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Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian and Administrator Mike Beazley told council at a meeting on Monday that the city’s phone alert system is an effective tool in informing residents about public emergencies.

“I just wanted to remind people in the community that our Oregon alerts emergency call system is out there and functioning,” said Beazley.

Residents may want to contact the city to make sure their phone numbers are on file for the “Oregon Alerts! program so that the free automated call system can contact them during emergencies.

Residents can sign up for the program at the city’s website at or call the city to register, he added. By signing up, residents will receive emergency alerts from Oregon and Lucas County in the event of an emergency or tornado warning. A voice or text alert will be sent to the phone numbers on file and/or email addresses.

After two years of negotiations, the Village of Woodville will see the start of construction on a 4½- acre solar field on village-owned land behind the utility building on Lime Road.

In July of 2012, Solar Planet, LLC, Columbus, contacted the village about installing a solar field in or near the village.

The solar field is a 750 KW system and the panels are made globally with other equipment and material coming from local resources.

Village officials said one benefit of Woodville having a solar field is that it will diversify the energy portfolio and it will supply about 6 percent of the annual energy requirements of the village. Additionally, Woodmore schools will have access to the solar field and will be able to connect digitally to it to collect data for use in various school projects.

Asking questions about whether a relative of a school administrator met the criteria for admittance into the National Honor Society has landed a Woodmore school board member in hot water.

Joe Liszak said he intended to meet Friday (Aug. 22) with representatives of the teachers’ union to discuss what the union claims is a violation of its contract.

The Woodmore Education Association filed a grievance Aug. 12 against Liszak, claiming he violated the complaint procedure of the contract.

“On Tuesday, August 5 a high school teacher and advisor for the National Honor Society was contacted on her personal cell phone by board member Joe Liszak,” the grievance says. “Mr. Liszak proceeded to tell the teacher that 2 parents had contacted him regarding the National Honor Society admissions/appeals process. The Complaint Procedure in the contract clearly states that if a complaint is made it must be directed to the teacher by either the complaining party themselves, the principal, or the superintendent.”

Former Councilwoman Sandy Bihn urged city officials on Monday to support the need for federal standards for acceptable levels of microcystin in the water.

The acceptable level of microcystin in drinking water is 1 part per billion, according to the World Health Organization, but there are no state or federal standards.

The issue has been heightened since microcystin, produced by blue green algal blooms in Lake Erie, was detected at 3 parts per billion in a sample taken at Toledo’s water treatment on Aug. 2 that prompted an advisory against drinking tap water for three days. Microcystin at levels exceeding 1 part per billion can cause abnormal liver function in humans and animals and can be lethal.

Supreme Court hears protection order case

Oral arguments were heard Wednesday by the Ohio Supreme Court in a case that centers on a civil stalking protection order issued against a Clay Township man.

At issue is whether state law requires a victim to actually experience mental distress or only believe that the stalker will cause the victim physical harm or mental distress, for a court to issue a protection order.

The Ottawa County Common Pleas Court agreed in 2011 with a request by Dorothy Fondessy for a protection order against her neighbor on N. Genoa-Clay Center Road, Tony Simon. The order, which is in effect for five years, directs Simon to stay at least 25 feet away from Fondessy and her husband, Wayne, and not have contact with them.

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Has President Obama, America's first African American president, improved race relations since he has been in office?
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