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Historian Richard J. Norgard grew up on the shores of Lake Erie — his boyhood home, “now long gone,” was located where Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurant sits in Port Clinton.

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Richard Norgard

As a child, his father used to tell him about the “old slave ship” that burned offshore, less than a half mile from their home, on July 4, 1946. His dad watched the ship burn from their beach, and the story stayed with Norgard.

When Norgard landed his first job as a reporter and photographer for a local newspaper, he began collecting information about the “old slave ship,” which was really a historic sailing ship called the “Success.” He says the quest began as a hobby, then became a “passion, and finally, a writing career.”

Despite a fire on July 4, 1946, historian Richard J. Norgard says a lot remains of the sailing Ship Success today — the wreck is located in 15 feet of water directly offshore from the Route 163 and Route 2 highway cloverleaf near Jolly Roger’s restaurant.

The keel and ribs rise eight feet off the bottom and parts of the wreck and metal fittings are still found in the sand.

Norgard says the female figurehead was cut off while she sat in her final years at Lake Erie, and numerous wax figures once located in the hull during its museum days still pop up at locations around the world. He says a Michigan drinking establishment has the head of a wax figure sitting at the end of its bar, and guests entertainment themselves by placing a cigarette in its mouth.

A bill that would establish a national, but voluntary, standard for labeling of bio-engineered food products stalled Wednesday in the U.S. Senate when a cloture motion to end debate fell by one vote.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, who chairs the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, said the bill represents a “true compromise” and establishes a balance between consumers’ right to know and ensuring an even playing field in the marketplace.

Roberts’ proposal amends sections of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 and preempts any state law requiring the labeling of food or seed that is genetically engineered. That provision is significant in the eyes of food producers and consumer groups as some states have had initiatives on the ballot requiring such labeling. Vermont, for example, has approved a labeling requirement set to go into effect in July.

Voters in the Woodmore district Tuesday rejected a renewal of an emergency levy that generates $600,000 annually.

School board president Joe Liszak attributed the loss to lingering questions residents have about the district’s financial situation.

“I heard some people say the board still doesn’t know how much more money the district will get from CAUV (Current Agricultural Use Valuation) appraisals yet. And I think that was a factor,” he said. “The other thing is our financial statements are not balanced yet.”

In Sandusky County, the vote tally was 732 – against to 567 for, according to the unofficial results. In the Ottawa County portion of the district, it was closer: 554 – against to 527 for.

Oregon Council approved $633,991 in new equipment and trucks for the Oregon Fire Department and the Streets Division during its March 14 meeting.

According to City Administrator Mike Beazley, the new equipment and trucks will replace older items with new ones.

“The equipment and trucks are needed for the safety of our residents,” Beazley said. “There is a schedule that we follow to replace equipment. Everything has a shelf life. The technology has evolved and we are trying to get the best technology.”

The expenditures for the fire department include three upgraded LP15 V4 monitor/defibrillators for $113,725; three American Rescue Technology “E” Force Rescue Systems and three Genesis Rescue Systems for a total of $81,468; and one 2016 GM K205HD Pick Up Truck for $37,771.

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