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Oregon recently purchased property at 746 Wheeling Street as part of the Navarre Avenue Safety Improvement Project. Without the purchase, the project would not be able to proceed, according to city officials.

The city paid $582,410 to Kin Cheung Lau and Monica Mon Koon Lau, owners of Oriental Garden Chinese Restaurant, Inc., of 746 Wheeling Street, and $7,590 for kitchen equipment and a pole sign, so an access road could be built in the middle of the property to alleviate traffic congestion.

“This is something I would have liked to have done a couple of years ago,” said Mayor Mike Seferian, who initially started talking about plans in 2013. But state regulations kept the city from negotiating with the owners to purchase the property, he added.

City Administrator Mike Beazley said the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently approved of the city’s environmental engineering plan.

The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will benefit from a bill approved last week by the state legislature that reinstates some of the school funding removed by one of Gov. John Kasich’s line-item vetoes of the state budget in June.

Lawmakers included $44 million in additional payments to dozens of school districts in Senate Bill 208, which was also drafted to avert an unintended tax hike next year on small businesses.

The bill passed in both chambers of the legislature Tuesday and provides the additional funds to districts to compensate them for lost revenue from the elimination of the tangible personal property tax that was assessed on business inventory and equipment.

B-C-S schools are scheduled to receive $133,081 in Fiscal 2017 under the bill. Other districts in The Press circulation area are not receiving the supplemental payments. Lawmakers wrote the bill to include a formula that would provide at least 96 percent of a district’s state aid and TPP reimbursements received in fiscal 2015. Many districts stand to receive more than that in 2017.

The Press news staff won an Excellence in Journalism Touchstone award in the print non-daily newspaper category, for their three-part series “Saving Lake Erie,” which appeared in the January 12, January 19, and January 26 editions of the paper.

The Press beat out five other contestants for the first place award.

The series took an in-depth look at what caused Toledo in August 2014 to issue a three day tap water ban to communities that consume city water after high levels of a toxin, microcystin, was detected in samples taken from Toledo’s water treatment plant.

The three-part series consisted of a total of 18 articles written by news editors Kelly J. Kaczala and Larry Limpf, and senior reporters Tammy Walro, and J. Pat Eaken, with photos taken by photojournalist Ken Grosjean.

The series also won second place in the features category in the national Advertising & Editorial Excellence contest from the Independent Free Papers of America.

On Sunday, October 25, the National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL), in conjunction with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held a joint press conference at the NMGL on Front Street in East Toledo on the discovery of the shipwreck Argo, a tanker barge lost in 1937 in Lake Erie.

The Argo was found 12 miles northeast of Sandusky in U.S. waters.

The barge, according to initial reports, had 100,000 gallons of crude oil as its cargo. In 2013, the NOAA issued a Risk Assessment report identifying the Argo as the greatest potential environmental threat by a shipwreck on the Great Lakes should her structural integrity fail and her cargo of petroleum product escape into the lake. The NOAA, in its report on the Argo, acknowledged that its analysis was incomplete because it lacked critical information about the shipwreck, including its precise location in Lake Erie.

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a 9,000-mile bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

You can follow his blog by going to and clicking on the icon in the upper right hand corner.

Greetings from Williamsburg, Folks -


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