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Wind turbines that are providing energy to Oregon Schools also provides educational and curriculum advantages for the district’s students.
The “Wind for Schools” program allows students a more hands-on approach to alternative energy as students monitor and analyze the turbine’s performance in real time.
Dennis Slotnick, an environmental science and biology teacher at Clay High School, participated alongside representatives from SUREnergy and Chevron last week in a proposal to increase usage of wind turbines in the school district.
Slotnick’s presentation states that “any school can teach about wind energy with hands-on alternatives, and we do more than that at CHS.”
Output from a residential Skystream turbine already on campus helps Slotnick build a database curriculum for students. Slotnick’s classes have played a part in researching the benefits of wind turbines from the Skysteam 3.7 turbine operating at Clay’s Wind Research Facility.
Tornado victims who are in need of assistance to meet both immediate and long-term recovery needs are urged to contact WSOS Community Action, Inc. caseworker Lisa Mora at 419-836-8986.
WSOS, a private nonprofit Community Action Agency, is helping to oversee distribution of funds available through the Lake Township Long-Term Disaster Relief Fund.
Among the funds available to help victims are the proceeds from a benefit concert held at Metcalf Airport July 11. More than 6,000 people attended the fundraiser, which brought in more than $57,000 in cash and gift cards valued at $6,650, said Teri Michalak., chairman of the event. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will be donated to the relief fund.
Michalak added that donations are still coming in and those unable to attend may make monetary donations to State Bank, 301 N. Main St., Walbridge.
Mora will meet with victims to assess their needs, both immediate and long-term. After the assessment, she will present recommendations to a seven-member committee comprised of church representatives, government officials and members of the community. The committee reviews applications and oversees dispersal of the funds, based on need. Officials say they are concerned that some victims may not be aware of the availability of the assistance because they have been displaced from their homes.
Even if farmers in Ohio ran an effective campaign against it, the chances of defeating a ballot initiative sponsored by a coalition of animal welfare advocates were still only 50-50, according to calculations of the Ohio Farmer Bureau Federation.
Weeks after the OFBF and other farm organizations, the Humane Society of the United States, and Gov. Ted Strickland announced a compromise that resulted in the coalition not proceeding with the ballot measure it said would decrease abusive practices on farms, the issue remains a hot topic in the agriculture community.
Ohioans for Humane Farms was poised to submit more than 500,000 signatures to the secretary of state to meet the June 30 deadline for placing the measure on the November ballot when Gov. Strickland contacted the parties to find an alternative solution.
Under the compromise, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, which was established after voters last fall strongly supported Issue 2, will remain the primary vehicle for establishing farm animal care practices.
Resolutions to place two road improvement levies on the November ballot were approved Tuesday by the Lake Township trustees.
The trustees are asking voters to approve a 1-mill, 5-year replacement levy and an additional 1-mill continuous levy for funding reconstruction of streets, roads, and bridges in the township road district, which covers only unincorporated areas of the township.
Both levies, if approved, will be assessed on the township’s current property valuation of about $169.1 million and each will generate approximately $169,143 annually for the road repair program.
The 5-year levy would replace an existing levy set to expire at the end of the year that generates only about $114,670 annually because it is based on 1986 property valuations.
Rising costs for repairs and resurfacing roads have strained the township’s budget, forcing the trustees to supplement that account with general fund revenues.
Last year, it cost the township about $60,000 a mile to repair roads, according to Melanie Bowen, a trustee.
Oregon plans to reactivate its emergency alert sirens at each of the city’s three fire stations. The sirens will be sounded whenever there is an emergency response needed between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. to improve public safety.
The alarms will be used as a secondary notification tool for Oregon firefighters in addition to their pagers.
“There’s a lot of road construction going on this summer in Oregon,” said Administrator Mike Beasley. “By sounding the sirens, it accomplishes two things: It’s a backup system for firefighters and they’ll hear those sirens. Also, it lets construction workers and people out driving around the fire stations know that there will be people coming in a hurry,” said Beasley.
He noted an accident that killed a motorist and injured another this month when a truck driven by a volunteer firefighter with the Portage Fire District in Oak Harbor collided with a car while en route to a fire in Clay Center.