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ACRTA asks "how are we doing?" with survey

 Allen County Regional Transit Authority is inviting riders to participate in a FIXED RIDERSHIP SURVEY.


March 2024 local weather summary

Wondering about recent weather? Attatched are March 2024 National Weather Service observations at the Lima Municipal Airport.

These highlights include the amount of precipitation and the minimum, maximum, and average temperature for each day of March.


Field reports from Ohio Division of Wildlife Officers

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two

During the 2023 white-tailed deer archery hunting season, State Wildlife Officer Ryan Burke, assigned to Hancock County, and State Wildlife Officer Brock Williamson, assigned to Seneca County, investigated a landowner harvest anomaly.

Officers Burke and Williamson discovered an individual had harvested an antlered deer early in the season, and the individual’s wife had game-checked a second buck on behalf of the suspect later in the season. The husband was issued a summons for taking two antlered deer during a hunting season and his wife was issued a summons for checking a deer she did not harvest.


Spring 2024 news from Quarry Farm

The Quarry Farm News/Spring 2024 is in email inboxes and on the Icon HERE

From the organizers, “If you have registered for "Total Eclipse on the Prairie" hike on April 8, please arrive at the nature preserve at 2:30 p.m. If you can arrive a little earlier, we will be making hiking sticks and threading them with special eclipse beads that will change color at totality. 


Call for art: 2024 ‘Spring Show’ at ArtSpace 

ArtSpace/Lima is announcing a call for submissions to their Annual Juried Spring Show, May 4-June 15. 


H2Ohio Initiative sees 32% increase in enrolled acres

Northwest Ohio farmers enroll more than 1.8 Million acres of cropland

COLUMBUS__On March 28, Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced more than 1.8 million acres are now enrolled into H2Ohio, a comprehensive water quality plan designed to address complex issues affecting Lake Erie. The results of the most recent signup period show a 32 percent increase in enrolled acres when compared to previous sign ups.

ODA recently completed an open enrollment period for 14 counties in northwest Ohio within the Maumee River Watershed. Farmers in this area were eligible to re-enroll acres into Best Management Practices (BMPs) that were nearing the end of their original contract term, which began in 2020. Additionally, farmers could use this opportunity to enroll new acres. Of the total number of producers currently enrolled, 90 percent of producers who signed up originally decided to re-enroll. Approximately 25 percent of all producers in the new Maumee enrollment are new to H2Ohio.