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Thanks for support
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Friday, 09 October 2009 11:45

To the editor: I wanted to give the community an update about the carwash I organized to raise money for the Toledo Area Humane Society.

We managed to raise $261 even though it was a little rainy. We had to end a little bit early, due to the weather, but I feel we did pretty well.

I appreciated everyone’s dedication to stand out in the rain for four hours. My friends and parents were so devoted to make as much money as possible to give to the animals at the Toledo Area Humane Society.

When I went to the Humane Society to deliver the money we raised, I felt so sad for the animals. Although they are cared for very well, they really need a good home. I am now planning to have a yearly car wash for the animals. All of my friends are already hoping for dry and hot weather for next year’s car wash.

I wanted to say thank you to The Press for publicizing my event, my friends, my parents, Ralphie’s on Navarre Avenue and all my customers.

Without your support, my fundraiser would not have been a success.
Brandon Rodriguez
Seventh-grader, Kateri Catholic Academy

Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 01 October 2009 13:19

Child’s play
To the editor: When I was a child, my parents always told me “try and get along with everyone.”

Well, I am no longer a child, but I feel it was one of the most important lessons I learned. Unfortunately, two elected officials of Jerusalem Township didn’t learn this lesson.

I have yet to attend a township meeting, but I have reviewed the recordings and the meeting minutes. I am absolutely disgusted with the results. To think, two grown men - elected officials - cannot act like adults when having a township meeting is just sad. They sit and point fingers at everyone but themselves. Many times, those who attend are treated with less respect than animals.

Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 24 September 2009 14:30

She’ll be missed
To the editor: Betty Carstensen’s recent passing has saddened the Oregon-Jerusalem community. She will be missed in her leadership role in the schools.

Her passions also included conservation and trees. For nearly 30 years, she visited every first grade classroom in the district, giving each student a white pine seedling for planting in their own yards. She taught them how to plant and care for their new trees. She taught them the importance of trees to the eco-system. She obtained the seedlings through the Lucas County Soil Conservation Agency, of which she was a longtime trustee.

Some years, she dressed in a pine tree costume while making her presentations. The “Tree Lady” gave nearly 10,000 first graders seedlings.

To our knowledge, she never missed a single Arbor Day tree-planting ceremony during Oregon’s 15 years as an official Tree City. The Arbor Day program that will be held next April will center around her tree-related activities.

Plans are also being made for a special living memorial tree in her memory at the new Coy Elementary School  in late October.

Those who have the “Tree Lady’s” trees still growing in their yards might take a moment to remember. Others might wish to plant a tree in her memory.
Don Charlton
Oregon Tree Commission

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