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The Oregon Board of Education on Tuesday voted 3-0 for a three-year contract with the Oregon City Federation of Teachers (OCFT), which represents the district’s 260 teachers.

Board members Keith Kennedy, Heather Miller, and board president Carol Ann Molnar were in favor of the agreement. Board members Jeff Ziviski and Michael Csehi were not in attendance.

Members of the OCFT ratified the agreement on December 19. The district had been negotiating with the teachers’ union since March. Their previous contract had expired on July 31.

For the last 44 years, John Free II has owned and operated Freeway restaurant on Navarre Avenue, but the diner has been in his family for six decades.

They say nine of out of 10 restaurants will go out of business in their first year, or thereabouts, but Freeway has become virtually a landmark off, where else, the freeway — Interstate 280. It can easily be reached from Oregon’s State Route 2 exit — five minutes from downtown Toledo and 10 minutes from the Ohio Turnpike.

In the nearly 60 years that the restaurant has been open, Free will be the first to admit his restaurant has undergone considerable changes. 

U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy urging EPA to list the open waters of Lake Erie's Western Basin as impaired under the terms of the Clean Water Act.

This was backed up last week when a coalition of fishing boat captains, Lake Erie businesses, environmental and conservation advocates, and sportsmen groups said they are threatening to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because of the agency’s “failure to abide by its obligations under the Clean Water Act.”

Tuesday, a coalition of fishing boat captains, Lake Erie businesses, environmental and conservation advocates, and sportsmen groups said they are threatening to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because of the agency’s “failure to abide by its obligations under the Clean Water Act.”

“The legal action is part of an effort by groups to protect Lake Erie from harmful algal blooms, like the 2014 bloom which poisoned drinking water for more than 400,000 people,” the coalition states.

Oregon City Council on Monday will consider conducting a study on whether to fill in 130 acres of Maumee Bay with dredged sediments next to Facility 3.

The study would look at creating a wetlands, but at a cost of filling in the open shallow waters of the bay, something environmentalists have long opposed.

Council will consider entering into an agreement with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to receive funding through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for planning and preliminary design of wetland restoration and enhancement at Facility 3.

 

 

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