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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.

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a 9,000-mile bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

You can follow his blog by going to presspublications.com and clicking on the icon in the upper right hand corner.


Greetings from Williamsburg, Folks -

Eight candidates are vying for four seats on Oregon City Council. The Press asked them questions to help voters decide who they want to vote for in the Nov. 3 election. Here is what the candidates had to say:

What is the most important issue facing Oregon?

Tim Zale: Certainly, the condition of Lake Erie is important, but this is a larger regional issue. Oregon needs an identity that encompasses the hometown feeling we want. Navarre Avenue beautification and luring more responsible retail development would help. The redesign of Navarre from Isaac Streets Drive to the western city limit is our chance to enhance part of our business district. I intend to be part of this process and will continue to meet with our economic development people regarding commercial/retail development.

The Oregon City Schools District is seeking voter support for a 3.95 mill operation levy on the Nov. 3 ballot. The levy is needed to sustain current programs and activities, according to Superintendent Hal Gregory.

“Public schools are funded through a combination of state money and local money,” said Gregory. “Oregon City Schools has not received new money since 2008. The district cannot sustain all of our current programs and activities without additional revenue.”

If passed, the levy would bring in $1,927,246 annually beginning in January.

“The new money raised from the levy would continue funding the Career/Technical programs at Clay High School as well as extra-curricular programs throughout the district. The 3.95 mills will allow our district to stay off the ballot for a minimum of 2-3 years,” he said.

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