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“Crystal-clear” confidence started at a young age for Bowersox

When the Orian family from the Oak Harbor area had the opportunity to use a

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When the Orian family scheduled a suite at Fifth Third
Field for the May 14 game, they had no idea they would
be hearing Crystal Bowersox sing “The National Anthem.”
Cathy Bergman, who was among those in the suite, had
taught Crystal at Rocky Ridge Elementary. (Press photo
by Harold Hamilton/www.hehphotos.com).

suite at Fifth Third Field May 14, they didn’t hesitate, as they were looking forward to seeing their Hens whip the Indianapolis Indians.

Boy did they get a surprise.

Normally the lopsided loss by the Hens would have been depressing to them, but not Friday night. Little did they realize when they scheduled the suite that they were going to participate in an historic evening for them and all of the Toledo area. For those who somehow missed the news coverage, Friday night was Crystal Bowersox night at Fifth Third Field.

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The board of trustees of the Harris-Elmore Public Library will hold a special meeting May 24 to discuss whether to place a property tax levy on the November ballot.

If board members decide to seek voter approval of a tax issue, it would be the first time in the library’s history it sought local revenues for financial support, said Georgina Huizenga, library director.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. at the library.

If the board approves a resolution to proceed with a levy request it would be submitted to the Ottawa County auditor’s office for certification and then presented to the Woodmore Board of Education, which is the library’s taxing authority, for approval to be placed on the ballot, Huizenga said.

As have libraries across the state, the Harris-Elmore library and its branch in Genoa, have had to contend with declining revenues from the Ohio Public Library Fund.

Cuts in the state budget resulted in the hours at both buildings being reduced – from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday to 12:30-7:30 p.m.  Saturday hours were reduced to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., three hours earlier than prior to the cuts. Friday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has approved redevelopment of the former Sports Arena property on Main Street following a pollution investigation and clean up of the site.

The City of Toledo and Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority assessed the 55-acre property at 1 Main St. through the Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP), which gives property owners the chance to voluntarily assess and, if necessary, remover pollution from a property, according to Dina Pierce, northwest district media coordinator for the Ohio EPA. The agency then issues a release of liability, known as a covenant not to sue, once the property meets cleanup standards of the Ohio EPA.

A site assessment showed there were several areas contaminated with metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, total petroleum hydrocarbons, and volatile organic compounds that were above direct human contact standards, according to Pierce. Soil was removed from the site for disposal and pavement was laid in one area to prevent future contact with soil. An environmental covenant will prohibit the use of ground water under the site.

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A photo in the May 17 issue of The Press of Genoa High School students Richard Wonnell and Serena Parlette was incorrectly attributed to photographer Harold Hamilton. The photo was taken by George Pollauf.

A sign outside Bench Farms on Route 2 in Ottawa County reads, “Welcome

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Top: Michael Lamarche focuses on some egrets at McGee
Marsh. Lamarche, of Montreal, joined birders from all over
the world.  Bottom Left: Black-throated blue warble
Bottom Right: Black-throated green warbler

Birders.”
 
The staff at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, located in the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, are talking to bird watchers arriving here from Uganda, England, Japan, Holland, Spain, and across the North American continent.
 
“Everyday has been very busy. It’s wonderful,” BSBO Executive Director Kim Kaufman said. “People are coming from all over the country and really from destinations from all over the world.”
 
What is the attraction? Birders come here in May to see concentrations of warblers and other migratory songbirds.
 
“The attraction is this is a critical area — a stopover habitat for migratory birds,” Kaufman said. “Another words, they can’t get from the tropics where they are over wintering without having some place to stop. It’s like a bird gas station.
 
“What happens is that these small birds, these song birds — they migrate at night. As they come up they see the lake and they think, ‘Okay, here’s a big body of water. I’ve got to stop and refuel before I cross this big body of water.’

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