Health, Science & The Environment

10:21 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: August 23 - 29, 2011

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the third week of Late Summer

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8:13 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Ohio biking event raises $8.7M for cancer research

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Organizers say an Ohio charity bike ride for cancer research has had its most successful year yet, raising nearly $8.7 million over the weekend.

The three-year-old Pelotonia tour had collected a total of about $12.3 million in its first two years to support cancer work at Ohio State University.

Cyclists raised or committed money to ride one of several routes during the two-day event. The longest was a 180-mile round trip from Columbus to Athens.

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5:12 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Grant would help turn Ohio farm waste into energy

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ST. MARYS, Ohio - A Cleveland company has received a 1 million dollar federal grant to help create a facility that would turn animal waste into energy near Grand Lake St Marys.

 U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced today (Monday) that Quasar Energy Group will use the U.S. Department of Agriculture grant for a methane digester. The 2.2 million dollar facility would turn manure into methane that can be used for heating and converted into alternative vehicle fuel.

10:03 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Boat race returns to Ohio lake plagued by algae


A speedboat race is returning to Ohio's biggest inland lake following a year off because of toxic algae.

The Celina Governor's Cup Regatta is planned for next weekend at Grand Lake St. Marys. The lake between Toledo and Dayton is still plagued by blue-green algae, but warnings have been toned down.

Last summer, the lake was closed to swimming, boating and fishing, and people were warned not to touch the water. This year, visitors are advised that swimming, wading, swallowing the water and touching surface scum are not recommended.

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8:52 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Logjam-clearing planned along northwest Ohio river

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WESTMINSTER, Ohio (AP) - Officials in six northwest Ohio counties are planning a $1 million project to clear logjams and leaning trees from a 76-mile stretch of the Auglaize River.

They tell The Lima News that goals are to reduce flooding, encourage recreation and create a maintenance fund for the waterway.

The stretch involved collects water from an area of about 216,000 acres and about 12,000 property owners. Funding will come from assessments of $1 to $10 per acre on those property owners in Allen, Auglaize, Mercer, Putnam, Shelby and Van Wert counties.