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 The Ohio Rail Development Commission plans to hold an on-site inspection meeting of a rail crossing in Lake Township next month to determine if there is a need for safety improvements.

 An email message from the ORDC to local authorities was read during Tuesday’s meeting of the township trustees by Jeff Pettit, who chairs the board of trustees.

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on June 4 to resume his 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 and clicking on the icon on the upper right corner.

Ohio Sea Grant, on behalf of The Ohio State University, The University of Toledo and the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) has released the second-year research progress update for the statewide Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI), which seeks solutions for harmful algal blooms in Ohio.

The initiative consists of more than 30 science teams working on different critical knowledge gaps identified by front-line state agencies that include the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Health, and Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

NOAA and its research partners predict that western Lake Erie will experience a significant harmful algal bloom this summer, potentially reaching levels last seen in 2013 and 2014, though smaller than the record bloom of 2015.

This year’s bloom is expected to measure seven on the severity index, but could range between six and eight. An index above five indicates a potentially harmful bloom. The severity index is based on a bloom’s biomass – the amount of its harmful algae – over a sustained period. The largest blooms, 2011 and 2015, were 10 and 10.5, respectively.

Without wetlands, birders could not claim that Lake Erie’s shoreline is the Warbler Capital of the World.

The Toledo Area Metroparks’ latest project in Jerusalem Township will continue the process of restoring badly-needed coastal wetlands in the Warbler Capital.




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