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Energy regs inflate electric costs PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:09
NORTH BALTIMORE - Energy regulations stand in the way of inexpensive, reliable electricity in Ohio, several speakers at Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative's legislative meeting said Wednesday.
The event at the cooperative's headquarters, an annual meeting of its Action Committee for Rural Electrification, featured comments from both sides of the aisle, with U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, and Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Sharen Neuhardt each sharing their thoughts on the energy future of Ohio and the entire United States.
Latta maintained his position that excessive federal regulations stand in the way of less expensive, more diverse and domestically-driven energy.
Neuhardt, the running mate of Ed FitzGerald, Democratic candidate for governor, said rules soon to be handed down by the Environmental Protection Agency should be applied with sensitivity toward Ohio's power plants that rely on coal.
Nearly 70 percent of the state's electricity came from coal, a nonrenewable fossil fuel, in 2013, according to the state utilities commission.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:59
Asian stereotypes battled at BGSU PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:23
Christopher Valentino wants to talk about something no one talks about.
People don't talk about it, but they do it - without even realizing it.
"You're driving and someone cuts you off," he said. "You think they're either old - or they're Asian."
The "you" in that scenario is stereotyping, and it's exactly what Valentino wants to address and combat.
Thanks to the program "Asian-American Stereotypes and Reflections," Valentino and Bowling Green State University's Office of Multicultural Affairs got their chance to speak the unspoken.
The program was hosted at BGSU on Tuesday and is part of the university's Inaugural Asian-American Heritage Week.
"This is the first time we've had cohesive events like this," Valentino said. "We really hope to set a good foundation for future events to come."
Valentino, a graduate practicum student in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, began the discussion-based program with his background.
Although he's "no expert," Valentino shared his experiences of being half Italian and half Asian-American.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:57
Lake Twp. to try for fire levy PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:25
MILLBURY - To keep on schedule with replacing major fire equipment, a levy will need to be renewed this year, according to the fire chief.
At Tuesday's meeting, Chief Bruce Moritz told the trustees that the five-year, 1-mill levy expires Dec. 31.
"(An) engine needs to be replaced and should be ordered this year," Moritz said. "It's a very important levy.
The chief said he didn't have the details of the levy, such as how much money it generates, but said discussions need to start now so the levy request is ready for the November ballot.
Trustee Richard Welling added that the board has to pass two resolutions before it can go on the ballot.
Township resident Arlyn Brinker wondered if a renewal would be enough and if the trustees should consider a replacement levy.
"Do we know the ramifications of renewal versus replacement?" asked Fiscal Officer Vicki Schwamberger.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:59
Wayne library to put property tax on ballot PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:02
Marilyn Shepherd (right) uses a computer at Wayne Library in Wayne. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
WAYNE - Wayne Public Library officials are asking Elmwood Schools residents for help.
The library will go on the ballot in November with a 1-mill property tax for operating expenses.
Library officials approached the Elmwood Board of Education Monday to approve the measure.
The school board has jurisdiction over the library when it comes to levies, and per Ohio Revised Code, is the taxing agent.
Although the library is in Wayne, it is basically "Elmwood's public library," said school Superintendent Tony Borton.
Deb Gross, fiscal clerk at the library, explained that she has lost 28 percent of her state funding since 2007, and another 4 percent this year.
"If you value your library, you're going to have to pay for it," said Gross.
She said the library has had to cut staff to offset declining revenue. The library now employees six, and had 10 on staff in 2009, said library Director Teresa Barnhart.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:56
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