Outdoors briefs, March 7

Maplefest on hold

Seneca County Maplefest will not take place this weekend as had been reported previously. The cold weather is delaying sap collection.

The event might take place March 23, so watch for more information.

When the weather cooperates and the sugar camp can be opened, the event is to take place at the Paul and Evelyn Snavely residence this year.

Trail, parking lot closed for eagles

OAK HARBOR – Bald eagles have built nests along two trails at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. To protect the birds and the nests, one loop of the walking trail and a portion of the beach parking lot are closed until further notice, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

There are signs and barricades posted at the closed areas. The remaining portion of the walking trail remains open from the bird center to the observation blind.

Both nests are to be monitored to determine when the trail and parking lot will be reopened.

Park district seeking workers

FINDLAY – Hancock Park District is seeking people to fill positions within the programming department as well as seasonal jobs.

Applicants must apply by March 21 by mail to JOBSolutions, 7746 CR 140, Suite B, Findlay, OH 45840.

Job descriptions and employment applications are available online at www.hancockparks.com.

Preference is to be given to Hancock County residents and those seeking careers in parks and recreation.

Judge tells Duke to clean water

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate sources of groundwater contamination at its coal ash dumps, a judge said Thursday in a ruling that came from a complaint filed before a massive spill from one of the utility’s plants coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in toxic gray sludge.

North Carolina has 14 coal-fired plants and at least 32 ash dumps – all stored in unlined, leaky pits near public waterways.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway said state regulators have failed to properly apply state law to the toxic ash pits.

A Duke spokesman said the company would examine the ruling.