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The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 2011 tour of some of the state’s sustainable and organic farms includes a stop at a local family farm.

Hirzel Farms, 20790 Bradner Rd., Luckey, will be open to the public June 18 at 10 a.m.

About 700 acres of the 2,000-acre farm have been certified organic.

Oregon City Council last week approved placing four renewal levies on the November 8 ballot.

They include the renewal of a .5-mill levy for the fire department that would provide and maintain fire apparatus, appliances, buildings and sites; a .5-mill levy for the recreation department for recreation purposes; a 2.25-percent tax to retire bonds issued for such things as financing, operation and/or maintenance of the municipal water distribution system, transmission, supply, storage, pumping, filtration or purification facilities, payment of interest and to provide funds for the continued construction and maintenance of the sanitary sewage system, for additional capital improvements and general operating expenses of the city within the general fund, for refuse pickup and disposal, and for storm drainage improvements; and the renewal of the municipal income tax rate of 2.25 percent.

The Stony Ridge Summer Festival and Flea Market would have celebrated its 40th year this July but the economy, torn up roads, state licensing mandates, lack of volunteers and past bad weather forced organizers to take a year off.

According to Karen Nicely, president of the Stony Ridge Civic Association, the group is currently discussing plans for next year.

John Dandar, of Curtice, stood in line with his fellow workers to thank President Obama for saving his job. What he received, in the end, was two priceless mementos from the experience.

Dandar’s wife, Maggi, a photographer, took photos of then presidential candidate Barack Obama, when he visited Maumee Bay State Park, in Oregon, in 2008.

Area farmers took advantage of a few days of dry weather to get into their fields and try to salvage what has been a planting season overwhelmed by record-breaking rainfall.

In Sandusky County, about 10 percent of the corn crop and about 3 percent of the soybean crop had been planted prior to last week, said W. Todd Warner, executive director of the county’s Farm Service Agency office.

The spell of dry weather earlier this month, however, allowed growers in some areas of the county to plant as much as 80 percent of their corn acreage, Warner estimates.

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