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Traditionally, Christmas is a time of joy and of giving. This year, many families struggling to pay their mortgage, rent, and utilities as well as provide food for their tables may have a difficult time celebrating the holiday. Sadly, parents may have to explain to their children why Santa was unable to come to their home.

Local agencies and churches are trying to help fulfill the holiday needs of those families with Christmas baskets loaded with food and gifts.

For residents located in Lucas, Wood, Ottawa and Erie Counties, the United Way of Greater Toledo offers a special hotline that can give those in need of emergency help information to get assistance.

Residents in the covered counties can simply dial 2-1-1 in order to get information on agencies who can help with “basic human services” including food, clothing, shelter, rental assistance and utility assistance. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you happen to drive by Genoa’s Brunner Elementary on an early spring afternoon, you’re likely to do a double take at the sight of him in one of his many track suits and matching ball caps.

If you stop by the school on a Wednesday any time of the school year for pizza day, you can bet that longtime Genoa gym teacher Brent McGraw will have been there first.

Representatives from Ottawa and Sandusky counties, the townships of Woodville and Harris, and the Village of Elmore are scheduled to again meet this week to brainstorm ideas for the potential development of property along State Route 51 and Exit 5A of the Ohio Turnpike.

Jamie Beier Grant, Director of the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, said the informal discussions will continue Thursday at the CIC offices in Oak Harbor.

AKRON - With the arrival of winter, FirstEnergy Corp.’s Ohio electric utility operating companies – Ohio Edison, The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison – are reminding customers that numerous payment programs are available to provide assistance during the winter heating season.

“We know that some of our 2.1 million customers in Ohio have trouble paying their bills sometime, including their electric bill,” said James M. Murray, president, Ohio Operations for FirstEnergy. “Rather than accumulate a large unpaid balance, we ask customers who are falling behind to contact us as soon as possible to find out what payment assistance programs are available and how they can apply.”

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