News Briefs Week Of 4/11/2022

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Administrator for
Seaway needed
Congressman Marcy Kaptur, who is the chairperson of the House Great Lakes Task Force, led a bipartisan letter to President Joe Biden alongside 40 Members of the House and Senate calling for the appointment of an administrator to lead the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.
The development corporation is responsible for operating and maintaining the U.S. portions of the St. Lawrence Seaway, a deep draft commercial waterway that links the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean and connects the region’s ports to world markets.
The administrator position has been vacant since 2017.
“Approximately 40 million tons of cargo pass through the Seaway and its navigation locks each year, supporting more than 90,000 jobs in the bi-national Great Lakes region,” the letter says. “This commerce is critical to our manufacturers and agricultural exporters. . . We urge the White House to prioritize the appointment of a new administrator for the agency, one that would the further economic development of the region, while working in partnership with communities and stakeholders within the Great Lakes basin.”

Westbound Wales
closing for project
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District has started construction for the Wales Road waterline project. The $459,000 project began the week of April 4 and involves replacing a waterline.
Through May, westbound Wales Road between E. Broadway Street and Tracy Road will be closed for waterline replacement.
The detour route is E. Broadway Street, State Route 795, and Tracy Road. Local access will be maintained. Eastbound Wales will remain open at this time. Additional closures and restrictions will be announced.

Capital crime
report issued
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has issued the 2021 Capital Crimes Annual Report, which includes information and a procedural history on each case that has resulted in a death sentence in Ohio since 1981.
According to the report, from 1981 through 2021, a total of 136 death sentences remained active, including those currently pending in state and federal courts. In 2021, no individuals received a death sentence and were added to death row.
Since 1981, when Ohio’s current law went into effect, the state has issued 341 death sentences, and 56 death row inmates have been executed. Over the same period, 21 death row inmates have had their death sentence commuted to a lesser sentence.
The report is available on the attorney general’s website.

Free weather safety
seminar planned
The public is invited to attend a free weather safety seminar sponsored by the Lake Township Police Department, in conjunction with its Neighborhood Watch program.
The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 at the Lake Township Hall, 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury.
WTVG chief meteorologist Jay Berschback will present the hour long program, which will include a question-and-answer session.
Police Chief Mark Hummer noted this year’s program will be a restart of an annual event that was suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Ever since we initiated the Neighborhood Watch program, we have offered this training in the springtime,” Hummer said. “Things have changed over the last 12 years since the deadly tornado struck the township in June 2010, and we want our area residents to have the most up-to-date information on tornado and severe storm safety.”
The June 2010 EF4 tornado killed seven people and caused heavy property damage in Lake Township. It touched down first in Moline before touching down again in Millbury. Along the way, it heavily damaged the township police department building and Lake High School.
Pre-registration is not required. For more info, call Ron Craig, the police department’s community policing officer and crime prevention officer, at 419-481-6354.

Bridge limits set
The load limits of two bridges in Ottawa County will be reduced for emergency vehicles.
The county commissioners have authorized the county engineer to lower the limits after the engineer inspected the spans and concluded the corrugated steel decks were not designed to carry the heavier axle loads associated with emergency vehicles.
The limits for the Trowbridge Road bridge over Turtle Creek and the Schultz-Portage Road bridge over Sugar Creek will be 22 tons for two-axle vehicles and 36 tons for three-axle vehicles.
Signs will be posted with the new limits by April 29, Ron Lajti, county engineer, said.
The commissioners have also approved a contract with Black & White Transportation to provide rides for eligible persons covered by Medicaid. The contract will cover transportation assistance for family unification or non-emergency medical appointments.
The contract is capped at $20,000 and went into effect April 1. It will expire in one year.

Block Watch plans
clean-up event
Northwood Neighborhood Block Watch will meet Wednesday, April 20 at 6 p.m. in the parking lot next to Burger King on Woodville Road.
In celebration of Earth Day, the group will conduct its first litter pick up for this year in that neighborhood. Northwood Police will provide supplies, including gloves, grabbers and buckets. Children are welcome to participate.
The clean-up will last approximately one hour. In the event of rain, the clean-up will be held the following Wednesday at the same time and place.
Visit the Northwood Neighborhood Block Watch Facebook page for updates.

Hayes Egg Roll
Kids are invited to an afternoon of fun Saturday, April 16, at the annual Easter Egg Roll at Hayes President Library and Museums, Spiegel Grover, Fremont.
The event, which replicates the White House Easter Egg Roll that Rutherford B. Hayes started when he was president, will be held from noon-3 p.m. Kids and their families can stop by any time during that time to participate. The event is geared toward kids ages 3-10, but kids of all ages are welcome.
Kids are asked to bring three hard-boiled, colored eggs to use in the traditional egg games, which will take place on the Hayes Home lawn.
Kids ages 3-10 can also bring a pre-decorated egg to enter in a contest. Other activities planned include a scavenger hunt, story reading, a craft and corn hole toss.
The Easter Bunny will make an appearance and be available to take photos with event participants.
The Hayes Easter Egg Roll is sponsored by Root’s Poultry and Welly’s Horseradish.
In the event of inclement weather, some of the activities, including corn hole, storytime and the craft, will be moved into the museum.
For information, call 419-332-2081, visit or follow Hayes Presidential on social media.

Evening Out with Art
The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council will present an “Evening Out with Art” Thursday, April 14 at 6 p.m. at Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore.
Tickets are $10 per person and include a tour of the Blair Museum of Lithophanes. Wine will be available for purchase.
RSVP by April 10 by calling 419-341-0979 or email

Preschool registration
The Wood County Preschool, operated in collaboration with the Wood County Educational Service Center, is accepting pre-registration for the 2022-23 school year.
The preschool programs are developmentally appropriate, play-based preschools supporting the Ohio Department of Education’s model curriculum.
The Wood County Preschool Program is an inclusionary preschool program serving children ages 3–5 who have delays in development and children who are typically developing. Tuition, based on a sliding-fee scale, is charged for children without special needs. Children attend preschool four half-days per week in either a morning or afternoon session.
On April 1, pre-registration forms for toilet-trained, typically developing children will be mailed to Eastwood Elementary and the Pemberville Library, or parents may obtain a form by contacting Naomi at or 419-354-9010, ext. 133.
Parents who have questions regarding children who may have special needs can also contact Naomi at the above number and email, or at or WCESC Preschool.

Faith Climate
Action Week
Sylvania United Church of Christ, 7240 Erie St., invites the community to take part in their Faith Climate Action Week activities.
On Saturday, April 23, a screening of “Youth v Gov.,” the story of America’s youth taking on the world’s most powerful government, will be screened at 6:30 p.m.
Armed with a wealth of evidence, 21 courageous leaders file a ground-breaking lawsuit against the U.S. government, asserting it has willfully acted over six decades to create the climate crisis, thus endangering their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. If these young people are successful, they will not only make history, they will change the future.
The film is one hour and 50 minutes long. Terry Lodge, attorney in environmental law, will lead the post-film discussion.
Environmentalist Mike Ferner will guide the church’s Sunday-morning adult education class at 9 a.m., with information on Lake Erie and how to protect it. Earth Day activities for children will also be offered on Sunday at 11:15.
All events are free and open to the public. For more details, visit


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