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Eight flow meters have been installed in Oregon that will help determine the extent of sewer rehabilitation for the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project Phase 4.

The flow monitoring data will be used to give the city a better idea of where storm water Inflow & Infiltration (I&I) is coming from, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

The flow monitors have been installed in the Moundview, Woodville Heights, and East Hollywood subdivisions. The sewers are located within the Wheeling Street Sanitary Sewer District and flow to the 15” sanitary sewer on Woodville Road. The areas are scheduled for sanitary sewer rehabilitation in 2016 as part of the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project, Phase 4.

Flow monitoring is expected to continue through the end of June, contingent upon sufficient wet weather events during that time period.

To reduce or eliminate excessive storm water I&I from getting into the city’s waste water collection system, a program of flow monitoring, video detection, and smoke testing was established in 2008 to identify I&I sources.

Phase 4 of the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation project is a continuation of the required sanitary sewer rehabilitation for the city’s wastewater treatment plant’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

City council recently approved a contract with Jones & Henry Engineers, Toledo, to provide engineering services to install, operate and monitor the flow meters for $34,460. Jones & Henry has previously done similar work for the city on several occasions.

Woodmore school officials are continuing with public informal meetings to explain the district’s financial situation and two levy issue requests on the May ballot.

The sessions began in March and are scheduled to continue until May 4 – the day before district voters decide a request for a new 0.75 percent tax on earned income for 10 years and renewal of a $600,000, 5-year property tax.

The next meetings are set for:
• April 12 at Woodmore High School at 4 p.m.
• April 21 at Granny’s Kitchen at 7 a.m.
• April 29 at the Elmore Library at 2 p.m.
• May 4 at the Portage Inn at 5 p.m.

If approved, the earned income tax is projected to generate about $1.05 million annually and would stave off approximately $625,752 in spending cuts that would cover at least seven teachers, a nurse, a counselor, a custodian and coaches and advisors.

Fees to participate in extra-curricular activities would also be increased.

Busing would also be eliminated for high school students and students in kindergarten through the eighth grade who live within two miles of school. The reduced busing service would result in three bus drivers being let go.

Most 6-year-olds can recognize a Monarch butterfly and by the seventh grade have learned the stages of metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly, says naturalist Dana Bollin.

“Amazingly, even the most un-tree-hugger-like adults will begrudgingly admit some knowledge of the migratory and survival strategy of monarchs,” Bollin said. “Monarchs are so cosmopolitan, bold, and obvious that we have completely taken them for granted.”

Bollin says for centuries, ancient cultures as diverse as the Chinese, Egyptians, and pre-Hispanic Mexicans used the butterfly to represent resurrection.

“The process of metamorphosis offered a comforting explanation of life and death, symbolized by the seeming ‘death’ of the caterpillar as it changed into a chrysalis; and it’s ‘rebirth’ into a new form as the adult (butterfly),” Bollin said.

“For modern Mexicans, this belief — death being only a new phase in life — is reinforced by the annual return of the Monarch butterfly to their wintering grounds. The Monarchs’ arrival is just in time to help celebrate Dia De Los Muertos — The Day of the Dead, and announce the visit of souls of the dearly departed. Further mystical or religious significance occurs with the Monarch’s mass exodus concluding on or about Easter, as the butterflies take with them the souls of the recently deceased.”

Yet, in Ohio and elsewhere, Monarchs are becoming fewer in number because their primary food source, milkweed, is disappearing. The female monarch lays her eggs on milkweed, the only plant the caterpillars will eat.

Anglers in pursuit of Lake Erie’s sport fish should experience success in 2015, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“Similar to 2014, we expect fishing to be good again this year, especially when you consider the mix of species and sizes that are seasonally available to Ohio anglers on Lake Erie,” said Jeff Tyson, Lake Erie fisheries program manager for the ODNR Division of Wildlife. “While fishing success will vary among species and seasons, the lake’s population of walleye, yellow perch, black bass, white bass and steelhead are all stable, with a very broad distribution of sizes for each species.”

As a result of the 2015 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, 2015. The daily bag limit will be six walleye from May 1 through Feb. 28, 2016. From March 1 through April 30, 2016, the daily walleye bag limit will be four. A 15-inch minimum size limit is in effect during the entire season for walleye. The yellow perch daily bag limit is 30 from May 1 through April 30, 2016, with no minimum size limit. Lake Erie anglers can find walleye and yellow perch bag limit information at ODNR offices, in special publications at bait and tackle shops and at

Lake Erie walleye and yellow perch fisheries are managed through an interagency quota system that involves Ontario, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio jurisdictions. Each jurisdiction regulates their 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 2015.

Henry County native Rachel Hefflinger, an Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Science research technician, loves trees.

She loves trees so much that she is on a mission to do her part trying to bring back ash trees to the Northwest Ohio landscape. Ash trees have almost completely disappeared from the region’s landscape, thanks to the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle from China.

Hefflinger made the final presentation of this year’s March Sunday Lecture Series, which is hosted annually by Friends of Pearson at Macomber Lodge.

She titled it “Emerald Ash Borer and How the Forest Has Responded” and what she had to say captivated guests because it brings hope that ash trees still have a chance to win their battle with the invasive beetle.

Hefflinger was in the fourth grade when the beetle arrived, but guests commented that she spoke from the heart while talking about ongoing research to save the ash.

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