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Marine debris is a problem that’s easy for most people to ignore on a daily basis – but it’s not something you can ignore when it’s tangled in your trawl net, inside the stomach of the fish you catch or under your microscope in the lab.

To help address the problem in the Great Lakes, staff from NOAA’s Marine Debris Program have partnered with Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab on a variety of education and outreach programs that focus on preventing marine debris and minimizing its harm on the environment. Marine debris, especially plastics, has direct and indirect impacts on wildlife and the ecosystems of our oceans and other waterways.

“Marine debris is a global problem, not just an ocean problem,” explained Sarah Lowe, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator for the NOAA Marine Debris Program. “Essentially the same types of debris are found in the Great Lakes: There are the general litter-type items, there are microplastics problems, and there’s derelict fishing gear that we see in both places, so it’s really one and the same issue.”

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 New Year Folks:
I saw something quite strange the other day about 25 miles southeast of Tallahassee. I was mystified and befuddled. I didn’t think that they existed anymore--just a thing of some storyteller’s wild imagination. It had a pleasing and rounded shape, and there appeared to be trees and grass protruding from its surface. Lofty aspirations were its trademark. It was totally beyond my comprehension - it was a hill! I knew not what to do about it, so as always, I proceeded on . . . . and up.

Oregon City Council last month approved the 2016 municipal budget with a General Fund total of $20,843,868.

Income tax revenue this year is projected to be “substantially higher” than the income tax revenue collected last year, according to City Administrator Mike Beazley.

“For 2015, we projected an approximate 3 percent income tax growth over 2014 budgeted revenues. Even with a weak December, we will comfortably exceed the income tax revenue estimate,” said Beazley, adding that it is over $21 million.

“The work scheduled at our major industrial employers and the ongoing construction at Oregon Clean Energy should keep income tax revenue strong through 2017. Due to the unknowns associated with the changes in the tax code, I believe a more conservative estimate is the responsible course of action at this time,” he said.

Pay raises for patrol officers in the Lake Township Police Department were approved Tuesday by the township trustees as part of a new three-year contract.

The raises of 2.5 percent went into effect Jan. 1 and will continue each year of the contract that expires Dec. 31, 2018.

Under the agreement, which covers corporals and full and part-time patrol officers, the employee share of monthly health care premiums will increase to 15 per cent. Under the former contract, the employee share began at 10 percent and rose to 12 and 14 percent.

Is there support in Lake Township for the Community Care-A-Van service that provides round-trip transportation for residents to medical-related appointments?

The township trustees Tuesday heard a brief presentation from Sue Hart-Douglas, a member of Walbridge Village Council, who asked them to consider supporting the van service and the Active Older Adults program at the Eastern Community YMCA.

Richard Welling, a township trustee, said after the meeting he may prepare a resolution for the board of trustees to consider at its Jan. 19 meeting.

Finance Christmas

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