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State budget woes-Will local libraries have to implement cuts?
Written by Larry Limpf   
Monday, 29 June 2009 10:40

Area libraries are bracing for the possibility of more cuts to hours and services as the governor and state legislature come down to the wire balancing the next biennium budget.

Gov. Ted Strickland’s latest proposal includes reductions in the Public Library Fund for fiscal 2010 of  about $112.5 million and $114.8 million in 2011 as part of a plan to fill a gap of about $3.2 billion.

Ohio’s Public Library Fund receives 2.22 percent of general revenue fund tax receipts. The monies are distributed to counties based on a statutory formula.

Waterlines in Oregon, Northwood fit to fight fires
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 25 June 2009 15:49

Oregon Administrator Ken Filipiak assured council last Monday that the water supply in the city is adequate for the fire department to fight fires.

“I think it’s caused all the jurisdictions in this area to determine whether or not they’re prepared,” Filipiak said of a fire in Toledo a few weeks ago that may have taken Toledo firefighters longer to extinguish due to an older, smaller waterline.

“I’m happy to say we’ve had some discussions since that issue, and we’re very pleased and confident we’re not vulnerable to the same issues that Toledo is confronting,” said Filipiak.

Collecting health care stories for reform effort
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 25 June 2009 15:48

A grass roots effort in Ottawa County to collect personal stories of residents who’ve had frustrating experiences with the health care system was scheduled to wrap up June 27 with an event at Gem Beach in Catawba Island.

Twenty-three people met initially June 6 at the home of Nancy Beadle, Danbury Township, as part of the Organizing for America effort to share anecdotes about encounters they’ve had with the medical establishment.

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