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3/2/15 – 6:37 A.M.

The city of Findlay is asking residents to get their cars off the streets so plows can get through. A post on the city’s Facebook page says crews worked all day Sunday to clear the roads, but with the potential for heavy rain Tuesday they want to clear catch basins.

There is concern that if the basins aren’t cleared they could jam with ice. That could cause water to pool on roads, freezing over when the temperatures drop again at the end of the week.

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2/27/15 – 7:35 A.M.

It’s been a long time coming, but Kenton finally has a tornado siren in place. Kentontoday.com reports the new siren was tested for the first time Wednesday afternoon. Safety-Service Director Jim Hites says the siren, which is located at the fire station, will be tested for 30 seconds every Wednesday at noon.

The siren rotates 360 degrees when it is activated. Hites says it’s designed as a warning ?for people who are outside, and that it will be tough to hear indoors.

MORE: Kenton Today

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2/27/15 – 7:26 A.M.

Carey businesses are being asked to take part in a unique event. The Carey Area Chamber of Commerce wants businesses to be a part of “Geocaching in Carey.” The event will aim to draw people into village shops using GPS devices. It will run from March 21 through March 28.

People taking part will follow the geocache clues to businesses, where they will have the location checked off their list. Completed lists will be put in a drawing for a prize package.

The cost for businesses to take part is $20 for chamber members and $30 for non-members. For more information call (419)396-7856.

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2/27/15 – 6:54 A.M.

Where does Ottawa stand when it comes to the regionalization of water service in Putnam County? That was the question posed at a village council meeting this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports there isn’t a clear answer on the subject yet.

Councilman Troy Yant said Ottawa would like to be supportive of the project and be actively involved. He also said the village isn’t ready to commit to a plan at this point. It was then recommended that Village Solicitor Joe Schroeder draw up a non-specific letter of support for the project.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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2/27/15 – 5:31 A.M.

Algae blooms on Lake Erie were a topic of conversation in Ottawa Thursday. Dr. Jeffrey Reutter is the director of Ohio Sea Grant and spoke at a conference on water quality issues. Reutter says Lake Erie is different than the other Great Lakes because it’s fairly shallow in comparison. He also said that it takes 20-50 days for water to “flush out” of the lake, which increases chances for algae blooms.

Reutter said phosphorous was the main cause of the blooms. He estimated cutting the amount of phosphorous by 40 percent would reduce the amount of algae issues.

Joe Logan of the Ohio Farmers Union said farmers will do their part to prevent run-off from getting into streams that lead to the lake. Logan added that by using best management practices with fertilizer it will keep more nutrients in fields and lead to less nutrients in the water.

The forum was sponsored by the Ohio Farmers Union and the Ohio Environmental Council.

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2/27/15 – 5:16 A.M.

A Thursday conference in Findlay outlined the different ways drug dealers try and hide their drugs. The Courier reports deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office spoke at “Operation: Street Smart,” an all-day drug education conference. The speakers on hand said that drug dealers are hiding things in food packaging.

Drugs have been found in resealed potato chip bags, false-bottom soup cans, and refrigerated false-bottom beer cans. Sheriff’s Captain Shawn Bain says having to check items like that slows down searches.

Presenters at the conference also talked about recent trends in drug and alcohol use.

MORE: The Courier

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2/27/15 – 4:59 A.M.

Findlay’s Kan Du art studio is getting a new home. The Courier reports Blanchard Valley Industries is moving the facility into the former Rocking U location on West Main Cross Street. The BVC paid a little more than $194,000 for the property. It will be renovated with a $520,000 grant from Ohio’s Capital Arts & Culture Committee.

The studio is currently located at 329 South Main Street. BVC Superintendent Connie Ament says the new location will be nice because there will be more parking and better wheelchair access.

Kan Du studios is a part of the Blanchard Valley Center’s efforts to create work programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Art is created and sold in a boutique environment.

MORE: The Courier

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2/26/15 – 4:45 A.M.

Bowling Green State University is showing off its new state of the art Student Recreation Center. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held today at 4:30 p.m. The renovated building features a new cardio area, all new equipment and upgrades to the flooring. University officials say they’re hoping the Student Recreation Center will help increase enrollment and retention.

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2/26/15 – 11:08 A.M.

Two more flood prone properties have been bought by the Hancock County Commissioners. The commissioners approved a measure to buy property at 527 and 531 East Main Cross Street at their Thursday meeting. The total cost of both locations is $150,000. A state grant for flood mitigation is helping pay for the purchase.

Hancock County has been buying flood prone properties and demolishing structures since the 2007 flood. The idea is that if there are fewer structures in the flood plane there is less damage done when the Blanchard River floods.

 

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2/26/15 – 10:50 A.M.

Now that the Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health board has decided not to place an addiction recovery home on Greendale Avenue, the county commissioners have approved a purchase order for the organization.

But, Commissioner Mark Gazarek says one didn’t really have anything to do with the other…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek says he believes some of the money from the purchase order could have funded recovery house programming, but the order wasn’t completely specific to the proposed home…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

The order was tabled last week as debate continued about the recovery home.

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