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Councilman-elect Sandy Bihn is hoping to get some ideas on improving Navarre Avenue to maintain and attract more businesses to the area.

A meeting will be held on Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. in the Oregon Public Library to discuss the matter.

“The public is invited,” said Bihn, “but it’s targeted to the people who have businesses in the State Route 2 area.”

“The purpose of the meeting is to discuss ways to make the Route 2 area more attractive to existing and potential businesses visually and to start networking to try and improve the overall image and ability to retain and attract businesses,” she said.

A retail analysis of State Route 2 conducted in 2007 by Pitney Bowes/MapInfo, of Ann Arbor, notes that one of the impediments to attracting and keeping retail is a “hodge podge” appearance on Navarre Avenue.

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Castalia-based Back to the Wild animal refuge center founder Mona Rutger says

that years ago man-made toxins became partly responsible for bald eagles finding a spot on the endangered species list, which they are not anymore.

In Lake Erie pesticides from farm runoff was causing a problem.

“It’s probably not from the fish much anymore. They used to be full of DDT, of course, and that’s been banned and they’ve made a tremendous comeback because DDT has been eliminated. But they were getting poisoned right and left,” Mona said.

“It was a pesticide, and they ate so much fish. Its runoff, and when it rained the DDT got into the lakes and rivers and streams and it poisoned the fish and it passed through the food chain to the eagles. Eagles eat a tremendous amount of fish,” she continued.

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The Army Corps of Engineers expects to complete soil sampling at the former Brush Beryllium site near the Village of Luckey in December.

The sampling and topographic surveying are part of an on-going remedial program for the 40-acre parcel at 21200 Luckey Road,

Results from the work will provide the Corps with the necessary data for the next phase of the clean-up of the site, said Duane Lenhardt, project manager.

“This data is required to complete our remedial design, update the estimated cost associated with the clean-up, and proceed to environmental remediation,” he said.

Under rules set by the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program, the Corps in October began the testing to determine the extent of soil contamination.

The work includes:
• Clearing the planned study areas
• Performing a topographic survey using a 3-D laser scanning method to map out site features such as buildings, roads, and other surface objects.
• Conducting geophysical surveys over select areas of the site using electromagnetic methods.
• Conducting about 100 soil borings using a sonic drilling method.

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The Carroll Township Police Department and Ottawa County Sheriff’s

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Department are investigating the theft of credit cards from a woman who left her purse in her car while at work.

According to police, the theft occurred Oct. 17 while the car was in the parking lot of the Wild Wings Restaurant & Lounge, 9055 State Route 2. A window had been smashed and cash and credit cards were reported stolen.

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Preliminary construction on the new elementary school building in Genoa has begun and the school board has authorized the administration to proceed with seeking bids for the next phase of the project.

“We’re getting down to the finite details of construction,” Bill Nye, district treasurer said Thursday.

The board Tuesday heard reports from a representative of Buehrer Group Architecture & Engineering, the project architect, and the construction manager for the Ohio School Facilities Commission.

Nye said the board gave its approval to seeking bid packages for plumbing, heating and air conditioning, electrical, food service, and fire protection systems.

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