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The Biggest Week in American Birding Festival isn’t just about birds — it’s about giving back to the community, too.

At the Biggest Week’s opening ceremony inside Maumee Bay State Park and Lodge, Black Swamp Bird Observatory Executive Director took it upon herself to announce a donation from the festival that is a little bit out of the ordinary. Let’s just say it wasn’t all about conservation or birds, it was about “community.”

As dozens of birdwatchers from across the world stood and listened, Kaufman related a little giveback from a Wisconsin-based national optics company to a Sandusky County volunteer fire department.

Bond has been revoked for a man convicted of breaking into a Genoa business and failing to appear for a pre-trial hearing.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Derek Thayer on July 14 and he will remain in jail until then, Mark Mulligan, Ottawa County prosecutor, said last week.

Thayer was found guilty in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court of breaking and entering, theft and failure to appear. Each carries a maximum sentence of 2 ½ years in prison.

Oregon wants to develop a downtown district to facilitate economic growth. The proposal is not new, but the city is eager to give it a much closer look this year.

“It’s not near-term. It’s going to be a five to 10 year effort,” said City Administrator Mike Beazley.

The district would include an area bounded by Isaac Streets Drive, Dustin Road, Navarre Avenue, and Harbor Drive, with the possibility of extending it to Pickle, he said.

In a matter of months, high power rifle and pistol competitors at Camp Perry will be able to enjoy the same state-of-the-art electronic Kongsberg Target Systems targets used at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Talladega Marksmanship Park, without having to make the haul all the way to Alabama.

On the Camp Perry Petrarca Range in Port Clinlton, KTS targets for rifle, pistol and smallbore are currently being installed. The project is going according to plan and is within budget – with completion expected by the end of June for CMP use and those attending the National Matches.

A friend of mine is a farmer out in Montana. She’s also eight months pregnant with her first child.

Recently she looked out her window and saw a worker spraying pesticides on her neighbor’s farm. Concerned for the health of her baby, she called the neighbor about the spraying. “Oh,” the neighbor asked, “do you want him to spray your land too?”

She remained polite on the phone but was internally panicked. What had he sprayed, and how would it affect her child?

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