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The Oregon Planning Commission recommended approval for a Special Use permit on property that will be used as a storage facility for wood and work trailers.
The property, 5435 Brown Road, is the location of the now closed Schroeder and Younker Lumber Co. & Millwork. Charles Schroeder, who began the company in 1951, passed away at age 94 in January, 2014. Ken Younker was a minority partner.
A.A. Boos is planning to buy the property. Sondra Boos, Schroeder’s daughter, applied for a Special Use in an R-1 Low Density Residential District. The matter was referred to Oregon City Council for the March 23 council meeting.
Without hiring another paramedic, the Lake Township Fire Department will have, in effect, another set of hands to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation during medical emergency runs.
The township has acquired a LUCAS (Lund Hospital Cardiac Arrest System) CPR device that will be kept in the Medic 50 vehicle, Bruce Moritz, fire chief, said.
Demonstrations of the device and a new Lifepak monitor/defibrillator were held Tuesday at the township administration building following the regular meeting of the township trustees.
Oregon’s new senior center on Navarre Avenue is expected to open next month, according to city officials.
“They are working to upgrade the building right now,” Mayor Mike Seferian said last week. “When it’s done, it’s going to look neat.”
The city last year bought a 13,500-square-foot building at 4350 Navarre Avenue for a centrally located senior center. A small section of the building is being leased by an insurance company. Although the building is in good shape, some upgrades were needed, including improvements to the kitchen so that meals can be served to seniors.
“There’s a kitchen there, but it’s more like an office staff break-room,” explained City Administrator Mike Beazley. “We’re going to be upgrading that a little bit so we can meet some of the food service needs of the senior center. The work in the kitchen is going to be completed after we’re opened. We don’t want to delay the opening.”
Upgrades to the facility that will be completed this month include changes to comply with the fire code, new flooring to meet the needs of a senior center rather than an office facility, and the movement of some non-load bearing walls to bring more natural light into the rooms. “They had more individual small offices than what they needed in that corridor,” said Beazley.
“Those are the things being worked on now, with an expectation that they can get this done in March. The group can get prepared to move when the weather is nicer in April,” said Beazley.
The Robotics Club at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School competed in the regional meet in Fargo, ND, the weekend of Dec. 6. The team’s robot finished 27 overall in the competition that included teams from various parts of the United States.
The team qualified by finishing second in the BEST (Boosting, Science, Engineering, and Technology) competition at Bowling Green State University on Saturday, Nov. 8. The group competed against 12 other high school teams throughout the region.
“This was a great accomplishment for our students,” said Eric Sieja, a science teacher at Stritch who was the team’s advisor. “There were a lot of obstacles for them to overcome and they were able to do so in a short amount of time and under the stress of a lot of pressure.”
To qualify, students had to design a robot that could pick up and move parts, as well as help build a windmill. In addition to designing and building a working robot that completes these specific tasks, students were also tasked with creating a marketing plan and presentation for their work. They also were required to fully document all their activities and ideas related to the robot.
At the competition in Fargo, students were given the same tasks, but faced much tougher competition and teams that have been competing for much longer than two years.
Chris Babcock used to keep up with daily events by reading newspapers.
Now, the 41-year-old former U.S. Marine has adapted his routine. When he’s not commuting between a job in Maumee and his home in Oak Harbor and two other jobs, he finds information via his cell phone and the Internet.
Babcock is among a growing segment of residents feeling disconnected from the leadership of the Village of Oak Harbor.
And, he, like others, believes the village needs to remedy the situation by finding new and productive ways to communicate with the community.
Babcock ‘s wife, Carrie, joined him at Monday night’s regular council meeting to complain about the new garbage pickup contract that resulted in higher rates and decreased services; elimination of the income tax credit and village leaders’ lacking effort to keep residents informed about changes impacting their daily lives.
She was also among residents who said they were unaware the village is in a desperate financial situation.
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