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Oak Harbor Joe Helle says that finding people to serve in local government can be difficult, so it's a positive sign when people are eager to help.

Michelle Ish was recently selected to fill a vacant seat on the Oak Harbor village council, supplanting Andy Haley, who had resigned.

Ish, who was nearly selected to fill the vacancy that went to Haley after Jon Fickert resigned in January, was selected over three other candidates. The third and final vote saw a tie between Ish and Austin Short, so the Mayor Helle chose Ish, thus serving as the tiebreaker.

The City of Northwood is conducting an online parks and recreation survey to help the city’s parks board and other public officials enhance the quality of life in the community.

The result of the survey will be used to develop a Park and Recreation Master Plan.

“I think it’s appropriate, along with economic development in the city, that we also spend some time and effort planning and thinking about our existing parks and recreation programs,” said Northwood City Administrator Bob Anderson. “To do this effectively, we need input from the community.”

Oregon police caught two adults and a minor who have allegedly been shooting out windows of vehicles, homes and businesses since late November.

The suspects are a 20-year-old and a 19-year-old from Oregon, and a 13-year-old from Curtice, according to police. The minor is related to one of the adults.

The adult suspects, who allegedly confessed to the crimes, according to police, were expected to appear in Oregon Municipal Court late last week.

 As House Bill 378 winds its way through the state legislature, it’s evident what’s best for the public is absent, says the police chief in Lake Township.

 Chief Mark Hummer last week said pressure by the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association on the bill’s sponsors to remove a provision that would authorize township police officers to patrol interstate highways is a political turf battle.

A plan approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for public water systems to address problems with harmful algal blooms nationwide draws from procedures implemented by the Ottawa County Regional Water System.

 The EPA issued the Cyanotoxin Management Plan template last month as a means for communities to identify potential blooms and make the necessary treatment and operational adjustments to remove cyanotoxins from the water as well as provide timely information to consumers.

 
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