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A committee established to study building needs of the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District has scheduled two community forums to gather input from district residents.

The forums will be held Feb. 1 and March 15 at 6:30 p.m. Both will be held in the auditorium of Oak Harbor Middle School – the oldest school building currently in use in the B-C-S system.

B-C-S superintendent Guy Parmigian said the goal of the 40 or so members of the committee is to have a recommendation before the board of education by the summer of 2016 for the middle school, R.C. Waters Elementary School and Oak Harbor High School.

The Oregon Planning Commission on Dec. 15 approved a zoning change for Circle K, which plans to expand its parking at 2614 and 2626 Starr Ave., where the former Beth Allen’s Florist is located.

Circle K received an “Exception Allowed” in an R-2 Medium Density Residential District to construct a parking lot at the Starr Avenue site. Circle K’s zoning request allows parking on residential property next to a commercial zone. The “Exception Allowed” means the request does not have to go before council for approval.

Beth Allen’s Florist, which abuts Circle K on Starr Avenue, is zoned R-2 Medium Density Residential, a non-conforming use. It will be torn down to make way for the additional parking. Circle K is zoned C-1.

Family Farm and Home plans to open a store in Lake Township by early spring 2016.

The new store will be located at 3700 Williston Road in a building where a Steve & Barry’s store had been located prior to the building and 11.2-acre parcel going into forfeiture.

Family Farm and Home, a family-owned company based in Adrian, Michigan, offers a merchandise line geared to rural and suburban lifestyles, including pet, horse and livestock feeds and accessories, farm supplies, home heating, lawn and garden equipment, hardware, automotive, work clothing and footwear.

This year – 2015 – has marked the 175th anniversary of the founding of Ottawa County in 1840.

To celebrate this event, a new book titled “Ottawa County 175th Anniversary” will be available next summer. But as we near the end of this anniversary year, it’s a particularly good time to recognize this milestone date.

Ottawa County is a wonderful county with a diverse population and an important heritage. And it is an interesting county. It is the longest county in the state and has more miles of coastline than any other county. We have more boats, sell more fishing licenses and have more campsites than any other Ohio county. It is a fascinating place for people to live, work and enjoy recreational facilities. So here’s a reminder that we can observe this anniversary year by thinking of our county’s heritage.

Water sampling on Lake Erie in the summer is pretty simple: check for decent weather, find a boat, cruise to the sampling locations, take samples, and bring them home.

In winter, things get a bit more complicated: winter storms on Lake Erie can be frequent, so even if the lake isn’t frozen, chances for sampling trips are likely limited. A frozen lake means needing to recruit an ice breaker to get to sampling locations, and sometimes, even those winter-ready ships aren’t quite able to travel as freely as a research project may require.

This was the case for Dr. R. Michael McKay at Bowling Green State University during the winter of 2015. As part of ongoing research into winter algae populations in Lake Erie, McKay, his colleague Dr. George Bullerjahn and collaborators from Environment Canada have been collecting samples for analysis since 2007.

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