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Seven years ago, a third-grader from Fremont named Parker Inks did something that most of us could only dream of doing: he started a foundation with the idea that his community could help to raise money to help pay for local families’ medical bills.

Since then, the organization that is named for Inks, Parker’s Purpose, has raised greater than $150,000 which has been given to over 200 families in Ohio in an effort to help them pay for their children’s medical bills and has spawned a movement that has raised awareness about the trials and tribulations with which families who have sick children must deal.

Throughout his ordeal, Inks, now 16, has lived with muscular dystrophy for nearly his entire life, but has continued to serve as an inspiration for many in Northwest Ohio.

A tour of sustainable and organic farms in Ohio will make a stop Aug. 7 in Sandusky County.

Turnow Ventures, which began operation in 1980 with 600 acres, will be featured during the 2015 tour and workshop series sponsored by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

The farm is located at 2956 County Rd. 92 near the Village of Lindsey. The tour stop will be at the farm from 1-3 p.m.

Steve Turnow began experimenting with growing organic crops in 1998. Within five years, he certified all 1,500 acres of his farm to comply with certification standards set by the National Organic Program.

Presently, 600 acres are dedicated to alfalfa production, which is a vital cog of a value-added supply chain of dehydrated chicken feed pellets – a part of the operation managed by extended family members.

The level of microcystin detected in the intake crib in Lake Erie on Monday increased by Wednesday.

Samples and tests taken from the intake crib by Toledo showed 1.0 parts per billion (ppb) of microcystin in raw lake water, though no detection in tap water.

“Accelerated treatment is not needed at this time,” according to a report on the city’s Facebook page. “The City of Toledo will continue its protocol of sampling every day and testing once a week. We will continue to closely monitor water conditions in the intake crib in Lake Erie.”

Two days earlier, Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks Hudson called a press conference to announce that the city’s water quality status had been changed from “clear” to “watch” after 0.5 ppb of microcystin was detected in the intake crib.

A 2-mill permanent improvement levy request on the Aug. 4 ballot in the Gibsonburg Exempted Village School District, will, if passed, be used for building improvements, a new bus, computer upgrades and other non-operating expenses.

The continuing levy would generate about $201,687 annually and cost the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 about $70 per year, said Tim Murray, district superintendent.

The school board has decided to not seek renewal of a current 1-mill permanent improvement levy if voters approve the levy on Tuesday’s ballot, he said.

Gibsonburg voters approved a 2-mill permanent improvement levy in 1980 but it was reduced to 1 mill when the district partnered with the Ohio School Facilities Commission and built new schools.

That mill is now generating a little more than $47,000 annually to maintain facilities, Murray said.

A request for a Special Use Exemption (SUE) permit to raise chickens in a residential area on S. Wynn Road has been withdrawn.

David Pullella, who made the request, asked council in a letter that he be allowed to withdraw his application for an SUE, according to Council President Dennis Walendzak.

A public hearing on the matter was scheduled at a council meeting last Monday.

Council approved a motion to allow Pullella to withdraw his application with the understanding that he could reapply in the future without additional application fees.

The Oregon Planning Commission on June 16 voted 3-2 to recommend to council that the SUE be denied. There was opposition to the SUE request from some of Pullella’s neighbors. The property at 935 S. Wynn Road is in a low density residential district.

The city’s Project Review Committee had no objections to the request, but recommended that a plan be submitted and approved for waste removal and housing.


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