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The Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency will conduct a hazardous materials exercise June 29 at 6 p.m. at the Brush Wellman plant in Harris Township.

Personnel from Brush Wellman, the Harris-Elmore Fire and Emergency Medical Service, Rocky Ridge Fire Department, and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, Red Cross, and other county agencies will participate.

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A resolution asking the Ohio Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit on State Route 51 to 35 mph between Fostoria Road and State Route 579 has been approved by the Lake Township trustees.

The speed limit is currently 55 mph but the resolution says the section of Route 51 that runs through the township has experienced “an increase in traffic use, accidents and developmental pressures.”

The trustees are asking ODOT to conduct a traffic speed study of the stretch of Route 51 between Fostoria Road and Route 579 and Richard Welling, a trustee, repeated  the board of trustees is still not giving up on having a traffic signal installed at the intersection of Route 51 and Millbury Road.

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Several local projects are included in a revised list of water quality improvement projects seeking funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) – the so-called stimulus bill.

Chris Korelski, Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, said the U.S. EPA has approved the state’s plan detailing how ARRA funds would be used and how projects would be selected.

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The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments is hosting a reception for Ottawa County members June 30 at the Schedel Arboretum & Gardens in Elmore.

Larry Fletcher, executive director of the Ottawa County Visitors Bureau, will discuss efforts to promote Lake Erie tourism.

The reception will be from 5-7 p.m.

For reservation information contact Greg Gettum at (419) 241-9155 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Genoa Bank and Owens Community College are sponsoring the event.

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Spending cuts totaling about $192,000 have been approved by the Woodmore school board as it prepares for placing an emergency operating levy on the August ballot.

Superintendent Jane Garling said the cuts will remain in place even if voters don’t approve the ballot issue.

Last week, the board approved not replacing a teacher retiring at the elementary school and eliminating two teaching positions at the school. The elementary guidance counselor position is being reduced from 185 days to 120.

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