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Library eyes fall levy (1-22-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA, Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:28
That the Wood County District Public Library will have some type of levy on the November 2014 ballot is probably not in doubt.
The question is simply how much and for how long.
The library's Board of Trustees will be spending the coming weeks or months sorting through a host of possible scenarios: Whether to request a simple renewal of the current levy, a replacement or additional dollars - and whether the duration of the levy should be shorter or longer this next time around.
"I would assume in the next three, four months we would make a decision regarding a levy renewal or replacement," Board President Brian Paskvan said during Tuesday's monthly meeting of the trustees.
A decision must be made by April for the issue to go on the November ballot, which, assuming it passes, would prevent any interruption to the current revenue stream.
County residents voted passage of the library's first-ever levy, a 0.8 mill, 5-year levy, in November 2010, in response to a dramatic reduction in funding from the state. In return, the library promised restoration of reduced hours, services, and purchase of more new books - all of which have since been delivered.
Snafu costs electric customers PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 11:01
LIME CITY - More than 1,600 Perrysburg Township residents may receive gift cards for the savings they will lose after being mistakenly dropped from an electric-aggregation program.
The group of residents received letters from FirstEnergy last month indicating they would be dropped from the township's plan with another provider. They were told to ignore the letters after the company indicated they were sent by mistake and customers would not be dropped.
Township Administrator Walt Celley said at last week's trustees meeting that he learned the error did, in fact, lead to those customers being dropped and unable to rejoin the plan until next month.
"They are proposing to compensate the people who were inadvertently dropped," Celley said, noting that the township has requested $20 for anyone affected.
The average loss to a residential customer is about $4, Celley said.
In other business, representatives of the Perrysburg Area Historic Museum asked the township for a contribution to the effort, with an eye on opening this spring. The Spafford House, the museum's home on West River Road, was the first home built in Perrysburg Township in 1823, said J.D. Justus, liaison for the project.
Liquid manure may skirt regulation PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Farm Editor   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:24
Liquid manure from mega farms is regularly applied to fields as fertilizer. Yet, the proposed Ohio Senate Bill 150 exempts manure from fertilization regulations being considered.
Joe Logan says the degradation of surface water in Lake Erie could even be "life threatening."
Logan, who has served as director of Agricultural Programs at the Ohio Environmental Council and a past president of the Ohio Farmers Union, was one of the featured speakers at Saturday's annual meeting of the Wood County Farmers Union held at the Iron Skillet in North Baltimore.
He said of the bill, which has gone through many revisions, and could face many more: "In a nutshell, it tweaks the definition of fertilizer to exclude livestock manure from the definition of fertilizer."
In Sec. 905.31 on the first page of the bill, section C reads, "'Bulk fertilizer' means any type of fertilizer in solid, liquid, or gaseous state, or any combination thereof, in a nonpackaged form."
Despite meeting all the requirements for fertilizer as defined in the two sections, later manure is exempted, as stated in section E, which reads, "'Fertilizer' means any substance containing nitrogen, phosphorus, or potassium or any recognized plant nutrient element or compound that is used for its plant nutrient content or for compounding mixed fertilizers. Lime, limestone, marl, unground bone, water, and unmanipulated animal and vegetable manures are excepted unless mixed with fertilizer materials."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:25
United in life & death PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Religion Editor   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:35
Lifelong friends Jack and Esther Hunt were married for more than 66 years. (Photos provided)
The wedding vow "Until death do us part" took on new meaning when Esther Hunt collapsed and died at the funeral of her late husband, Harold "Jack" Hunt. The couple had been married for more than 66 years and were together virtually their entire lives - a never-ending love story.
"My mom and dad were inseparable and even death couldn't separate them," said Rev. Harry Hunt. "She did not want to live without my dad."
Harry is the fourth of the couple's five sons and one of four pastors among them.
In 1927, the couple were born in southeast rural Wood County just one month apart and three miles away as the crow flies. Esther McClish was born in June in Wayne, while Jack Hunt was born in July just down the road in what was then the Hatton community. Their families were friends and young Esther and Jack first met as toddlers.
They grew up knowing each other and when it came time for dating, neither ever went out with anyone else. They fell in love and married just shy of their 20th birthdays.
During their marriage they were nearly inseparable until the last few days of his life and then death on Dec. 26. She followed just four days later while at the church greeting mourners.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 12:47
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