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The first rain garden in the storm water community area of the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District has been completed at a memorial in the Allen Township Cemetery.

Allen Township officials and employees, volunteers, and OSWCD employees put the finishing touches on the garden recently.

“Structures like rain gardens help to slow runoff after heavy rains by allowing the water to slowly filter through the landscape,” said Crystal Dymond, storm water technician for the OSWCD. “The native plants that are chosen can tolerate both wet and dry conditions because their roots are deeper than other plants and they are used to our local conditions. The native plants also help to filter out the bad elements in the soil before it drains in a waterway, stormwater drain, or in this case, a pond.”

The township erected the memorial to honor veterans, firefighters, and their families and related organizations.

The township installed what is called “porous” pavement at the memorial.

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Ceremony for marina improvements held
A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the dedication of recent renovations to the Middle Bass Island State Park marina.

The renovations began in 2001 and continued throughout much of the decade.

Fifty new temporary docks were installed for boaters, with some later modified for permanent use.

In 2006, a 20-site primitive campground was constructed. In 2008, an improvement project to the marina entrance, including a new channel and revetments, was completed followed the next year by a floating docks project.

A 100,000-gallon elevated water storage tank has also been installed and construction is scheduled this summer for staff housing.

Sean Logan, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, attended the dedication ceremony, which included a special recognition of former ODNR director Sam Speck.

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Tornado Recovery Center open in Northwood
Recovery help for area tornado victims is available through the Wood County Tornado Recovery Center, located in the former Value City building in the Great Eastern Shopping Center on Woodville Road in Northwood.

Adventist Recovery Services of Ohio is organizing donations and asking for gently used items. Workers will distribute household items and furniture to tornado victims.

Center hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Donations may be dropped off by appointment. Call 419-724-4994 for more information.

Fundraising and relief efforts continue throughout the area. They include:


Golf outing scheduled
A golf outing to benefit the Tim Miller family, whose house on Reiman Road in Ottawa County was leveled by the June 5 tornado, will be held Aug. 14 at Sugar Creek Golf Course in Elmore.

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Governor Ted Strickland and Attorney General Richard Cordray are asking the Obama administration to convene a summit by July 19 to make plans for constructing a permanent barrier to block the infiltration of the Asian carp into the Great Lakes.

They are also asking construction of a physical barrier start within 30 days of the summit.

In a letter to the president the two write “…this is still a preventable multi-billion dollar ecological disaster, but the window is closing.”

Last month, 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.

“We are aware of your Administration’s current efforts to protect the Great Lakes from the significant harm that would come from Asian carp,” the letter says. “But, thus far chemical and electric barriers have proven ineffective, as Asian carp have been found increasingly farther into the tributaries of the Great Lake basin and well past the electric barriers. This is the time for bold, decisive action, which is why we are asking for an aggressive timeline to begin building physical, permanent barriers.”

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The Ohio Department of Transportation intends to host an informational meeting this month to update the public on the I-280/Wheeling Street widening project.

Theresa Pollick, a spokesperson for ODOT’s district 2, said the department is talking with the project contractor to schedule a date for the meeting.

On June 28, ODOT closed the northbound Wheeling lane, between Pickle and Brown roads, and established a detour route along Brown, Coy, and Pickle roads.

The detour will be in effect through November but ODOT stated that although some drives will be restricted, alternate drives will be maintained to allow access to and from residential and commercial areas.

The project includes widening Wheeling from Navarre Avenue to Pickle Road, including the bridge over I-280.

According to ODOT, the contractor will establish lane closures and restrictions on Wheeling. Motorists should expect intermittent lane restrictions in both directions on Wheeling, from Navarre to Munding Drive, for pavement work through September.

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