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New auto title transactions for the first quarter of this year have risen while mortgage foreclosure rates are down in Lucas County compared to the first quarter of last year, according to J. Bernie Quilter, Lucas County Clerk of Courts.

The statistics are for new and used auto dealer title transactions. Compared to the first quarter of 2013, the county saw an increase of 346 new auto title transactions and 596 used auto transactions, said Quilter.

The county has seen an increase since 2010.

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The Black Swamp Bird Observatory is among the organizations and agencies to be lauded by the Ohio Senate for their role in promoting bird habitat, research, and conservation.

A resolution approved by the Senate designates May 10 as Bird Ohio Day to recognize the importance of bird and bird habitat stewardship.

“Bird watching has become one of the most popular and economically significant forms of outdoor recreation in Ohio and throughout the United States,” a resolution passed last month by the senate says. “Birding tourism contributes significantly to economic development in northwest Ohio. Thousands of birdwatchers from across the country and around the world visit Northwest Ohio and the southwest shore of Lake Erie each spring to witness the spectacle of bird migration and to participate in the Biggest Week in American Birding Festival organized by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory of Oak Harbor.”

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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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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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