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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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Thank you from the Humane Society

Well finally 2013 is gone. Here at the shelter it has been one hectic year with a lot of trial and tribulations, but for 2014 things are looking up. People that were busting their butts to keep the shelter going in 2013 will just keep on busting their butts to help the animals and keep the shelter going in 2014. The public, businesses and media in 2013 were exceptionally generous and we hope it keeps up and grows in 2014, because without all of you folks we may not have made it. We are here to help all animals in Ottawa County and will always be here to do so.

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OH girls win fourth straight, improve to 8-2

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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Rockets rally to defeat Wildcats

Despite trailing by four points late in the fourth quarter, the Oak Harbor Rockets rallied to defeat Woodmore, 33-30, in non-conference action last weekend to improve to 3-6 on the season.

Andy Rathbun, who was fouled on a three-point shot with just under two seconds remaining, made all three of his free throws to account for the difference in Oak Harbor's victory over the Wildcats, who are now 1-8 on the season.

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Snowy owl a rare treat for Ohio birders

On Sunday, Dec. 29, this snowy owl made a rare appearance on the shoreline of Lake Erie at Maumee Bay State Park. There have been a few sightings of the Arctic natives in our area. A shortage of lemmings, the snowy owls’ main source of food, has led the owls to fly further south than normal to find food. 

Unlike most owls, the snowy owl is diurnal which means they actively hunt day and night. Snowy owls love to hunt near open water so the Lake Erie shoreline would be a great place to spot this snowy visitor.

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Danbury girls defeat Lakota

Erin Lavelle led all scorers with 17 points as Danbury trounced Lakota 51-23 in a non-conference action.

The Lakers took control early and led 16-3 after the first quarter and 34-9 at halftime.

The Lakers scored the first 16 points and led 16-3 after one quarter. The advantage was 34-9 at the half.

Megan Stephens had 10 points and seven rebounds to help pace Danbury.

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Weather Alerts for Ottawa County

The Ottawa County Senior Centers are closed today (Jan. 2).

Ottawa County home delivered meals are canceled today.

Ottawa County is also at this time (9 a.m.) under a level one snow emergency.

The village of Oak Harbor has declared a snow emergency. Vehicles must be moved off of the streets are they will be towed.

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Port Clinton defeats Edison in convincing fashion

Port Clinton recovered from a tough loss to Clyde and got back to its winning ways by defeating Edison 68-29 in Sandusky Bay Conference action last week.

Hope Thorbahn and Tiffany Colston scored 16 points apiece as the Redskins raced out to a 20-2 lead after the first quarter and controlled the game throughout.

Port Clinton, which improved to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the league, got 13 points from Emily Ashley. The 'Skins play Oak Harbor this week in a battle of second-place teams.

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