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August 17th, 2011

Council OKs Tax Deal

August 17, 2011

MINSTER — On Tuesday, the Minster Village Councilors approved an emergency ordinance to enter into an enterprise tax agreement with Advanced Plastic Recycling/Dirksen Properties LLC.

Advanced Plastic is planning a 10,800 square foot addition to their current building on N. Garfield Street, which will cost the company between $290,000 and $320,000 to construct.

Village Administrator Don Harrod said the company has asked for a tax abatement.

ACCA To Hold Sale

August 17, 2011

ST. MARYS — Area residents looking to score a deal and to help a county agency can check out an annual garage sale that kicks off Thursday.

The Auglaize County Council on Aging is holding its annual garage sale — a fundraiser to help the agency with the multiple activities and services it offers throughout the year.

“The garage sale starts the 18th and goes through the 26th,” ACCA Activities Director Evelyn Hartley said. “Most of the items are donated by seniors from around the county.”

August 16th

Committee Backs Trapping

August 16, 2011

ST. MARYS — City councilors next week should get their first look at an ordinance that would allow the live trapping of squirrels in an effort to curb power outages across St. Marys.

Members of the St. Marys Electric Committee voiced no objection to the proposal to introduce legislation that would authorize the live trapping of squirrels within the city limits during squirrel season. Safety-Service Director Tom Hitchcock said the legislation is an attempt to quell squirrel-related outages — events that have surged in recent months.

Project Could Help Grand Lake St. Marys

August 16, 2011

ST. MARYS — A local is using biological research in an effort to help bring a solution to the algae problem in Grand Lake St. Marys.

Andrew Durkee, a St. Marys native beginning his junior year in college, is conducting research at Bowling Green State University on diatom stimulation in hopes to find a way to fix the lake.

August 15th

Officials To Retool Devices

August 15, 2011

CELINA — Officials tasked with helping heal Grand Lake St. Marys plan to revamp a piece of equipment to better use its strengths.

Lake Improvement Association President Tim Lovett revealed to members of the Lake Improvement Association the sediment collectors placed in various tributaries leading into the lake have not been as successful as anticipated. The collectors were installed to help reduce the amount of sediment pouring into the lake.

Craft Show Attracts Crowds

August 15, 2011

ST. MARYS — The South Street parking lot was packed with close to 20 vendors for Saturday’s SummerFest Craft Show.

The craft show began at 9 a.m. and ran through 5 p.m. Stands featured birdhouses, paintings, tutus, Pampered Chef products, jams and a variety of other items.

The show — new to the lineup this year — gave residents from St. Marys and the surrounding area an opportunity to market their handcrafted products while also mingling with festival attendees.

August 12th

Artists Hope To Beautify Canal Corridor

August 12, 2011

ST. MARYS — Two artists will begin the creation of their project in downtown St. Marys next week as a contribution to the revitalization of the canal.

Mya Mackenbach Fannon, of St. Marys, and guest artist Connie Hill will be painting a mural on the back of the St. Marys Utility Building. The two art education majors met at Ohio State University and immediately found common ground.

Shoppers Hit Sidewalk Sales

August 12, 2011

ST. MARYS — Area residents came out on Spring Street to shift through racks of clothing, shoe boxes, books and more during an annual business sale on Friday.

The SummerFest Sidewalk Sales kicked off on Friday, with residents making their way through the various items set out along Spring Street.

“I’m looking for deals,” St. Marys resident Delores Schetter said as she looked through clothing at The Island Shoppe.

She added she tries to make the sale each year.

City Seeks Squirrel Solution

August 12, 2011

ST. MARYS — On Monday, a city committee will hear options regarding preventing short power outages caused by squirrels.

St. Marys Safety-Service Director Tom Hitchcock is expected to talk with St. Marys Electric Committee members about the feasibility of allowing the live trapping of squirrels during squirrel season inside the city limits. During the Aug. 8 city council meeting, Hitchcock said the recent surge in short outages have been attributed to squirrels tripping circuits.

Group Gives Girl Laptop

August 12, 2011

ST. MARYS — With the help of generous donations and a lot of hard work, an area charitable organization was able to provide a laptop to a local girl in need.

Tara Sterling, 13, of St. Marys, received an Acer laptop from Bikes and Cars For a Cause, an area organization that aims to help children, whether individually or through donating money to charities.

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