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The Village of Oak Harbor honored a former village solicitor for his civic contributions to the community by planting an Oak tree during the annual Arbor Day celebration on May 18.530CharlesGraves

The tree was planted in Adolphus Kraemer Park to recognize Charles H. Graves, who served as village solicitor in 1898 and was elected to the office of Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney in 1900 and 1903.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency last week released a draft of the Western Basin of Lake Erie Collaborative Agreement Implementation Plan to reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025.

The draft is Ohio’s plan for implementing the Western Basin of Lake Erie Collaborative Agreement, signed last June by Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, with Michigan and Ontario, with a goal of reducing phosphorus loading to Lake Erie by 20 percent by 2020 and 40 percent by 2025. The plan gives Ohio a two-year jump start on U.S. EPA’s and Environment and Climate Change Canada’s deadline to develop a state Domestic Action Plan required under the bi-national Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

Hello Folks, 

(May 19) The Midwest did come through for me — yesterday — on my ride from Allegan to Three Rivers, Michigan.

A cloudless sky with nothing but blue, temperatures into the mid 60’s, and a tailwind that I haven’t felt in months it seems — one that lasts and stays at your back.

The ride from Ludington to Whitehall a few days ago was also sunny but quite brisk — I stayed bundled the whole time. On that ride I was on familiar ground cruising along one of my favorite Michigan Rail Trails — the Hart-Montague; it is one of my choice fall rides.

The City of Oregon last Wednesday issued a stop work order on Columbia Gas of Ohio’s multi-million dollar substation expansion at Lallendorf and Brown roads after learning that the company’s site plans for the project are inconsistent with what is currently under construction.

“A heating unit appears from their renderings to be about eight feet tall,” City Administrator Mike Beazley told The Press. “But the unit as constructed is about 16 feet tall. It’s just very different than what Columbia Gas applied for, or what we and the neighbors expected. We’re going to have to come to grips with it and do something different. The rest of the cleanup will continue. But that component of it, we’ll have to come up with a solution and a plan.”

The Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals has decided a property line dispute in the Village of Genoa.

The dispute stemmed from a requirement of the Ottawa County Department of Children’s Services in 2003 for Deanna Vizi, who operates a day care center, to have a fence erected to separate that property from adjacent property where the owners, Mark and Patricia McDaniel, had constructed a swimming pool.

To determine the fence location, Charles and Deanna Vizi relied on the village’s zoning inspector approval of the property line set by a contractor’s marking of the area, according to court records.

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