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It is not every day that a groundbreaking for a new commercial building in Pemberville occurs.

Wednesday morning at 8 a.m., village representatives and business owners celebrated the groundbreaking of the Baker Building being constructed just inside the village limit at 531 East Front Street.

Attending the groundbreaking were Mayor James Opelt, Council President Gordon Bowman, the buildings’ owners, Lance and Darla Baker, and project foreman Mark Cairl from Midwest Construction Inc.

“Because of these bad economic times, we’re very happy that this is happening,” Mayor Opelt said.

The 2,250 square feet Baker Building, located just east of the railroads tracks off State Route 105 just before one leaves Pemberville heading towards Woodville, will house up to four businesses.

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He had a Hollywood-sounding name anyway, so maybe it was only natural that

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Reed Steele, currently director of
Oregon’s Challenger Learning Center
of Lucas County, at the B&B Sound
Studio, where he once worked. The
recording studio is still in business,
but has changed its name. Steele lived
in Burbank, California at the time.
(Photo courtesy of Reed Steele)

Reed Steele found work as a Los Angeles-based film and television actor back in the late 1980s.

 

Steele, the director of the Challenger Learning Center of Lucas County, located in Oregon, has worked with Bob Hope, Bruce Willis, John Travolta, James Garner, Scott Baio and Sharon Gless, to name just a few.

“I was a basic actor who tried to do everything,” Steele said. “I worked as a stunt man, I did stand-up comedy, magic, done voiceovers. It was fun. I really enjoyed it. My first couple weeks doing comedy were really tough. You don't know what to expect. Comedy can be a lot of fun if you let go. I modeled myself after Red Skelton and Dick Van Dyke.”

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FirstEnergy’s Bayshore power plant will be required to install technology to reduce fish kills at the plant’s intake system.

“Ohio EPA has decided, for the first time, FirstEnergy will be required to install technology that is designed to minimize fish mortality,” said Dina Pierce, Ohio EPA’s northwest district coordinator.

The plant will install devices called “reverse louvers,” she said.

“Once those are in place, FirstEnergy will be required to study the effectiveness of the devices,” said Pierce. “If the study proves the technology effective, then the company will have to permanently install the devices. If the study shows the technology is not effective, then Ohio EPA will require the company to pursue another solution to the fish impingement and entrainment problem.”

The fish impingement and entrainment issue is particularly important at this location near where the Maumee River drains into the Maumee Bay because it is a very productive fish spawning area, according to Pierce.

FirstEnergy conducted detailed studies on I&E and on the thermal plume created by heated water discharged into the Maumee Bay from the plant’s cooling system. Ohio EPA asked an independent environmental engineering firm, Tetra Tech, to examine FirstEnergy’s studies and the technologies available to reduce the Bayshore intake system’s impact on fish and determine which ones would work best at the plant. Ohio EPA also held a public information meeting in Oregon in March, 2009 to review the studies and get feedback from the public.

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For anglers looking to catch prize walleye, yellow perch, steelhead, and smallmouth bass, Lake Erie remains the best place to cast a line, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife.

Lake Erie and a dozen inland lakes were among the best places to reel in "Fish Ohio" catches, the ODNR program that recognizes noteworthy catches among 19 species.

With 2.25 million Lake Erie water acres, 451 miles of the Ohio River, 40,000 miles of streams, about 200 inland lakes and thousands of private ponds, Ohio anglers have good opportunities to catch fish that qualify for the recognition program, the ODNR says.

The state's best "Fish Ohio" waters in 2009 were:

Lake Erie: Tops for walleye, yellow perch, steelhead and smallmouth bass

Trophy walleye received the highest number of entries with 2,235. Lake Erie was the top place to catch them, followed by the Maumee and Sandusky rivers and Pymatuning Lake. Catches of yellow perch were the second most caught fish at the lake with 1,376 entries.  Mosquito Lake Reservoir in Trumbull County followed in the yellow perch take.

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Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) is offering caulking, weather stripping, insulation, and other services to eligible homes as part of its Weatherization Program.

Dora Tharp, energy coordinator for NHS, gave a presentation on the program to Oregon council at its last meeting in March.

The program has been in existence since 1977.

Not only does it offer caulking, weather stripping, some insulation, but other weatherization services as well, said Tharp.

“Over the years, it’s become much more complicated and technical. I’ve been with NHS wince 1984. The program now deals with not only the insulation measures, but also with some inspection of the heating unit and hot water tank,” she said. “We do combustion analysis and other types of diagnostics to make sure that the heating systems are operating not only efficiently but safely as well.”

NHS also offers attic and sidewall insulation, she said.

The program is free for people who meet eligibility requirements, she said.

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