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An agreement between Ohio farm organizations and a coalition of animal welfare advocates may be in jeopardy after a recent vote by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board that permits the confinement of veal calves in crates so small they’re unable to turn around.

Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, said the 6-5 vote by board members violates a provision of the agreement which phases out the use of veal crates and if the vote stands, the Humane Society may decide to renew a ballot initiative sponsored by the coalition.

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Wood County
State of the county address set for Tuesday
Wood County Commissioners James Carter, Tim Brown, and Alvin Perkins will present the annual state of the county address March 15 at 8 a.m. in the Courthouse Complex Atrium in Bowling Green.

The commissioners will give their perspectives on the important events that occurred in the county during 2010, as well as goals for 2011.

The event is sponsored by the Business Council of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and the Wood County Economic Development Commission. Coffee and light refreshments will be served at 7:30 a.m.

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The Black Swamp Bird Observatory considers its banding program a “feather in its cap.”

The program, led by research director Mark Shieldcastle, has banded more than 500,000 birds over two decades. The BSBO banding station is the largest in the country, according to Kim Kaufman, executive director of the BSBO.

“We band more birds than any other station in the country on a regular basis,” Kaufman said. “That's a feather in our cap, but what it really represents is how important that (Magee) marsh is to migratory birds.”

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For Oregon City Schools Superintendent Mike Zalar, a trip to China last April resulted in more than just great memories of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. The trip may open doors to a more global and international way of teaching and learning.

Zalar, along with eight other superintendents from across Ohio, spent a little over two weeks participating in the China Exchange Initiative. The trips were funded by the Freeman Foundation, a program that facilitates educational exchange programs between schools in many states and provinces in the United States and China at the pre-college level.

The program is also sponsored in coordination with the Ohio Department of Education, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, and the Chinese Ministry of Education.

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Oregon Council at a meeting on March 14 will consider an agreement with engineering companies to provide services for the final design and bidding for the Oregon Flood Relief and Erosion Control project, the Wolf Creek Relief Ditch project, and the Pickle Road Storm Relief Ditch project.

If approved, Poggemeyer Design Group, Bowling Green, would provide engineering services for the Oregon Flood Relief and Erosion Control project, which is located within the downstream area of the Amolsch and Driftmeyer Ditch, Johlin Ditch, and Heckman Ditch watersheds, between Cedar Point Road and Lake Erie. Jones & Henry Engineers, LTD., Toledo, would provide engineering services for the Wolf Creek area west of Stadium Road, and the Pickle Road area between Coy and Lallendorf roads that is served by the Amolsch and Driftmeyer Ditch. Poggemeyer would be paid $304,880 to provide the services.

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Ebola outbreak

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