Briefly, Dec. 13

Seneca County has new OSS education specialist

Monica Perry has joined the Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste District as the new Seneca County education specialist.

Her office is at the Seneca County Ag Services building, and she is responsible for visiting Seneca County schools to educate students about the importance of recycling and litter prevention. The district employs three education specialists, one for each of its counties – Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca.

Before joining OSS, Perry worked as a program coordinator and job coach for REM Ohio in Tiffin, where she developed and maintained programs in the Vocational Rehabilitation Department.

“The variety of knowledge in Monica’s past work experience made her a top candidate,” said Assistant Director Amy Drummer. “Monica has really hit the ground running and is preparing to get back in the classrooms to get the recycling message to our students.”

Schools, scout troops, 4-H clubs or any other type of youth organization may schedule programs or a visit with the district’s mascot, Myrtle the Turtle, by contacting Perry at (419) 443-7922 or mperry@

Deer numbers down

during gun season

COLUMBUS – Seneca County hunters harvested 747 whitetails during deer-gun season last week, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, a decrease from 803 in 2012.

Statewide, hunters checked 75,408 deer, down from 86,963 last year.

In neighboring counties, Huron County was one of the only counties in Ohio to see an increase with 1,029 deer, compared to 1,006 last year. Other numbers were: Crawford, 528 (543); Hancock, 338 (558); Sandusky, 208 (224); Wood, 213 (254); and Wyandot, 690 (812).

Hunters have harvested 162,720 deer so far in the 2013 hunting seasons, according to ODNR statistics, compared to 171,867 at the same point last year, a 5 percent difference.

Archery season remains open through Feb. 2, and muzzleloader season is Jan. 4-7.

Eastern bluebird subject of 2015 wildlife legacy stamp

COLUMBUS – One of Ohio’s most iconic and beautiful songbirds, the eastern bluebird, is the featured species for the sixth Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp Photo Contest, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Thanks to the work of hundreds of “bluebirders” who build and maintain nest boxes, Ohio’s bluebird population is at an all-time high. Cavity-nesting species such as the bluebird experience intense competition for nest sites, and without human assistance, would be more scarce in Ohio.

The 2015 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp is to feature one winning photo submission of the eastern bluebird. Entries will be accepted Aug. 10-23, and the winner is to receive $500. The selection of the winning photo will be made by the end of September.

The contest is open to Ohioans age 18 and older. However, photographers age 17 and younger are able to compete in the youth division.

Visit for contest rules.

Entries can be submitted in a horizontal or vertical format. The winning photographer is not eligible to enter photos in the contest for two years.

The 2014 contest featured native turtles. Sharon Cummings of Graytown submitted the winning photo of a midland painted turtle. The photo will appear on the 2014 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp, which goes on sale March 1.

Previous stamps featured an Baltimore oriole, eastern amberwing, spotted salamander and black-capped chickadee. The program has raised more than $100,000 over 4 1/2 years, and $14 of every $15 stamp purchased goes to support Ohio’s Wildlife Diversity Fund. Money from this fund is used for land acquisition, habitat restoration, educational outreach and endangered species research.

Stamp collectors and conservationists also can purchase the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 stamps for a limited time.

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