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The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will benefit from a bill approved last week by the state legislature that reinstates some of the school funding removed by one of Gov. John Kasich’s line-item vetoes of the state budget in June.

Lawmakers included $44 million in additional payments to dozens of school districts in Senate Bill 208, which was also drafted to avert an unintended tax hike next year on small businesses.

The bill passed in both chambers of the legislature Tuesday and provides the additional funds to districts to compensate them for lost revenue from the elimination of the tangible personal property tax that was assessed on business inventory and equipment.

B-C-S schools are scheduled to receive $133,081 in Fiscal 2017 under the bill. Other districts in The Press circulation area are not receiving the supplemental payments. Lawmakers wrote the bill to include a formula that would provide at least 96 percent of a district’s state aid and TPP reimbursements received in fiscal 2015. Many districts stand to receive more than that in 2017.

Last month, freshman students from local schools were bused to the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry to take part in the second annual Ottawa County Career Showcase.

The event, conducted by the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation and sponsored by the Ottawa County Business Advisory Council, was part of National Manufacturing Month – celebrated in October.

This year, over 600 freshman students from Ottawa County schools (where Camp Perry is located) attended the showcase. The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) was proud to serve as participant and host at last year’s inaugural event as well as during this year’s showcase, which is meant to encourage workforce development, career preparation and skilled-trade opportunities for the next workforce generation.

Bacon, of course, is delicious, but pork tenderloin is a Reese family staple and one of the most-preferred swine products of choice for most get-togethers. In fact, pork tenderloin was the subject of intense hoopla in a recent Reese family culinary showdown.

My dad makes tasty pork tenderloin — there is no point in denying this. He was making delicious pork on the grill long before I fired up my first outdoor propane burner. But, as my generation ages, my brothers and I feel we each have come into our own when making delicious pork tenderloin, surpassing the elder Reese.

In an attempt to settle the ongoing dispute, there was a three-man pork cook-off last summer at the annual family reunion in Mt. Cory (I was not present this year). In the competition, my brothers Aaron and Jeff took on our more experienced father. Those in attendance cast votes.

Oregon has submitted an application to the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) to help fund the $2.1 million Pickle Road Storm Sewer Relief Ditch project.

Council last week authorized the mayor to submit the application for financial assistance from the State Capital Improvements Fund and the Local Transportation Improvement Program Fund for the project.

The application, if approved, would provide a $320,000 grant and a 0 percent loan of $480,000 for the project, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

The city earmarked $1.3 million in the budget for the project, which includes the purchase of an easement from Toledo Edison.

Administrator Mike Beazley said plans call for the construction of detention/retention ponds on the Toledo Edison property that will improve drainage in the area.

Over the course of ten days, nine lucky people were blessed with the opportunity to go on the trip of a lifetime.

Last summer, Woodmore High School Spanish teacher Tom Adams; sophomore Hunter Stevenson and his parents, Jill and Kurt; senior Emily O’Reilly and her mother, Andrea; sophomore Hailey McAfee; and juniors Adam Lemke and Jake Amstutz packed their bags and hopped on a flight to Spain.

After arriving just eight hours later, they checked into their hotel and began their adventure. Students looked forward to their trip.

“My sister went on the 2011 Spain-France trip, and her trip experience influenced me to go,” said Lemke. “It was the first opportunity I had to travel outside of the country and I loved seeing the cultural differences.”

Amstutz said, “My parents influenced me to go to take a step out of my comfort zone.”

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