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Gries saw it all as WTVG engineer

During Barry Gries’ career in local television, audio signals went from mono, to stereo, to surround sound; news clips went from being live, to film, to Beta, to video server, and commercials also made the transition from being live, to tape, to server.

Gries, of rural Gibsonburg, retired April 22 after nearly 45 years with WSPD/WTVG – a span that saw him start as a transmitter engineer and become the station’s chief engineer.

Much of his first 20 years was spent working shifts at the 900-plus-foot transmission tower near the corner of BayShore and Stadium roads in Oregon.

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U.S. employees of Materion Corp., the former Brush Engineered Materials, Inc., were quick to help their fellow employees in Japan after hearing of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Within a few days, the U.S. employees received word their 38 Japanese colleagues at Materion’s sales office in Tokyo and production facility in Fukaya were safe.

But with the crisis continuing, the employees in Materion’s Elmore and Mayfield Heights facilities in Ohio and the Reading, Pennsylvania facility – who work most closely with the company’s locations in Japan – wanted to help.

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As increased levels of dissolved phosphorus in farm fields are identified as a major factor in the number of algal blooms in Lake Erie, some are pointing to no-till planting as one of the primary causes of the phosphorus run-off.

But a watershed specialist working for the Natural Resources Conservation Service – citing a recently completed five-year study of the 4.9-million acre Western Lake Erie Basin watershed – refutes claims no-till is the main culprit.

No-till planting, also called zero tillage or direct planting, is planting through the stubble of the previous year’s crop. The technique is credited for increasing the amount of water and nutrients in the soil and decreasing erosion. Some in the agricultural industry contend phosphorus applied to no-till fields stays in the top layers of the soil, which may easily run off.

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Serenity Farm will be celebrating 10 years of service to the community on November 12.

Located on Lemoyne Road outside Luckey, Serenity Farm uses horses and certified therapy dogs to provide therapeutic services to children and adults with disabilities.

“We are strong and we are solid, and you know what, we are small, but we have never had a glitch in our programming. Never,” said executive director and founder Debra DeHoff. “We’ve never had to close the doors. We’ve never been in the red, but I attribute that to a strong board of trustees that knows how to govern and we also grow one step at a time.”

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TMACOG hosting reception in Ottawa County
The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) is inviting business and community leaders in the county to a reception May 25 from 5-7 p.m., at the Camp Perry Lodging and Conference Center on State Route 2 in Port Clinton.

Lieutenant Colonel Barbara Herrington-Clemens will discuss Camp Perry's history and its military role in the 21st Century. She is the Joint Training Center garrison commander and is responsible for the full-time operations of the post and its garrison staff.

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