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A group of Clay High School biology students have taken on the challenge of contributing to a collection of scientific data about the quality of streams and rivers in northwest Ohio. 

Six students, Jessica Duez, Kayla Durczynski, Megan Ladd, Jasmine Samples, Jordan Shanks, and Annie Streight, along with their teacher, Caine  Kolinski, and a graduate student from the University of Toledo, Justin Chaffin, spent several hours wading through Wolf Creek, collecting water samples and macroinvertebrate specimens. 

The team performed several chemical tests on the samples to analyze the environmental quality of the water.  The team looked at such factors as dissolved oxygen, phosphate levels, nitrate levels, turbidity, and bacterial levels. They also sorted through several taxa of collected organisms to determine the health of the animal biodiversity. 

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It’s taken four months of building relationships, but City of Toledo Deputy Mayor Dean Monske believes the pending purchase of The Docks riverfront restaurant complex by the Chinese development firm Dashing Pacific Group, LLC is only the beginning.

Monske believes this same company could be the one that develops the 127-acre Marina District in East Toledo.

The Chinese company has signed an agreement to purchase The Docks for $2.15 million. The matter will go in front of city council, which has to approve the transaction before the sale can be closed.

Councilman Mike Craig expects discussion to begin next week and a vote in about two weeks.

“I think it’s a good thing,” Craig said. “I think most everybody on council is supportive. We’ve got somebody interested in our riverfront and in our city. Banks aren’t letting loose of any cash and we really need the investment in Toledo. I think at least one of the restaurant pads will be filled by the summer.”

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Oregon native Natalie Cummerow was an instructor in the optometric ophthalmic technology department at Owens Community College in the early 1990s when all of a sudden, everything went dark.

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 Natalie Cummerow

Cummerow, whose job was to teach students how to make eyeglasses and how to do preliminary vision testing on patients, was grading papers when her vision…disappeared.

“It was gone for 45 minutes and then it was back,” she said. “I knew it was serious, just from working in that field.”

Cummerow learned that her vision loss was caused by a blood clot that had formed in her eye. There was still more bad news to come for Cummerow, who at that time was married and raising three children ages 2, 5 and 8.

She needed a heart transplant – at age 34.

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Representatives of the villages of Genoa and Elmore and Clay Township are scheduled to meet Feb. 2 to discuss the next phase of a trail project linking the three communities.
 
Elmore Village Council last week approved a resolution of support for the Ottawa County commissioners to apply to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio Department of Transportation for funding assistance for the Elmore to Genoa leg of the North Coast Inland Trail.
 
Genoa Village Council approved a similar resolution last month.
 
Clay Township trustees are supportive of the project but need more time to secure easements and right-of-way authorization, Don Hoeft, a trustee, said last week. Much of the property in the township along the abandoned railway the trail would follow has been purchased by Graymont Dolime and the company has indicated it’s not interested in releasing easements for its property.

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Auction sets FirstEnergy generation rates


The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has accepted the results of the second of six wholesale auctions that will determine FirstEnergy’s retail generation service rates through May 2014.
     
The auction established a new generation price of $55.60 per megawatt hour (MWh) effective for the delivery period of June 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012..
     
The auction was conducted on Jan. 25. There were 10 electric generation suppliers registered for the auction, and 7 submitted winning bids. The names of the winning bidders will remain confidential for 21 days.
     
CRA International served as the independent auction manager. Boston Pacific Company, a consultant retained by the PUCO, monitored the auction.
Additional auctions are scheduled for October 2011, January 2012, October 2012, and January 2013 to establish the generation prices for 2012 and 2013.

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