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Four Waite High School graduates were honored as Distinguished Alumni at the 46th Annual Purple and Gold Dinner celebration held April 17 at St. Michael Centre, Oregon.

The 2010 inductees included Romules L. Durant, class of 1994 (education and community service); Victor Kissoff, class of 1954 (business and community service); Michael D. Lorton, class of 1972 (medicine, law and community service); and Stanly R. Starkey, class of 1965 (business and community service).

Dr. Romulus L. Durant was born to Benjamin and Carolynne Durant on Dec. 11, 1975. He and his siblings became very involved in athletics, helping his parents, who coached at both Franklin and Birmingham elementary schools.

He played most of his little league football for the East Side Raiders, where he became known for wearing his jersey labeled “Hit Man.”

At Waite, he earned multiple awards for athletics as a three-year varsity letterman and two-year captain. His prowess earned him team awards of “Best Linebacker” and “Most Valuable Defensive Player” three times. In addition, he was twice voted All-City and All-District Teams, and also received All-Ohio distinction for his play as a middle linebacker. He earned a football scholarship to the University of Toledo, where he was a four-year varsity letter winner and was twice awarded the Jon Binder Award, given for exemplifying true heart and courage.

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Three villages and seven townships in Wood County will decide Tuesday if they want to be included in an aggregation program for purchasing electrical power.

Voters in Millbury, Walbridge, and Portage are being asked to decide ballot issues that would, if passed, allow their councils enter into aggregation agreements to purchase electrical power on their behalf.

Walbridge residents will also decide an aggregation ballot measure for purchasing natural gas.

Under an opt-out aggregation program, residents and small business owners can choose to not participate and buy power from another supplier.

“That’s the beauty of it,” said Walbridge Mayor Dan Wilczynski. “It doesn’t force anybody to go along with any one company.”

He said Walbridge, if the ballot measure passes, would join the Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition, which was formed in 2001 by several communities in Toledo Edison’s service territory after the state legislature approved de-regulating the electrical industry.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency last week issued a water quality certification to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that allows for the disposal of up to 800.000 cubic yards of dredged sediment from the Toledo Harbor into the open lake.

The amount allowed to be dumped in the open lake this year is more than in previous years, but less than the 1.25 million cubic yards that the Corps had requested.

“While they reduced the quantities to 800,000 cubic yards, last year they put in 740,000 cubic yards in the open lake,” Oregon Council member Sandy Bihn said of the Corps at council’s committee of the whole meeting last Monday. “So the current allowance would be for that much to be in the open lake again. A lot of us are worried because the water levels are down. We think that this could be an imminent threat to the lake.”

Bihn, who is also Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper, has been opposed to open lake disposal of dredged sediment for 15 years.

“Some of us would like to see 50 percent go into a Confined Disposal Facility (CDF). I’ll be working on that,” she said.

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Officials from Wood and Ottawa counties were presented alternative proposals Monday for linking their respective water distribution systems with an estimated starting price tag of $4.5 million.

A study by Poggemeyer Design Group discussed during last week’s meeting of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District includes two primary alternatives for extending waterlines from Ottawa County to Wood County.

The study estimates construction costs would be about $4.5 million to extend a 12-inch water main in Ottawa County that serves the Brush Wellman plant near the intersection of state routes 105 and 590 to an industrial site in Troy Township in Wood County – a distance of about 15 miles.

That scenario, according to the study, would be sufficient for supplying 500,000 gallons a day to users in Wood County.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is extending the public comment period by 30 days on the draft wastewater discharge (NPDES) permit for FirstEnergy’s Bay Shore power plant.

The comment period deadline is now May 29 instead of April 29.

Dina Pierce, northwest district media coordinator for the Ohio EPA, said the extension was made at the request of Oregon City Council, as well as from some members of the public.

Oregon Council passed a resolution introduced by Council member Sandy Bihn requesting the extension last month.

The draft wastewater discharge permit consists primarily of the plant’s non-contact cooling water. The permit sets limits on contaminants in the plant’s discharge to Lake Erie’s Maumee Bay. The draft permit action is a proposed renewal of the plant’s existing wastewater discharge permit, which is valid for five years and must be renewed to remain valid.

The draft permit also imposes requirements on the plant’s cooling water intake system that are expected to reduce fish mortality that results from the impingement and entrainment (I&E) of fish in the intake structure.

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