Briefly, January 11

OSS announces design contest winners

FREMONT – Bailey Reinhart won first place and Morgan Nye second place in Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District’s calendar design contest. Both girls are from New Riegel, and entries were submitted by art teacher Sarah Rohrer.

Middle-school winners were Rebecca Hoepf, first, Calvert Catholic Schools, submitted by art teacher Marla Schultz, and Grace Portentoso, second, Hopewell-Loudon School, submitted by art teacher Eric Beidelschies.

Students in grades 7-12 were encouraged to create a design with recycling or litter prevention as the theme. Entries received totaled 326 – 170 from middle schools and 226 from high schools. Entries were judged by Terra State Community College Art Department.

Calendars were distributed to schools and county offices in each of the three counties.

FELC hosting nature deficit disorder program

A program about nature deficit disorder is to be conducted 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 19 at Franciscan Earth Literacy Center by Linda Rose, program coordinator for the Seneca County Park District.

Rose, who has a degree as a registered nurse and wildlife manager, is involved in the Ohio Leave No Child Inside project. In addition to her practical knowledge, she bases her talk on books by Richard Louv, “Last Child in the Woods” and “Nature Principle.”

Climate change series planned at center

“God’s Creation Cries for Justice – Climate Change: Impact and Response” is a series of classes to begin Jan. 22 at Franciscan Earth Literacy Center.

The Just Faith Module was revised and updated in 2012 and is to explore climate change and the impact it will have on people who are poor at home and abroad. Participants are to look at actions for stopping further global warming and what will be needed to help the poor who will be most impacted by climate change.

The programs are to take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. for eight Tuesdays through March 12 at the straw house. Cost is $20.

Register by calling Sister Shirley Shafranek at (419) 448-7485.

Local muzzleloader hunters take 149 deer

Muzzleloader hunters in Seneca County took 149 deer during the four-day season, a slight increase from 2012 numbers, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

In nearby counties, hunters in Crawford harvested 95 deer, compared to 103 in 2012; Hancock, 102 (111); Huron, 177 (173); Sandusky, 66 (72); Wood, 57 (40); and Wyandot, 126 (136).

Statewide, hunters checked 21,555 deer during muzzleloader season, a 12 percent increase from 2012’s number of 19,251 deer. In 2011, the harvest was 17,375.

Counties reporting the highest number of deer checked were Guernsey, 821; Coshocton, 813; Tuscarawas, 784; Muskingum, 751; Belmont, 739; Carroll, 683; Harrison, 677); Licking, 675; Jefferson, 619; and Knox, 520.

Deer-archery season remains open through Feb. 3.

Ontario company fined $5,000 for Illegal fishing

PORT CLINTON – Pisces Fisheries Inc. of Wheatley, Ontario, was fined $5,000 by Ottawa County Municipal Court in Port Clinton Dec. 21 for fishing illegally in Ohio waters, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

“This was a great multi-agency response,” said Gino Barna, Division of Wildlife law supervisor for the Lake Erie Law Enforcement Unit. “Gill nets have not been a major issue on Lake Erie in recent years because of the cooperation with other agencies. Because of this support network, incidents like this do not go undetected, and Ohio’s resources are better protected.”

The charges were the result of the Adco II, a gill net tug owned by Pisces Fisheries, fishing with gill nets in Ohio waters on two occasions last May. The Division of Wildlife, U.S. Border Patrol, the U.S. Coast Guard Station Marblehead and ODNR Division of Watercraft found nets belonging to the Adco II north of North Bass Island and Middle Sister Island.

Two charges were filed for possessing gill nets in Ohio, and two charges were filed for fishing with commercial nets in Ohio without a commercial license.

The use of gill nets is not a legal method for taking fish in Ohio. Although commercial fishermen may use other types of nets, such as trap nets and seines, gill nets were outlawed in Ohio in 1983.

Anyone who observes or suspects wildlife violations or illegal activity can call (800) POACHER.

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