Charles “Chuck” W. Miller Jr., 75, NB

Charles went home to our Father on July 22, 2015 at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Charles “Chuck” W. Miller Jr.

Charles went home to our Father on July 22, 2015 at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Bowling Green, Ohio.

He was born June 8, 1941 in Findlay, Ohio to the late Charles W. and Francis (Leathers) Millers, Sr.

Chuck proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was the owner of a local trucking company for 23 years before retiring. He also in his later years worked as a security guard at Equity in North Baltimore.

He is survived by a daughter, Lora (Keith) Goebel, grandchildren Cody Goebel, Cierra Miller and Breighton Miller and a sister Barbara (Stewart) McKinnon. And many friends and special friends Joyce and Jimmy Henry.

There will be a memorial service held at Birch Run Golf Club, 14451 Deshler Rd., North Baltimore, Ohio, 45872, Friday, September 25, at 10:00 am.

Memorial contributions can be made to Bridge Hospice who took such good care of Chuck through his final journey home, as to Flat Rock Care Center.

Powell 6th Grade McDonald’s Night

Please support the Powell Elementary 6th Grade Camp Trip by coming to their McDonald’s Night. Students will be working at the restaurant to raise money for their upcoming trip to Camp Storer in October.

Please support the Powell Elementary 6th Grade Camp Trip by coming to their McDonald’s Night. Students will be working at the restaurant to raise money for their upcoming trip to Camp Storer in October.

It will be held on Tuesday, September 29 from 4-7 p.m.

Students will be working at the restaurant to raise money for their upcoming trip to Camp Storer in October. Proceeds from sales during that time will help lower the cost of camp for the students.

Powell Elementary students that show up to support the 6th graders will receive a homework pass.

Come help out our 6th graders!

Myron J. Smith, 88

Died peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Myron James Smith, 88, of Findlay and formerly of Bloomdale, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. He was born on September 5, 1927, to the late Fred and Florence (Souls) Smith. He married Jean (Clark) Reinhard on September 17, 1954, in Angola, IN, and she preceded him in death on November 9, 2010.

Myron is survived by his son, Ronald L. (Gail) Reinhard, Sr.; his daughter, Patricia A. Babcock; his grandchildren: Ronald L. Reinhard, Jr.; James M. (Marie) Reinhard, Stephanie J. Babcock, Christopher J. Reinhard and Catherine J. (Jeremy) Pratt; six great-grandchildren: Edward Frias, Michael and Christina Reinhard, Eva and Miles Pratt and Elizabeth Babcock; one great-great-grandchild, Jackson Frias. He was preceded in death by his brother, Vernon F. Smith.

Myron was a Veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, during World War II and the Korean War. He was privileged to go on a Flag City Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in 2011.

A private family graveside service will be held in Weaver Cemetery, Bloom Township.

Arrangements are entrusted to SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore.

Online condolences may be made at www.smithcrates.com.

CSX Intermodal Yard Wins EPA – Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Award

CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc. – Northwest Ohio Trans-Shipment Terminal, North Baltimore, Ohio –wins EPA Award

Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Excellence

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Bulter is at Progressive Field this afternoon to present 10 Ohio organizations with Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Awards. The E3 program recognizes businesses, non-profits, and government agencies in the Buckeye State for going above and beyond to demonstrate environmental excellence.

The E3 program provides three recognition levels: Achievement, Silver and Gold. Silver recipients demonstrate a commitment to exceed regulatory compliance obligations and have exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship. Gold recipients exceed regulatory compliance obligations and commit to long-term achievements in environmental stewardship.

Six organizations are being recognized for both E3 Silver and Gold:

  • TimkenSteel Water Treatment Plant, Canton – TimkenSteel’s water treatment plant receives, cleans and returns wastewater from the Harrison, Gambrinus and Faircrest plants. Now using an alternative to their water treatment coagulant, chemical use is down 90 percent or 777,000 pounds per year. Water treatment solids and dryer filter cake have been reduced by more than two million pounds annually.
  • University Hospital, Cleveland – University Hospitals’ Case Medical Center (UHCMC) has created a sustainability department, council and committees. The organization’s annual recycling volume has increased by 270 percent and recycling costs are down 46 percent – all over a four year span. By donating unused equipment and medical supplies for humanitarian relief, 38,000 pounds of waste is no longer directed to landfills.
  • GOJO Industries, Cuyahoga Falls – Between 2010 and 2013, GOJO reduced water usage by 40 percent, solid waste by 36 percent and greenhouse emissions by 46 percent. In 2013, by eliminating more than 9,000 pounds of hazardous wastes, the company changed its status from large to small quantity generator. 
  • CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc. – Northwest Ohio Trans-Shipment Terminal, North Baltimore – The terminal – the first of its kind in the world – operates technologies of green design including ultra-efficient wide-span electric cranes that lower emissions, optical scanners that reduce truck idling times, technologies which automatically track railcars and remote switches that increase operational efficiency. 
  • Industry Products Company, Piqua – In 2012-2013, the company recycled 70 percent of its waste, even incorporating some of its recycled materials into new products. Rewiring buildings and replacing lights saved IPC 36 percent in energy use, even as the business grew. Monitoring propane lift truck emissions reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) by 122 tons.
  • Ford Sharonville Transmission Plant (STP), Sharonville – STP is reclaiming 45,000 gallons of machining oils annually for direct reuse. The reduced purchases of new machining oils resulted in an annual estimated cost savings of $540,000. Reusing the oil and recycling of swarf (machining mud product) has diverted 600 tons of waste from landfills and saved an additional $20,000 annually costs.

Two organizations are being recognized for E3 Gold:

  • Cleveland Indians, Cleveland – In 2007, the Indians became the first American League team to install solar panels at their home ballpark (42 panels generate 15,000 kWh of energy per year). In 2014, the Indians recycled 35 tons of aluminum and plastic, 63 tons of paper and 137 tons of cardboard. Last year, the organization composted 86 tons of food scraps through an anaerobic digestion system which creates methane gas that is sold to a local power company. Leftover product can be used as a natural fertilizer for fields in Northeast Ohio. In addition, last year 14,550 pounds of fry oil was recycled and converted to biofuel and 5,918 pounds of food was donated to a local food bank.
  • ID Images LLC, Brunswick – Through aggressive programs to minimize waste, ID Images increased the use of recyclable materials and reduced the company’s landfill trash by 37 percent. By minimizing the paper width needed to convert their products and using an industrial shredder that converts waste material into packing for finished products, ID Images reduces costs from purchasing packing materials.

Two organizations are being recognized for E3 Silver:

  • GKN Driveline, Bowling Green – Through process modification, GKN generates no hazardous waste at the site and aims to become a zero-waste facility (currently achieving a recycling rate of 99 percent). The company reduced coolant waste in its machining process by separating contaminated coolant and metal chips more efficiently. By recycling coolant, less water is both used and discharged and GKN has lower disposal costs.
  • Melink, Milford – Melink Corp. provides energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for commercial and institutional building industries. Melink constructed new headquarters that are certified gold for new construction under Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) by the U.S. Green Building Council. Highlights include: a geothermal heat pump, solar thermal system, solar photovoltaic systems, wind turbine, battery storage system, lighting efficiencies, automatic lighting systems, building insulation improvements, hybrid electric fleet vehicles and vehicle plug-in stations. The estimated direct energy costs savings is roughly $45,000 per year.

For more information about Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program and the three levels of recognition, visit www.epa.ohio.gov/ohioE3.aspx or call (800) 329-7518.

Ohio EPA Improves Free Help for Small Businesses

Small businesses in Ohio have access to a new tool from Ohio EPA that can help identify whether environmental permits, licenses or registrations are needed. The Agency’s improved and updated Permit Wizard is now available to help new businesses get started on the right track with proper permits; existing businesses also may use the Permit Wizard anonymously as a way to check on whether they still have the right permits for their operations.

Small businesses in Ohio have access to a new tool from Ohio EPA that can help identify whether environmental permits, licenses or registrations are needed. The Agency’s improved and updated Permit Wizard is now available to help new businesses get started on the right track with proper permits; existing businesses also may use the Permit Wizard anonymously as a way to check on whether they still have the right permits for their operations.

 

The Permit Wizard guides users through a series of general questions about their operations. Users are not required to share the identity or location of their specific business. Once users finish answering the questions posed by the Permit Wizard, they receive a summary, identifying permits, licenses or registrations that will likely be needed, along with contacts and links to helpful resources.

The Agency emphasizes that the Permit Wizard is just a starting point and one tool to help businesses identify needed permits, licenses and registrations.  It is not a substitute for reviewing the regulations and/or getting assistance, where needed, from an experienced permitting consultant.

Ohio EPA’s Permit Wizard is more user-friendly and helpful because it now offers:

  • a choice of industry type to focus responses on those permits most applicable to that industry;
  • the ability to select specific permit categories (e.g. water discharge, air, waste);
  • more detailed information on specific permit requirements;
  • a downloadable, customized results summary with helpful web links and local contacts for follow-up;
  • the ability to evaluate the applicability of various permit exemptions; and
  • the flexibility to back up and change input information.

The Permit Wizard can be accessed at http://ohioepa.custhelp.com/app/opa. Feedback about how the tool is working and areas for future improvements are welcome.

A free webinar will be held at 10 a.m. on October 21, 2015, to demonstrate how to use the Permit Wizard and answer questions. Registration is available online through Ohio EPA’s Webinar Event Calendar.

In addition to the Permit Wizard, Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) offers free and confidential assistance to Ohio businesses to help them comply with Ohio’s environmental requirements. OCAPP is a non-regulatory program that also identifies pollution prevention measures that can help save money and benefit the environment. For more information on OCAPP’s services, call (800) 329-7518.