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For the last 44 years, John Free II has owned and operated Freeway restaurant on Navarre Avenue, but the diner has been in his family for six decades.

They say nine of out of 10 restaurants will go out of business in their first year, or thereabouts, but Freeway has become virtually a landmark off, where else, the freeway — Interstate 280. It can easily be reached from Oregon’s State Route 2 exit — five minutes from downtown Toledo and 10 minutes from the Ohio Turnpike.

In the nearly 60 years that the restaurant has been open, Free will be the first to admit his restaurant has undergone considerable changes. 

U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy urging EPA to list the open waters of Lake Erie's Western Basin as impaired under the terms of the Clean Water Act.

This was backed up last week when a coalition of fishing boat captains, Lake Erie businesses, environmental and conservation advocates, and sportsmen groups said they are threatening to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because of the agency’s “failure to abide by its obligations under the Clean Water Act.”

Tuesday, a coalition of fishing boat captains, Lake Erie businesses, environmental and conservation advocates, and sportsmen groups said they are threatening to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because of the agency’s “failure to abide by its obligations under the Clean Water Act.”

“The legal action is part of an effort by groups to protect Lake Erie from harmful algal blooms, like the 2014 bloom which poisoned drinking water for more than 400,000 people,” the coalition states.

Oregon City Council on Monday agreed to conduct a feasibility study on whether to fill in 130 acres of Maumee Bay with dredged sediments next to Facility 3.

The study will help evaluate the potential of establishing wetlands and habitat restoration using dredged material along the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority’s Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) known as Facility 3. It will also examine the effects of reduced water flow in the bay.

Oregon City Council on Monday accepted the $188,405 bid of S&S Directional Boring Ltd. of Bryan, Ohio, for the Navarre Avenue Utility Relocation Project, part of the Navarre Avenue Safety Improvements Project.

In order to improve aesthetics along Navarre Avenue, Toledo Edison and Buckeye Broadband have agreed to place their aerial crossover lines underground for the Navarre Avenue Safety Improvements Project. The city, as a result, is installing underground conduits to allow the utility companies to perform their work, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

S&S submitted the lowest and best bid of the three companies that submitted bids. Hank’s Plumbing and Heating Co. Inc. of Toledo, submitted the second lowest bid of $214,632, and Precise Boring of Ohio, LLC, of Lancaster, Ohio, submitted a bid of $245,287.

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