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Even if farmers in Ohio ran an effective campaign against it, the chances of defeating a ballot initiative sponsored by a coalition of animal welfare advocates were still only 50-50, according to calculations of the Ohio Farmer Bureau Federation.

Weeks after the OFBF and other farm organizations, the Humane Society of the United States, and Gov. Ted Strickland announced a compromise that resulted in the coalition not proceeding with the ballot measure it said would decrease abusive practices on farms, the issue remains a hot topic in the agriculture community.

Ohioans for Humane Farms was poised to submit more than 500,000 signatures to the secretary of state to meet the June 30 deadline for placing the measure on the November ballot when Gov. Strickland contacted the parties to find an alternative solution.

Under the compromise, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, which was established after voters last fall strongly supported Issue 2, will remain the primary vehicle for establishing farm animal care practices.

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Resolutions to place two road improvement levies on the November ballot were approved Tuesday by the Lake Township trustees.

The trustees are asking voters to approve a 1-mill, 5-year replacement levy and an additional 1-mill continuous levy for funding reconstruction of streets, roads, and bridges in the township road district, which covers only unincorporated areas of the township.

Both levies, if approved, will be assessed on the township’s current property valuation of about $169.1 million and each will generate approximately $169,143 annually for the road repair program.

The 5-year levy would replace an existing levy set to expire at the end of the year that generates only about $114,670 annually because it is based on 1986 property valuations.

Rising costs for repairs and resurfacing roads have strained the township’s budget, forcing the trustees to supplement that account with general fund revenues.

Last year, it cost the township about $60,000 a mile to repair roads, according to Melanie Bowen, a trustee.

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Oregon plans to reactivate its emergency alert sirens at each of the city’s three fire stations. The sirens will be sounded whenever there is an emergency response needed between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. to improve public safety.

The alarms will be used as a secondary notification tool for Oregon firefighters in addition to their pagers.

“There’s a lot of road construction going on this summer in Oregon,” said Administrator Mike Beasley. “By sounding the sirens, it accomplishes two things: It’s a backup system for firefighters and they’ll hear those sirens. Also, it lets construction workers and people out driving around the fire stations know that there will be people coming in a hurry,” said Beasley.

He noted an accident that killed a motorist and injured another this month when a truck driven by a volunteer firefighter with the Portage Fire District in Oak Harbor collided with a car while en route to a fire in Clay Center.

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The Lucas County Fair will be held July 27 through Aug. 1 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key Street, Maumee.

As always, this year’s fair will offer plenty for everyone in the family to see and do.

Grounds entertainment going on daily includes:
• Chainsaw carving by Dennis Beach with shows at 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 and 9 p.m.

• DOC Swan Magic/Comedy Show at 2, 6, 7 and 8 p.m.

• Game Hype, an exciting, free-admission video game attraction open during fair hours.

• Junior Fair Saddle Horse Shows going on daily at the north end of the fairgrounds.

• Livestock shows and auction.

• Old Village Historic Re-enactment.

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Northwood has completed repairs to a new baseball diamond in Brentwood Park that has been unused because of drainage problems.

The diamond is one of two that were built last fall.

The contractor, Ohio Excavating, had used a top layer of impervious blue clay on the diamond during its construction. As a result, the infield was repeatedly flooded after it rained.

The blue clay had been on site as part of the excavation of the adjacent Miracle League baseball diamond when it was constructed and was mixed with topsoil for the new diamond to save money.

Last week, Ohio Excavating trucked in stone to grade the infield, according to Administrator Pat Bacon, who has gone out to the park frequently to check the condition of the diamond.

“A trench was dug around the ball diamond, on the outside of the bases,” said Bacon. “They put in a drainage pipe, then put stones on top of that, then dirt on top of that.”

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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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