Outdoors Briefs

OSS collecting household hazardous waste Sept. 7

Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Joint Solid Waste District is sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection Sept. 7 for residents of its three counties, including all residents of Fostoria and Bellevue.

People with last names starting with A-M are asked to drop off items 9-10:30 a.m. and last names N-Z 10:30 a.m.-noon. Seneca County’s drop-off spot is at the fairgrounds, south lot, off CR 594.

Residents are asked not to smoke and to stay in their vehicles while they are being unloaded at the collection point.

Do not remove labels from containers so the contractor can easily identify the material. Do not combine chemicals together. It can cause a dangerous chemical reaction.

Paint and related products will be accepted, including latex and oil-based paint, sealers, primers, coatings and spray-paint aerosol cans; household pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides; varnish, polyurethane and shellacs, wood stains, primers and strippers, paint thinner, turpentine, kerosene and lighter fluid; household cleaners such as oven and drain cleaner and muriatic acid; hand-held propane cylinders; household batteries, fluorescent bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs; cooking oil; automotive fluids including antifreeze and motor oil; mercury – liquids, thermostats and thermometers.

Paint or a household hazardous waste container that is completely dry and empty can be disposed of in the regular trash if the lid is removed.

No construction materials such as shingles or asbestos materials will be accepted.

Materials from businesses or institutions will not be accepted.

As a part of this collection, residents may exchange mercury fever thermometers for new digital thermometers while the district’s supply lasts. Mercury thermometers should be placed in a double Ziploc plastic bag. Mercury is a danger in a household if a thermometer breaks because mercury vaporizes at room temperature. Breathing the vapor can damage the brain, liver and kidneys. In case of a home mercury spill, contact a local fire department for information.

For general recycling information, recycling collections and events, visit www.recycleoss.org or find Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Green Recycling Scene on Facebook. On Twitter, search for OSS Solid Waste @Aim2BGreen.

For more information call (419) 334-7222 or (888) 850-7224.

Ohio State’s Stone Lab to host open house Sept. 7

PUT-IN-BAY — Stone Lab, The Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie, is opening its doors to the public during its annual Friends of Stone Lab open house 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 7.

Guests will be able to take a look behind the scenes at Lake Erie science going on at the lab, situated just across the harbor from Put-in-Bay. Free island tours give visitors a chance to peer down from Perry’s Lookout, where the British fleet was first spotted during the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.

Activities also include talks and laboratory sessions, summer class information and tours of South Bass Island Lighthouse.

Free transportation is to be available from the Stone Lab Research Building on South Bass Island to Gibraltar Island. The last boat to Gibraltar Island leaves at 3:30 p.m., and the last boat off Gibraltar Island leaves at 4 p.m.

For more information, please visit go.osu.edu/SLopenhouse, or contact the Stone Lab office at Put-In-Bay at (419) 285-1800.

Black Swamp Conservancy to host sustainable ag event

MAUMEE — Black Swamp Conservancy is inviting the public to explore the topic of local, sustainable agriculture by attending a showing of “The Biggest Little Farm” at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 followed by a panel discussion. The free program is to take place at the Maumee Indoor Theatre on Conant Street.

Several local farms will have displays where attendees can meet the farmers, learn about their practices and sign up for community-supported agriculture shares.

The conservancy, a northwest Ohio land conservation organization, is hosting three local experts to speak on the role of ecologically-responsible farming in the local food economy. The discussion will be moderated by Danielle Kusner, CCA, an agronomist with The Andersons who leads initiatives in organics and soil health.

More information, visit www.black

swamp.org, or call (419) 833-1025.