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BP-Husky Toledo refinery in Oregon has applied to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for a draft air pollution control permit-to-install to replace existing equipment and install a new process unit, which would reduce overall air emissions.

The proposed BP-Husky Reformer 3 project involves replacing two existing naphtha reformers with a new reformer with a new gas-fired heater. The old naphtha reformers and a hydrogen furnace would be shut down.

Naphtha is a petroleum hydrocarbon (oil byproduct), or “bad gasoline” because its octane value is around 50 or 60 percent, and the minimum octane found at the gas pump is about 87 octane, explained Dina Pierce, spokesman for the Ohio EPA.

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Correction: In an article on how the Oregon School Board is spending revenue from its P.I. levy that appeared in last week’s edition of The Press, it should have said the district has a 5.95 emergency levy on the August ballot. The Press regrets the error.
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Voters in the Woodmore Local School District will head to the polls Aug. 4 to decide a 5.9-mill, 5-year emergency levy.

Because the school board has decided to not seek renewal of a 4.9-mill issue that is scheduled to expire at the end of this year, property owners will only realize a net increase of 1 mill on their taxes if the emergency measure is approved

For the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000, the additional mill would raise property taxes by about $47 annually.

If passed, the levy will generate approximately $829,000 a year. An emergency levy functions as an operating levy proposed for a specific dollar amount.

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The economy will be a factor in a resolution tentatively scheduled for discussion at the next meeting of the Lake Township trustees as they confront a problem with overgrown yards at abandoned residences.

Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, last week said she’s received several calls from residents complaining about properties in need of mowing because the owners have left.

“It seems to be more prevalent this year than in previous years,” she said at the trustees’ last meeting. “It could be the state of the economy. Properties are being abandoned or foreclosed.”

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Tim Myers has been fascinated by farm tractors since he was a young boy.

Myers, 38, of Genoa, owns a truck driving business and he also owns a unique piece of farm equipment - a 1916 J.I. Case steam traction engine. Every year, Myers loads up the 15,000-pound engine, also known as a steam thresher, to put on display at the Five Point Steam Threshers Reunion.

This year's 49th annual event, hosted by the Five Point Steam Threshers Club, was held July 19 in Perrysburg Township.

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