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There are 555 athletes on the United States Olympic team at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Team USA rower Josh Konieczny..
(Photo courtesy Team USA)

How many of those athletes, however, competed in the men’s lightweight double sculls? How many were the class valedictorian at St. John’s Jesuit High School and graduated from Dartmouth College?

Better yet, how many Olympic athletes grew up in Millbury, Ohio?

Local, state and federal officials lauded the opening Monday of the Great Lakes Dredged Material Center for Innovation, saying the facility represents a milestone in the re-use of material that would otherwise be deposited in Lake Erie.

Paul Toth, president and chief executive officer of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, said it was time to think differently about the nearly 1 million cubic yards of material dredged annually from the shipping channel at the Port of Toledo.

“The Center for Innovation will help us to better understand how to derive value from the material so it can be used to enhance the region in a sustainable manner,” he said.

A California firm will take over billing for ambulance service in Lake Township.

The township trustees Tuesday approved a resolution to contract with Health Services Integration, Inc., Santa Rosa, California, for collecting fees from ambulance runs.

Fire Chief Bruce Moritz said the change was needed after Mercy LifeStar, which provides paramedic personnel for the township’s Medic 50 ambulance, decided to end its billing service.

Under the five-year agreement with the township, Health Services Integration will receive 3.25 percent of all payments collected for Medic 50 services and ambulance runs by township personnel.

Residents of Benton Township in Ottawa County continue to press for answers while a local quarry operation awaits a permit from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to dispose spent lime from the City of Toledo’s water treatment plant into the quarry.

According to a permit application filed with the Ohio EPA, Rocky Ridge Development, owner of the quarry along State Route 590, is seeking to dispose 3.6 million cubic yards of spent lime into the quarry at a rate of 90,000 cubic yards per year.

“Rocky Ridge Development, LLC proposes to blend the spent lime with soil to create a stable, engineered fill material inside the quarry,” the application says. “Based on laboratory testing and site knowledge, use of this material as engineered fill will not create a nuisance or harm human health or the environment…”

Al Thompson is once again adjusting to the mundane life of a retired history teacher.

Still, he thinks there must be something more. Some mission. Some goal bigger than he is. Something to top the nine months he recently spent bicycling around the perimeter of the United States to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Al has spent the last three months doing yard work, playing tennis and golf and riding his bike for short jaunts on Northwest Ohio’s many trails. He is also preparing a program about his latest adventure to be held this Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. at the Carranor Hunt and Polo Club in Perrysburg. (See below for details).

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