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Magee Marsh, Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, and Crane Creek Beach Ridge have been steadily building a reputation.

Between mid-April and the end of May, an estimated 50,000 bird watchers arrive from around the world, pumping an estimated $17-24 million into the local economy.

The Black Swamp Bird Observatory is seeking a three-year moratorium on additional wind turbines within three miles of the Lake Erie Shores in Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Erie counties until research, including radar studies, on how the turbines affect the lives of nocturnal migrants can be completed.

The BSBO has established an online petition, co-sponsored by the Ohio Ornithological Society and Greater Mohican Audubon Society, with a link at www.bsbobird.org. The BSBO is also seeking letters of support to be written to elected officials and is asking for financial contributions to support the effort.

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Ohio farmers who’ve been considering entering the growing market for organic food are being invited to a workshop to help them make the transition.

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association and the Ohio State University Organic Food & Farming Education and Research Program will present “Organics 101: An Introduction to Organic Crop Production” Dec. 10 at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation in Bowling Green.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The foundation is located at 13737 Middleton Pike.

“We’ve seen tremendous growth in the demand for organic foods over the past decade,” Mike Anderson, program coordinator of the OEFFA, said. “More and more Ohio farmers are considering organic production to help meet this demand and take advantage of the economic opportunity that it provides. Even if a farmer is just wondering if organics might be right for their operation, this workshop will be a good place to start.”

The program will include presentations by Ohio State University research scientists and educators, organic farmers, and organic certification representatives.

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If a survey of library users in Sandusky County is accurate, there could be strong support for a levy that appears destined for the May ballot.

Those who use services offered by the Birchard Public Library, which has libraries in Fremont, Gibsonburg, Green Springs, and Woodville, are satisfied but would like the hours of operation extended to where they were before the library system implemented an austerity program to offset cuts in state funding.

Nearly 85 percent of the almost 600 survey respondents said they were very satisfied and 13.4 percent were moderately satisfied.

But they said they want Sunday hours back, according to Pam Hoesman, library director. Birchard’s main library is closed Sundays and closes at 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

“With revenue down 30 percent, the library is cutting expenses however we can, while we still try to provide the public with a quality collection and services,” she said. “Despite all the cuts we have made, as time goes on, it becomes increasingly clear that this budget situation is not going to get better anytime soon. Over 90 percent of Birchard’s funding comes from the State of Ohio, and the state has an $8 billion budget gap to fill by June 30, 2011. We expect library funding to get worse before it gets better.”

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Forfeited land up for auction
A public auction of forfeited land in Wood County is scheduled for Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. at the county office building in Bowling Green.

Michael Sibbersen, county auditor, said there are 51 parcels listed for sale but some parcels could be dropped from the list if the owners pay delinquent taxes.

The parcels are located in 17 jurisdictions: Lake Twp., Bairdstown, Portage Twp, Bloomdale, Millbury, Risingsun, Bloom Twp., Milton Twp, Rossford, Bowling Green, North Baltimore, Walbridge, Cygnet, Perrysburg, Weston, Jerry City, and Perrysburg Twp.

The former Smith Foundry lots in North Baltimore and former Bloomdale Lumber Co. lots are on the list.

Registration for the sale will begin at 9:30 a.m. Successful bidders will receive an auditor’s deed for each parcel, giving clear title. There is a fee for the deed and transfer. Federal tax liens, however, may not be extinguished.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) last week renewed a wastewater discharge permit for FirstEnergy’s Bay Shore power plant in Oregon. The agency also granted the power plant a variance to water quality standards for mercury. The permit and variance are for a period of 4 ½ years.

The permit includes modifications requiring the company to reduce fish mortality due to the operation of the plant’s cooling water system, according to Dina Pierce, northwest district media coordinator for the Ohio EPA.

Millions of fish, their eggs and larvae each year are caught and killed by the plant’s cooling water screens.

As a result, the permit requires FirstEnergy to reduce fish impingement by 80 percent and entrainment by 60 percent by April 1, 2013, through technology improvements at the facility and/or operational changes, according to Pierce. Impingement occurs when fish and shellfish are trapped against the plant’s cooling water intake screens. Entrainment occurs when fish eggs and larvae are drawn into the cooling water system.

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Ebola outbreak

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