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Students from Ohio Congressional District 9 are invited to participate in a marine debris challenge by creating a public service announcement to bring awareness to the issue of marine debris. The last day to submit entries is March 1, 2016.

The Ninth Congressional District stretches for 141 miles along Ohio’s wondrous Lake Erie coastline. The district is an amalgam of lake-hugging communities in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Erie, Ottawa and Lucas counties, from east to west.

The district is located between Cleveland on the east and Toledo on the west rest communities large and small, from the steel city of Lorain to Oregon on the Maumee Bay. The Ninth District has both the most densely populated community in Ohio, Lakewood, and arguably the least — the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

With a levy renewal request headed for the March ballot, members of the Woodmore school board Tuesday organized for 2016 and informally discussed what they see as priorities for the school district.

Members selected incumbent Joe Liszak as the board president and Sam Preston, who was elected to the board in November, as vice president.

Liszak on Wednesday told The Press he would like to see more input from the public and said the board will have to demonstrate “fiscal responsibility and viability” to gain the public’s trust and garner support for the upcoming levy renewal.

The levy, originally approved by voters in May 2011 as an emergency measure, generates about $600,000 annually.

Oregon Council recently approved an agreement with Lucas County Commissioners for the Work Release Court Addiction Diversion (CAD) treatment program.

CAD provides addiction services for convicted offenders and helps protect the community through the rehabilitation of convicted offenders charged with criminal offenses in Oregon.

The city has access to one and one-half residential beds. One of the beds is paid for by the Probation Improvement and Incentive Grant, a regional grant in which the city participated. The remaining bed will be shared among suburban municipal courts. Oregon will pay a total annual fee of $13,687.50. The agreement remains in effect until June 30 and may be extended, by mutual consent, for an additional 12 months on July 1.

In its annual report of Ohio’s gaming industry, a committee of state legislators is recommending a review of tax-free revenues casinos use to promote their business and clarifying whether daily fantasy sports are permitted as gambling or skill games and what rules should apply to their operations in the state.

State Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Township, last week submitted the report of Ohio’s Permanent Joint Committee on Gaming and Wagering and noted Ohio is one of only nine states that do not tax promotional spending.

After receiving input from the public, the Ohio Department of Transportation has decided the State Route 51 bridge over the Portage River near the Village of Elmore will remain open to pedestrians during a road resurfacing project and other work on the bridge.

The department plans to start work this spring and will modify pavement markings and install a concrete barrier following resurfacing of the roadway to allow the sidewalk on the bridge to remain open during repairs.

In addition to repairs on the bridge, ODOT plans to resurface Route 51 through the village to the Sandusky County line.

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