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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.”

Oregon recently purchased property at 746 Wheeling Street as part of the Navarre Avenue Safety Improvement Project. Without the purchase, the project would not be able to proceed, according to city officials.

The city paid $582,410 to Kin Cheung Lau and Monica Mon Koon Lau, owners of Oriental Garden Chinese Restaurant, Inc., of 746 Wheeling Street, and $7,590 for kitchen equipment and a pole sign, so an access road could be built in the middle of the property to alleviate traffic congestion.

“This is something I would have liked to have done a couple of years ago,” said Mayor Mike Seferian, who initially started talking about plans in 2013. But state regulations kept the city from negotiating with the owners to purchase the property, he added.

City Administrator Mike Beazley said the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently approved of the city’s environmental engineering plan.

The Press news staff won an Excellence in Journalism Touchstone award in the print non-daily newspaper category, for their three-part series “Saving Lake Erie,” which appeared in the January 12, January 19, and January 26 editions of the paper.

The Press beat out five other contestants for the first place award.

The series took an in-depth look at what caused Toledo in August 2014 to issue a three day tap water ban to communities that consume city water after high levels of a toxin, microcystin, was detected in samples taken from Toledo’s water treatment plant.

The three-part series consisted of a total of 18 articles written by news editors Kelly J. Kaczala and Larry Limpf, and senior reporters Tammy Walro, and J. Pat Eaken, with photos taken by photojournalist Ken Grosjean.

The series also won second place in the features category in the national Advertising & Editorial Excellence contest from the Independent Free Papers of America.

On Sunday, October 25, the National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL), in conjunction with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held a joint press conference at the NMGL on Front Street in East Toledo on the discovery of the shipwreck Argo, a tanker barge lost in 1937 in Lake Erie.

The Argo was found 12 miles northeast of Sandusky in U.S. waters.

The barge, according to initial reports, had 100,000 gallons of crude oil as its cargo. In 2013, the NOAA issued a Risk Assessment report identifying the Argo as the greatest potential environmental threat by a shipwreck on the Great Lakes should her structural integrity fail and her cargo of petroleum product escape into the lake. The NOAA, in its report on the Argo, acknowledged that its analysis was incomplete because it lacked critical information about the shipwreck, including its precise location in Lake Erie.

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