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Measuring the body fat of students appears to be falling flat with some school administrators.

A state law goes into effect this month that regulates food and beverages in schools includes a provision for body mass index (BMI) and weight screening for students in four grade levels. BMI is a measure of body fat based on a person’s height and weight.

But the law allows districts to seek a waiver from implementing screening programs and some school officials say they plan to do just that. 

It comes down to how to best utilize time and financial resources for school administrators.

“If we were to do our own BMI testing we would need to contract with a service provider to come out and do the assessments. Therefore, this is yet another unfunded mandate. The time required for reporting of this information and getting the results out to parents would require more time for our already overworked office staff. Obesity is a national health care crisis, and correcting the problem should be within the public health realm and not public schools,” Eastwood superintendent Brent Welker said in his weekly newsletter.

Northwood superintendent Greg Clark said he’ll be recommending the board of education not implement a testing program.

“We’ll be asking for a waiver,” he said. “We have less to spend and can better spend our money on different things.”

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Construction of a 1.5-million-gallon water storage tank along East Broadway in the City of Northwood is complete.

Jerry Greiner, executive director of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, said the project, which began in the spring, was completed last week.

The tank, called a clearwell, will provide back-up storage capacity for the district’s water system and is required by a provision in the district’s contract with the City of Toledo, which sells water to the district.

The East Broadway booster station will be linked to water lines servicing an industrial-zoned area bordered by U.S. 20, State Route 420, and Pemberville Road in Troy Township where the district is installing water and sewer lines and other infrastructure being partially funded through the state’s Jobs Ready Site program.

Greiner said the project will cost about $7.2 million, including $2.4 million coming from the Ohio Department of Development, which administers the Job Ready Site program.

Dominion East Gas Company, which owns much of the property in the JRS area, is providing about $2.35 million and the district is providing that amount through a revenue bond.

A 500,000-gallon water tower along State Route 582 was completed in June as part of the project.

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Oregon will conduct real time tests of its drinking water to monitor results of samples taken by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency last month that showed low levels of a toxin that can cause damage to the liver and nervous system.

“We take this very seriously,” said Oregon Administrator Mike Beazley. “We think our practices appropriately deal with it, and our water has been, and continues to be, safe.”

The Ohio EPA last month conducted three rounds of sampling at 11 public drinking water systems whose source water is drawn from Lake Erie’s western basin, where a large blue-green algae bloom is present. Laboratory analysis last week found very low levels of microcystin, a common algal toxin that can affect the liver, in the finished (treated) water in Oregon, and Carroll Township in Ottawa County.

Microcystin was present in finished water at 0.23 parts per billion (ppb) in Oregon, and 0.16 ppb in Carroll Township. Both are well below the 1.0 ppb drinking water guidelines established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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The retirement of a key member of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office administrative team puts Sheriff Bob Bratton in a bit of a bind.

Steve Levorchick, captain of operations, handed in his badge Aug. 31 after nearly a quarter of a century of service.

“Steve’s going to be looking at security jobs or something like that,” Bratton said of his after- retirement plans. “He’s going to do fine. He’s just 48 years old and with his experience, he’ll be able to do almost anything.”

Levorchick, who has been on vacation several weeks prior to retirement, could not be reached for comment.

He began his career in with the department in 1987 as a member of the road patrol. He was promoted to supervisor/sergeant of shift and then later to the criminal investigation/detective division. During that time, he also assisted the administrative staff and had served as commander of the Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team.

In February 2005, he was promoted to captain of operations.

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A recreational use water quality advisory posted on the beach of Maumee Bay State Park last month due to high levels of microcystin in the water on Aug. 18 was still in effect by press time last Thursday.

Microcystin is one of several toxins produced by blue green algae blooms. It can affect the liver and nervous system if ingested.

The algae problem plaguing a number of inland lakes across Ohio is primarily the result of runoff from farm field nutrients.

A sample of the water at Maumee Bay State Park on Aug. 18 showed microcystin levels at 577 ppb (parts per billion), almost 29 times higher than the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation of 20 ppb, according to Dina Pierce, northwest district media coordinator for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. For recreational water, WHO considers microcystin levels of 20 ppb or higher to be a moderate to significant health risk.

“The beach is not closed,” said Pierce. “The algae bloom in the lake and the algal toxin levels can fluctuate greatly day-to-day, even during the course of a day.”

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