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Winning the tug of war at the Pemberville Free Fair is about pride — nothing else.

There is no huge cash prize, no oversized plastic trophy, and no ticket-tape parade through town for the winners.

This year will be the 40th Anniversary of Pemberville’s annual tug of war, and organizers say it is here to stay. It’s just too popular.

There have been six different classification winners each year, with 10 members on each winning squad, which equates to 2,400 winners. What they do get is a t-shirt — that’s it.

In addition, once your team pulls its opponents across that line, they fall into a water-soaked pit, which no one complains about on a hot, muggy night in August. The only thing hurt might be the losers’ pride.

Toledo last week continued to take samples and tests from the intake crib in Lake Erie after increased levels of microcystin, a toxin that shut down the city’s water supply for three days last August, were detected on July 27, though the water was safe to drink.

Toledo officials have been monitoring the intake crib since Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks Hudson called a press conference on July 27 to announce that the city’s water quality status had been changed from “clear” to “watch” after 0.5 parts per billion (ppb) of microcystin was detected in the intake crib.

On July 28, samples taken from the intake detected 0.4 ppb. “We are still on a “Watch” status,” stated the city’s Facebook page. “It’s important to note this is raw water. Water leaving the treatment plant and entering households and taps are at a `non-detect.’ Our new water protocols are working as we intended to provide the public with information about the changes in the quality of water as well as early warning of harmful algal blooms.”

Work on the second phase of a resurfacing project on Union Street has begun under a joint agreement between the Village of Walbridge and Lake Township.

Walbridge Mayor Ed Kolanko said he expects work to be completed in four or five weeks.

The village has received grants from the Ohio Public Works Commission for all three phases of resurfacing Union, including a 50-50 match grant of approximately $250,000 for the current phase that covers the repaving of Union between Dixon Street and Martendale Place as well as installing new curbs and drains.

The northern half of that section of Union is in the village and part of the southern half, including the site of station 1 of the Lake Township Fire Department, is in the township.

Kolanko said cost estimates prepared by project engineers for the township’s portion are about $12,000.

Voters in the Woodmore School District will see a mix of veterans and newcomers vying for seats on the school board in November.

Nine persons, including four incumbents, have filed petitions with the Sandusky County Board of Elections to run for three open seats and one seat with an unexpired term.

Stephen Huss, the board’s president, and Julie Bowman, vice president, have filed petitions as have members Daniel Hoppe and Corinna Bench.

However, Bench has filed for a seat vacated earlier this year by Grant Cummings that expires in 2017. All other seats are for full four-year terms.

Petitions have also been filed by Cara Brown, James Kamman, Kelly O’Connor, Samuel Preston and Sean Rizor.

The Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education may choose an architectural firm as early as this month to assess the district’s facilities in what would be the first step to preparing a long-range plan for the buildings.

Board members met July 20 to hear presentations from three firms and have scheduled a special meeting for Aug. 17 at which one of the firms may be chosen for conducting the assessment, Guy Parmigian, district superintendent, said.

The assessment will focus on R.C. Waters Elementary School and Oak Harbor Middle School.

“We’re in the first phase of studying what our options are,” he said. “It could be a new school. It could be renovation. Those are our older buldings. The high school is in very good condition. The middle school is more than 100 years old and R.C. Waters is more than 60 years old. What does the future look like for those two buildings? We need to explore what our options are.”

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