.C.


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