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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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The Wood County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman Nov. 19 along a rural road south of the Village of Pemberville.

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The victim told investigators she was assaulted after stopping to help the suspect who appeared to have pulled over to the side of the road because of mechanical problems.

She said the suspect’s vehicle, a black Chevy or GMC extended 4 by 4 pickup truck with a silver-colored tool box in the bed, was stopped with its hazard lights flashing. The man pushed her into the truck and assaulted her, the woman told police.

The suspect is described as being in his late 20s or early 30s, 6-2 to 6-3, and 230 to 250 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. He has pock marks on his right cheek.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Det. Sgt. Terry James at (419) 373-6529.

Police detectives from Lake and Perrysburg townships planned Thursday to further interview two men who’ve been charged in connection with recent burglaries.

Frank E. Lintner, Jr., 36, and Gerald A. Dombroff, 30, both of Toledo, were charged last week in Perrysburg Municipal Court with breaking and entering and receiving stolen property.

Det. Mick Lento, of the Lake Township Police Department, said the two confessed to breaking into two barns in the 26000 block of Tracy Road on Nov. 19 after being spotted by Perrysburg Township patrol officers.

Extension cords, a gas can, and vehicle radiator had been placed next to the road at one residence and a weed trimmer, leaf blower, and hedge trimmer at another residence, Det. Lento said, adding the suspects had parked their car nearby and picked up the items after they took them from the barns.

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