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Benefit BBQ
The community is invited to attend a Chicken BBQ Drive-Thru benefiting Heifer Project International May 31 at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at SR 51 at Witty Road, a mile north of Elmore.

Serving will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until sell-out. Each meal includes a half chicken, baked potato, green beans, dinner roll and home-made cookies at a cost is $7.50. Thrivent Financial is providing matching funds.


All proceeds from the event benefit Heifer Project International, a Christian mission that provides animals and training in their care to needy families around the world. The income generated by the animals helps the families become self-sufficient and allows them to provide education and other opportunities for the children and their communities.

For more information, call 419-862-3630 or e-mail

Fund-raiser planned
A benefit fund-raiser will be held for Kyle Cannon, the Clay High School student who suffered a spinal cord injury during a hockey game, May 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at Papa John’s Pizza, 3150 Navarre Ave., Oregon.

All proceeds from the event will be given directly to the Cannon family.  For more information, call 419-693-7272. Sponsors for the event are Patriot Products, Papa John’s Pizza, The Zone 106.5, Sprint, Star 105.5, Poopeck the Clown and Birdie, National Spinal Cord Injury Association, Real Life Church Band, Curves and the Family Information Network.

Wine & Cheese benefit
The Wood County Humane Society will host its annual Wine & Cheese Benefit May 29 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons in Perrysburg.

The event, which a major fundraiser for the humane society, will feature a live auction hosted by WTOL-TV’s Jerry Anderson, assorted silent auctions, live music, hors d'oeuvres and more. For reservations and a list of auction items, visit or call 419-308-5722.

All proceeds raised will provide support to Wood County animals in need.

140 years of ministry
On June 7, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oak Harbor will celebrate 140 years of ministry with special worship services and a fellowship meal.

Bishop Marcus Lohrmann of the Northwestern Ohio Synod will be the guest preacher at the 10:30 a.m. service. The worship will follow the hymnal of the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Ohio and Other States from the time of the  church’s organization. In addition, there will be readings and hymns in German, as would it would have been for the first 50-plus years of the congregation.

Following the service, a pig roast/pot luck will be held in the social hall upstairs. A barbecued pig, cake and beverages will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to share.

Memorial Day events planned
The community is invited to observe Memorial Day with a short service May 25 at 11 a.m. at the “Freedom’s Not Free Wall” in front of the City of Northwood Municipal Building.

Those attending will be given a ticket for a luncheon provided after the ceremony at the VFW Post 2984 on Andrus Road.

The Oregon Korean War Veterans Memorial Group has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Pentagon for a military flyover at the May 30 memorial dedication ceremony. Jerry Eversman, the event organizer, had requested the flyover coincide with the end of the playing of the National Anthem.

“We still don’t know whether we will see F-16s, C-130s or something else,” said Eversman. “It sure would be nice if the 180th Tactical Fighter Wing based at Toledo Express Airport would be able to honor the request.”

The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. at Clay High School’s Memorial Stadium. The flyover is one of several tributes for the veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Ronald E. Rosser, of Roseville, O., who earned the decoration in the Korean War, will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony.

Maj. Gen. J. Ronald Bowman, retired, U.S. Army, will introduce Cpl. Rosser. Other dignitaries expected to speak include Oregon Mayor Marge Brown. State Sen. Teresa Fedor, Oregon Board of Education Member Richard Gabel and Ohio Army National Guard Chaplain Don Zapsic.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will move indoors across from the stadium.

A Memorial Day Service dedicated to all veterans of any war or conflict will be held May 25 at 10 a.m. at the Lake Township Cemetery.

The program will open with a flyover by Jerry Deaton and Bill Hirzel. Melanie Bowen, chairman of the township board of trustees will serve as master of ceremonies.

In addition to a presentation by keynote speaker Capt. Charles Buchanan, of the Ohio Air National Guard, there will be patriotic music, a presentation of a memorial wreath, and a release of balloons.

Genoa American Legion Post #324 will hold its annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday May 25 at 9 a.m. at Clay Township Cemetery, located at Fulkert and Opfer Lentz Road.

Guest speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Gee, public affairs officer of the 180th Tactical Fighter Wing stationed in Swanton.

Along with the Legion, other units participating will be the Genoa American Legion Auxiliary, the Genoa American Legion Band, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the Genoa High School Band, and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. 

Those attending are invited to bring a lawn chair. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Genoa High School auditorium.

A call for pie bakers
Pie-bakers are invited to show off their skills at the Genoa Homecoming Pie-Baking Contest, which will be held May 30.

Winning pies will be showcased from 1 to 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place in each category. Each pie will be sold by the piece after judging, with proceeds going to the Genoa Food Pantry.

Pre-register by calling the Genoa Retirement Village at 419-855-7755.

Wrong waste
After a few incidents of residents putting used oil in jugs and then placing the jugs in their garbage cans for pick-up by the township’s contracted waste hauler, the Lake Township trustees are reminding residents hazardous materials such as oil and paint shouldn’t be included with their household trash.

Trustee Ron Sims said the hauler has reported oil spilling into the street after the trash is compacted in the hauler’s trucks.

“If we do catch them then it’s a litter violation,” Sims said. “People have to be aware they can’t be throwing hazardous materials in with their garbage.”




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