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Catawba Landing is one of seven marinas along Lake Erie’s south shore to receive funding for underwater structures designed to attract fish,

Edwin Hammett, Executive Director of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, said the Ohio Sea Grant College Program of The Ohio State University is receiving $9,900 for a project to build complex fish habitat structures in the marinas.

He said the structures will be constructed with polyvinyl chloride material in relatively shallow waters to help protect smaller fish.

Funding for placing the structures in two marinas in Sandusky, O., the Sandusky Harbor Marina and Venetian Marina, is also included in the project.

Hammett said the other marinas are located to the east of Sandusky.

The commission also announced the University of Toledo Civil Engineering Department will receive $14,998 for a project that will enable the detection of phosphates in the lake by improving a recently developed micro-sensor.

The sensing tool will be refined and tested to measure lower levels of phosphate and soluble reactive phosphorus.

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Jerusalem Township Trustee Joe Kiss is optimistic that the board of trustees will be able to tackle how police services will be provided to the community.

Kiss said the board of trustees, with two new trustees taking their seats in January, will be appointing six people to a steering committee comprised of residents, business owners or managers, and others who have a stake in the community to review the township’s options.

“The sheriff stated he was going to have a car on the east and west side. We don’t know what amount of coverage that means. So we’re going to wait and see what happens once January 1 rolls around,” said Kiss. “But we decided to go ahead with the steering committee. We want to be proactive with the situation. We don’t want to be weeks and months behind on what we should do. The steering committee will be in place next year. They will start researching whether we should have our own police department, stay with the sheriff, or find ways to pay the sheriff.”

The township will continue to provide a substation at the town hall for sheriff’s deputies.

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Despite the concerns of environmental organizations and local citizen groups, state lawmakers passed and Gov. Ted Strickland signed House Bill 363, which completes the transfer of oversight of large scale farm animal feeding operations to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

The state legislature has been authorizing the agriculture department to assume more responsibility for issuing permits for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) since 2000. The new bill will transfer the permitting authority for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System for CAFOs to the agriculture department from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the bill:

• It specifies the director of the agriculture department has the authority to enforce terms of NPDES permits for discharging, transporting, or handling of pollutants, including manure, from CAFOS.

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As 2009 winds down to a close, Oregon is optimistic about the economy.

Rieter Automotive North America, which manufactures fiber padding materials and molded acoustical products for autos, plans to expand its Oregon production facility, according to Gary Thompson, executive director of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation.

“It’s something we’re very excited about,” said Thompson. “The company has been aggressively pursuing additional work. In the short-term, there may be a couple of contracts that would add somewhere between 20-50 jobs. Long-term, because the company has pretty prudent financial management, and a lot of their competitors are filing for bankruptcy, they’re sitting pretty well to increase their market share. We’re just hoping their market share increases so more and more of that work can come to Oregon.”

The company previously expanded about 18 months ago and added 100 employees, said Thompson.

“They’re still hiring, and have not filled all the positions,” he said.

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Two local entrepreneurs have announced they are opening new businesses. Doug Samsen will host a grand opening of his Samsen Furniture Outlet the day after Christmas and Jennifer Roberts has launched a photography and design services company..

Samsen’s new store is located in Perrysburg across from Levis Commons. It will offer close-outs, discontinued styles, fabrics and overstocked merchandise. The store will also carry the clearance and scratch and dent furniture from Samsen’s flagship store located on Rt. 51 in Genoa and Fine Designs located in Sylvania.

Doug Samsen is a second-generation owner of the Genoa store opened by his father Bob Samsen in 1954. He said the 6,600 square-foot store will offer warehouse and factory close-outs of brands found at the Genoa store such as Flexsteel, Ashley and Thomasville as well as Craftmaster and Best Chair.

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