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Oregon street crews are using Google Earth on their smart phones to find catch basins to clear away snow and ice to lower the risk of flooding.

The software provides data, such as detailed, highlighted maps of cities and streets throughout the world.

Public Service Director Paul Roman told council last week the city received about 1.7 inches of rain the previous week, which caused some local flooding.

With the seasons changing one of these days, the weather eventually getting warmer and the snow melting, some Northwest Ohioans will have to confront the possibility that flooding could become a problem for some of us.

For us, specifically, that concerns the Portage River.

The river, which runs along State Route 105 for much of its path and is roughly 41½ miles in length, empties into Lake Erie in Port Clinton and connects Oak Harbor, Elmore, Woodville and Pemberville. It has presented flooding problems in the past and could start to do so again in the coming weeks.

The road to a good job doesn’t always mean spending four years at college.

Ottawa County school officials and businesses are looking at forging a partnership to spread the word and job opportunities among students.

A proposed Ottawa County Business Council would guide schools in the endeavor to step up career counseling aimed at generating skilled workers for the jobs available locally, Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools superintendent Guy Parmigian told the school board Tuesday night.

Tiny plastic beads from facial cleansers and body scrubs have turned up in Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes at what a scientific advocacy group calls alarming levels that could pose a threat to wildlife and fish. It's calling on companies and consumers to be part of the solution.

These tiny pieces of plastic that get washed down the drain are not being adequately captured by sewage treatment, said Stiv Wilson, director of communications and campaigns for the 5 Gyres Institute, who was part of a research team that sailed the Great Lakes collecting samples.

Oak Harbor’s quest for a reliable source of electric power to the south side of the Portage River has run into problems.

Village council has grudgingly approved an $115,000 change order requested by general contractor U.S. Utility of Perrysburg for the drilling of an 18-inch electrical service line beneath the Portage River Bridge at the village’s southern limits.

Council originally approved about $135,000 for the boring of the line that’ll house two electrical conduits 14 feet beneath the river’s bed. The project is necessary because the electrical line installed in the body of the bridge in the early 1990s is having connection problems, Mayor Bill Eberle said.

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