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A $475 million Great Lakes restoration initiative expected to be signed by President Barack Obama, could help fund an “Eco island” that would eliminate open lake dumping of dredging from the Toledo shipping channel.

The island, or habitat restoration unit, would create an area for fish spawning, birds and other habitat and would be observed by tourists visiting the restored Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, according to Sandy Bihn, Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper.

“A lot of money will be coming into this area in the next federal fiscal year,” said Bihn. “There are 16 agencies that will oversee the funding and what can be done with it. We believe that a project that eliminates open lake dumping, a practice many of us have opposed for years and contributes to the algae problem in the lake, will keep the waters from being so muddy and will be better for the fish and its habitat.”

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The Oregon school board on Wednesday voted 4-1 against placing another 5.95-mill 10-year emergency levy on the Nov. 3 ballot.

School board member Diane Karoly was the lone vote in favor of the levy. The deadline for the board to finalize a levy in November was Nov. 20.

The board had received considerable feedback from the community since voters defeated a 5.95-mill 10-year emergency levy by a nearly three to one margin on Aug. 4.

The district faces a $1 million budget deficit by June 30, 2011.

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She’s 13-years-old, just 22 pounds, and a little hard of hearing. Middi, a

dachshund mix belonging to Libby Carstensen, is also lost.

The black canine, with gray on its face, stomach, paws, and tip of its tail, has been missing since Friday, Aug. 14, when it dug out from under a fence at a location just off State Route 163 in Lake Township. It is the longest time Carstensen, 20, has been without her dog.

“She slept with me every night,” said Carstensen, who adopted Middi nearly 13 years ago when Carstensen was just eight-years-old.

Back then, her brother, who is two years older than she, got a puppy, which prompted Libby to ask her parents for one, too.

“My mom took me down the road and there was just one puppy left, which had worms and was kind of ugly,” she fondly recalled. “My mom asked if she could get me a Pomeranian instead. I said, `No. I want this one. And her name is Midnight. She is mine.’ So I brought her home and made huge puppy eyes at my dad. And he said, `Alright. You can keep her.”

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“Oh my God, I’m going to die.”

That was Peggy Wulf’s initial thought when she entered the studio for her first “hot yoga” class.

“I had never done any yoga before,” the Curtice woman said. “And when I opened the doors, the heat and the humidity in the room kind of took my breath away.”

Wulf’s reaction is typical, according to fitness and preventative health care professional Joe (Barocsi) Sparks, a native East-Sider who offers the classes daily at his Perrysburg studio.

Conducted in a room heated to around 100 degrees with a humidity level of about 60 percent, each class lasts for 90 minutes and takes participants through 26 traditional yoga poses - twice.

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The German-American Festival (GAF), the Toledo area’s oldest, largest and greatest ethnic festival, returns to its familiar Oregon grounds Aug. 28 through 30.

As always, authentic German food, beverages and entertainment will be in full abundance, including continuous live music at three stages from local Germanic and ethnic bands, an old world-style Bier & Wein Garten, the Import Haus featuring steins, linens and other gift items, new amusement rides and the fest’s signature 56’ by 40’ wooden dance floor in the main Fest Zelt tent – a 100’ by 265’ clear span without poles.

According to Timothy Pecsenye, festival chair, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever.

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