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State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon), urged President Obama to appoint a clean water expert to replace Susan Hedman as the EPA Region 5 administrator following Hedman’s resignation in the wake of the Flint, Michigan water crisis.

“The recent water crises in Ohio and Michigan that have threatened the health and lives of our citizens are entirely unacceptable,” said Sheehy last week. “Here in the Great Lakes region, we need an EPA administrator committed to protecting and maintaining our clean water resources and the people that rely on them.”

Sheehy said it should be someone “who is knowledgeable enough and willing to take a closer look at what scientists are finding in Flint, and here in the Western Lake Erie Basin.”

The Oregon Planning Commission on Jan. 19 agreed to continue discussion on a request to change zoning on 15 acres of land owned by St. Kateri Catholic Academy and Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School, which plans to develop athletic fields at the site at 1055 South Coy and 3521 Pickle roads.

The commission met last month to discuss changing zoning from R-2 Single Family Residential to P-Park Land Zoning. Some neighbors whose properties abut the land have expressed concerns that the athletic fields will create noise, additional traffic and safety problems in their community. About 60 people attended the meeting, which lasted nearly three hours.

The late George Tschann in 2011 donated the land to St. Kateri Catholic Academy and Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School. The property was lined with 2,000 trees, mostly gum, oak, and maple, all planted by Tschann. Last September, St. Kateri removed most of the trees on the property, an area bounded by Coy, Pickle, Schmidlin and Worden roads.

For Keith Walker, owner of Walker Funeral Homes, the increase in both heroin and opioid related deaths has not been a boon to his business. In fact, it has sickened him.

“We have had 22 overdose related deaths here in the last 12 months and I am tired of seeing it,” Walker said. “I have had friends, friends' children, a nephew of a friend of mine, and young people who were all lost way too soon. Something has to be done to help stop this epidemic.”

Walker said he has seen an uptick in the number of heroin and opioid related deaths in the last three years. Prior to that, he maybe saw three such deaths a year.

While lauding industrial development on Northwood’s west side and $32 million in construction projects in 2015, newly elected Northwood Mayor Ed Schimmel would ultimately like to see more rooftops, which would lead to more retail.

Schimmel says anytime a well-known restaurant chain shows interest, the developer ultimately cites “not enough rooftops” as the reason for not moving into Northwood. He adds there is plenty of land available within city limits, some of it his family owns and farms, suitable for new housing, and he believes big box stores have had a negative impact in regards to attracting other stores.

Schimmel, an attorney, cites the 1960s, before he was born, when it was Northwood that was considered suburban Toledo’s gold mine of the future for possible development, leading to the area’s first multi-store indoor shopping center, the Woodville Mall.

A decade of boating stewardship was recognized by the Ohio Clean Marinas Program, a partnership among the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the Ohio Sea Grant College Program and Lake Erie Marine Trades Association (LEMTA), at the annual Progressive Mid-American Boat Show being held at the I-X Center in Cleveland this month.

A ceremony was held on Jan. 14, on the Fish School stage to recognize marinas for their commitment to protecting and enhancing our freshwater resources.

Female coach

The Buffalo Bills last week hired the NFL's first female full-time coach (Kathryn Smith--special teams quality control coach). Should there be more women in coaching?
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