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Mallory Rinckey, a masters of public health student at the University of Toledo, and Dr. Amy Thompson, professor of Public Health at the University of Toledo, urged Oregon City Council on Monday to support increasing the age to buy tobacco to 21 from 18.

“This is an issue that impacts our community’s health, life expectancy and health care costs,” said Rinckey. Tobacco use, she said, is the leading cause of preventable death.

“In the US, tobacco kills more than 480,000 people per year. This is more than alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined.”

A public forum to discuss the results of an audit of the Woodmore School District is scheduled for Feb. 17 at the PreK-8 school.

The forum is set to start at 6 p.m.

The audit covers Fiscal Year 2014-15 and includes 12 findings but no finding for recovery of missing money, Cara Brown, who chairs the school board’s finance committee, reported Tuesday during the board’s meeting.

Brown presented an extensive report of the district’s financial condition. From July 2015 through January 2016, general fund expenditures are about $71,500 lower than during the same seven-month period last year: $5.48 million to $5.41 million. In all, general fund expenditures reached approximately $9.6 million during 2014-15. Expenditures in 2015-16 are projected to be about $10.1 million and revenues of $10.5 million are anticipated.

Tuesday’s meeting of the Woodmore school board lasted almost 3 ½ hours - not including an executive session that started shortly before 9:30 p.m. - but board president Joe Liszak said he was pleased with how it went.

Under a format adopted when the new board took office in January, members are giving detailed reports of the committees they chair during regular meetings.

The idea, Liszak says, is to better inform the public on what the board is doing and keep board members better apprised on what other committees are working on.

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here is an excerpt from his blog, which you can follow by going to presspublications.com and clicking the icon in the upper right corner.


Greetings All from Del Rio, Texas, on the Rio Grande -

A task force on water quality is committed to cutting back on phosphorus entering Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025.

Lucas County commissioners attended the Water Quality Task Force, co-chaired by Lucas County Commissioner Pet Gerken, last week in Columbus. It is the second meeting of the blue ribbon task force since last year, according to Gerken. The other chairman of the task force is Douglas Spencer, county commissioner of Auglaize County where Grand Lake St. Marys is located. Since 2008, fertilizer and manure runoff from farmlands have fueled algal blooms in Grand Lake St. Marys, severely compromising its water quality.

Lucas County Commissioners recently urged Toledo City Council to support their request that the EPA designate the Western Lake Erie Basin as “impaired” as per the Clean Water Act.

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