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The passing last week of former Ohio State University women’s track and field head coach and former Olympian Mamie Rallins hit around the world, including at least one Ottawa County family.

Rallins passed away Monday after a car accident on Route 53 near Fremont. She was 74.

Tamra Sinden, daughter of Graytown resident Dorothy Gackstetter, was an athlete under Rallins in the mid to late 1980s at OSU, and Tamra, Dorothy, and father Marvin Gackstetter were close friends.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is expected soon to unveil a plan on how to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie by 40 percent.

Last summer, Ohio, Michigan and Ontario, Canada signed an agreement to reduce phosphorus by 40 percent by 2025. Their more immediate goal is to cut phosphorus by 2020. The Ohio EPA, by the end of this month, will propose an implementation plan on how to meet those goals.

The plan is the result of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Annex 4, a commitment from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Ontario, Canada, to reduce total phosphorus entering the Western Basin of Lake Erie.

A letter from a City of Northwood official to a Lake Township business, asking the business owner to consider annexing his property to the city, has caught the attention of the township trustees.

The letter, dated April 26, from Kimberly Vaculik, planning, zoning and economic development coordinator for Northwood, asks Lee Yackee, owner of a storage facility at 4604 Woodville Road, to consider the benefits he’d realize by annexing the business site to the city.

The trustees briefly discussed the letter Tuesday during their regular meeting, questioning claims made by the city about its municipal services.

Starting June 1, all public water systems that use surface water as a source will be required to monitor and report to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency if Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and cyanobacteria are present in the water.

A HAB containing toxic levels of microcystin in Lake Erie caused a tap water ban for Toledo water customers in 2014. For years, water plants in Ohio voluntarily monitored, tested and treated the water for such toxins.

HABs are still growing in some Ohio lakes, reservoirs and rivers that are used as sources of public drinking water, especially when significant rainfall causes phosphorus to enter waterways, according to the Ohio EPA. These new rules will help Ohio EPA better understand the extent to which HABs develop across the state, and ensure greater protection for customers of all public water systems that use surface water as their source.

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on Aug. 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here is an excerpt from his blog, which you can follow by going to and clicking the icon in the upper right corner.

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