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The village of Elmore is abuzz with residents talking about the Elmore Historical Society’s plans for the 36th annual Portage River Festival which will be held Sunday, June 28 from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. at Depot Park in Elmore. The festival is being co-sponsored by Materion.

This year’s festival will include new family oriented festival/carnival-type atmosphere, complete with a bounce house, dunk tank (with a now-secret list of area celebrities), ring-the-bell-strongman game and a number of games for kids of all ages. There will also be face painting and balloon animals.

The day will begin at 7 a.m. with the registration and start of the Portage River Bicycle Tour at Woodmore High School. This will be the 40th anniversary of the tour, which has been a part of the festival since its inception in 1980. Another new addition will be the first-ever Portage River Festival Corn Hole Tournament at 1 p.m. Cost to enter is $5 per team, with half of the entry fees going back to the winning team as the grand prize. Kids and parents alike will enjoy the many exhibitions being held at the Log Cabin from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. They will get to enjoy historical toys and games, see old fashioned rug beating and mattress stuffing, and sample Dutch oven apple crisp.

Oregon Police Chief Mike Navarre is seeking approval from council to purchase and install a new tornado warning siren as a safety precaution for residents who cannot hear the current sirens that sound off when severe weather is in the area.

Navarre asked council last week to approve the $24,865.40 bid of Federal Signal Corporation, Federal Warning Systems, of Chicago, to provide the city with the warning siren. City council on Monday will consider approving the request.

The city in November 2013 had five sirens, but some residents had complained they were unable to hear them when a tornado tore through the city, uprooting trees and causing property damage.

The Lucas County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in 2014 applied and was approved for a federal grant to fund the installation of additional warning sirens throughout the county. As part of the grant, Oregon agreed to provide a local match of $11,500 per siren for a total of four new sirens at a cost of $46,000.

Oregon City Council on Monday will consider approving cash-to-tap fees for 14 property owners to connect to a new sanitary sewer along Seaman and Coy roads.

They would have to pay $149 per front foot if they choose to tap into the new sewer. The fees for the property owners range from $12,228.94 to $32,809.36.

Last year, council passed a sanitary sewer agreement with AlcoreSenior LLC for the construction of sanitary sewer improvements along Coy and Seaman roads in anticipation of Alcore’s plans to develop an assisted living facility for seniors at the site. The agreement included conditions for the sewer improvement to be constructed as a “cash-to-tap” sewer in which parcels of real property adjacent to the proposed senior facility would benefit from the sewer improvements.

“When that Alcore project came into existence, we knew that there would be a sanitary sewer requirement for the project,” said Mayor Mike Seferian at a meeting last week. “It was determined with Alcore’s participation, the solution that made the most sense was cash-to-tap, and that it would be most economical for residents across the street. It would also allow them the latitude to not be ordered into the system but to enter the system at their own choice. This amount represents the cost for the installation. If anyone wishes to tie into the system…it comes out to about $149 per front foot.”

Where: Glenwood Park in the Old West End Across from Glenwood School
When: Jun 20, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Description: Bring the dogs one and all out to the park for a free rabies vaccine. Need a spay/neuter voucher? We will have plenty available and lots of free gifts as well. Come early as vaccines are limited. All vaccines will be given by a licensed veterinarian from West Toledo Animal Hospital.

Sixty-three-year old Brenda Snyder was the chief chemist for Toledo’s water treatment plant for 15 years.

Her tenure includes being chief chemist during the water crisis last August 2-4 when the City of Toledo was faced with unsafe levels of toxic microcystin in its water and a “do not drink” advisory was sent to 500,000 residents, making national news.

Snyder believes the only reason levels were so high was because wind and other conditions forced the algae to be highly concentrated near Toledo’s intake valve, which is in the lake in 24 feet of water three miles from the treatment plant.

She calls it a “minor blip that had major consequences.” When a half million people could not drink water, it helped wake the world about Lake Erie’s algae issues.

“When you say do not drink the water, it affects a lot of things,” Snyder said.

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