The Press Newspaper
Tuesday’s meeting of the Woodmore school board lasted almost 3 ½ hours - not including an executive session that started shortly before 9:30 p.m. - but board president Joe Liszak said he was pleased with how it went.
Under a format adopted when the new board took office in January, members are giving detailed reports of the committees they chair during regular meetings.
The idea, Liszak says, is to better inform the public on what the board is doing and keep board members better apprised on what other committees are working on.
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 the icon in the upper right corner.
A task force on water quality is committed to cutting back on phosphorus entering Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025.
Lucas County commissioners attended the Water Quality Task Force, co-chaired by Lucas County Commissioner Pet Gerken, last week in Columbus. It is the second meeting of the blue ribbon task force since last year, according to Gerken. The other chairman of the task force is Douglas Spencer, county commissioner of Auglaize County where Grand Lake St. Marys is located. Since 2008, fertilizer and manure runoff from farmlands have fueled algal blooms in Grand Lake St. Marys, severely compromising its water quality.
Lucas County Commissioners recently urged Toledo City Council to support their request that the EPA designate the Western Lake Erie Basin as “impaired” as per the Clean Water Act.
From her home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Karen Feridun is helping stage a growing citizen pushback against the expansion of natural gas extraction. But a far-reaching global deal recently signed halfway around the world may make her job much harder.
Feridun got involved in this fight over concerns that fracking waste laden with toxic chemicals could end up in the sewage sludge that some Pennsylvania towns spread on local farm fields.
Figuring her best bet for keeping the state’s water, food, and communities safe was putting a stop to fracking, Feridun founded Berks Gas Truth. The group is now part of a statewide coalition calling for a halt to fracking in Pennsylvania.
New Harvest Christian Church, Oregon, is joining the Flint Grassroots Initiative to collect water for Flint neighborhoods affected by lead contaminated water.
Commercially bottled water of any size will be accepted, though containers of one gallon or larger are preferred. Bottles will be collected from through Feb. 12 between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon and 6-8 p.m. at the church, 3540 Seaman Rd.
For information about volunteer or donation opportunities through New Harvest Christian Church, contact Pastor Sharon McQueary at 419-693-6543 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the Flint Grassroots Initiative, call or email Jody Eidnes at 734-451-4670
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