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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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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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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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Oregon Councilman Sandy Bihn has asked the city to find out why Envirosafe Services of Ohio, Inc., (ESOI) is seeking a permit modification from the Ohio EPA to dispose of higher levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at its hazardous waste landfill on Otter Creek Road.

Bihn said at a council meeting last Monday that she received a public notice in the mail from the Ohio EPA that stated Envirosafe, an RCRA (Resource Conservation Recovery Act) landfill, can accept higher levels of PCBs containing waste soils.

The facility, according to Bihn, has been allowed to dispose of waste containing 50 mg/Kg PCBs or less. The notice states Envirosafe may dispose of waste materials containing up to 1,000 mg/Kg PCBs.

“This site is a RCRA hazardous waste site, not a TSCA site,” said Bihn.

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