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The Veterans Glass City Skyway is the culmination of hundreds of people — laborers, local citizens, and government officials — making contributions to realize the dream of a drawbridge-free Interstate 280 Maumee River crossing.

The Skyline has been open to Interstate 280 traffic for three years now.

A kinetic sculpture to honor the loss of five tradesmen and recognize those who constructed Toledo’s signature bridge is to be dedicated on April 28. The VGCS tribute committee chose that day because it coincides with National Workers’ Memorial Day.

The gantry truss responsible for construction of the main span collapsed on February 16, 2006. The collapse killed four workers and injured four others. Ironworkers killed were Robert Lipinski Jr., Arden Clark II, Michael Phillips, and Michael Moreau. Local workers injured included Josh Collins of East Toledo and Roger Henneman of Curtice.

At around 9:15 a.m. EST on April 19, 2007, carpenter Andrew Burris of Curtice died when the construction platform he was on became detached and fell from the bridge.

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FirstEnergy cost plan challenged
The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel is challenging a request by FirstEnergy to pass costs onto consumers stemming from a change in regional transmission organizations.

The OCC filed its protest last week with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, arguing the utility has not provided sufficient evidence to show customers will benefit from the utility's decision to change regional transmission organizations. The FERC should instead require FirstEnergy's shareholders to pay the costs resulting from the utility's switch from the Midwest ISO to the PJM Interconnection, Consumers’ Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander said.

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Jerusalem Township, along with other townships in Lucas County, will be part of the Lucas County storm water utility, which will charge a fee to residents and businesses beginning next year.

Township Trustee Joe Kiss isn’t too happy about the program.

“I just started hearing some grumblings about it last night at our business meeting,” Kiss said last Wednesday. “It just sure seems like another way to pull some extra tax from people who shouldn’t be paying it.”

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Walbridge Village Council has heard the first reading of a new refuse collection contract that will - if approved – replace a 20-year contract with Waste Management of Ohio that ends March 13.

Under the proposed agreement with Waste Management, collection rates will be $10.25 a month per residence for refuse and recycling services. Prices for those services will increase by 3 percent annually.

There is also a monthly fee of $3 for a 96-gallon refuse cart and $2.50 for a 64-gallon recycling cart. Recycling and refuse carts will be leased directly to residents.

The cost to residents, however, will be partially offset by a payment from the village to Waste Management of $20,846 a year, which will reduce residents’ out-of-pocket costs by $1.85 a month.

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Saint Thomas Aquinas Holy Name Society is sponsoring a Pre-Lenten Fish Fry Feb. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the church basement, 729 White St., East Toledo.

The dinner will include Alaskan pollock, au gratin potatoes, cole slaw or tossed salad, roll and butter, dessert and coffee or tea. Macaroni and cheese is available for those who do not want fish. The cost is $7.50 for adults, $7. for seniors and $4 for elementary school students.

Proceeds from this dinner suppor the STA Cub and Boy Scouts.

Ebola outbreak

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