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The Lake Erie Waterkeeper Group recently took more than two dozen citizens on its annual Eco Tour of the Maumee River.

This year’s tour was especially successful, in part by the rise in concern for water quality in the area due to the recent water crisis.

“People just don’t understand the magnitude of this and drinking water should really bring the issue to the top,” said Len Syrek.

“I belong to Urban Waters, Partners of Clean Stream, and I’m on the board of the Lake Erie Water Keepers,” he said. “I have an opportunity to speak to a lot of people and, for whatever reason, I do not believe that the general populous really knows how bad this is.

“I show people that (water bottle of algae from around the intake) and it’s like they don’t understand or they don’t care – but they did care for three days when they needed water,” said Syrek.

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A dedication of the new headquarters building of the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District is scheduled for Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.

The district has closed the fire station in the Village of Clay Center and moved the equipment to the new station 2/headquarters at 3155 N. Genoa-Clay Center Road.

Tours of the 10,000-square-foot building will be conducted following the dedication until 9 p.m.

Approximately 80 persons are on the roster of the station, including command officers, volunteers and part-time and full-time personnel, said Denny Hartman, district chief.

In addition to administrative offices, the headquarters includes training and conference rooms.

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Despite a brutal winter that hampered the start of the shipping season, total cargo shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway have surpassed 2013 levels for the March through August time period.

According to Seaway figures, total cargo tonnage from March 25 to August 31 reached 20 million metric tons, up 3 percent over the same period last year.

The recovery has been fuelled by grain exports, increases in road salt inventories for Great Lakes municipalities and an influx of specialty steel and other metals for the automotive and construction industries. Construction materials such as stone and cement have also been in strong demand.

Total U.S. and Canadian grain shipments have reached 5.6 million metric tons, up 73 percent over last year. U.S. grain so far this season has totaled 630,000 metric tons, up 13 percent.

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If you're from the East Side, you've probably seen a little city park known as Prentice Park, Toledo’s oldest city park. It's just a small triangle of grass, a block off Woodville Road, bounded by Elmore, Leonard and Prentice streets. The park is named in honor of Frederick Prentice, the first white child born in what would become the city of Toledo.

This early Toledo pioneer would grow up to become one of the city’s first millionaires, a fascinating figure of our history whose long resume includes experiences as a lumberman, nurseryman, oilman, land speculator, mine operator, and at one time, Indian
interpreter. Over the course of his nine decades of life, he married four times, had four children, and left a legacy still
in existence today on many streets of America. If that's not enough, Prentice also occupies center stage in a lost
treasure legend on Lake Superior.915Frederick-Prentice

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The Sixth District Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a Lake Township man involved in a child custody dispute.

The court ruled Aug. 29 that the Wood County Common Pleas Court erred when it ruled against Andrew Prewitt’s motion contending the lower court lacked jurisdiction in a case filed by Jessy Zielinski-Barnwell, the mother of Prewitt’s daughter.

Zielinski-Barnwell had sought a domestic violence civil protection order against Prewitt but was a resident of Adrian, Michigan.

The common pleas court granted a temporary protection order and scheduled a full hearing when Prewitt filed his motion. The court found that Zielinski-Barnwell failed to prove Prewitt engaged in domestic violence but in a later ruling denied Prewitt’s motion concerning jurisdiction.

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