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        The American Legion, an organization created by an act of Congress in 1919 and which spearheaded the original GI Bill for veterans returning from World War II in the 1940s, has seen its national membership dwindle to 2.4 million, down from 2.7 million a decade ago and 3.1 million 20 years ago.

        At Oregon’s Christ Dunberger American Legion Post 537, just two World War II veterans remain and one Korean vet, Bud Shanks, is approaching 90 years old.

         Friends of Lucas County Dogs in conjunction with the Lucas County Auditor’s Office, Lucas County Canine Care and Control and the Huntington Center have created a promotion to increase the number of dog licenses sold. 

        Dog owners who buy licenses are automatically entered to win tickets to concerts and events through May as part of the promotion.

        The effort was initiated with the assistance of a generous community member, to increase the number of dogs licensed in Lucas County. 

        “A local citizen came to us wanting to donate towards the tickets to increase the licenses sold in the county,” said Tina Duckworth, vice president of the non-profit group Friends of Lucas County Dogs, which supplements the services of the Lucas County Canine Care & Control.

        “We were able to purchase the tickets, partner with the auditor and the commissioners and do this promotion,” she said.

       State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D. House District 46) recently expressed support for a congressional effort to stop the spread of Asian carp in the Great Lakes.

        Sheehy, whose district includes Jerusalem Township, Oregon and parts of Toledo in The Press circulation area, introduced similar legislation in the House in 2014.

        His support for the federal legislation comes after some members of Congress from both parties are calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to close an artificial connection between the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes – a thoroughfare for the invasive carp to enter the Great Lakes basins.

        Four entities are jointly funding an engineering study of providing sanitary sewer service in portions of Jerusalem Township in Lucas County and Allen Township in Ottawa County.

        The townships and counties have agreed to contract with Poggemeyer Design Group for $23,500 to conduct the study.

        Gino Monaco, administrator of the Ottawa County Sanitary Engineering Department, said health departments from both counties have conducted water testing and have confirmed there were “wastewater concerns impacting streams.”

        The winter weather and a blanket of snow may be inviting to snowmobilers, but in Lake Township you’d better have the permission of property owners before racing across the many fields in rural areas of the township.

        Police Chief Mark Hummer said a no-tolerance policy remains in effect, meaning patrol officers will cite violators rather than issue warnings. While the offense of criminal trespassing is a misdemeanor for violations involving snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles, the fines are doubled.

 

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