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SOFTBALL PREVIEWS 09
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Friday, 10 April 2009 10:43

GENOA SOFTBALL
Tom Kontak enters his seventh season as Genoa softball coach with two Suburban Lakes League championships, a district and regional championship, and a state final four appearance under his belt.

Last season, the Comets were 17-8 overall and runner-up in the SLL with a 9-5 record. This year it is the Elmwood Royals who are picked to win the SLL.

“The coaches in the league have made Elmwood the clear favorite, and I think deserving so based on their run to state last year,” Kontak said.

“They are on top ‘till someone knocks them off,” Kontak continues. “Eastwood and Gibsonburg are loaded with talent as is Woodmore. The rest of us are figuring out our identities and who we are.”

 
BASEBALL PREVIEWS 09
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 09 April 2009 12:04

GENOA BASEBALL
Genoa returns from a second place finish in the Suburban Lakes League as projected co-champions with Eastwood.

Genoa coach Dan Thompson is expecting his team to follow through. Thompson is being assisted by Scott Lau, Tim Spiess, and Eric Wolfe.

 
Brown, some on council, against TARTA sales tax
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Friday, 10 April 2009 10:31

Oregon Mayor Marge Brown and some members of city council last Monday said they were against a proposal to expand the TARTA bus system for all of Lucas County that would be funded by a sales tax instead of the current property tax,
 
A study from a consultant hired by TARTA recommended in February that a half-cent sales tax would provide service expansion and financial stability to Lucas County, including Oregon.
 
Oregon has repeatedly resisted efforts by TARTA for bus service in the past.
 
Brown said a group of mayors from Perrysburg, Maumee, Oregon and Sylvania met over a year and a half as a result of Perrysburg’s desire to leave TARTA. The group will meet again at the end of this month.
 
“If all the other areas pass this half-cent sales tax, then guess what? We have TARTA,” Brown said to council at a meeting April 6.

 
Stritch football gets boost from two new sources
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Friday, 01 August 2008 05:21

As Cardinal Stritch football players begin preparations for the 2008 season, they have two White Knights to thank for helping the program rebuild its momentum.

One source is from within — new head coach Andre Hampton. The other is from a relatively new media source — ToledoSportsRadio.com, an internet broadcasting operation owned and operated by 1981 Stritch graduate Mike Jamieson.

Hampton's football career is impressive. A native of San Bernadino, California, Hampton came to the Buckeye State to play college football for Ohio State. He assisted the Buckeyes in their victory over Texas A&M in the 1999 Sugar Bowl championship.

 
EPA: Hearings for some Lake Erie projects may end
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Friday, 10 April 2009 10:29

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is considering exempting Lake Erie projects from the requirement for mandatory public hearings.
 
The rule is one of three water quality rules drafted by the Ohio EPA that protect lakes, rivers, streams and other surface water bodies from pollution.
 
The public hearing exemption is for all projects impacting superior high quality waters. Hearings would be required when there is significant public interest.
 
Many of the projects are for shoreline work being done by homeowners.
 
The change is being proposed because the agency has held several hearings on such projects that no one attended, according to the Ohio EPA. The move would save taxpayer money.

 
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