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Perrysburg Twp. rejects rezoning PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:26
LIME CITY - About 30 Perrysburg Township residents protested a zoning change Tuesday, with commission members following by unanimously recommending against the request.
Township trustees will make the final decision on whether five parcels totaling about 94 acres in the northern part of the township should be changed from A-1 Agricultural to I-2 Industrial zoning. The request, for property located south of Rossford and east of Interstate 75 near Glenwood and Lime City roads, was made by Brian McMahon of Danberry National Ltd., an agent representing the property owners.
McMahon reiterated thoughts he shared with Wood County Planning Commission, which recommended approval of the change earlier this month, claiming efforts to sell and develop the property have been hindered by not having a proper zoning classification in place. He said companies like FedEx have rejected ideal locations due to improper zoning.
"Even though there were properties that were better located for their intended purposes, those sites were not considered and did not make the short list because the property wasn't zoned," he said.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 12:00
Region recovery lukewarm PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:19
Jack Penning, of Sixel Consulting Group, speaking to a group at BGSU's State of the Region Conference. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - Northwest Ohio's economy continues to bounce back from the recession, but the improvement still appears to be lukewarm.
"Things aren't looking too bad," said Michael Carroll, director of Bowling Green State University's Center for Regional Development. Carroll spoke Monday during the 12th annual State of the Region Conference, hosted by the CRD at the Hilton Garden Inn, Levis Commons. The event drew hundreds of business leaders, elected officials, academics and others.
"Certainly these are challenging times," said BGSU Provost Rodney Rogers during his opening remarks. He pointed out that matters such as infrastructure, technology, demographics, energy policies and other issues "could cause some to be concerned about where we are heading."
However, they also represent "all those great opportunities that we have."
Carroll, in his presentation, specifically examined conditions in the 17-county region that makes up Northwest Ohio.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:59
Formula turns liquid manure into fertilizer PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:20
BGSU junior Sarah Jindra mixing a solution inside the Math Science building. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
While crude oil can be considered "black gold," an ongoing research project at Bowling Green State University is seeking to transform liquid manure to brown gold.
The hope is the research could lead to the eventual use of small manure treatment facilities at each large-scale farm for safe processing of animal waste.
The project currently involves extensive lab work treating and drying the manure into an easily handled and more economic form of crop nutrients. The work is under the supervision of Dr. Bob Midden, an associate professor of chemistry, with the assistance of students involved in the research.
Animal waste has been used as a fertilizer on farmland for centuries; however, with the proliferation of increasingly large animal farms, the use of liquid manure, also called slurry, has become a common way of fertilizing a field. But there are a variety of inherent dangers.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:59
Neighbor builds bed for girl with seizure disorder PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Monday, 14 April 2014 09:34
Libby Harris sits in her bed Thursday, April 10, 2014. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
We might look to our neighbors to occasionally lend us a wrench, a cup of sugar, or a gallon of gasoline when our lawn mower sputters.
But what Bowling Green's Dennis Fintel did for his next-door neighbors, the Tim and Margie Harris family, was a bit more involved than that.
"To me it was a true act of kindness," Tim Harris said of Fintel's recent actions.
"My youngest daughter is a student at Wood Lane and has developmental disabilities and a seizure disorder," he explained. "Since she has grown so much (she will be 17 later this month), my wife has been looking for a new bed that will provide safety for our daughter, especially during a seizure. It is very difficult to find a bed, and the ones we found were expensive and not covered by insurance."
Fintel learned of the family's plight and offered to make a bed for Libby in his garage woodworking shop.
The two families have been neighbors since the Fintels moved into their home in 2005. The Fintels are well known in the community, especially since Dennie's wife, Bert, was a secretary at Kenwood Elementary School for many years.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:58
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