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Six Month Anniversary of Toledo Water Crisis Spurs Reflection

02/04/15     12:35 p.m.

It has been six months since the City of Toledo suffered three days without tap water during a harmful algal bloom on Lake Erie. Since then, officials have been working to figure out how to prevent blooms or at least warn citizens earlier.

Former Toledo Councilman Frank Szollosi, now the Great Lakes Regional Outreach Manager for the National Wildlife Federation, said lake health has been decreasing over the last decade due to phosphorous runoff, particularly in the spring.

Audio: Frank Szollosi

Although many in the agriculture community have volunteered to do their part, Szollosi said the problem will not be solved without political action.

Audio: Frank Szollosi

Szollosi said if we achieve the 40 percent reduction, we would see results as soon as next season because of the quick water filtering in the shallow western basin of Lake Erie.

Toledo officials are also partnering with the University of Toledo, Heidelberg University and The Ohio State University to implement and early detection system for the 2015 algal bloom season in hopes of preventing citizens from scrambling to find water.

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Findlay Looks To Replace Police Cars And Fire Truck

1/14/15 – 5:08 A.M.

The city of Findlay is looking to upgrade its fleet of safety service vehicles. City council will vote on buying new police cars and a new fire engine at its January 20 meeting. The cost for seven new police vehicles will be a little less than $233,500. A new fire truck could cost $580,000.

Service-Service Director Paul Schmelzer wants to move forward with the project as quickly as possible. He says the sooner the city makes its bids, the more cost-effective it can be.

The new police cars would replace four patrol cars and three detective cars. The fire department would replace Engine 4, which is a 1997 model pumper truck.

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Challenges for Findlay Schools are Great But Opportunities are Greater

01/09/15 2:35 p.m.

Findlay City Schools Superintendent Ed Kurt has now spent just over half a school year in the district. Despite being new Kurt is facing some serious challenges as leader of the district, such as enough space for growing enrollment.

Audio: Ed Kurt

AT today’s First Friday Luncheon, Kurt said having too many kids is not a problem in his eyes just something that needs addressed. He said the goal is to have a handle on the capacity issue by next year whether that be with modular units or a different option. After that it will be up to the strategic planning committee to tell the board what direction they want to go.

Kurt said so far in his tenure he has been blown away by his new district. He said between the staff, students and community partnerships, the opportunities at Findlay are great.

Audio: Ed Kurt

Kurt cited things like extracurricular programs, new facilities and programs as things that make Findlay so attractive.

But despite a positive financial forecast and good report card there’s still work to do. Kurt said one thing he’s working on is climate control for the classrooms as most do not have air conditioning. He said the students are his product and in order to get the best product performing at the highest level both the students and teachers need to be comfortable.

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Hancock County Firefighers Have A Busy Thursday

1/9/15 – 5:23 A.M.

Thursday was a busy day for firefighters in eastern Hancock County. Washington Township Firefighters were called to a garage fire around 11:20 a.m. at 8606 Marion Township Road 242. The blaze started in the attic of the detached building. Damage was estimated at $125,000 and the building was a total loss.

A short time after that fire was reported, another call came in for a blaze at 101 Walnut Street in Arcadia. The Allen Township Fire Department, which had been providing mutual aid for the first fire, was dispatched to the scene. Damage to the home was estimated at around $8,000.

No one was injured in either incident.

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Northbound I-75 closed near Van Buren

A jackknifed semi is blocking the northbound lanes of I-75 in northern Hancock County this morning. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened north of Van Buren around 4:30 a.m. A dispatcher says if you have to drive northbound on the interstate, you’ll want to exit at State Route 613 or earlier.

No other details on the crash are available yet.

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