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Representatives of three environmental groups are asking Gov. Ted Strickland to veto a provision in the state operating budget bill they claim hamstrings the work of the Environmental Review Appeals Commission.

Jack Shaner, Deputy Director of Ohio Environmental Council, Jennifer Miller, Program Coordinator of the Ohio chapter of the Sierra Club, and Amy Gomberg, Program Director of Environment Ohio, say in a letter to the governor the budget amendment was added by the legislature’s conference committee with no opportunity for public review.

The commission hears appeals of decisions made by the director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regarding permits, licenses, or variances under the agency’s jurisdiction.

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The Oregon City Schools District is urging parents and students to follow simple procedures in trying to prevent, and treat swine flu, just as they would any flu.

Two students at Fassett Middle School, a sixth grader and eighth grader, are the first confirmed cases of swine flu in the district.

Superintendent Dr. Mike Zalar said a parent of one of the students with the virus contacted the administration on Sept. 18 to disclose the illness.

He’s fielded “quite a few calls” from parents since then.

“The majority of the community is reasonable and understands,” he said. “We try to address those concerns and reassure them our buildings are clean and safe. If their kids are not sick, they should be sending them to school.”

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Northwood City Council will decide at its next meeting in August whether to cut the salary of the zoning inspector as a result of the recession.

Kimberly Grames became the city’s interim zoning inspector after former zoning inspector Heather Sayler accepted a job with the City of Bowling Green last year.

Grames, who was Sayler’s assistant, currently makes $43,394 annually, the same salary Sayler made in the position. Grames’ annual salary as Sayler’s assistant was $25,000.

Council is divided over cutting Grames’ salary.

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For many of us, it is a special, private thrill when we find that little out-of-the-way place to mingle and dine. You know the one – not real impressive from the outside but once inside, you know it is a real find.

For those in the know, BJ’s Hide-A-Way, located at 506 Lallendorf Rd., in Oregon, is just that kind of place. Non-descript on the outside, cozy and comfy on the inside.

And the food…

“We opened on Feb. 2 and I would say that we have about 100 people that I would call regulars here,” BJ Lawson, owner, said. “You know, regulars who come here once, twice a week. We have everyone here from John Mancy, owner of Mancy’s Steakhouse, to doctors, lawyers, office and factory workers and even Marge Brown and Mike Seferian. It has become a very popular restaurant here.”

The tiny restaurant holds a little over 50 diners and on many nights, Lawson said people have had to be turned away.

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A federal tax incentive that is due to expire at the end of the year has been an integral part of the success the Black Swamp Conservancy has had in protecting agricultural land and other natural areas from development, says Kevin Joyce,  the conservancy’s executive director.

Organizations representing land trusts are supporting measures in Congress that would make the incentive for land donations permanent.

Joyce says a permanent incentive would help more families save their land and choose conservation over land development.

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