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Boating plays an integral part in Ohio recreation. On Lake Erie, boaters can explore the coastline, visit the islands and fish for walleye.
On inlake lakes and rivers, paddling and pontoon opportunities give people a chance to experience Ohio’s waterways up close. But with outdoor tourism come potential problems, such as oil and gas pollution, littering and other environmental damage.
After a decade of success, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the Ohio Sea Grant College Program have expanded two nationally recognized initiatives that help businesses and boaters keep recreational water resources clean.
“The Clean Marinas Program is a voluntary, incentive-based certification program that recognizes marinas across Ohio for implementing best management practices that improve our air and water quality,” explained Program Manager Sarah Orlando.
Edmida Hintz is a first-year Woodmore High School special education teacher who, after teaching kindergarten for three years, decided to go back to college to become an intervention specialist.
“My motivation to become a special ed teacher was that I have always wanted to be involved in helping people,” Hintz said.
Hintz’s undergraduate work was in speech therapy because she wanted to work with students who had difficulty expressing themselves.
“I then worked with Help Me Grow with the Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities and came across many special families who had a child with special needs,” said Hintz. “I wanted to find a way to help them, using my creativity and a new way of teaching.”
A resolution to donate $500 for the Care-A-Van service has been approved by the Lake Township trustees.
The trustees unanimously approved the donation Tuesday for the community service for 2016.
“We’ll try it for one year to see how it is received by the public,” Ken Gilsdorf, a trustee, said.
The service provides round-trip transportation for residents to medical-related appointments.
The township trustees recently 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.
State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon), urged President Obama to appoint a clean water expert to replace Susan Hedman as the EPA Region 5 administrator following Hedman’s resignation in the wake of the Flint, Michigan water crisis.
“The recent water crises in Ohio and Michigan that have threatened the health and lives of our citizens are entirely unacceptable,” said Sheehy last week. “Here in the Great Lakes region, we need an EPA administrator committed to protecting and maintaining our clean water resources and the people that rely on them.”
Sheehy said it should be someone “who is knowledgeable enough and willing to take a closer look at what scientists are finding in Flint, and here in the Western Lake Erie Basin.”
The Oregon Planning Commission on Jan. 19 agreed to continue discussion on a request to change zoning on 15 acres of land owned by St. Kateri Catholic Academy and Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School, which plans to develop athletic fields at the site at 1055 South Coy and 3521 Pickle roads.
The commission met last month to discuss changing zoning from R-2 Single Family Residential to P-Park Land Zoning. Some neighbors whose properties abut the land have expressed concerns that the athletic fields will create noise, additional traffic and safety problems in their community. About 60 people attended the meeting, which lasted nearly three hours.
The late George Tschann in 2011 donated the land to St. Kateri Catholic Academy and Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School. The property was lined with 2,000 trees, mostly gum, oak, and maple, all planted by Tschann. Last September, St. Kateri removed most of the trees on the property, an area bounded by Coy, Pickle, Schmidlin and Worden roads.
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