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Gordon Lumber, once a mainstay in the Oak Harbor business community, is selling off the last of its land south of the Portage River Bridge as well as its corporate office building in Fremont.

“We just outgrew it and we already had a facility in Findlay,” said operations manager Rob Hofelich of the reasoning behind closing the buildings based in Oak Harbor.

The building materials company notified village officials in early spring that it would be transferring the truss and panel division to the Findlay facility located near U.S. 224, according to Village Administrator Randy Genzman.

“They are completely out of here,” he said Tuesday.

The move south allowed Gordon Lumber to quadruple its roof and floor truss operation, Hofelich explained. Ten employees once staffed the operation. There are 40 now in Findlay. The move to a larger city also allowed the company to draw from a larger pool of prospective staff in and around the area. It also placed the operation directly adjacent of the Interstate-75 corridor, a vital transportation route for the company.

Oregon City Council last week approved a contribution to the Oregon on the Bay Regional Economic Development Foundation to meet its budget needs and achieve the objectives of the city and Foundation.

The city makes annual contributions to the Foundation in exchange for the Foundation providing economic development services, marketing and promotion of the city, and fostering a healthy environment for business and development within the city.

This year, council agreed to contribute $70,000 to the economic development group.

Previously, the city’s contribution would match the amount of contributions the Foundation received within the organization, said Mayor Mike Seferian.

“In the last several years, we have made the $70,000 contribution at this time juncture each year,” he said.

Some on Oregon City Council said they were getting several calls from the public about mosquitoes and whether The Toledo Area Sanitary District Mosquito Control is spraying enough in their neighborhoods.

“With all the rain we’ve been having, a lot of people have been asking me, and complaining about, the mosquitoes. It’s horrible. I know it’s not directly the city’s responsibility,” said Councilman James Seaman. “The kids don’t play outside - not because they want to play on their computers, but they’re getting eaten alive really bad. Even when people take precautions of making sure there’s no standing water, and things like that, the population seems stronger than ever right now. I don’t know what the county does, if they do spray, or what the status of that operation is. But it’s horrible right now.” He asked City Administrator Mike Beazley to contact the Toledo Area Sanitary District to find out which parts of Oregon have been sprayed.

Councilman Jerry Peach asked Seaman if he has seen the Toledo Area Sanitary District spray in the neighborhoods.

Winning the tug of war at the Pemberville Free Fair is about pride — nothing else.

There is no huge cash prize, no oversized plastic trophy, and no ticket-tape parade through town for the winners.

This year will be the 40th Anniversary of Pemberville’s annual tug of war, and organizers say it is here to stay. It’s just too popular.

There have been six different classification winners each year, with 10 members on each winning squad, which equates to 2,400 winners. What they do get is a t-shirt — that’s it.

In addition, once your team pulls its opponents across that line, they fall into a water-soaked pit, which no one complains about on a hot, muggy night in August. The only thing hurt might be the losers’ pride.

Toledo last week continued to take samples and tests from the intake crib in Lake Erie after increased levels of microcystin, a toxin that shut down the city’s water supply for three days last August, were detected on July 27, though the water was safe to drink.

Toledo officials have been monitoring the intake crib since Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks Hudson called a press conference on July 27 to announce that the city’s water quality status had been changed from “clear” to “watch” after 0.5 parts per billion (ppb) of microcystin was detected in the intake crib.

On July 28, samples taken from the intake detected 0.4 ppb. “We are still on a “Watch” status,” stated the city’s Facebook page. “It’s important to note this is raw water. Water leaving the treatment plant and entering households and taps are at a `non-detect.’ Our new water protocols are working as we intended to provide the public with information about the changes in the quality of water as well as early warning of harmful algal blooms.”

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