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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.

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

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.

Parking won’t be allowed on the south side of Walnut Street to help alleviate traffic woes around Oak Harbor Middle School.

In past weeks, Oak Harbor police posted temporary “no parking” signs affecting traffic flow from the middle school to Locust Street, according to Police Chief Steve Weirich. The experiment was meant to gauge if the change could free up traffic problems created when the buses load and unload students as parents and others in private vehicles race to do the same along the busy stretch.

As the 2014-15 school year enters its second week, Weirich supported an ordinance that came before Oak Harbor Village Council on Monday to make the ban permanent.

He noted bus drivers now have “a straight shot out of there” without having to weave around parked personal vehicles. And the safety factor is greatly increased, he added.

Citing personal reasons, Oak Harbor’s fiscal clerk turned in her resignation Monday.

Fiscal Clerk Debbie Carpenter’s short resignation letter was read by Mayor Bill Eberle at the beginning of Monday’s regular Oak Harbor Village Council meeting. She only referred to “life changing” circumstances that forced her decision. Carpenter’s last day is Oct. 31.

The fiscal officer is responsible for the day-to-day financial operations, fund investments, payroll, employee fringe benefits, human resource issues, record retention and required reporting to the state. The fiscal clerk also acts as a clerk of council. The position is a mayoral appointment.

Carpenter has been with the village since August 2012.

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