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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.

In an effort to keep commercial buildings from deteriorating and becoming public eyesores, Northwood is looking at adding a building maintenance section to its zoning code.

City Administrator Bob Anderson said the current zoning code addresses building maintenance to some degree, “but I don’t know if it’s strong enough.”

“It’s not comprehensive,” said Anderson. “The idea here is to have something that just addresses building maintenance.”

The proposal would require the repair and upkeep to the exterior of commercial buildings.

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a 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 presspublications.com and clicking on the icon on the upper right.


Happy Holiday Tidings All -

On the move again . . . well . . . kind of.

With financial assistance from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Northwestern Water and Sewer District has been conducting an audit of its water system to determine where the system is losing water and revenues due to leaks, meter and billing problems and unmetered usage.

The survey will follow American Water Works Association guidelines, said Dina Pierce, an Ohio EPA spokesperson. Recommendations for addressing the sources of water losses will be included, she said.

Through the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account, the OEPA is providing a no-interest loan of $148,143 for the project, Pierce said.

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