Magical summer sky

Sometimes you stop and smell the roses, sometimes you stop and take a picture--if you can find a safe spot to park in. This twilight sky was seen on July 16 near Old Lincoln Highway.

Leis takes AEDG helm; Stratton to lead GLR and advance initiatives

The Allen Economic Development Group (AEDG) has announced that Cindy Leis is its new President and CEO. This follows Dave Stratton's transition to President and CEO of the Greater Lima Region (GLR). Stratton has been with AEDG since 2015 and led the organization since 2019. Both boards have approved the transitions, which took effect on Monday, July 15.

This shift marks a new era for both AEDG  and GLR With Leis at the helm of AEDG and Stratton steering GLR, the two organizations are set to work collaboratively toward shared goals of supporting economic, business, and community development in Allen County and the surrounding region.

Leis’s primary goals will be infrastructure and site preparedness, attraction of new business, supporting existing businesses in Allen County and job creation in Allen County. 



Putnam County Health Department issues warning for bat carrying rabies

The Putnam County Health Department has received confirmation from the Ohio Department of Health that a bat from the county has tested positive for rabies. A resident from Union Township brought a bat to the health department for testing after an incident with their dog.

This is the first rabid bat to test positive in Putnam County since 2006. Rabies is a viral disease that affects the nervous system of mammals and can be transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal.

According to Health Commissioner, Kim Rieman, "Bats provide many benefits such as pollination and pest control but are also a known source of rabies." Rieman added, "Residents should not fear spending time outside, but exercise caution around bats due to the risk of rabies." Pets should be kept nearby and monitored for any signs of illness.



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Noteworthy Community Choir has issued a public invitation to its community potluck and concert on Sunday, July 28 at 12:30 p.m.

The Apollo Career Center's next regular board meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 22, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. 

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Letter: Allen Soil and Water Conservation District urges you to adopt your storm drain

By Casey Heilman
AllenSWCD District Administrator  

Taking care of storm drains is not only important to reducing flooding but is also  important to the health of the Ottawa River [and in Bluffton to the Maumee River]. The Allen Soil and Water Conservation  District is urging you to “adopt” the storm drain in front of your home. Make it part  of your weekly lawn maintenance to check your storm drain. By taking care of this  drain, you can help reduce the amount of debris entering [these watersheds].



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