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Bicyclist takes break to regroup, reevaluate after 4,000 miles

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.


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An invoice for about $2 million being sent to the Ohio Department of Education by the Lake school board will never be paid.

Lake board members and the administration contend the funds would have better served taxpayers by not being diverted to charter schools.

Lake Erie Waterkeeper Sandy Bihn, as moderator of the Lake Erie Improvement’s Association forum on Lake Erie, introduced a guest who was not a scheduled speaker — State Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green).

In 2015, Gardner co-sponsored Senate Bill One, which banned the application of manure and fertilizer on frozen ground.

Eastwood FFA members Kirsten Ameling, Josh Isaacson, Lane Kemner, and Garrett Tuck received the American FFA Degree.

All the degree recipients are 2014 graduates of Eastwood High School.

The American Degree is the highest achievement in FFA, and less than one percent of FFA members earn the degree.

In order to achieve the American FFA Degree, FFA members must be at least 12 months removed from high school, must have completed numerous FFA and community service activities, and must have earned a minimum of $10,000 from their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects.

Ameling’s SAE projects consisted of raising and marketing beef cattle.

The Woodmore school board has approved an agreement with the union representing teachers but one board member says he’s frustrated the board didn’t have copies of the contract to review when it voted.

Joe Liszak cast the only “no” vote on the two-year contract Tuesday while Steve Huss, board president, Corinna Bench, Julie Bowman and Dan Hoppe approved it.

Liszak said Wednesday he expected the matter to be tabled when board members hadn’t received copies prior to the board’s meeting.

“This is astonishing,” Liszak said. “They could have passed it on to the next board even if they knew what might be in it.”

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