Seneca Wind to host three open houses next week

Seneca Wind has scheduled three community open houses for next week. The entity behind the wind project, sPower, plans to have representatives there to give a presentation and answer all the questions they can in a face-to-face setting.

The open houses are set for 5-7 p.m. Aug. 21, 1-3 p.m. Aug. 22 and 5-7 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Attica Fairgrounds Social Hall.

Be aware of road closings

South CR 19 is to be closed between West CR 90 and West TR 58 today through Thursday, according to Seneca County Emergency Alerts.

Also, South TR 131 is to be closed today between West CR 6 and W. TR 26.

Replacement of water main to begin this week

Aqua Ohio crews are set to begin work on a $900,000 water main replacement project this week along Melmore, Fulton and Rosa streets in Tiffin. Construction is to be in the public right-of-way and drivers are asked to use caution.

The improvements include the replacement of more than 4,600 feet of 50- to 70-year-old undersized water mains; the installation of six new fire hydrants; and related infrastructure.

By the end of the year, Aqua Ohio is to have replaced 11,300 feet of water mains with a total investment of nearly $2.8 million since 2015.

This project is expected to be completed by the end of December.

Old hotel, livery property on Thursday’s agenda

A Tiffin City Council Committee of the Whole meeting is to take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers to discuss the Stalsworth Hotel and Livery property.

Hear Some Of the Best Old Songs tonight in Willard

WILLARD — SOBOS is to perform at 7 p.m. today for the final Concert in the Park.

SOBOS — which stands for Some Of the Best Old Songs — is a group of musicians that focuses on classic rock from the ’70s and ’80s.

SOBOS is from Wooster and each member has years of experience performing. Band members are Jennifer Bee and Tanya Phillis, lead vocals; Rick Cicconetti, guitar and keyboards; David Parkinson, bass; Bob Collard, guitar; and Stan Berry, drums.

Bellevue mayor endorses Crooks in Ohio House race

BELLEVUE — Bellevue Mayor Kevin Strecker announced Saturday he would be endorsing Rachel Crooks, the Democratic candidate for the District 88 seat in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Crooks is challenging the incumbent, Bill Reineke, R-Tiffin, in the November election.

District 88 includes all of Sandusky County and a majority of Seneca County.

“Rachel is an effective advocate for social justice, voting rights, acceptance, economic opportunity and gender equity,” Strecker stated in a release. “She has extensive experience in education and will clearly be an advocate for our students and future generations, parents and grandparents. Further, she understands the needs and wants of our laborers and farmers.”

“I am grateful to have the support of Mayor Strecker who has proven to be an instrumental and well-liked local leader,” Crooks stated. “I admire the good work he has done in his community and look forward to working together as the next State Representative for the district.”

Crooks has also received endorsements from the following organizations recently: the Ohio Education Association, Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, Ohio Association of Public School Employees, EMILY’s List, Run For Something, Matriots, MoveOn, BlueAmerica PAC, Launch Progress PAC, Planned Parenthood and People for the American Way.

Crooks’ campaign also earned the Gun Sense Candidate Distinction by Moms Demand Action.

Make sure children are up-to-date on their vaccines

The Seneca County General Health District notes back-to-school season is here and it is time for parents to make sure their children are up-to-date on their vaccines.

The Seneca County General Health District is to join other partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.

Vaccines protect children, preteens and teens from 16 serious and potentially life threatening diseases, according to the health district. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased rick for diseases and can also spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community — including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated.

Parents can find more information about vaccines for their children by vising

Immunization clinics are offered by the Seneca County General Health District by appointment in Tiffin and Fostoria.

Local information can be found by visiting or by calling the nursing division at (419) 447-3691, ext. 333.

Commissioners to meet today

Seneca County commissioners are to have a work session at 9:30 a.m. today for a pipeline update, a parking update, discussion of a master plan and Wolf Creek.

In a meeting to begin at 10 a.m. the board is to consider:

• The sheriff’s office roof.

• Magistrate lighting

• Master planning (south of town)

• A Seneca County Board of Elections request

• A supplemental appropriation to the Maintenance and Repair Fund of $39,863.59 for contract projects.

• An appropriation adjustment of $1,190 within the General Fund.

• Authorizing the Seneca County Board of Commissioners to enter into the Issue I – Round 32 cooperative agreements with the Seneca County Township Board of Trustees.

Lakota board to meet today

KANSAS — The Lakota Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting at 7 a.m. today at the school, 5300 CR 13.

The purpose of the meeting is for the board to enter into executive session to discuss preparing for, conducting, or reviewing negotiations or bargaining sessions with public employees concerning their compensation or other terms and conditions of employment.

High court rejects petition for kidney dialysis amendment

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a petition to get a proposed constitutional amendment that would cap the costs of kidney dialysis on the November ballot.

The court ruled Monday the petition campaign’s paid organizers didn’t fill out required disclosure forms before they gathered signatures. As a result, all 300,000 signatures were thrown out.

The Kidney Dialysis Patient Protection Amendment Committee was seeking to limit dialysis costs at 115 percent the cost of direct patient care.

Their amendment also would have required annual inspections of dialysis clinics and imposed a penalty on companies that overcharge patients.

The Ohio Renal Association, which supports providers of outpatient dialysis services, opposed the measure and called it “deceptive and dangerous.”

The deadline to submit measures for the Nov. 6 ballot was July 4.