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State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) has announced the release of $355,000 in state funds for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to help improve water quality in the Port of Toledo and the western basin of Lake Erie.

Rep. Mike Sheehy

The Port Authority will partner with the City of Findlay to use a new silt collector system to capture and remove sediment and associated nutrients from the Blanchard River prior to its entry into the Maumee River and ultimately, the Port of Toledo commercial shipping channel.

OREGON – A petition to get a proposed curfew for minors on the November ballot was recently certified by the Lucas County board of elections, clearing the way for voters to decide on the initiative.

Members of block watch groups had promoted the curfew at two Safety Committee meetings, but city council on March 21 voted 5-2 against the measure.

At the time, city officials announced plans to beef up road patrols in areas where block watch groups have complained about juvenile crime and to post signs that restrict attendance at some parks.

The community is invited to come celebrate as the Village of Pemberville and Freedom Township, along with friends and supporters, gather July 3 for the rededication of the Pemberville Community Swimming Pool, 50 years to the day from when it was originally dedicated.

The pool’s storied history dates back to a meeting of the Pemberville Civic Club held Dec. 15, 1965, when a Swimming Pool Research Committee was formed, according to a history of the pool compiled by Pemberville Councilman James Opelt.

Harland Hale headed the committee, which included volunteers Clifford Blausey, Robert Bruning, Thomas Coakley, Bruce Ehmke, Lee Geisbuhler, Hugh Graffice and Dan Reddin III. Bruning, Coakley and Ehmke survive today.

The $2.1 million Navarre Avenue Safety Improvement project is expected to begin in September.

Oregon City Council recently approved the last property acquisitions as part of the project, a time consuming process.

“Part of our job is to say we have proper access to all that we will be improving, and that includes all right of way,” said Public Service Director Paul Roman. “We are submitting the final plans with the right of way certification. It is our hope with ODOT’s approval, we’ll move onto letting the project for bids. It’s likely more of an August time frame for receiving bids and entering into a contract, then hopefully starting sometime in September. But it’s good news we got this far with right of way. We thought it would take much longer.”

The Oregon Recreation and Parks Committee met June 13 to discuss non-athletic recreation ideas for the community. Ideas ranged from outdoor movie night, partnering with the Oregon public library to promote each other’s programs, and building an amphitheater for song and dance activities.

“I want you to think about what could be fun to do in Oregon that’s different,” City Administrator Mike Beazley said to committee members and other city officials at the meeting.

Beazley and others often cited activities offered by the Perrysburg Recreation Program as a model for Oregon.



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