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A federal tax incentive that is due to expire at the end of the year has been an integral part of the success the Black Swamp Conservancy has had in protecting agricultural land and other natural areas from development, says Kevin Joyce,  the conservancy’s executive director.

Organizations representing land trusts are supporting measures in Congress that would make the incentive for land donations permanent.

Joyce says a permanent incentive would help more families save their land and choose conservation over land development.

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Toledo mayoral candidates Keith Wilkowski and Mike Bell will be in East Toledo

Keith Wilkowski

Mike Bell

for a debate sponsored by the East Toledo Club and The Press.

The debate will be held Thursday, Oct. 15 at 12:30, following the club’s monthly luncheon at Flaming Pit BBQ and Blues restaurant at The Docks. Chris Tarsha, club president, and John Szozda, manager of The Press, will moderate the debate.

The public is invited but reservations are required. Call Andrea at 419-691-7651.

Bell and Wilkowski finished as the top two vote getters in September’s primary. Both have impressive resumes.

Bell has more than 19 years executive experience as Toledo’s Fire Chief and State Fire Marshal. He was the first African-American as well as the youngest person ever to lead the Toledo Fire Department with its 500 plus employees, according to information on his Web site.

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Garden and art lovers alike will find enjoyment just outside Elmore at Schedel

Arboretum and Gardens.
 
“It’s very beautiful out here and we’re just trying to get the word out that we’re here”, said events coordinator Veronica Sheets. “We’re teased about being the hidden garden or the secret garden because so many people just stumble on us on their own.”
 
Seventeen acres of “well manicured” gardens intertwined with artwork play host to annual garden seminars, guided tours and other events. Enthusiasts of all ages are invited to explore the grounds.

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An easement parcel in the Village of Walbridge hasn’t been abused or overburdened by the village to the extent the easement should be extinguished, the Sixth District Court of Appeals ruled last week.

The decision upholds a decision in 2008 by the Wood County Common Pleas Court which rejected a request by local business owners Terry and Gloria Carroll to have the easement terminated.

The 35-foot by 180-foot easement runs perpendicular from N. Main Street and extends from the street to the parking lot of a health club facility the Carroll’s own at 417 Main.

The easement was created in 1984 by deed prior to the Carroll’s purchase of the property. The easement grants the village the right to enter and use land located alongside a shopping strip at the corner of Main and Breckman streets.

According to the decision, the focus of the Carroll’s argument was “…the use of the easement parcel by third parties – non-patrons of their health club who use the easement parcel to enter the health club parking lot from Main Street and to park their vehicles in the health club parking lot and by truck drivers, with business as the shopping center, who turn around in the parking lot.”

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A century is a long time to keep a business afloat, but Reddish Sporting Goods

has managed to do just that.

Reddish Sporting Goods moved to 400 Main St. six years ago, but the family-owned business has been an East Toledo fixture since 1909.

"We opened up our shop in 1991," said Gary Reddish, who owns the business with his wife, Debra. "Previous to that, my father (Maxwell) had the sporting goods store. When he died in 1990, we put together our own shop and opened in 1991.

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