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Lake Erie anglers should experience another year of diverse fishing opportunities in 2016, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Lake Erie walleye and yellow perch fisheries are managed through an interagency quota system that involves Ontario, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. Each jurisdiction regulates its catches to comply with quotas and minimize the risk of over-fishing these species. Quotas for the upcoming fishing season are determined through consensus agreement by these jurisdictions through the Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, which were just recently announced for 2016.

As a result of the 2016 quota allocation, the walleye daily bag limit is four, and the yellow perch daily bag limit is 30 per angler in Ohio waters of Lake Erie until April 30. The daily bag limit will be six walleye from May 1 through Feb. 28, 2017. From March 1, 2017 through April 30, 2017, the daily walleye bag limit will be four. A 15-inch minimum size limit is in effect during the entire season for walleye.

Last fall, just before Oregon voters went to the polls to decide whether to pass a 3.95-mill operating levy for the school district, Superintendent Hal Gregory and School Board President Carol Molnar took out an ad in The Press that explained where the estimated $1.9 million annual revenue would go should the levy pass.

The ad stated that the funds would “exclusively” go toward extra-curricular activities and Clay’s Career Technical programs.

The half-page ad, with the headline “Open letter to the residents of Oregon and Jerusalem Township communities,” was nine paragraphs long.

Kelly Dean considers herself a “long-term” East Toledoan — she raised her children here, has invested in the community, and now she has an opportunity to give back to the community.

Dean, a Toledo Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and AmeriCorps neighborhood outreach coordinator, has a plan — “to engage and empower existing neighborhood leaders and identify new leaders in the Birmingham neighborhood.”

Growing up, her family was in the construction business, so when she sees an East Toledo property in disrepair, she can assess whether it can be rehabilitated or must be torn down.

One component of the FirstEnergy rate plan recently approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is front and center in complaints now on file before a federal regulator.

Depending on which side of the rate case you’re on, what is called the Retail Rate Stability Rider is either a form of rate insurance to shield consumers from rate volatility or a bailout for FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities that transfers costs and risks of the aging coal-fired and nuclear plant to consumers.

After the PUCO approved a plan that would be in effect from June of this year through May 2024, the case is now pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals has dismissed a complaint filed by a Lake Township man against the township police chief and Wood County prosecutor.

The appeals court ruled the Wood County Common Pleas Court didn’t abuse its discretion by dismissing the complaint filed by Dan Prewitt for failing to state “a legally cognizable claim.”

Chief Mark Hummer and Paul Dobson, prosecutor, were named as defendants in Prewitt’s complaint filed in May 2014 that alleged the chief illegally removed Prewitt’s granddaughter from his Pemberville Road home earlier that year. Prewitt claimed the chief, at the direction of Dobson, violated his Fourth Amendment rights when the chief “unlawfully forced his way” into Prewitt’s home and removed the girl.

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