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Meeting to address
Levee Field Survey
Jerusalem Township residents are invited to attend the Jerusalem Township Trustee/Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Jerusalem Township Fire Station, at 9501 Jerusalem Rd.
The meeting will be devoted to the preliminary results of the Levee Field Survey. Township Trustees will be inviting questions, comments and any local anecdotal data regarding the levee system.
This Levee Survey is being funded in total by a grant from the Ohio Lake Erie Commission.

The Bedford Flower & Garden Club will present their annual garden tour Saturday, July 8 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Bedford Branch Library, 8575 Jackman Rd., Temperance, Michigan. The self-guided tour includes six gardens, vendors featuring a variety of items, refreshments at the library, and a raffle with garden-related prizes. A food truck will also be on site at the library.
Tickets include a map to each garden location.

Humane Society
seeking donations
The Humane Society of Ottawa County is in need of donated items for their upcoming yard sale, which will be held July 15 at the shelter, 2424 E. Sand Rd., Port Clinton.
Donations may be dropped off at the shelter during office hours, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from noon-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. No televisions or books, please.
Volunteers are needed to set up the yard sale and to sort the items to be sold. Call 419-734-5191 or email

Small Business Basics
The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering a free, three-hour “Small Business Basics” seminar designed to answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.
The seminar will be held Wednesday, June 21 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Doepker Leadership & Entrepreneurial Center, Building B, Room 103, at Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.
Seminar participants will learn the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.
To register or for more information, contact Miranda Hoffman, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at 419-559-2210 or

VA benefit briefing
Oak Harbor area veterans are invited to a VA benefit briefing, with a focus on VA pensions, on Wednesday, June 14 from 10-11 a.m. at the Oak Harbor Public Library, 147 W. Main St.
An Ottawa County Veterans Service Officer will be on hand to review this benefit and answer questions.
Due to limited space, this event is only for veterans. A light snack will be available. Additional briefings will be held throughout the county each month, with dates and locations to be announced.
To RSVP, please call the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office at 419-898-2089.

Credit union
names CEO
Sun Federal Credit Union has named Brian Kelbley as its next president and chief executive officer.
He will succeed Marcia Bourdo, who has been with the credit union for 38 years, including as interim president and CEO, and plans to retire.
Kelbley was executive vice president of the credit union before being picked to succeed Bourdo.
"Brian has proven himself to be a champion of Sun Federal's values throughout his time at Sun Federal, and the board is excited to partner with him to bring the credit union into a new era of growth and prosperity", said SFCU board chairman Christy Gordon. "Brian understands the various challenges credit unions currently face, and his leadership will be invaluable as we continue to embrace new technologies and innovations to better deliver to our members the financial services they need and deserve.”

Event will recognize
Flag Day, Elder Abuse
Awareness Month
June is National Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and June 14 is Flag Day. In recognition of both, the Wood County Department of Job and Family Services, the Wood County Committee on Aging, and the City of Bowling Green are partnering to hold an event for the community. This joint event will take place on June 14 at 10 a.m. at the Wood County Senior Center (140 S. Grove Street, Bowling Green).
Attendees are encouraged to wear purple for elder abuse awareness.
The event will kick off with Flag Day recognition beginning at 10 a.m. with a pause for the Pledge, and a Flag Day proclamation from the office of the Bowling Green Mayor. The presentation in recognition of Elder Abuse Awareness will begin following the Flag Day festivities and will include featured speaker Paul Dobson, Wood County Prosecuting Attorney, and proclamations from several local elected officials. Following the presentation, attendees are invited to visit with representatives from several local community resources that will be in attendance and enjoy light refreshments.
In Wood County there were 310 reports of elder abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and/or exploitation in 2022: which is consistent with the 318 reports from 2021, and still up from the 251 reports in 2020.
Reports of elder abuse are expected to continue to rise as the population of those 60 years of age and over continues to grow. Some indicators of elder abuse may include an older adult appearing fearful, anxious, or isolated. There may be physical injuries, or it may appear that the person is neglecting his or her personal care. Other indicators might include missing possessions, financial transactions that are out of the ordinary or sudden changes to a will or property title. Risk of abuse can be mitigated by making certain financial, medical, and legal affairs are in order, also by checking in with those at risk.
If you suspect abuse of an older adult, you can call Wood County’s Adult Protective Services hotline at 419.354.9669 to make a report. The line is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Man arrested after
high-speed chase
A man is in custody after a high-speed case in Ottawa and Erie counties.
A deputy of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop June 8 in Carroll Township near the Davis-Besse power plant.
The vehicle didn’t stop and fled at speeds exceeding 100 MPH into Erie County where the driver fled on foot before being apprehended.
Deputies identified the man as Robert Ewing, Jr., who was taken into custody of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office which had multiple outstanding warrants on him.
Charges are also pending from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Blood donations needed

The American Red Cross experienced a concerning shortfall in blood and platelet donations last month. The public can help ensure a strong blood supply this summer by making and keeping an appointment to give in the weeks ahead.
As a thank-you, all who come to give in June will get a $10 gift card by email to a merchant of their choice, and they'll also be automatically entered for a chance to win a backyard theater package.
The public can give blood at the following locations:

Lucas County

6/27/2023: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., 102.3 Proclaim FM, 7112 Angola Road

6/26/2023: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Maumee - Bowling Green Elks Lodge, 137 W. Wayne
6/28/2023: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cornerstone Church, 1520 Reynolds Rd.
6/30/2023: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St.

6/23/2023: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., St. Charles Hospital, 2600 Navarre Avenue
6/27/2023: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Hope Community Church, 5650 Starr Ave.

6/16/2023: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Toledo Hospital, 2142 N. Cove Blvd
6/22/2023: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., One Seagate, One SeaGate
6/24/2023: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 4441 Monroe St.
6/29/2023: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., University of Toledo Medical Center, 3065 Arlington Ave

6/20/2023: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., New Life Alliance Church, 7215 Noward Rd.

6/17/2023: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hope United Methodist Church, 10610 Waterville Street
6/28/2023: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Whitehouse American Legion, 6910 S. Providence

Ottawa County

6/22/2023: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Jerusalem Township Fire Department, 9501 Jerusalem Road

Oak Harbor
6/16/2023: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., St. John's Lutheran, 122 W. Ottawa

Sandusky County

6/19/2023: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 231 Maple St.

6/30/2023: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Woodville Township Fire Department, 321 E. Main St.

Wood County

6/14/2023: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Zoar Lutheran Church, 314 East Indiana
6/16/2023: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Zenobia Shrine, 8048 Broadstone Blvd.
6/28/2023: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 13101 Five Point Rd.

6/19/2023: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rising Sun First Church of God, 7968 US 23

Ohio unemployment
claims high

For the week of May 29, new unemployment claims in Ohio were 61.17 percent higher than in the previous week, amid high inflation and the threat of a recession, according to WalletHub’s updated rankings for states where unemployment claims are increasing the most. This was the second biggest increase in the U.S.
Weekly unemployment claims in Ohio were 75.40 percent higher than in the same week last year. This was the 4th biggest increase in the U.S.
Weekly unemployment claims in Ohio were 133.45 percent higher than in the same week pre-pandemic (2019). This was the biggest increase in the U.S.
Unemployment insurance initial claims per 100,000 people in the labor force in Ohio: 288.


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