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Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here is an excerpt from his blog, which you can follow by going to presspublications.com and clicking the icon in the upper right corner.

Hello Folks:
Some have stood for over 2,000 years. They were here before the Birth of Christ . . . probably just young and robust saplings then, but well on their way in their 2,000 year journey upward to become the tallest living organisms on the planet. At 350 feet tall, they have no equal in the plant or animal kingdom. The Redwoods of Northern California are a sight to behold and cherish.

Oregon is seeking input on designs to improve landscaping in the front of the municipal complex on Seaman Street.

“We had talked about improving the landscaping as you walk into this building out front – the trees, bushes and shrubs,” Mayor Mike Seferian said to council at a meeting on Monday. “It’s hard to keep weeds out of the grounds we have now. I’m willing to listen to further input. We did get a price [quote] and drawing from Woodville Nursery [for landscaping] that is easy to maintain.”

The cost of the project, he added, was about $20,000. Woodville Nursery did not charge for its proposed design.

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission was one of 23 tolling agencies nationwide to see record traffic volume last year, according to a report by the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.

The IBTTA’s National Toll Facilities Usage Analysis saw an increase of 7 percent in the use of toll roads from 2014 to 2015.

Randy Cole, executive director of the Ohio Turnpike, said traffic volume on the turnpike increased by 4.1 percent during that time.

“With 53.4 million trips in 2015, compared to 51.2 million in 2014, this serves as a historic benchmark, he said.”

Request for help answered overwhelmingly
When Kurt and Corinna Bench, owners of Shared Legacy Farms, needed help assisting a family of migrant workers they found an abundance of it among the members of their Community Supported Agriculture network of customers.

Kurt had received a desperate call from Lucero Medina. On their way from Florida to the Shared Legacy Farms in Elmore for the summer’s work, Lucero, her parents, and her 2-year-old son, Aaron, had become stranded on an interstate highway near Atlanta, Georgia when their truck caught fire.

The Woodmore school board received some good financial news Tuesday from the mayor and administrator of the Village of Woodville.

The village and a consultant erred, Mayor Rich Harman told the board, in the setting of an electric meter at the new PreK-8 school building, resulting in an overcharge of about $114,000 to the school district since it opened a little more than a year ago.

The mayor and Keith Kruse, village administrator, said the district would be reimbursed for the overcharge plus interest.

Finance Christmas

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