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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will extend its deadline to accept public comments on an application by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to increase open lake dumping of dredged sediment to Feb. 22. The original deadline was Jan. 21.

The Corps. of Buffalo, N.Y., annually dredges the Toledo Harbor navigational channel to keep the Toledo Harbor open to shipping. Most of the dredged material is then dumped in the open lake area of Lake Erie.

The Corps applied for a water quality certification for the project, which includes the Maumee River and lake approach channel. If approved by the Ohio EPA, the Corps would dredge approximately 2 million cubic yards of sediment annually between 2010-2012. About 1.9 million cubic yards of material would be dumped in the open lake area of Lake Erie, a practice that has long been opposed by the agency, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and local environmental activists. The remaining 100,000 cubic yards would be placed into a confined disposal facility in the lake.

Last year, the Corps was authorized to dump up to 900,000 cubic yards of sediment in the open lake.

The Toledo Harbor is the most heavily dredged of all harbors in the Great Lakes because it is the shallowest.

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Talking to Bosnian emigrant Emina Causevic, a Clay High School sophomore, you

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can barely recognize a hint of an accent.

That is because Emina was 3-years-old when she arrived in America with her family. She and her older sister, Minela, spoke at last year’s naturalization ceremony at Clay, where they were among 46 individuals sworn in as U.S. citizens.

“I talked about mostly how grateful I am, and in the future I’m going to be a college student,” Emina said.

“I really wouldn’t have gotten that chance maybe if I were in Bosnia. Or maybe I would have gotten to go to college and maybe not have the same pay or same opportunity as I would here, and to be able to have it with family and everything like that.”

Joining the sisters in attaining citizenship was their father, 48-year-old Esad, a military veteran who is employed here at an auto parts factory. Their mother, 39-year-old Mirsada, is a quality control inspector for Chrysler and often travels on the job.

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A group that wants to beautify landscaping along State Route 2 and promote businesses on the busy commercial corridor sought ideas from business owners at a meeting last week.

Those who attended the Help State Route 2 meeting, held at the Oregon Public Library on Wednesday, focused on signage at the I-280 exit and decided on a theme for landscape development.

“People want to just pick up the feel and the image of going down Route 2,” said Councilman Sandy Bihn, who coordinated the meeting with Gary Thompson, president of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation.

The signage would highlight available restaurants, lodging, and other necessities for the weary and hungry motorist off the I-280 exit down State Route 2.

“It’s pretty limited on I-280 in terms of space, so there’s some issues as to how we can do it, so we have the city and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) looking into that to give us some options, if there are any,” said Bihn.

“We can do signage for the restaurants and lodgings fairly easily, though we probably will have to wait until after the Wheeling Street project, going north on I-280,” said Bihn. “The challenge is going south on I-280 with attention to the bridge, the distances, and the available space, which is very limited. We would like to see signs headed south on I-280 because a lot of traffic that goes to Lake Erie and Cedar Point, or goes birding, is headed south on Route 2.”

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Oregon students whose parents are employed in the Oregon City Schools District, but who live outside the city, will no longer be allowed to participate in the city recreation program after July 31.

The city agreed to enforce the policy late last year, but the recreation advisory board heard complaints about it at a meeting two weeks ago, Mayor Mike Seferian said at a committee of the whole meeting last week.

The recreation advisory board, he added, is not the appropriate body to be reviewing the policy.

“I’m not sure that’s an appropriate agenda for them. This is a policy decision that we currently use. I strongly back the decision that we had come to late last year,” said Seferian. “I believe it would take a legislative act for me to want to change and allow participation from others into the program. Being that it would take a legislative act, I wouldn’t think the recreation board is the proper body to make the decision. There’s a lot of political ramifications in changing the policy. When I suggested to the individual who contacted me about wanting his kids to continue to participate in the program, I said `No.’ “He said, `Does it end right here?’ I said `’No one is that powerful to make a decision and just puts an end to something.’”

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Following a security breach in the Oregon Municipal Complex last Friday, the public can only gain access to the building through the main front entrance, which is installed with scanners.

The public will not be able to use doors to the east of the building that are commonly used to pay utility bills, pull building permits, or enter the tax department.

Public Service Director Paul Roman, who is also acting city administrator, said an individual had violated a court order not to contact the tax department, which raised security concerns among employees.

Roman said he met with Oregon Municipal Judge Jeffery Keller, Police Chief Richard Stager, and Mayor Mike Seferian on the matter.

“People in the tax department felt threatened,” Roman said at a committee of the whole meeting last Monday.

Restricting the public’s access through the main doors, Roman added, has been difficult.

“Some people will be upset by it at first,” he said. I would hope that most residents would understand it.”

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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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