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Schools have released balloons during elementary science classes and many people release them in remembrance of a loved one. But, what happens to those balloons once the helium runs out?

Students Against Balloon Releases, a partnership between Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools is hoping to educate students about the dangers and wastefulness of mass balloon releases and other forms of litter.

Tiffanie Hayes, BSBO Conservation Outreach Specialist, said she too remembers releasing balloons in science class. As she got older, she realized just how dangerous the practice was.

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Joel Greenberg has always been interested in animals.

“That has been the dominant theme in my life,” said Greenberg, 59, an environmental consultant. “Everything in my college life as an undergrad was based on where I could see birds. I (also) majored in political science because I was interested in environmental policy.”

An author of five books, Greenberg will be one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Biggest Week in American Birding festival. He will give his keynote address and sign copies of his latest book, “A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction,” on Wednesday, May 7 from 4-5 p.m. at the Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center.

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Oregon City Administrator Mike Beazley said he expects changes to House Bill 289, which limits the creation and renewal of Joint Economic Development Zones (JEDZ).

The Ohio House of Representatives passed the bill in February. If passed by the senate and signed into law, the bill would phase out the creation and renewal of JEDZs.

Currently, municipalities can enter into JEDZ agreements with each other or with townships. Revenue collected from employees and businesses within a JEDZ is used for expanded growth for commercial or economic development within the zone.

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Oregon City Council on Monday approved a resolution imposing a 180 day moratorium on accepting applications for conditional uses for used outdoor automobile storage and sales and other outside storage lots.

Some on council this year have expressed concerns about the number of outside storage lots in the city.

“Concern has been raised on numerous occasions by citizens, former members of council and current members of council as to the number of used car lots and storage lots in the city,” said Councilman Joshua Hughes. The resolution gives council time to address the concerns, he added.

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If projections by the state hold up, area towns will realize an increase this year in their allocations of local government funds – but not by much.

Probably not enough to satisfy the Lake Township trustees, who earlier this month approved a resolution asking for State Representative Tim Brown and State Senator Randy Gardner to push for restoring cuts to the funds, which are derived as a percentage from the state’s general revenues, including the sales and incomes taxes and others.

After seeing the township’s road budget hit by overtime costs for snow removal and road repairs, the trustees approved the resolution that says local government funds to the township have been cut by 30 percent “…an amount which now could be used for infrastructure repairs.”

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Giving money to people along road

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