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Representatives of Great Lakes environmental groups let President Barack Obama know how they feel about the encroachment of the Asian carp on the lakes.

More than 10,000 post cards were hand delivered in Washington, D.C., urging the president to demand federal regulators implement a solution, including the construction of a permanent barrier to separate the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River system – considered the main route the carp are following to reach the lakes.

“Our message from people around the region couldn’t be clearer: `We cannot wait any longer. We want a permanent solution that will protect our Great Lakes way of life,’ “ said Cheryl Mendoza, associate director of Freshwater Future.

The groups argue a permanent barrier between the two watersheds – which they say was “artificially” connected about 100 years ago to direct Chicago’s wastewater away from Lake Michigan – is the only guaranteed way to keep Asian carp and other destructive species from traveling between the two basins.

In June, a live Asian carp was caught by commercial fishermen in Lake Calumet near Chicago – past an electrical barrier designed to stop it. And earlier DNA sampling has found traces of the carp in the Chicago Area Waterway System, a tributary of the Great Lakes.

Joel Brammeier, president of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, said the Army Corps of Engineers must be directed now to complete a study of how to install a permanent divide between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi basins at Chicago in the next 18 months.

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He nabbed car thieves, intimidated juveniles looking for trouble, and helped secure local sites for presidential candidates

Barney, Northwood’s crime-fighting police dog, dodged a bullet last year when some residents stepped in to donate funds for his continued service after the city cut the K-9 from the budget due to a poor economy.

But in August, not even residents could help Barney avoid his fiercest foe to date: cancer. The city recently announced that Barney, purchased by a Homeland Security Grant six-and-a-half years ago, was retiring for gooddue to health reasons.

Patrolman Fred Genzman, who was Barney’s handler, said he had no clue Barney

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Patrolman Fred Genzman
with Barney. (Press photo
by Ken Grosjean)

was ill when the seven-and-a-half-year old shepherd started having training issues a few months ago. As part of his K-9 certification test taken every two years, Barney is required to detect explosive odors, which he always did with flying colors. This summer, he uncharacteristically missed a few times, said Genzman..

“He’s never had problems like this before,” said Genzman. “We tried to fix it. We went to Cleveland, talked to different handlers and trainers. We just couldn’t pinpoint the problem,” he said.

As a last resort, Genzman took Barney to a veterinarian for a checkup.

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Oregon will submit grant applications to the Ohio Public Works Commission to help fund Phase 2 of the city’s Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project, and the Flood Relief Erosion Control Project.

The sanitary sewer rehabilitation project consists of rehabilitating trunk and local sanitary sewers to reduce inflow/infiltration.

Phase I involved lining several sanitary sewers underneath creeks, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

“This second phase also includes lining the Wheeling Street trunk sewer between Navarre Avenue and Seaman Road,” Roman said at an Oregon council meeting last Monday.

Phase 2 calls for the replacement of sewers in Cresceus and Mambrino roads, and Dearborn Avenue, he said.

“Last year, we submitted this project, but did not receive funding. There was a lot of competition, mainly from Toledo city projects,” said Roman. “Hopefully, there will be less competition this year. But I certainly want to resubmit it and take a second try at getting it funded.”

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A lawsuit filed by Vietnam veterans advocate Nick Haupricht against U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur was dismissed on September 17.

Haupricht is seeking $3,458 in Toledo Municipal Court Small Claims Division for money he spent to organize, process applications, and to advertise a ceremony planned to commemorate a section of World War II monument granite being brought to Toledo. The May 16 ceremony was cancelled.

Haupricht claims he was “misguided” by Kaptur’s staff, believing he had authorization to spend the money.

The court cited the Federal Tort Claims Act in dismissing Haupricht’s claim. The FTCA concerns the federal government’s sovereign immunity when its employees are charged with being negligent within the scope of their employment.

On September 23, Haupricht filed a new motion against Kaptur in U.S. District Court asking for an “extension of time to move, plead, or answer.”.

 


 

The village of Genoa’s battle to remove trees infected with Emerald Ash Borer disease has gotten a little help from the state.

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant of $9,700 was used to remove tainted trees in Veterans Park in recent weeks, according to Village Administrator Garth Reynolds.

Genoa, guided by its tree commission, had had a fairly aggressive tree removal plan in place for several years. “But the money just doesn’t go that far,” Reynolds said, noting budget concerns have kept the program stalled for a while.

Then came the 50/50 matching ODNR grant approved earlier in the year.

Village crews have cut down about 100 trees. Grant monies, however, were used to hire Travers Tree Service of Curtice to remove another 72 in the park by the ball diamonds, said Public Works Director Kevin Gladden.

The height of the trees as well as other problems required professional tree trimmers to handle the complex job, Gladden explained.

The focus now has turned to the replanting project.

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$15 Hourly wage

The "Fight for $15" campaign proposes a $15/hour wage for fast food workers. Do you agree?
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