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The sixth annual Boomfest, Oregon’s annual July 4 celebration held at Oak Shade Grove, drew a record crowd.

“It was incredible,” Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian said last week.

“It was a great event,” said Oregon Councilman James Seaman at Monday’s council meeting.

In addition to the expected fireworks display at dusk, three bands provided entertainment. The headliner, the Little River Band, had 13 top 40 hits in the 1970s and 80s. The hits they sang included “Lonesome Loser,” “Help is on the Way,” “Cool Change,” “Take it Easy on Me,” and “Reminiscing.”

The other bands featured that day included The KGB, who sang several Motown hits, and Arctic Clam, one of the top local cover bands in the area. The event also featured a car show.

Oregon City Council on Monday approved the bids of Cash Services, LLC, of Northwood, to make storm sewer improvements to Jersey Road and Van Buren Avenue.

Cash Services bid $54,178 to improve Jersey Road and $33,089 for the Van Buren Avenue project. The bids were the lowest submitted for the projects. Other bids for the Jersey Road project included: Paschal Bihn & Son’s Excavating, Oregon, $64,510; Salenbien Trucking & Excavating, Inc., Dundee, Michigan, $67,917.85, and Hank’s Plumbing and Heating, Toledo, $64,982. For the Van Buren Avenue project, Paschal Bihn & Son’s Excavating bid $34,781.15; Salenbien Trucking & Excavating, Inc., bid $40,810.21; and Hank’s Plumbing and Heating bid $37,182.

“Cash Services was the lowest and best bid. They have done similar work for us. They did meet the city’s best bid criteria,” said Public Service Director Paul Roman.

Daphne Derden, Director of Career Technology at Toledo Public Schools, admits she does not necessarily agree with all of Governor John Kasich’s policies.

But when it comes to directing new initiatives for education, she believes he is “awesome.”

She says the jobs are going back to the trades — and it’s a different world of trades than it was in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. And, Kasich and the Ohio legislature are responding.

“Even with the emphasis from a federal perspective, a state perspective, and a local perspective, this is a great time for career technology in that we’ve gotten so much support and attention right now,” Derden said. “Sometimes it’s overwhelming, but it’s been long overdue and I’m so glad this attention has come because it’s good for the economic health of our region.”

As memberships at the Genoa quarry continue to drop, village officials wonder if it and an adjacent park area are succumbing to a change in lifestyle for families and children.

Two years ago quarry memberships reached 120 but dropped last year to 61. This year, only 41 memberships have been purchased.

“It’s been trending down,” Mayor Mark Williams said. “I’m told back in the 1950s the village sold more than 300 passes in a season. But few people had pools.”

However, at a time when health advisories for beaches along Lake Erie are not uncommon and stories of algal blooms in the lake dominate the headlines, the mayor and Mike Thomas, the parks director, are puzzled why the quarry, with its beach area, two diving boards, four rafts and a tube slide, doesn’t draw larger crowds.

It’s out with the old and in with the new at Genoa’s main park.

Genoa officials razed the old bath house at Veterans Park and months later are putting the finishing touches on a new building at the same site.

But even as the height of summer season fun explodes across the park centered on the quarry, the building won’t be ready for park staff and patron use this season.

“We’ve got the approval from the county building inspection,” Village Administrator Kevin Gladden. “Now we need to get in there and do some electrical work.”

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