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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 and clicking on the icon on the upper right:

Greetings All -
This is where it all began--on that April morning 240 years ago--on the Battle Road. Seven hundred British soldiers marched out of Boston on that morning of April 19, 1775. Seeking to confiscate supplies of arms and gun powder stored by the upstart American rebels in Concord, MA, the British regulars, clad in their bright red coats and bayonets bristling, crossed the Charles River and took the road to Concord that led through Lexington. There on Lexington Green, His Majesty’s troops encountered 77 colonial militia and Minutemen - there was a difference between the two - standing their ground . . . . until . . . the colonists saw how hopelessly outnumbered they were. Ordered to disperse by militia commander Colonel John Parker but, before they could, a shot rang out, and soon eight Americans lay dead on Lexington Green - first blood had been spilled.

Oregon City Council, following a public hearing on Monday, approved a zoning change for commercial truck storage at 2159 and 2163 Arkansas Street.

Jerry Watson, owner of the property, had applied for a Special Use Exception (SUE) in an R-2 Medium Density Residential District for commercial trucks storage.

The Oregon Planning Commission on Aug. 18 voted 4-1 to recommend that the application be approved with four conditions:

• Storage is limited to two vehicles;

• Screening with a 25-foot setback, as recommended by the Project Review Committee;

• The removal of two of four commercial trucks currently on the property within a six month period;

An ordinance that may lead to changes along Main Street in the Village of Walbridge had its first reading Wednesday by village council.

The ordinance authorizes Mayor Ed Kolanko to purchase property at 705 Main for $100,000.

The parcels are at the site of the Main Street United Brethren Church, which has been using the building primarily as office space and for events after moving to a new facility on State Route 795 in 2007.

“We’re following our normal procedures on this,” Kolanko said Thursday. “We’ll have three full readings. We’ve had some good discussions and it seemed like everybody is on board as far as council goes.”

Area municipalities, counties and townships were among the 850 public entities in Ohio to be awarded funds from a settlement that resolves an anti-trust lawsuit the state filed against Cargill Inc. and Morton Salt Inc. over past pricing of rock salt used to de-ice roads.

Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the disbursement of funds Thursday. His office filed a lawsuit against the companies in 2012, contending they colluded to divide the rock salt market in Ohio and agreed not to compete for public contract bids from 2008 to 2010.

The companies admitted no wrong doing but agreed to pay $11.5 million to resolve the case just days before a jury trial was to start, according to DeWine’s office.

About $6.8 million was available to local governments.

A public forum to discuss the financial situation of the Woodmore Local School District has been scheduled by the board of education for Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.

The forum will be held in the cafetorium of the PreK-8 Building, 800 Main St., Woodville.

The results of an audit of the district’s books by accounting firm, Julian & Grube, are among the items for discussion,

Board president Steve Huss, who chair’s the board’s finance committee, said he’ll also review the district’s recent five-year forecasts.

Earlier this year, the board retained Julian & Grube to review accounting statements.

Huss said the firm’s report covers the district’s finances through May 30.

Summer Olympics

Are you watching the Summer Olympics in Rio?
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