News Briefs Week Of 7/4/2022

Staff Writer

Litter cleanup challenge
After the festivities of celebrating the Fourth of July are finished, litter is often forgotten and left behind – hidden under the dark night sky.
The OSS Solid Waste District wants to encourage area residents to help clean up after celebrations with a Fourth of July Litter Cleanup Challenge.
Participants will be provided with all the necessary tools for cleaning up their community safely. In return for participating in the challenge, one person will win a $50 Amazon gift card from the OSS Solid Waste District, and a second winner will receive a bundle of OSS gifts.
The challenge, open to residents of Ottawa Sandusky and Seneca counties, runs through July 10.
Participants are encouraged to clean any public space safely and responsibly. To get started, request a DIY Community Cleanup Kit by calling 419-334-7222, ext. 3, emailing or visiting
Kits may be picked up at the OSS office at 1875 E. State St., Fremont.
Once cleanups are completed, participants should properly throw away any trash items and recycle recyclable cans and bottles.
Information provided in the kit will show participants how to then record and share their collection data with the district, which encourages that any pictures taken during the cleanup be shared on social media, tagging the Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste District.

Humane society
plans yard sale
The Humane Society of Ottawa County will hold a yard sale Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the shelter, 2424 E. Sand Rd., Port Clinton.
Hundreds of items will be available for a donation, including toys, kitchenware, furniture, household goods, decorative items, framed pictures, sporting goods, small appliances and more.
All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Ottawa County. Donations are being accepted for the sale through Friday, July 8.
For more information, call 419-734-5191.

Algal bloom for
2022 less than
2021, NOAA says

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its research partners are forecasting Western Lake Erie will experience a smaller than average harmful algal bloom this summer, which would make it less severe than 2021 and more like what was seen in the lake in 2020.
This year’s bloom is expected to measure 3.5, with a potential range of 2 to 4, on the severity index.
Last year’s bloom was measured at a 6.
The index is based on the bloom’s biomass – the amount of algae – during the peak 30 days of the bloom. An index about 5 indicates more severe blooms. Blooms over 7 are particularly severe, with extensive scum formation and coverage affecting the lake. The largest blooms occurred in 2011, with a severity index of 10, and 2015, with a severity index of 10.5.
Lake Erie blooms, consisting of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, are capable of producing microcystin, a toxin which poses a risk to human and wildlife health.
The size of a bloom isn’t always an indication of how toxic it is. The toxins in a large bloom may not be as concentrated as in a smaller bloom.
NOAA expects a start of the visible bloom in mid-to-late July. The duration of a bloom depends on the frequency of winds in September.

Slotnick named
to park board
The Park District of Ottawa County has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Slotnick to the Board of Park Commissioners.
Slotnick will continue an unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2022. She was sworn in June 23 by Judge Frederick C. Hany, II.
The board is a five-person assembly and is currently working on a wide variety of projects throughout the county including the first Parks and Trails Improvement Grant program, the North Coast Inland Trail Genoa to Millbury extension, and the Catawba Islander Trail and Greenway Master Plan.

Drainage work
starting Tuesday
Ottawa County crews will be working on drainage improvements along Fostoria Road, between State Rt. 51 and Walbridge East Road.
The project will require traffic be restricted to one lane during construction, which will start July 5 and continue through July 21. Crews will be on site from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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