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Fireworks in Ohio

I once again write to suggest that the time has come to consider legislation in Ohio to allow for the sale and use of the full line of consumer fireworks.

Consumer fireworks are safer today than they have ever been in the history of our country.  John Adams, in a prophetic 1776 letter to his wife Abigail, suggested that the Independence Day holiday “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward forevermore.”

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Ohio Clean Marinas encourages boaters to practice clean boating this summer

As boaters are uncovering their vessels and preparing them for another fun and exciting season, it is important to remember that certain activities, if not performed properly, can impact water and air quality. The Ohio Clean Marinas Program recommends that boaters follow Best Boater Practices- simple, effective actions that make a big difference in protecting our water resources. 

Clean boating tips for sanding and painting

•Use a drop cloth beneath the hull to catch sanding dust and paint drops when working over unpaved surfaces.

•Clean up all debris, trash, sanding dust, and paint chips immediately following any maintenance or repair activity. Dispose of captured debris in your regular trash at home or in designated receptacles at your marina.

•Paints, solvents, and reducers should be mixed far from the water’s edge and transferred to work areas in tightly covered containers of one gallon or less.

Clean boating tips for engine maintenance

•Keep engines properly tuned for efficient fuel consumption, clean exhaust, and economy.

•Keep an oil absorption pad in the bilge or below the engine to collect spilled products.

•Never dump waste oils and engine coolants on the ground or into storm drains, dumpsters, or open waters.

•Recycle used oil, oil filters, antifreeze and lead acid batteries.

Find more clean boating tips at the Ohio Clean Boater website.

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Ohio ranked 16th most bicycle friendly state

The League of American Bicyclists released its 2014 Bicycle Friendly States ranking today and Ohio placed #16 nationally as being a leader in creating a bicycle friendly culture.

“Bicycling is a growing transportation choice and activity for many Ohioans,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “We continue to support investment in programs and infrastructure which improve safety and connectivity.”

To help improve the state’s previous ranking by 50 percent, ODOT partnered with several communities, agencies, businesses, and bike advocacy groups, including the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Bicycle Federation, and Metropolitan Planning Organizations around the state, to enhance and encourage bicycle friendly education, investment and policy.

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