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Halloween is quickly approaching, which for many people, means parties and celebrating with alcohol.

There are still far too many people who think they can drive after drinking. The Lucas County Traffic Safety Program and the law enforcement agencies of the Lucas County OVI Task Force are reminding all partygoers that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

If you have been drinking and feel “buzzed” you should not be behind the wheel.

Gwen Neundorfer, coordinator of the Traffic Safety Program, reminds Halloween partiers, “The risks are not worth it and the consequences are too serious. In 2013, 11 of the 31 crashes in Lucas County involved an impaired driver. From January through September 2014, 46 percent of the fatal crashes involved an impaired driver and 12 people lost their lives in these crashes. It is up to drivers to make responsible decisions so these needless deaths don’t continue to happen.”

When incumbent District 46 State Legislator Michael Sheehy got his chance to speak to the Oregon-Northwood Rotary Club Wednesday, he spoke mostly about invasive algae issues in Lake Erie.

Sheehy, a Democrat, has a completely different approach to the algae issue than his Republican challenger, 34-year-old Andrew Blazsik.

Sheehy is for stricter regulation, noting with a fact sheet he presented to the Rotary that 11 million people derive their drinking water from Lake Erie. In 2011, invasive blue-green algae covered 1,900 square miles of the lake and the “dead zone,” where they is not enough oxygen for fish to survive, in the middle basin of Lake Erie increased to 1,544 square miles.

Sheehy’s fact sheet further stipulates that 9,576,624 animals in the Maumee watershed produce over 12 billion pounds of manure per annum with no sewage disposal plant required. Also, 422 million pounds of fertilizer are put into the Maumee watershed per annum. He adds that the Maumee River is the largest river flowing into the Great Lakes. Sheehy says his facts are from symposiums he has attended.

The Eastwood school board has decided to proceed with a plan to finance a new elementary school building without additional tax revenues.

The board Wednesday agreed to issue bonds in December, hoping to benefit from a recent decline in interest rates, and complete the issuance by early January, Brent Welker, district superintendent, said.

He said the district could then complete an agreement with the Ohio School Facilities Commission, which is providing about $7 million for the project.

“In the coming weeks, we also anticipate the assignment of a project manager to the Eastwood project,” Welker says in an email message to district residents. “Once we have a project manager, we will be moving forward with the selection of an architect and construction manager.”

In addition to the OSFC funding, the board is proposing to finance construction costs with $12.5 million in local revenues.

If you know someone who graduated from Waite High School in 1969 and served in the United States military, a committee of Waite alumni wants to honor that veteran.

Sponsorship has been paid to have a plaque with that veteran’s name and branch of service placed on the back of chairs in the newly renovated Waite Auditorium.

A committee led by 1969 graduate and Vietnam veteran Tim McKibben has found about 40 names so far, including two who were killed in Vietnam. Committee leaders fear there could be more, especially since the Class of 1969 had over 400 graduates and was one of the largest, if not the largest, in school history.

“Our biggest hurdle is not to leave anyone out, and we’ve done as much as we can, but we need help and we can’t cover anybody unless we get help,” committee member Ron Hill said. “The people that we did send out emails to, that we knew were veterans, to help out, we think they fear that we are fishing for money, and that is not the case.”

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