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Davis-Besse’s generator replacement to bring $12.5 million to local economy

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In the early months of 2014 Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station will be undergoing a major project to support long-term safe and reliable plant operation; the replacement of two steam generators. The current steam generators are original plant components and more than 50 steam generators have been successfully replaced in the U.S. nuclear industry, 5 of which are the same basic design as Davis-Besse’s. Steam generators are heat exchangers used to transfer heat from the primary reactor coolant system to the secondary steam system. The steam is used to turn the main turbine generators to create electricity.

The steam generator replacement will not only ensure that Davis-Besse is an economical and clean energy source, but it will also bring jobs and revenue to the area. Year round, Davis-Besse provides more than 700 full time jobs and contributes more than $13 million each year in state and local taxes. The $600 million dollar steam generator replacement project is going to employ 2300 additional local and traveling contract workers during the outage. This will bring $5.9 million dollars in additional tax revenue to the area.

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Kneeler elves visit St. Boniface Parish

Brian Greggila, Lucas Greggila, John Madison, Ron Powell strip old vinyl and batting from the kneelers.

St. Boniface parishioners are not ones to back off from a challenge. In the last few years alone they renovated their church and helped raise $100,000 to save their school. This Christmas season they were faced with another daunting task, the restoration of church kneelers that needed to be done by hand. 

According to Fr. Timothy Ferris, pastor of St.Boniface, the oak kneelers installed in 1915 had no padding at all. Later parishioners added batting to make kneeling easier. This batting was last replaced 40 years ago. Over decades of use it packed down, deteriorated, and once again resembled bare oak to aching joints. Replacing the padding was often discussed, but the estimated $10,000 price to remove the old material and replace the padding was simply too costly.

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OH girls win fourth straight, improve to 8-2

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With a 54-36 win over Margaretta last week, the Oak Harbor Rockets improved to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the Sandusky Bay Conference.

It was the fourth consecutive win for Oak Harbor, which took an early 11-8 lead after the first quarter before pushing the lead to 25-17 at the half before slowly pulling away in the final two quarters.

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