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Olympic hopeful J.D. Bergman to speak at…

30-01-2015 Hits:114 Sports  - avatar Yaneek Smith

Olympic hopeful J.D. Bergman to speak at OHHS on Feb. 7

Photo courtesy of facebook.com/jdbergmanusa. Twenty years of training and just under 20 months remaining.  That is the mindset Oak Harbor native J.D. Bergman is carrying with him as he continues his journey...

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Local students honored for their heroic …

29-01-2015 Hits:252 Around Ottawa County  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Local students honored for their heroic efforts

Front row: Kathy Wright. Back row (L to R): Brendan Zeitzheim, Matthew Paeth, Darius Daniels, Adrian Hall, Skyler Cook. Kathy Wright, a Port Clinton resident who was lifted out of bed...

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Unemployment numbers drop, skilled trade…

29-01-2015 Hits:238 Around Ottawa County  - avatar Jasmine Cupp

Unemployment numbers drop, skilled trades gap increases

As another year begins, unemployment and job creation numbers for 2014 are coming out and things seem to be on the upswing. According to OhioMeansJobs.com, there are over 14,000 jobs...

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$19 million in federal funds to improve western Lake Erie basin water quality

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced more than $19 million in new federal funds to improve water quality in Western Lake Erie Basin today. The funding is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) – which Brown helped establish in the 2014 Farm Bill. Ohio conservation projects will be awarded more than $27 million under this program.

“These Federal resources will help reduce harmful algal blooms and ensure the safety of Ohio’s drinking water and the strength of our economy,” Brown said. “But these federal funds are just the beginning, we need to utilize every available resource and innovation to reduce runoff, preserve the local environment, and protect our water supply.”

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Lake Erie license plate proceeds fund projects within the watershed

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) awarded two quarterly grants through Ohio’s Lake Erie Protection Fund at its December meeting in Columbus.

The fund was established to help finance research and projects aimed at protecting, preserving and restoring Lake Erie and its watershed. The fund is supported by Ohioans through tax-deductible donation or purchase of a Lake Erie license plate displaying the Marblehead Lighthouse or the Lake Erie life preserver.

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Gardner earns Public Servant Award as Lake Erie champion

Senator Gardner during the bicentennial celebration of the Battle of Lake Erie in 2013.

Ohio's leading environmental group has honored Senator Randy Gardner with its 2014 Public Servant of the Year Award, citing his work as Lake Erie's most effective legislative advocate.

Gardner, who represents five counties in northern Ohio, received the award Saturday in Columbus at the Ohio Environmental Council's annual awards dinner.

"We are pleased to recognize Senator Gardner as a true Lake Erie champion and effective legislator on many issues important to the conservation of Ohio's natural resources," said Jack Shaner, OEC deputy director.  

The OEC highlighted Gardner's numerous efforts, including establishing the Healthy Lake Erie Fund, Ohio's first-ever state fund to reduce the disposal of dredge materials in the lake, and for serving as co-chairman the Lake Erie Legislative Caucus.

While progress has been made, Gardner said there remains much work ahead to clean up Lake Erie.

"There is no issue more important to our region than a healthy Lake Erie," Senator Gardner said.  "Hundreds of small businesses, tens of thousands of jobs and ensuring safe drinking water for our communities are all at stake.  Fighting for the lake is necessary and just the right thing to do."

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