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Published: Thursday, 7/31/2008

Oregon: Community Pride Day is schedule for Aug. 2

Oregon's Community Pride Day kicks off at 5 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Oregon Municipal Complex, 5330 Seaman Rd.

The event, which is free of charge, includes face painting; a moon walk; an appearance by "Charlie the Chipmunk," the mascot for St. Charles Mercy Hospital; rocket launches; the Cake Walkin' Jass Band; a clown; crafts, and a chance to throw a pie in the face of Oregon elected officials, including mayor Marge Brown.

"We're looking forward to it," Mayor Brown said.

The event ends with fireworks at dark..

Rossford residents are advised to watch out for possible water discoloration when the city tests its fire hydrants next week.

The city will be testing its 352 fire hydrants from Monday to Thursday. The fire-hydrant testing takes place once a year. Residents are advised to check their water before doing laundry, as the water discoloration might stain clothes.

Dave Jones, the district's superintendent of public works, said people are likely to experience rusty water.

"They should get up in the morning and run their tap," he said. "If they see rust, they should wait and run the faucet until the water is clear."

Mr. Jones also recommended that people not drink the water if it is discolored.

Genoa council has approved a resolution to authorize the village administrator to apply for a grant from the Ohio Department of Development Local Government Services Regional Collaboration Grant program to conduct a feasibility study to discuss the formation of a joint police district.

Charles Brinkman, fiscal officer for Genoa, said Clay Township, Clay Center, and Allen Township had expressed interest.

Mr. Brinkman said the new department would have the same number of jobs, but would be beneficial to the communities involved because it would consolidate the department into one area and there would be one buying unit, meaning the department could buy things in bigger quantities for cheaper prices.

"All we're doing is applying for the money to do a feasibility study. The police district is two or three years down the road," Mr. Brinkman said.

Council approved the resolution last week during a special meeting.



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