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Nothing in life is free? Don‘‍t tell that to the dozens of parents who bring their children to W.W. Knight Nature Preserve to canoe during the summer. Some easy paddling, gentle steering, and calm water at the preserve’‍s pond was had by all Monday night during the weekly free canoe... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Blurbs From The 'Burg
OAK HARBOR, Ohio - A 90-minute, informal open house is scheduled for Aug. 7 for area residents who want to meet one-on-one with U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials about FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse nuclear plant. The event will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Take note it'll be at a new... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Ripple Effect
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Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig Butler's relatively quick, day-long tour of Toledo-area water projects last Wednesday gave him a mental snapshot of some important work being done in this area. But it also served as a reminder that keeping waterways from being polluted in the first place is far... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Ripple Effect
Toledo Express Airport isn't the only similarly situated airport to struggle with holding onto commercial air passenger service, and the airlines' patience with start-up routes -- even subsidized ones -- is short. Consider the example of Topeka, Kan., which is about to lose its only scheduled flights after just a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Road Warrior
The Ohio Water Sentinel Program is looking for volunteers to help restore, improve and protect Ohio’s waterways. The Sierra Club will provide interested parties with the necessary education to perform this vital function. The Sierra Club will host this training 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 26 at... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Blade Outdoors
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Urbana) will be chairing a subcommittee meeting this morning at 10 on the IRS scandal. And you can watch it live at oversight.house.gov. The hearing is by the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs. "The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Blade Slices
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I got this information last week from Toledo Fire Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld and was not able to use it in my Toledo City Council story. Council approved expenditure of $3.6 million for six new fire engines and a ladder truck on July 15. Who makes the trucks? Currently most of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Blade Slices
Stephanie Ranade-Krider, formerly the coordinator Gov. John Kasich's "opiate" task force, has been named executive director of Ohio Right to Life, ORTL President Mike Gonikadis announced. She was appointed in January to the Kasich administration where she was program manager for the Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT), which is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Blade Slices
Dave Schulz, a former Republican state committeeman from Toledo, posted a comment on myFaceBook page about Jack Ford's situation. To summarize, Ford is certified to run as an independent against Democratic state Sen. Edna Brown. If he stays on the ballot, there's a good chance that he and Brown split... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Blade Slices
Captain Bob Brown Jr. aboard “Sundance” reports that the walleye fishing on Lake Erie has been productive in recent days, despite the fluctuations in the weather. He said that the mayfly hatch is waning, but the recent run of cooler weather possibly slowed that trend a bit. Brown added that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Blade Outdoors
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In this April 12 Ripple Effect post, I noted tongue-in-cheek how - contrary to popular opinion - Gov. John Kasich hasn't always pissed off environmentalists since taking office four years ago - always, of course, being the operative word. The article prompted the governor's press secretary, Rob Nichols, to shoot... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Ripple Effect
OHIO’s heroin and opioid epidemic is inflating the state’s prison population. It will continue to make Ohio’s 28 prisons even more crowded unless the state expands community-based options to incarceration, and creates in-prison programs that focus on opioid and heroin addiction. Nearly 10,000 prisoners leave Ohio prisons each year with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Our View
OHIO’s opioid and heroin epidemic is challenging local law enforcement agencies across the state to change how they do business -- and it’s demanding that communities come together to battle addiction. A new initiative by Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp is providing a model for the state, and the nation,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Our View
Updating with new information ... Nomination came from Mandel's staff, not Mandel himself .... Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel received the "Emerging Leader Award for Excellence in Financial Management" from the Association of Government Accountants on Tuesday in Orlando. The 15,000-member organization gives the award to recognize "younger government financial... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Blade Slices
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There are going to be a lot of alternatives for drivers who don't want to deal with the I-75 reconstruction project that will soon start between Dorr Street and Central Avenue, as long as those drivers are willing to tolerate a few traffic lights. People who work at -- or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Road Warrior
In the game of airing political television commercials, Democrat Ed FitzGerald is on the board. The FitzGerald for Governor campaign started airing its first TV commercial of the Nov. 4 election today. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYIyvG1lUPA&feature=youtu.be Entitled "Promise," the 30-second spot features a diverse cast of people wearing various kinds... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Blade Slices
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Republican John Navarre's campaign for Lucas County Auditor is officially on the Internet at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Navarre-for-Lucas-County-Auditor/876483869046082 And he makes no bones about what he is: Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Blade Slices
A poll commissioned by the Ohio Democratic Party shows Republican John Kasich leading his Democratic challenger, Ed FitzGerald, by a single point in the Nov. 4 gubernatorial contest. The poll has Kasich at 45% and FitzGerald at 44%. Among women voters the numbers are reversed with the Cuyahoga County executive... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Blade Slices
The Nature Conservancy is again helping sell the wonders of the Buckeye State. The organization is staging another round of the “Natural Treasures” sweepstakes it ran in 2012, and encouraging Ohioans to get outdoors, do some exploring, and experience the state’s most beautiful places. The evidence is substantial – Hocking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Blade Outdoors
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Like a lot of people who've been around the block more than once, I yawn when government officials talk up their "partnerships." For me - a professional communicator - partnership is a buzzword for communication, that's all. A buzzword for doing your job. The way some bureaucrats talk, it's as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Ripple Effect
  I don’t want to crack on City Council members who gathered on Thursday at One Government Center to denounce violence. But here’s the truth: the young men shooting up the streets of Toledo -- or Detroit, or Chicago, or Cleveland -- aren’t listening to the city’s shotcallers. They don’t... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at 419: The Diary
OHIO’s heroin and opioid epidemic has become a top campaign issue in this year’s races for Ohio governor and attorney general, and Gov. John Kasich needs to join it. Fatal overdoses continue to soar here and around the state. For Sunday’s editorial in The Blade, "Campaign addiction," I talked with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at 419: The Diary
Item No. 1 - Lucas County's Republican chairman, Jon Stainbrook, is engaged in a high-profile legal fight against the Secretary of State of his own party, Jon Husted. The reason for the suit has to do with Husted's rejection of two people Stainbrook's executive committee recommended (Kelly Bensman and Ben... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Blade Slices
MICHIGAN Supreme Court justices got it wrong this week. A misguided and mean-spirited ruling would consign roughly 350 Michigan prisoners to die in prison for crimes they committed as teenagers, some as young as 14. This is not what justice under the law should mean in a civilized society. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Our View
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In the Sunday Blade on July 13 we will feature Wauseon graduate Riley Tedrow, a junior at Case Western Reserve who was part of a research team working in Rwanda when he came across an unusual insect. Turns out that Tedrow discovered a new species of praying mantis. Seems Riley... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Blade Outdoors