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P.E.R.I meeting
Public Employees Retirement Inc. Chapter # 93, Lucas County District 1, will meet Thursday, April 27, from 1-2:15 p.m. at the Hungarian Club of Toledo, 224 Paine Ave. Parking is available across the street at the Birmingham Branch Library (use the spaces farthest from the library entrance).
The meeting will address questions about benefits, Medicare denials and the latest state legislative information regarding benefits.
All P.E.R.I. members, pre-O.P.E.R.S. and O.P.E.R.S. retirees of Lucas County and the surrounding area are welcome. Masks welcome for those who prefer to wear one. Refreshments will be available during the break.

Quilters’ Guild to meet
The Maumee Bay Country Quilters’ Guild will meet Tuesday, May 2, at 6:45 p.m. at the Northwood Church of God, 3375 Curtice Rd.
Doors open at 6 p.m. The program will be Gail Yellin. Visitors and new members are welcome. The visitors’ fee is $10; annual membership is $35.

Ottawa County
Community Day
The Ottawa County Health Department announced that Ottawa County Community Day will be held Friday, May 12, from noon-6 p.m. at the Joyful Connections building, 8200 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
Several local agencies will be on hand offering resources about a number of local services. The event will also include activities centered around the eight dimensions of health, guest speakers sharing experiences of mental health and recovery stories and experts available to answer questions about services available in Ottawa County. In addition, there will be giveaways and raffle prizes.
Parking will be available onsite and at the adjacent Job and Family Services building.

Toledo Toy Show
The Toledo Toy Show will return to Total Sports in Rossford on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
More than 200 tables will feature NASCAR, Hot Wheels, Star Wars, Matchbox cars, Tonka, Pez, dolls, trains, tractors, sports cards, slot cars, models, comics, tin toys, action figures, diecast trucks, cartoon characters and more.
Total Sports is located at 10020 S. Compass Dr., directly behind Meijer on SR 20. Free parking and concessions will be available.
Admission is $5 per person, with kids under 12 admitted free. Early bird entry is available from 7:30-9 a.m. for $10.
For more information, like the New Toledo Toy Show on Facebook or visit

Dramatic reading
of “The Tempest”
Enjoy a dramatic reading of a Shakespeare classic comedy that involves a storm, shipwreck and its survivors on Sunday, April 23, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Spiegel Grove, Fremont.
Local actors will perform a reading of “The Tempest” at 2 p.m. in the museum auditorium.
Seating is limited, and tickets are required. Tickets are free for HPLM members and $5 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at and at the door on the day of the event, pending availability.
Historic Shakespeare books that belonged to the Hayes family and are part of the Hayes Presidential Library collections will also be on display at the event.
The reading of “The Tempest” is a precursor to Shakespeare in the Grove, which will feature free performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Aug. 11-13 on the Hayes Home verandah.
For information, call 419-332-2081 or visit

Waste district
awards grants

Winners of the funding grants offered by the Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste Management District have been announced:
-The Luther Home of Mercy received $5,526 in grant money for outside furniture in the garden area that is made from 100 percent recycled poly lumber.
-The Village of Gibsonburg received $4,433 for the purchase of eight park benches made of 100 percent recycled plastic to be placed in Williams Park.
-The Village of Oak Harbor received $5,929 for the purchase of 12 recycled benches for its active living projects at the fitness trail at Veterans Park and Friendship Park along the Portage River.
-The Ottawa County Ag Society received $3,163 for projects at the fairgrounds. Twenty recycling containers will be purchased and landscaping will be renovated with recycled landscape logs.
-Bellevue City Schools received $10,000 to help fund a shade structure made of recycled steel for the school playground.
- The Village of Marblehead received $7,369 for recycled picnic tables that are each made of 2,475 recycled milk jugs.
-The Put-in-Bay Township Park District received $4,760 for additional waste containers for new preserve areas.
-Danbury Township received $5,620 for three picnic tables made of recycled material at the new shelter house at Meadowbrook Marsh Preserve and waste containers at Sackett Cemetery.
-Sandco Industries received $1,221 for a wheel chair-accessible picnic table.
The next round of competitive grant funding closes June 30.

Trainer faces
2nd indictment
A former employee of a Perrysburg fitness facility faces another round of sex charges after being indicted earlier this month by a Wood County Grand Jury.
Zachary Gibson, 31, who was employed by Fastrak Performance as a trainer where he assisted high school athletes, was indicted on 17 counts, including three counts of rape, three counts of sexual imposition, six counts of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor, and felony counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, importuning, and illegal administration or distribution of anabolic steroids.
He was also charged with two counts of failure to comply with underage alcohol laws, which are misdemeanors.
The charges are in addition to an indictment handed down in June 2022 by a grand jury. That indictment charged him with two counts of sexual battery, two counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, and one count of an attempt to do so.
Rape charges are first degree felonies. Gross sexual imposition and the anabolic steroids charges are felonies of the fourth degree and pandering charges are second degree felonies. Sexual battery charges are third degree felonies and the disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, importuning, and illegal use of a minor are fifth degree felonies.
The earlier case and the second indictment are both assigned to Wood County Common Pleas Court Judge Joel Kuhlman. The original trial had been scheduled for last week but has been continued due to the new indictment.
Gibson remains in the Wood County Justice Center.


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