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A bill that amends regulations of Ohio’s College Credit Plus program is drawing little opposition and may reach the floor of the House of Representatives by next month for a vote, Steve Arndt, a co-sponsor of the bill said last week.

House Bill 445 is pending before the House Education Committee.

Rep. Arndt, R- Port Clinton, said he’s heard from school administrators of several area districts, including Genoa, Benton-Carroll-Salem, Port Clinton and Woodmore, who’ve expressed concerns about components of the program.

Ohio’s College Credit Plus allows high school students to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking courses from community colleges or universities.

Acclaimed beatboxing string trio Infinitus String Trio will perform Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Pemberville Opera House.

The trio is known for their unique sound and upbeat performance style, with a repertoire featuring classical standards and original jazz/hip-hop arrangements and compositions.

Infinitus was formed in 2008 by violist Anthony Cheung, cellist Alex Cheung and violinist John “Adidam” Littlejohn. Collectively, the members hold degrees from the University of Michigan and the Peabody Conservatory and have won awards at the local, national, and international level.

The Ohio Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant (DERG) Program, in an effort to reduce air pollution, has awarded 26 Ohio grants totaling more than $15 million for refurbishing or replacing aging diesel engines with newer, cleaner diesel technology or alternative fuel technology.

The agency estimates that the projects funded by the grants will result in an annual reduction of more than 745 tons of air pollutants (25.2 tons of fine particulates and 720.2 tons of nitrogen oxides) in Ohio counties that do not meet or are struggling to meet federal air quality standards. The benefits will continue to accrue each year that the new vehicles, vessels and locomotives remain in service.

Northwood recently hired a code enforcement officer to cite property owners who have unkempt yards.

Rob Barrett, a retired police officer, will issue citations to property owners who do not maintain their properties, which causes area land values to drop.

“He is looking for parking violations on cars without current registration, cars in yards with flat tires, and properties that have tires piled up in backyards - things like that,” said Northwood City Administrator Bob Anderson.

Lake Erie anglers should experience another year of diverse fishing opportunities in 2016, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Lake Erie walleye and yellow perch fisheries are managed through an interagency quota system that involves Ontario, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. Each jurisdiction regulates its catches to comply with quotas and minimize the risk of over-fishing these species. Quotas for the upcoming fishing season are determined through consensus agreement by these jurisdictions through the Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, which were just recently announced for 2016.

As a result of the 2016 quota allocation, the walleye daily bag limit is four, and the yellow perch daily bag limit is 30 per angler in Ohio waters of Lake Erie until April 30. The daily bag limit will be six walleye from May 1 through Feb. 28, 2017. From March 1, 2017 through April 30, 2017, the daily walleye bag limit will be four. A 15-inch minimum size limit is in effect during the entire season for walleye.

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