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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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Barney, Northwood’s former crime-fighting K-9 police dog who was cut last year from the budget, only to be reinstated a short time later with donations from a sympathetic public, died from complications of cancer on Nov. 11.

Patrolman Fred Genzman, his ex-handler, was at his side.

In August, the city had announced that Barney, 7 1/2 –years-old, was retiring as the city’s K-9 because he had cancer.

Barney stayed at home with Genzman and his family to live out his remaining days in comfort.

Genzman was told by Barney’s vet that the cancer was very aggressive, though the dog had no symptoms at the time of its diagnosis. Genzman had taken Barney to the vet for a checkup because the German Shepherd and Czechoslovakian Shepherd mix had uncharacteristically started having training issues during his K-9 certification test. Barney had always passed the test, required every two years for certification, with flying colors.

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For the second time in a week Lake Township police have charged two men in connection with  burglaries on Tracy Road.

Christopher M. Miller, 19, Perrysburg, was charged Nov. 26 with receiving stolen property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after he and a juvenile were stopped by police in the 27000 block of Tracy Road where a pole barn had been burglarized, according to police reports.

The juvenile, a 17-year-old male from Walbridge, was charged with breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools, and obstructing official business.

A week earlier police in Lake and Perrysburg townships charged two other men in connection with burglaries on Tracy Road.

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

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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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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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