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A coalition of environmental-conservation groups is calling on Ohio’s lawmakers to declare, “Yes or no, do you want to open Ohio’s state parks to oil and gas drilling and fracking?”

The groups are asking lawmakers to take a position after weeks of statehouse hearings on a trio of bills that could open state lands to drilling, including:

• Governor Kasich’s proposed state operating budget bill (House Bill 153), which proposes to open 154 state parks to oil and gas drilling as well as logging; and

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Oregon native Matt Folk couldn’t have asked for a better day to run his first Boston Marathon.

A 1994 graduate of Clay High School, Folk happily made the long journey over the weekend from his current residence in Perrysburg to Beantown, where he was greeted by comfortable temperatures in the upper-40s and a much-needed tailwind.

“There was some talk leading up to the race that there would be a tailwind,” said Folk.  “It’s a point to point course, so everybody hopes you can get the tailwind instead of the headwind and we did, for the most part.”

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Bills pending before state legislators will have an impact on Lake Township’s financial condition, Tom Hays, township solicitor, informed the board of trustees Tuesday, with the likely result being the township becoming more dependent on local property taxes.

The changes stem from a plan by lawmakers included in the state budget five years ago to phase out the tangible personal property tax on manufacturing machinery and related equipment as well as some utility equipment.

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As the auto industry goes, so goes the economy in Northwest Ohio and, in particular, the economy in our Eastern Maumee Bay Communities. So, it’s good news that new vehicle sales for the seven car dealers in the Press distribution area is up 50.8 percent for the first quarter of 2011.

Local dealers sold 902 vehicles in the first quarter compared to 508 in 2010, according to AutoView Online, a data-marketing firm that compiles registration and sales information from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

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Amendments to the Village of Woodville’s zoning ordinance covering junk vehicles and recreational equipment are the subject of a public hearing scheduled for April 26 at the town hall, 219 W. Main Street.

The village planning commission will accept public comment on the proposed amendments requiring disabled or unlicensed vehicles to be stored in an enclosed building and for off-street parking of recreational or utility equipment.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

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