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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.

Last fall, just before Oregon voters went to the polls to decide whether to pass a 3.95-mill operating levy for the school district, Superintendent Hal Gregory and School Board President Carol Molnar took out an ad in The Press that explained where the estimated $1.9 million annual revenue would go should the levy pass.

The ad stated that the funds would “exclusively” go toward extra-curricular activities and Clay’s Career Technical programs.

The half-page ad, with the headline “Open letter to the residents of Oregon and Jerusalem Township communities,” was nine paragraphs long.

A request to renew a levy will again be before voters this year in the Woodmore School District.

The board of education is planning to vote Tuesday on the second of two resolutions required for placing the issue on the August ballot.

Last week, board members voted 4-1 to begin the process for placing on the ballot a renewal request for a $600,000 emergency levy originally approved in 2011.

Joe Liszak, board president, voted against the measure, saying he’d rather have the issue on the November ballot.

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