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It’s almost like a sequel to a movie — one year ago, in the August 11, 2013 edition of The Press, a front page headline read, “Green slime arrives in waves.”

We were told not to be alarmed — at least, not yet. But, maybe now is the time.

Last week, about 500,000 residents who receive City of Toledo water had reason to be alarmed because their tap water was shut off for two days because it was contaminated by a toxin produced by an algae bloom in Lake Erie.

The green water in the western basin of Lake Erie results from an invasive algae bloom. While not all algae is harmful, the type seen in the huge blooms in the western part of Lake Erie and other inland Ohio lakes can produce nerve and liver toxins, which are especially dangerous for pets, children, the elderly and those with comprised immune systems.

While the water consumption ban by the City of Toledo dragged on, personnel at the Northwestern Water and Sewer District were discussing how to construct an emergency connection to link the Perrysburg water system, which receives water from Toledo, to the Bowling Green system.

The district had started plans on a temporary connection to provide parts of the City of Perrysburg with potable water from the Bowling Green treatment plant, said Jerry Greiner, district president.

The district purchases Toledo water for its customers in the northwest portion of Wood County – with most of those customers located west of I-280. Customers to the east, for the most part receive water from the City of Oregon, which, like Bowling Green, wasn’t affected by the water advisory.

Tom Stalter, district engineer, said ideas for the temporary link included some above ground pipe and connections between hydrants. Liability questions were a concern as well as engineering issues, he said.

This was just supposed to be another normal work day for Waite senior lineman Jovan Sanson.

He was headed to the McDonald’s on Main Street in East Toledo when he got the news that Toledo’s water supply was unsafe.

“I was on my way to work Saturday morning when I heard about it,” Sanson said. “We turned on the radio. I didn’t get a chance to turn on the TV before work because I woke up a little late. I heard it on the radio and got to work and found out how serious it was. It was pretty crazy.”

Sanson’s senior teammate, quarterback Jeremy Pratt, checked his cell phone as soon as he got off work from Taco Bell at 3 a.m. Friday night/Saturday morning. He said he received quite a shock.

The amount of time that political signs can be posted in yards is about to be limited in Oak Harbor.

For weeks, village council members have lamented over how political signs pop up long before the local political campaigns kick into high gear for upcoming elections. A number of signs, especially those for the pending county judgeship race this November, appeared throughout neighborhoods in early summer.

“It seems like the signs are going up earlier and earlier every year,” councilwoman Sue Rahm noted.

The regulation has been talked about a number of times in past years but now council members say they are ready to act on it.

For owners of restaurants in Oregon, it was a good, no, it was a great weekend. For some, serving the extra business provided by a water emergency in Toledo and other suburbs who get their water from the City of Toledo was almost overwhelming.

“It was crazy and insane the number of people who tried to come to us over the weekend,” Art Richardson, owner of the Oregon Inn on Bay Shore Rd. said. “We had to turn away 150 people.”

Richardson, who keeps records of his daily business, said business on Saturday was 30 percent higher than the Saturday before. Sunday was 35 to 40 percent than the week before.

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