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Oregon’s wastewater treatment plant sludge dewatering improvements project is expected to reduce nutrients that end up in Lake Erie.

The city applied to the Ohio Public Works Commission for $3 million in funds for the project, which will remove liquid from treated sewage (sludge) and dispose of the product in a landfill. The city expects the current practice of applying liquid treated sludge to farm fields as fertilizer to end.

By dewatering and landfilling the sludge, total phosphorous applied to fields in the Western Lake Erie watershed is expected to be reduced by 32,271 pounds annually. Phosphorous is what feeds the algal blooms in the lake, which have been getting bigger and more frequent over the years. The primary source of the blooms is fertilizer runoff from farm fields during heavy spring rains that flow into ditches, rivers and then Lake Erie.

“For many years, Oregon has done field applications of its sludge,” said Administrator Mike Beazley. “It has worked well for us historically. It’s been an asset to farmers in the general region. But there’s been a couple of things that have changed over time that have led us to explore dewatering and seek funding for it.”

Like many shoppers these days, Mitzie Paule stays mindful of her grocery budget, which doesn’t always stretch far enough, especially at the holidays.

Paule, 84, had an bigger-than-usual list of groceries she wanted to pick up on a recent trip to Miller’s New Market in Genoa – ingredients she’d need for baking her Christmas cookies and special drinks for the grandkids.

“Before I left with the checkbook, my husband reminded me that I only had about $100 to spend,” said Paule. As she made her way through the store aisles, she chose her groceries, separating the necessities from the things she didn’t absolutely need, in case she needed to put some things back.

“I knew I was probably between $85 and $100, pretty close to my limit for sure,” she said.

Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies are the only deputies in Northwest Ohio who carry their own firearms on duty. And it seems that trend will continue indefinitely.

Sheriff Steve Levorchick made a pitch to Ottawa County Commissioners in his budget hearings to get service revolvers in the budget.

On Tuesday Sheriff Levorchick had his department budget of $5,001,432 approved - minus the gun line item.

“I was told it was put on hold. I’m not sure what that means,” Levorchick said.

He had asked for $20,090 to cover the cost of 49 guns estimated at $410 each. The request also included $8,820 for holsters and magazines.

The sheriff’s office budget is the single largest department fund.

A twice convicted felon awaiting sentencing on a gun charge is a suspect in an Ottawa County poaching investigation.

Charges are pending against Ann Goode, 43, of 2722 S. Muddy Creek North Road, Oak Harbor, and Steven Brown, 32, of 14550 W. Third St., Rocky Ridge, after authorities say they were called to Portage River South Road in Salem Township just around 3:30 a.m. Dec. 19, Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick said.

Brown, who fled on foot but was found later at Goode’s property, was caught after a search by two Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office deputies, two Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers, officers from the Oak Harbor Police Department and the Danbury Township Police Department K-9 unit and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The search continues for the man who robbed the Dollar General in Oak Harbor late Dec. 21.

The man, described as white, tall and thin, entered the Locust Street store about 9:20 p.m., an Oak Harbor Police dispatcher said. The robber’s face was concealed by a black face mask that covered all but his eyes and nose. He wore a camouflage jacket that he pulled up around his neck and hairline.

He handed a note to the clerk at the checkout station that stated he had a gun and wanted the money in the register, according to reports.

He then fled out the door on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police Chief Steve Weirich and Sgt. Paulsen were not available for further comment Tuesday.

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