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A group of Clay High School biology students have taken on the challenge of contributing to a collection of scientific data about the quality of streams and rivers in northwest Ohio. 

Six students, Jessica Duez, Kayla Durczynski, Megan Ladd, Jasmine Samples, Jordan Shanks, and Annie Streight, along with their teacher, Caine  Kolinski, and a graduate student from the University of Toledo, Justin Chaffin, spent several hours wading through Wolf Creek, collecting water samples and macroinvertebrate specimens. 

The team performed several chemical tests on the samples to analyze the environmental quality of the water.  The team looked at such factors as dissolved oxygen, phosphate levels, nitrate levels, turbidity, and bacterial levels. They also sorted through several taxa of collected organisms to determine the health of the animal biodiversity. 

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The Clay High School marketing class traveled to The University of Findlay to compete against other area schools, including Port Clinton, Napoleon, Whitmer, Fostoria, and others, and won a “clean sweep.”

Competition put the marketing students in authentic life situations that will prepare them for both upcoming DECA competitions and real-world business. Such competitions included business management decision-making, interviewing, public relations, and law.

DECA is a branch of the marketing class in which students compete with other schools in business and marketing competitions.

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Jodi Gross has lived in East Toledo her entire adult life, so she doesn’t need a lot of motivation for her newest job.

An employee of the East Toledo Family Center, Gross has taken on the official role as “community builder” for a new organization, East Toledo United. She is to assist in mapping the community and survey the Garfield and Birmingham neighborhoods for member organizations of East Toledo United.

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The mission of ETU “is to capitalize on the unique assets, geographic location, talents, and skills of all entities, including residents, to improve the East Toledo community and to enhance communication and collaboration.”

It is one of the realizations coming out of a $200,000 T-grant from the Local Initiative Support Coalition’s (LISC) “Connecting the Pieces” project. The grant was originally established to support the development of a neighborhood transformation plan to connect old and new neighborhoods in light of the pending development of the 127-acre Marina District.

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Talk about a guy who doesn't let a handicap slow him down.

Leland Foster has suffered from cerebral palsy his entire life, and he uses a wheelchair. But as instructor Tony Spallino's integrated machining and engineering students found out last fall, Foster is perfectly capable of taking care of himself.

“He's a brilliant mind, very personable,” Spallino said. “He'll joke about things, even his CP. To him, he doesn't have a disability. He's done more than 10 able-bodied people I know. He's done marathons, he snow skis, he water skis, he's done the New York Marathon. He's the most active person I know, but he's trapped in this body that limits him.”

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East Toledo developer Don Monroe, then director of the now-defunct River East Economic Revitalization Corporation, came up with a plan to develop a mini-version of Cleveland’s “Flats” in International Park in 1995.

Then-Mayor Carty Finkbeiner gave his support to the redevelopment of the 10,000 square foot Streets, Bridges, and Harbors building in the park. Monroe saw the old metal building on the river becoming a center of dining, entertainment and specialized retail shops.

However, the idea of a restaurant in International Park had been born nearly two decades prior. An adopted plan of the park in 1978 showed the building with restaurants, entertainment, and retail shops.

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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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