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Ohioans spend about 12 percent of their per capita income on energy, and 35 percent of that is spent on gasoline.

According to Dr. Eric Romich, Ohio State University professor and extension field specialist, each of us spends an average of $4,269 each year in energy consumption. Ohio is typically ranked fifth or sixth nationally in energy consumption.

Dr. Romich spoke to journalists at the Sixth Annual Lake Erie Workshop for Science and Outdoor Writers and Reporters, held at Gibraltar Island, home of Ohio State University’s Stone Lab and Ohio Sea Grant.

In turn, the United States uses 18 percent of world energy consumption. The 2011 International Energy Outlook Report estimates world energy consumption will be 770 quadrillion BTU in 2035.

For Jamal Grant, owning a barbershop was not even on his “to do” list in his younger years. After spending his youth in East Toledo getting into trouble, Grant found himself at a crossroads in his life.

“I like to tell my story,” Grant said. “I ended up doing seven years at North Central Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio for drugs. I used that time to turn my life around. I got my barber’s license while I was there and I decided to live the right life.”

That is when fate stepped in and Grant was offered the opportunity of a lifetime.

Ray St. John, who owned the building at 422 East Broadway, was looking for someone to purchase the place and keep it as a barbershop. It was a promise to Omer Holman, the former owner of the barbershop, St. John was determined to keep.

There is no question that at some point every farmer in the history of agriculture has wished for the power to control the rain. And, based on the terrible flooding that occurred around Ohio this summer from record setting rainfall amounts in some areas, there were many people out there hoping for the power to bring out the sun as well.

The wet weather has caused serious problems for agriculture this spring and early summer. Many corn and soybean fields in Ohio went unplanted because they were just too wet. Fields that were planted are suffering from disease problems, drowned out portions of fields and nutrient deficiencies in many areas of the state.

The Ohio wheat crop suffered yield loss and decreased quality for grain and straw due to the incessant rainfall, particularly in northwest Ohio. And many of the poor farmers trying to make hay in between the never-ending rain showers are just about ready to give up. The first cutting for the hay crop that is normally finished in early June has still not been completed in some areas, hurting both hay quantity and quality.

Road trips can make for great weekend getaways or even more lengthy vacations for those who can’t get enough of the open road. But before embarking on any road trips, motorists should replenish their automotive emergency kits with the following items so they are fully prepared in the event of an accident or an injury.

• First-aid kit: A first-aid kit can treat cuts and abrasions suffered while you are out of the car and even some minor injuries that may result if you are in a car accident. Include essential items like adhesive tape, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes, aspirin, bandages, a cold compress, gauze, and scissors. Visit for a more extensive list of items to include in your first-aid kit, which should be kept in your car at all times.

• Tools: It’s important to include tools in your automotive emergency kit. While a full toolbox might be unnecessary, bring along an adjustable wrench, a flat head and Phillips screwdriver, a pair of pliers, a tire jack and crow bar, an ice scraper, and a flashlight. Extra roadside flares and reflectors also should be packed should you need to pull over and address an automotive problem, such as a flat tire. Keep a tire pressure gauge in your glove compartment or with your other tools so you can check tire pressure if you feel your car is not operating as smoothly as it normally does.

Sandusky County is among the counties to receive a loan this year from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for upgrading home septic systems.

The county has been awarded a $150,000 loan by the EPA as part of a repair/replacement project of the Ohio Department of Health for 2015.

The initiative is aimed at improving the quality of life for low-income residents and reducing bacteria run-off in the western Lake Erie basin.

According to program guidelines, the principal on the loan to the county health department is automatically forgiven. Consequently, nothing must be repaid to the state. Eligible Sandusky County homeowners will receive either 100 percent, 85 percent or 50 percent forgiveness of principal toward the cost of repairing or replacing failing home septic systems.

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