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If you are hoping there is any hope that harmful algal blooms will not occur in Lake Erie again this year, think again.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, 2015 looks to be the second worst year ever for HABs, based on a phosphorous load from the Maumee River that has already exceeded recommended target loads.

The NOAA, a federal agency, and its research partners, using an ensemble modeling approach, predict that the 2015 western Lake Erie bloom season will not only be among the most severe in recent years, it could become the second most severe behind the record-setting 2011 bloom.

While scientists say it could take 5 to 10 years to receive the 40 percent reduction they are recommending, this year’s total phosphorous load from the Maumee is already at 1,586 tons, way over the 860 tons recommended to keep HABs in check. That does not include additional phosphorous that could load into the lake yet this year.

The application of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and a similar article of the Ohio Constitution was a major part of a court case that emanated from a traffic stop in 2011 by a Lake Township police officer on I-280.

The Ohio Supreme Court last month affirmed a decision by the Sixth District Court of Appeals that the officer lacked authority to enforce a lane violation on an interstate highway and the ensuing search of the vehicle was unreasonable. The Supreme Court also agreed the appeals court properly ordered drugs seized during the search to be excluded from evidence.

“A traffic stop for a minor misdemeanor made outside a police officer’s statutory jurisdiction or authority violates the guarantee against unreasonable searches and seizures established by Article 1, Section 14 of the Ohio Constitution,” the court ruled.

For a group of European young professionals who visited Northwest Ohio, coming to the United States was a chance to get their taste of American customs way of life.

A six-member Ukrainian delegation came to Toledo for the eight-day Open World: Energy Efficiency program.

For the East Toledo leaders who helped bring them here, the experience was a chance to show the Ukranians what Birmingham, a Hungarian ethnic neighborhood, has to offer. The Birmingham Development Corporation hosted the group of young professionals.

The delegation joined people from the Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia who were also in America as part of the Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development, a program that works to provide a professional development opportunity for up-and-coming and mid-level professionals to gain knowledge of U.S. practices.

Discussion of a resolution to pay the widow of a Lake Township employee for the employee’s accrued sick time hours became heated Tuesday as the township trustees couldn’t agree on whether they should proceed without a written policy in place.

Richard Welling, a trustee, read a resolution to pay the widow of Dan Sprinski, the township cemetery sexton who died suddenly in late May, for the 240 sick-time hours he had accrued – approximately worth $5,280. But the other trustees, Melanie Bowen and Jeff Pettit, didn’t second his motion for consideration and the resolution didn’t receive a vote.

Welling then called for a discussion of the matter, which ignited a sharp exchange as Pettit and Bowen said the payment shouldn’t be made without a written policy.

The resolution says that the relevant section of the Ohio Revised Code says public or private employers “…may pay all wages or personal earnings due to the deceased employee …to the surviving spouse…”

Oregon will hold a meeting on Monday to address flooding and drainage issues following the June 27 storm that dropped over 6 inches of rain in many local areas.

The meeting will take place in council chambers at 6:30 p.m.

“We got more rain than most – over 6 inches,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “There was a lot of flooding in general. People got water in basements, water in their crawl spaces, their houses, streets, yards. So there are people in the community who have questions. They want to know why this happened, and what is the city doing about it.”

There is little the city can do when that much rain falls, said Seferian. In addition, there was a constant 25-35 mph northeast wind on the lake that caused the water to rise and push back on the entire storm sewer and ditch system, essentially stopping discharge into the lake.


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