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Can we win the fight?

On August 2, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Toledo issued a tap water ban to communities that consume city water after high levels of a toxin created by blue green algae was detected in samples taken from the Collins Park water treatment plant on the East Side.savingLakeErieHeader

Samples from the plant, which draws its water from the western basin of Lake Erie, the 12th largest freshwater lake in the world, showed that microcystin, produced by blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, was detected at 3 parts per billion (ppb), exceeding the 1 ppb safety threshold established by the World Health Organization. The toxin, at high levels, can cause abnormal liver function in humans and animals.

A safety consultant from Buckeye Firearms Association has been invited to a Jan. 24 workshop of the Lake school board to explain the association’s Faculty/Administrator Training & Emergency Response (FASTER) program.

The program offers training for school personnel in the event of an actual shooter on school property.

Tim Krugh, school board president, said that although some Lake district employees have permits to carry concealed weapons the board currently doesn’t authorize anyone to bring weapons on school property.

The board will make no decisions at the workshop, he said.

“We’re just looking for ways we can minimize the chance of a tragic shooting, with an eye on prevention,” Krugh said. “We want to look at all viable options and see what the program has to offer.”

Mark Hummer, chief of the Lake Township Police Department, and Steve Poiry, the department’s school resource officer, have been invited to the workshop, according to Krugh, who said any decision to loosen the board’s policy would be done in collaboration with the police department.

The Genoa school board is spending much of its time this month interviewing candidates for the superintendent’s position.

Board members met Wednesday and have scheduled meetings for Jan. 12, 19 and 21 for interviews, which are being held in executive session.

The current superintendent, Dennis Mock, has announced his intention to retire July 31.

The board also hosted a community forum Dec. 1 to gather public input on the search for a new superintendent.

The board will hold its organizational meeting Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. and then meet in regular session at 6 p.m. when it will turn its attention to the district’s financial condition and discuss placing another property tax levy on the ballot.

Last month, the board took the preliminary steps for going back to the ballot, approving resolutions of necessity for the renewal of a 5-mill, 5-year operating issue and a new emergency levy that will generate an additional $1.025 million a year if passed.

Walbridge Village Council heard the first reading Wednesday of an ordinance authorizing Mayor Ed Kolanko to enter into an agreement with the Wood County Sheriff’s Department for emergency dispatching service.

The village currently contracts for the service with Lake Township, which has also provided service for the City of Rossford until the city recently opted to contract with the sheriff’s department.

Mayor Kolanko on Thursday said the expected annual cost for a village agreement with the sheriff’s department is about $37,665.

There will be one-time, set-up costs associated with the transition, the mayor said.

Currently, the village is paying about $48,492 annually for the service with the township.

A bystander and alert part-time village officer played crucial roles in the arrest of a man accused of robbing stores in two Ottawa County communities, Steve Weirich, Oak Harbor police chief said.

Trevor Boss, 31, is currently in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, facing an aggravated burglary charge for the Dec. 27 robbery of the Mickey Mart on Perry Street in Port Clinton. He also admitted to a Dec. 21 robbery at the Dollar General store on Locust Street in Oak Harbor, according to the Port Clinton Police Department.

Boss reportedly brandished a gun in the Port Clinton robbery but did not use one in the robbery at the store in the village. Authorities found a gun believed to be the weapon used in the second robbery.

Boss made an initial appearance in Ottawa County Municipal Court following his New Year’s Eve arrest in Toledo. He is scheduled to appear again at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 12.

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