Briefly, Feb. 8

Groups receive OSS grants

Nine organizations received funding to start recycling programs or to buy products made from recycled materials in the third round of competitive funding offered by the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District.

Seneca County entities receiving funds are Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, $3,652 to purchase recycled plastic decking for its straw bale house; Lions Club of Republic Foundation, $2,872 to purchase recycled plastic picnic tables; Seneca County Park District, $4,749 to purchase recycled plastic signs and benches; Tiffin Center Parents Association and NORWESCO Industries, $5,060 to expand its recycling program; and Flat Rock Homes, $6,776 for a recycling program.

The grant program’s priority is to set up recycling programs for educational institutions, governmental entities or non-profit organizations. Any agency applying must have a recycling program in place in order to apply for funds for products made from recycled material. Each applicant must match a minimum of 20 percent of the total project cost, and products must contain at least 25 percent recycled material.

For recycling information, visit

Area hunters get 1,900 deer

Seneca County deer hunters harvested 1,923 deer during the 2012-13 hunting season, an increase from 1,609 last season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

Deer-archery season ended Sunday, bringing the deer season to a close.

Statewide, hunters took 218,910 white-tailed deer, compared to 219,748 deer during the 2011-12 season, a difference of less than 1,000.

Tree packet program here

Seneca Soil and Water Conservation District Tree Packet Program is designed to meet a specific need of individuals for a small number of seedlings for erosion control, windbreaks, reforestation, wildlife benefits and for a safer and more beautiful environment.

SWCD has pre-ordered a trees and the numbers of some species are limited, so early orders are recommended.

Deadline to order is April 5. Payment must accompany order. Although stock is hardy, survival is not guaranteed.

Seedlings are to be distributed noon-6 p.m. April 11 and 7 a.m.-noon April 12.

Order forms are available at or at the office, 3140 S. SR 100, Suite D. Call (419) 447-7073.