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For 24 years, Jay Haas has been committed to making sure Luckey’s youth baseball and softball fields are well taken care of.

Haas is the field maintenance manager for three fields, two of them now lighted, at Basic Park. The work and time he puts into those fields is on him. He demands no one’s help, but if you offer, he certainly won’t turn you away.

When the Eastwood Baseball-Softball Association recognized Haas for his volunteer efforts at their opening day ceremony last May, he was caught by surprise.

“I guess my son (A.J. Haas) had a little bit to do with that,” Jay said. “I was surprised. It was appreciated but very unnecessary.”

The evening started like usual, with the national anthem. Then, before announcing this summer’s teams, the EBSA honored Haas by naming the maintenance building after him.

Daphne Derden, Director of Career Technology at Toledo Public Schools, admits she does not necessarily agree with all of Governor John Kasich’s policies.

But when it comes to directing new initiatives for education, she believes he is “awesome.”

She says the jobs are going back to the trades — and it’s a different world of trades than it was in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. And, Kasich and the Ohio legislature are responding.

“Even with the emphasis from a federal perspective, a state perspective, and a local perspective, this is a great time for career technology in that we’ve gotten so much support and attention right now,” Derden said. “Sometimes it’s overwhelming, but it’s been long overdue and I’m so glad this attention has come because it’s good for the economic health of our region.”

For example, she says when House Bill 107 became law, it provided an incentive from the state to industry to partner with school districts. Companies can now get up to $5,000 per student to bring them into their industry and train them.

Seven years ago, a third-grader from Fremont named Parker Inks did something that most of us could only dream of doing: he started a foundation with the idea that his community could help to raise money to help pay for local families’ medical bills.

Since then, the organization that is named for Inks, Parker’s Purpose, has raised greater than $150,000 which has been given to over 200 families in Ohio in an effort to help them pay for their children’s medical bills and has spawned a movement that has raised awareness about the trials and tribulations with which families who have sick children must deal.

Throughout his ordeal, Inks, now 16, has lived with muscular dystrophy for nearly his entire life, but has continued to serve as an inspiration for many in Northwest Ohio.

The level of microcystin detected in the intake crib in Lake Erie on Monday increased by Wednesday.

Samples and tests taken from the intake crib by Toledo showed 1.0 parts per billion (ppb) of microcystin in raw lake water, though no detection in tap water.

“Accelerated treatment is not needed at this time,” according to a report on the city’s Facebook page. “The City of Toledo will continue its protocol of sampling every day and testing once a week. We will continue to closely monitor water conditions in the intake crib in Lake Erie.”

Two days earlier, Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks Hudson called a press conference to announce that the city’s water quality status had been changed from “clear” to “watch” after 0.5 ppb of microcystin was detected in the intake crib.

A tour of sustainable and organic farms in Ohio will make a stop Aug. 7 in Sandusky County.

Turnow Ventures, which began operation in 1980 with 600 acres, will be featured during the 2015 tour and workshop series sponsored by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

The farm is located at 2956 County Rd. 92 near the Village of Lindsey. The tour stop will be at the farm from 1-3 p.m.

Steve Turnow began experimenting with growing organic crops in 1998. Within five years, he certified all 1,500 acres of his farm to comply with certification standards set by the National Organic Program.

Presently, 600 acres are dedicated to alfalfa production, which is a vital cog of a value-added supply chain of dehydrated chicken feed pellets – a part of the operation managed by extended family members.

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