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A recreational use water quality advisory posted on the beach of Maumee Bay State Park last month due to high levels of microcystin in the water on Aug. 18 was still in effect by press time last Thursday.

Microcystin is one of several toxins produced by blue green algae blooms. It can affect the liver and nervous system if ingested.

The algae problem plaguing a number of inland lakes across Ohio is primarily the result of runoff from farm field nutrients.

A sample of the water at Maumee Bay State Park on Aug. 18 showed microcystin levels at 577 ppb (parts per billion), almost 29 times higher than the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation of 20 ppb, according to Dina Pierce, northwest district media coordinator for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. For recreational water, WHO considers microcystin levels of 20 ppb or higher to be a moderate to significant health risk.

“The beach is not closed,” said Pierce. “The algae bloom in the lake and the algal toxin levels can fluctuate greatly day-to-day, even during the course of a day.”

In the hours after the June 5 tornado, Tom Cluckey was relieved and thankful when he learned that his sister Angie

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Lake Athletic Boosters are
conducting a raffle for a
hand-carved white gold and
diamond “Tradesman”
anchor pendant designed
by jeweler Tom Cluckey
and donated by Alan Miller
Jewelers. (Press photo
by Ken Grosjean)

 and her family were safe.

The Fisher family, who live just a stone’s throw from where the twister crossed Millbury Road, had some light damage but nothing too bad. “They were very lucky – they had friends who took a direct hit,” said Cluckey, a jeweler at Alan Miller Jewelers in Oregon.

Like many in the tornado’s path, his sister and many of her neighbors had children in Lake Local Schools. “After getting involved in some of the fundraising efforts that were going on, she asked me if there might be anything I could to do to help the Lake district in their efforts to rebuild,” he said.

Cluckey, who had designed a line of jewelry pieces offered at Alan Miller’s to raise funds for restoration of the Johlin Cabin at Pearson Metropark, offered to create a piece to help raise funds for Lake.

“I suggested Angie come up with a design idea, so she and my niece did some research and came up with an anchor because it is a symbol of hope,” Cluckey said.

In an effort to tie the anchor into the theme of Lake’s rebuilding and reconstruction, he deconstructed the shape into different components – the shaft and the chevron.

Oregon City Council recently approved an agreement with Quality Control Inspection, Inc., for $49,146 to provide construction management and inspection services during the construction of the Pearson Park Connector Bikeway Project, which is currently underway.

The 5,300-foot long, 10-foot wide asphalt surface path will extend from Lallendorf to Wynn roads on the north side of Starr Avenue on Pearson Metropark property, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman. The project is funded with a Transportation Enhancement Grant, which pays for 80 percent of construction. The city and the Toledo Area Metroparks will each pay half of the local share for the project. Estimated construction costs for the project is $380,000.

The scope of the project includes a “zig-zag” railroad crossing of the Norfolk Southern Railroad, drainage, pedestrian ramps, pavement markings, storm culverts, grading, seeding, pavement markings, signage, and maintenance of traffic.

“We asked ODOT [Ohio Department of Transportation) if they would allow for construction inspection services to be part of the grant because our bids came in lower on the construction side. ODOT agreed to that,” said Roman.

Council accepted the bid of Diversified Road & Pipe, Inc., Whitehouse, for $288,807.65 last January to construct the path.

The city also has the Municipal Complex Connector bike path, and the Stadium Road bike path.

Measuring the body fat of students appears to be falling flat with some school administrators.

A state law goes into effect this month that regulates food and beverages in schools includes a provision for body mass index (BMI) and weight screening for students in four grade levels. BMI is a measure of body fat based on a person’s height and weight.

But the law allows districts to seek a waiver from implementing screening programs and some school officials say they plan to do just that. 

It comes down to how to best utilize time and financial resources for school administrators.

“If we were to do our own BMI testing we would need to contract with a service provider to come out and do the assessments. Therefore, this is yet another unfunded mandate. The time required for reporting of this information and getting the results out to parents would require more time for our already overworked office staff. Obesity is a national health care crisis, and correcting the problem should be within the public health realm and not public schools,” Eastwood superintendent Brent Welker said in his weekly newsletter.

Northwood superintendent Greg Clark said he’ll be recommending the board of education not implement a testing program.

“We’ll be asking for a waiver,” he said. “We have less to spend and can better spend our money on different things.”

Construction of a 1.5-million-gallon water storage tank along East Broadway in the City of Northwood is complete.

Jerry Greiner, executive director of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, said the project, which began in the spring, was completed last week.

The tank, called a clearwell, will provide back-up storage capacity for the district’s water system and is required by a provision in the district’s contract with the City of Toledo, which sells water to the district.

The East Broadway booster station will be linked to water lines servicing an industrial-zoned area bordered by U.S. 20, State Route 420, and Pemberville Road in Troy Township where the district is installing water and sewer lines and other infrastructure being partially funded through the state’s Jobs Ready Site program.

Greiner said the project will cost about $7.2 million, including $2.4 million coming from the Ohio Department of Development, which administers the Job Ready Site program.

Dominion East Gas Company, which owns much of the property in the JRS area, is providing about $2.35 million and the district is providing that amount through a revenue bond.

A 500,000-gallon water tower along State Route 582 was completed in June as part of the project.

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