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01/16/17 – 5 :52 P.M. The Findlay Rotary Club got a lesson in sustainability from a professor at the University of Findlay. Assistant Professor of Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Management Gordan Gillespie was the guest speaker. He said there could be dire consequences if we take the ecosystem for granted.

The Findlay Rotary Club got a lesson in sustainability from a professor at the University of Findlay. Assistant Professor of Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Management Gordan Gillespie was the guest speaker. He said there could be dire consequences if we take the ecosystem for granted.

Gordon Gillespie

During his presentation, he said that there are several ways to address the issue. Gillespie said that education could play a key role.

Gordon Gillespie

He said that explaining how money can be made with alternative energy practices could push companies to be greener.

Gillespie added that another way to make the world more sustainable is to take care of the things people already have. By doing that there will be less need to retrieve metals and other materials from the Earth. He also said that stopping the use of coal and oil would help keep the planet healthy.

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01/16/17 – 4:16 P.M.

The new director of the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts said that she has been busy figuring out the next season. Heather Clow said that she wants to get to know the community better before she starts booking a lot of shows.

Heather Clow

Clow said that there could be some issues in booking shows but that they aren’t major.

Heather Clow

She added that she is currently looking at the next season line up. She said she is talking about getting a Led Zeppelin tribute show. She is also looking to book a classic piano performance to use a piano that was donated to the center.

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01/13/17 – 5:05 P.M.

Marathon Petroleum Corp has named a new vice president of human resources and labor relations. The Courier reports that 53-year-old Dave Sauber will fill the position effective February 1. He comes to Marathon after retiring from Shell Oil Company as vice president of human resources policy, benefits, and services.

Sauber held a variety of positions at Shell. He started as a human resources analyst in the company’s exploration and production organization. He was appointed vice president at Shell in 2013.

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01/13/17 – 4:53 P.M.

The ice storm hitting the midwest is bad news but Hancock County may not have to worry. WTOL 11 meteorologist Robert Shiels said that the storm should be about 25 miles south of the county.

Robert Shiels

Though we probably won’t see any ice it will be a cold weekend.

Robert Shiels

He said that we can expect to start the week with more rain. He added that they will continue to watch the levels of the Blanchard River. The area could get up to an inch of rain in a 24 hour period.

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01/13/17 – 3:35 P.M.

You can join the Black Heritage Center in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Day this Sunday. Event Organizer Jerome Gray said that the event will have a distinguished speaker.

Jerome Gray

Gray said that there is a walk to the Winebrenner Theological Seminary for a period of pray and reflection. To participate in that he says you will want to meet at the Church of the Living God around 2:45 pm. If you aren’t interested in taking part then you don’t have to be there until 3 pm with the program starting at 3:30 pm.

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1/13/17 – 1:38 P.M.

Marathon Petroleum gave a large donation of $50,000 to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Boot Program. Sheriff Michael Heldman said that the money will be used well.

Mike Heldman

Heldman said that the first shipment is already here and ready to install. The goal is to have all of the Boots in place by the end of the school year.

Marathon’s manager of administrative services Paul Smith said that the company was happy to give the program $50,000.

Paul Smith

Smith added that they want to see more community involvement in the project.

Paul Smith

The program will help keep these kids safe in the case of an emergency such as an active shooter situation. The total cost of the project is $420,000.

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01/12/17 – 6:52 P.M.

A Texas man faces drug charges after a traffic stop in Wood County Monday. The State Highway Patrol reports that officers pulled over 33-year-old Ken Lam around 2:15 p.m. for a lane violation on Interstate 80. He gave troopers consent to search his car where they found about 6 pounds of ecstasy valued at $800,000.

Officers charged Lam with possession and trafficking in MDMA. He could face 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine. He is being held at the Wood County Justice Center.

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01/12/17 – 6:36 P.M.

Discussion took place about a new process for Downtown Findlay projects during a Planning and Zoning Committee meeting. Committee Chair Grant Russell that they want to have a uniform review for building projects.

Grant Russell

This discussion started because there is currently an unenforced process in place. This process doesn’t apply to many of the buildings in downtown.

Russell also said that creating the process could bring in bigger developers.

Grant Russell

The process will be run by a board of seven members. There is still a lot of discussions to be had. The committee will meet again after getting information from other cities doing similar projects.

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01/12/17 – 3:20 P.M.

Bridge Bereavement Services is offering a presentation that focuses on understanding depression in grief. The presentation will include topics on how to help identify depression and the difference between feeling and being depressed. It will also identify coping mechanisms for healthy grief.

The presentation will be held next Monday from 7-8:30 p.m. It will be in the Marathon Auditorium in the Blanchard Valley Hospital. It is part of the Living Through Loss presentation series.

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01/12/17 – 3:07 P.M.

Grants are available to area farmers to help improve water quality according to the Ohio Department of Agricultures Division of Soil and Water Conservation. The funding is available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The goal of the program is to reduce nutrients and harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. The program will help farmers install conservative practices that benefit water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie. Applications are due by January 20th and those interested should contact their local USDA Service Center.

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