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Local graduates from Surgical Tech program

EHOVE Adult Career Center celebrated its 17th graduation ceremony for the Certified Surgical Technology program on June 28. Seven graduates — including Nicole Koester from Port Clinton — attended the 10-month full-time program at EHOVE.
Class speaker Noelani Brown started off the ceremony: “We started out as bartenders, factory workers and stay-at-home moms, and now we stand before you as proud surgical technologists.”
“This program lives up to its reputation,” she said. “We were told we would be given the fundamentals and tools that would change our lives. We now possess them.”

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Forecast predicts mild Harmful Algal Bloom

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science issued the first-ever seasonal harmful algal bloom forecast for Lake Erie at an all-day press event Thursday at Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. The forecast predicts a mild bloom, similar to conditions last seen in 2007 and about one-tenth the size of last year’s bloom.
“A mild bloom is great news for this year,” said Dr. Jeffrey Reutter, Director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory. “But this is happening because we’re in a drought, not because phosphorus loading to Lake Erie has improved. If we have a real wet spring in 2013, we could be right back to where we were.”

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Prescribed burns set to clear invasive plants

Have you been noticing giant black plumes of smoke in the sky around Lake Erie lately? The local Pheasants Forever chapter and the Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District have been conducting prescribed burns as a fundamental part of the Lake Erie Cooperative Weed Management Area program. This program aims to protect, restore, and enhance the Western Lake Erie Basin landscape and wetlands by coordinating efforts to identify, prevent and control invasive species.

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