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Daphne Derden, Director of Career Technology at Toledo Public Schools, admits she does not necessarily agree with all of Governor John Kasich’s policies.

But when it comes to directing new initiatives for education, she believes he is “awesome.”

She says the jobs are going back to the trades — and it’s a different world of trades than it was in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. And, Kasich and the Ohio legislature are responding.

“Even with the emphasis from a federal perspective, a state perspective, and a local perspective, this is a great time for career technology in that we’ve gotten so much support and attention right now,” Derden said. “Sometimes it’s overwhelming, but it’s been long overdue and I’m so glad this attention has come because it’s good for the economic health of our region.”

Oregon City Council on Monday approved the bids of Cash Services, LLC, of Northwood, to make storm sewer improvements to Jersey Road and Van Buren Avenue.

Cash Services bid $54,178 to improve Jersey Road and $33,089 for the Van Buren Avenue project. The bids were the lowest submitted for the projects. Other bids for the Jersey Road project included: Paschal Bihn & Son’s Excavating, Oregon, $64,510; Salenbien Trucking & Excavating, Inc., Dundee, Michigan, $67,917.85, and Hank’s Plumbing and Heating, Toledo, $64,982. For the Van Buren Avenue project, Paschal Bihn & Son’s Excavating bid $34,781.15; Salenbien Trucking & Excavating, Inc., bid $40,810.21; and Hank’s Plumbing and Heating bid $37,182.

“Cash Services was the lowest and best bid. They have done similar work for us. They did meet the city’s best bid criteria,” said Public Service Director Paul Roman.

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.

water crisis

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