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Representatives of three environmental groups are asking Gov. Ted Strickland to veto a provision in the state operating budget bill they claim hamstrings the work of the Environmental Review Appeals Commission.

Jack Shaner, Deputy Director of Ohio Environmental Council, Jennifer Miller, Program Coordinator of the Ohio chapter of the Sierra Club, and Amy Gomberg, Program Director of Environment Ohio, say in a letter to the governor the budget amendment was added by the legislature’s conference committee with no opportunity for public review.

The commission hears appeals of decisions made by the director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regarding permits, licenses, or variances under the agency’s jurisdiction.

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Northwood City Council will decide at its next meeting in August whether to cut the salary of the zoning inspector as a result of the recession.

Kimberly Grames became the city’s interim zoning inspector after former zoning inspector Heather Sayler accepted a job with the City of Bowling Green last year.

Grames, who was Sayler’s assistant, currently makes $43,394 annually, the same salary Sayler made in the position. Grames’ annual salary as Sayler’s assistant was $25,000.

Council is divided over cutting Grames’ salary.

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A federal tax incentive that is due to expire at the end of the year has been an integral part of the success the Black Swamp Conservancy has had in protecting agricultural land and other natural areas from development, says Kevin Joyce,  the conservancy’s executive director.

Organizations representing land trusts are supporting measures in Congress that would make the incentive for land donations permanent.

Joyce says a permanent incentive would help more families save their land and choose conservation over land development.

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A century is a long time to keep a business afloat, but Reddish Sporting Goods

has managed to do just that.

Reddish Sporting Goods moved to 400 Main St. six years ago, but the family-owned business has been an East Toledo fixture since 1909.

"We opened up our shop in 1991," said Gary Reddish, who owns the business with his wife, Debra. "Previous to that, my father (Maxwell) had the sporting goods store. When he died in 1990, we put together our own shop and opened in 1991.

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Men claiming to be conducting a property survey for the City of Oregon were able to gain entry to a Holly Drive residence and steal cash from the eldery homeowner, police said.

One man said he needed to look at the homeowners’ back yard while others apparently went into the home while the 83-year-old owner was distracted.

The incident occurred July 8.

According to police, the homeowner was cleaning a lawn mower in his front yard when a large red Ford, possibly an SUV, pulled into his driveway.

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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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