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“Guys and Dolls” may be a lively musical, but when it’s presented this week at Woodmore Elementary School it will be somewhat of a solemn occasion for students, staffers and community members involved in the production.

When the curtain falls it will be for the last time at the school which has been vacated and will face demolition. The stage has been used for high school productions even after a high school building was constructed – without a stage – in the Village of Elmore.

For the director, Marcia Busdeker, this production will be especially poignant. As a Woodmore student in the 1970s, her first role on the stage came when she played a maid in “The Matchmaker.”

“I had six lines and I was the only sophomore in the entire show,” she recalled last week. “Everyone else in the cast was a junior or senior. So this is very nostalgic for me. I’ll be very sad when it gets demolished.”

Oregon School Superintendent Dr. Lonny Rivera has accepted the position of Associate Superintendent with the Ohio Department of Education.

He will begin his duties April 27.

The announcement was made Tuesday in Columbus.

“I have seen the challenges faced by Oregon schools and other districts like ours,” Dr. Rivera said in a prepared statement. “This new position will allow me to work on behalf of Oregon and other communities like ours which are facing difficult times in areas ranging from funding to unfunded mandated educational requirements. While I am physically leaving Oregon, I will continue to work on behalf of the community in Columbus. I will always be an Eagle.”

The Oregon school board plans to ask voters in the fall to pass a 3.95-mill levy to fund school operations. The levy is less than the 5.9 mill levies that voters have previously defeated, most recently in the General Election last November.

“We are in need of a levy,” Superintendent Dr. Lonny Rivera said at a recent school board meeting. “This district, over eight years ago, started with a 5.9 trajectory – it failed. A few years later, another 5.9 attempt – it failed. And then, just this past November, a 5.9 – and it failed.” He noted that the vote counts in the previous elections were not even close.

“The failures were not close. They were very large,” he said. “Truth be told, and I want this to be very clear, we need a 5.9 levy. But our community seems to be telling us that a 5.9 is not happening.”

The Kansas City-based Midwest Innocence Project is considering the case of convicted child molester Danny Wyatt Newton.

Danny Wyatt Newton

A former Air Force sergeant, Airman Basic Newton, an East Toledo native and 1995 Waite High School graduate, is currently serving a 25-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He and his family insist on his innocence and blame the military justice system for making errors leading to his conviction.

To see where your tax dollars allocated for roads and related projects are going to be spent in the next 30 years or so, you can attend meetings organized by the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments.

TMACOG is seeking public input on its draft 2015-2045 Transportation Plan for the region, which includes Williams, Defiance, Paulding, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Wood, Hancock, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca and Erie counties in Ohio and Hillsdale, Lenawee and Monroe counties in Michigan.

The next meetings are scheduled for March 10 at the Way Library, 101 E. Indiana, Perrysburg, and March 12 at the Wood County office building, One Courthouse Square, Bowling Green.

The meetings are scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m.

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