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Local governments have until Aug. 7 to submit claims for reimbursement from a settlement the state has reached with two major providers of rock salt used during winter to de-ice roadways.

Attorney General Mike DeWine recently announced a settlement of $11.5 million with Morton Salt, Inc. and Cargill, Inc. to resolve allegations the companies conspired, causing state and local governments to pay higher than normal prices.

DeWine’s office filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the companies in March 2012, alleging they, in effect, divided up the rock salt market in Ohio by agreeing to not compete with each other. The result was above market salt prices for about a decade, ending in 2010.

Under the settlement, Morton and Cargill will pay a combined $11.5 million, most of which will be distributed to local governments, the Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio Turnpike Commission.

The change in the job market back to trades means that Oregon City Schools, Toledo Public Schools, and Penta Career Center are making sure adults can get into the game, too.

These three districts offer classes for adults interested in becoming medical technicians, practical nursing, and various other health care provider-associated classes, including first aid training. There is even a barber academy at TPS.

It can also mean retraining for today’s high-technology trade jobs. At Penta, Superintendent Ron Matter says there are two paths for adults who want to be retrained for today’s market.

“It is for someone who is coming in who wants to get specific training because they want to upgrade their skills to get a different kind of job or maybe get into a different type of organization, or someone who is retraining on something where they say, ‘I have this skill set, but in order for me to get a raise or move up, I need to get retrained in something,’” Matter said.

Genoa Custom Interiors, a mainstay of the village’s business district is downsizing its operations.

Co-owner Cheryl Grosjean announced the company’s July 18 final day of business at the second showroom at 647 Main St. during a June meeting of Genoa Chamber of Commerce.

Grosjean owns the company along with her husband, Dave.

The company main store and office at 644 Main St. will remain open.

The company is a full-service interior design business and floor business located in the heart of the Genoa downtown.

Open since 1990, Genoa Custom Interiors specializes in custom interior designs and shows off its work in unique rooms spread throughout a renovated house to help give customers a better idea of what can be done in their own homes.

The sixth annual Boomfest, Oregon’s annual July 4 celebration held at Oak Shade Grove, drew a record crowd.

“It was incredible,” Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian said last week.

“It was a great event,” said Oregon Councilman James Seaman at Monday’s council meeting.

In addition to the expected fireworks display at dusk, three bands provided entertainment. The headliner, the Little River Band, had 13 top 40 hits in the 1970s and 80s. The hits they sang included “Lonesome Loser,” “Help is on the Way,” “Cool Change,” “Take it Easy on Me,” and “Reminiscing.”

The other bands featured that day included The KGB, who sang several Motown hits, and Arctic Clam, one of the top local cover bands in the area. The event also featured a car show.

Daphne Derden, Director of Career Technology at Toledo Public Schools, admits she does not necessarily agree with all of Governor John Kasich’s policies.

But when it comes to directing new initiatives for education, she believes he is “awesome.”

She says the jobs are going back to the trades — and it’s a different world of trades than it was in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. And, Kasich and the Ohio legislature are responding.

“Even with the emphasis from a federal perspective, a state perspective, and a local perspective, this is a great time for career technology in that we’ve gotten so much support and attention right now,” Derden said. “Sometimes it’s overwhelming, but it’s been long overdue and I’m so glad this attention has come because it’s good for the economic health of our region.”

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