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The Lake Erie Waterkeeper Group recently took more than two dozen citizens on its annual Eco Tour of the Maumee River.

This year’s tour was especially successful, in part by the rise in concern for water quality in the area due to the recent water crisis.

“People just don’t understand the magnitude of this and drinking water should really bring the issue to the top,” said Len Syrek.

“I belong to Urban Waters, Partners of Clean Stream, and I’m on the board of the Lake Erie Water Keepers,” he said. “I have an opportunity to speak to a lot of people and, for whatever reason, I do not believe that the general populous really knows how bad this is.

“I show people that (water bottle of algae from around the intake) and it’s like they don’t understand or they don’t care – but they did care for three days when they needed water,” said Syrek.

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Despite a brutal winter that hampered the start of the shipping season, total cargo shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway have surpassed 2013 levels for the March through August time period.

According to Seaway figures, total cargo tonnage from March 25 to August 31 reached 20 million metric tons, up 3 percent over the same period last year.

The recovery has been fuelled by grain exports, increases in road salt inventories for Great Lakes municipalities and an influx of specialty steel and other metals for the automotive and construction industries. Construction materials such as stone and cement have also been in strong demand.

Total U.S. and Canadian grain shipments have reached 5.6 million metric tons, up 73 percent over last year. U.S. grain so far this season has totaled 630,000 metric tons, up 13 percent.

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Parking won’t be allowed on the south side of Walnut Street to help alleviate traffic woes around Oak Harbor Middle School.

In past weeks, Oak Harbor police posted temporary “no parking” signs affecting traffic flow from the middle school to Locust Street, according to Police Chief Steve Weirich. The experiment was meant to gauge if the change could free up traffic problems created when the buses load and unload students as parents and others in private vehicles race to do the same along the busy stretch.

As the 2014-15 school year enters its second week, Weirich supported an ordinance that came before Oak Harbor Village Council on Monday to make the ban permanent.

He noted bus drivers now have “a straight shot out of there” without having to weave around parked personal vehicles. And the safety factor is greatly increased, he added.

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Citing personal reasons, Oak Harbor’s fiscal clerk turned in her resignation Monday.

Fiscal Clerk Debbie Carpenter’s short resignation letter was read by Mayor Bill Eberle at the beginning of Monday’s regular Oak Harbor Village Council meeting. She only referred to “life changing” circumstances that forced her decision. Carpenter’s last day is Oct. 31.

The fiscal officer is responsible for the day-to-day financial operations, fund investments, payroll, employee fringe benefits, human resource issues, record retention and required reporting to the state. The fiscal clerk also acts as a clerk of council. The position is a mayoral appointment.

Carpenter has been with the village since August 2012.

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