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Finding fish in a river is usually no big news. Bigger news, perhaps, is if there were no fish in a river. But, sometimes, certain species turn up where they shouldn’t. Such was the case of the mystery goldfish that invaded the Portage River almost a century ago.

According to several newspaper articles, such an occurrence happened in Port Clinton in 1920. Now, I am not referring to a mere isolated incident involving a few fish, but a massive crypto-zoological phenomenon of such magnitude that commercial fishermen descended on this Ottawa County lake port to harvest these invaders as curious culinary delicacies.

According to an Associated Press article dated December 20, 1920, the carp-like goldfish were being "taken by the ton" at the Portage River and many of them were several inches long and weighing up to a half pound. They were “highly colored in yellow and gold” with sprinkles of red, making them “very attractive”.

Robert James Worthington, a 20-year-old independent in Tuesday’s District 3 city council primary election, says he doesn’t want to be considered a “politician,” but a “public servant.” His idea caught on.

Democratic candidate Peter J. Ujvagi, 66, admitted to about 60 guests at a forum Wednesday night he believes all four candidates have similar intentions.

“I really do believe that all four of us would be like to be public servants, not politicians,” Ujvagi said. “A few times I’ve paid the price for this, but it’s why I’ve done this all my life. I believe I can still contribute. I believe I have the energy and the passion. We can do this together. No elected official can say, ‘I can solve that for you on my own.

Worthington, Ujvagi, Republican Ernest D. McCarthy, 73, and independent Glen Cook, 73, all had an opportunity to respond to questions at the forum, which was hosted by the East Toledo Club and One Voice for East Toledo at the East Toledo Senior Center. Press General Manager John Szozda moderated. The top two vote getters in Tuesday’s primary will advance to the general election on November 3. The winner will take the seat held by Mike Craig, who is term-limited.

About 75 persons involved in agriculture were warned Wednesday to brace themselves for their property tax bills in 2016.

“You’re getting sticker shock today,” Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez, told the growers during a town hall meeting held at the Oregon Municipal Complex to explain changes in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation property tax program. “We don’t want you to get it when you get your January bill.”

In 2015, five counties, including Sandusky County, are going through a sexennial reappraisal and 19, including Lucas and Ottawa counties, are undergoing a triennial update of their property valuations.

Although data used by the Ohio Department of Taxation in the CAUV formula indicate that farmers in the past two years on average have realized lower prices for corn, wheat and soybeans, property taxes for farmland enrolled in CAUV are expected to rise significantly.

St. Kateri Schools has begun clearing trees in the former 15-acre Tschann property with the ultimate goal of constructing athletic fields.

Ryan Hehr, Assistant Vice President of Advancement at St. Kateri, says the Catholic school system shared its master plan with the community and sent a letter to homeowners whose property borders the land.

The master plan includes building a softball diamond, baseball diamond and practice fields, The letter to residents, mailed before work began July 1, also addressed the schools’ plans to survey and landscape the property and clear trees over the summer.

“We are currently evaluating our master plan and our next step is to plant grass when timing and resources allow for it. The goal in cutting down the trees is to be able to maintain the land better in order to be good neighbors,” Hehr wrote in an email to The Press. “The volume of trees made it hard to mow and many of the trees were half dead. We will also keep them informed if anything changes from the original master plan.”

Ohioans spend about 12 percent of their per capita income on energy, and 35 percent of that is spent on gasoline.

According to Dr. Eric Romich, Ohio State University professor and extension field specialist, each of us spends an average of $4,269 each year in energy consumption. Ohio is typically ranked fifth or sixth nationally in energy consumption.

Dr. Romich spoke to journalists at the Sixth Annual Lake Erie Workshop for Science and Outdoor Writers and Reporters, held at Gibraltar Island, home of Ohio State University’s Stone Lab and Ohio Sea Grant.

In turn, the United States uses 18 percent of world energy consumption. The 2011 International Energy Outlook Report estimates world energy consumption will be 770 quadrillion BTU in 2035.

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