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Despite a drop in coal and iron ore exports, the number of vessels currently in the Great Lakes -Seaway system is exceeding the five-year average as producers make a final push to export grain before the St. Lawrence Seaway closes Dec. 30.

Stephen Brooks, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce, calls the 2015 shipping season a “bellwether for North American economic trends.”

“Ships are delivering cement, stone, gypsum aluminum and machinery to support an eight-year high in U.S. construction spending, along with growth in the automotive sector in Great Lake states.

However, steep declines in global consumption and pricing have largely halted coal and iron ore exports via the waterway, he added.

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here is an excerpt from his blog, which you can follow by going to and clicking on the icon on the upper right.

Glad tidings to All -
It has stood there for 320 years--an enduring symbol of Spain’s once mighty and far flung New World empire. It was an impregnable fortress meant to protect Spanish treasure ships, or galleons, bearing cargoes of gold, silver, tobacco, chocolate, hard woods--all the wealth of the New World--on their voyages north with the Gulf Stream along the coast of La Florida, and then across the Atlantic and home to Mother Spain.

A sheriff’s auction of the former Woodville Mall site is planned for Dec. 31.

Northwood City Administrator Bob Anderson said the minimum bid will be $200,000, or two-thirds of the assessed value of approximately $300,000.

“I don’t expect anyone to bid, really,” he said. “All the taxes would have to be paid first. There’s a lot of taxes and assessments due on the mall. If nobody bids, we might.”

If there are no takers, a second sheriff’s auction might be scheduled or the court could order an auditor’s sale, which would not require a minimum bid, said Anderson.

A coalition of environmental groups has vowed to continue opposing the Davis-Besse power station after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s decision last week to renew the station’s operating license for another 20 years.

The renewed license authorizes the plant to operate through April 22, 2037. First Energy Nuclear Operating Co. filed an application in 2010 for renewal. The plant’s original license was set to expire in April 2017.

The NRC issued a safety evaluation report in September 2013 followed by a supplement in August of this year. A supplemental environmental impact statement was issued in April.

Hunters checked 73,399 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2015 deer-gun hunting season, Nov. 30-Dec. 6, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

By comparison, last year’s deer harvest was 65,484 deer. During the 2013 deer-gun season, 75,408 deer were checked.

As of last week for the 2015 deer hunting seasons, hunters checked 152,554 deer.

Last year at this same time, hunters had harvested a total of 148,821 deer. Given that the year-to-date harvest is only slightly higher, the significant increase in this year’s deer-gun season can most likely be attributed to better weather conditions compared to the 2014 deer-gun season, according to the ODNR.

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