News briefs Feb. 21, 2022

Quilters guild to meet
        The Maumee Bay Country Quilters’ Guild will hold its March meeting Tuesday, March 1 at 6:45 p.m. at Northwood Church of God, 3375 Curtice Rd., Northwood.
        Doors open at 6 p.m. the meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. Visitors and new members are welcome. The visitors fee is $10. An annual membership is $35.
PERI chapter meeting
        PERI Chapter #93, Lucas County District 1, will meet Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. at the East Toledo Senior Center, 1001 White St. Meeting attendees should enter on the right side of the building.
        The agenda will include an open business meeting regarding information on pensions, HRA Via benefits and medical and pharmacy insurance. Refreshments will be served during the break.
        All members, guests and OPERS retirees and soon-to-be retirees are welcome.
        All attendees must bring proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Masks are required. Attendees’ temperatures will be taken.
Chili cook-off
        The Ottawa County Republican Party will hold a chili cook-off Friday, Feb. 25.
        Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Ottawa County Republican state, county and mayoral elected officials and taste their chili entries.
        The family-friendly event will be held from 4-7 p.m. in a large, heated tent at Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille, 255 W. Lakeshore Dr., Port Clinton. There is a $5 suggested donation for adults and $2 suggested donation for children 10 and under.
        Those attending may vote for their favorite chili. The top three winners will be announced at 7 p.m. Beer, pop, coffee and water will be available for purchase. Hayden James will provide entertainment.
        For more information, call Jill Stinebaugh at 419-367-3630.
Cedar Point hiring
        Cedar Point plans to hire approximately 6,500 seasonal associates as it prepares to open for the 2022 season. Seasonal associates will earn $15 per hour for most non-tipped positions.
        Job opportunities are available in all park operating areas, including bartenders and servers (tipped positions); custodial; food and beverage; guest services and events; hotel operations; ride operations; security and skilled trade maintenance.
        The park also plans to hire multiple full-time positions for management and operations roles across a number of areas in the park, including maintenance, food and beverage, IT and more.
        Cedar Point offers flexible schedules and a number of perks for its associates, including discounts, reward and recognition programs, exclusive events and free admission to any Cedar Fair park.
        In addition, all active Cedar Point associates can utilize the Sandusky Transit System for free, enjoying transportation to and from the park, as well as around the Sandusky area. On-site housing is also available for eligible associates.
        “Having grown up in the area and worked seasonally at Cedar Point, I know how amazing this place is for those looking for a rewarding summer job,” said Carrie Boldman, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “On the surface, the benefits and wages are great; but on a deeper level, the connections with new friends from around the world, interactions with guests, experiences to last a lifetime and the park’s breathtaking setting make this the best place to work.”
        A complete listing of available seasonal and full-time positions is available at Potential candidates are invited to apply now and hiring will continue throughout the spring as Cedar Point approaches its opening day on Saturday, May 7.
Walleye Ohio’s state fish?
        State Reps. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) last week provided sponsor testimony on House Bill (HB) 484, which would designate the Walleye as the State Fish of Ohio.
        “People travel from far and wide to catch walleye in Lake Erie. I hope my colleagues will recognize the great impact the walleye has on the state’s culture and economy by naming it the official state fish,” said Rep. Sheehy.
        “The walleye plays an important role in Ohio’s economy, whether it is prepared as delicious food, a target for sport fishing, or as an athletic team mascot. It is time to recognize the walleye as Ohio’s State Fish,” said Rep. Sobecki.
        Lake Erie is home to 95 million walleye, and walleye can also be found in the Ohio River. Additionally, the walleye is among the most sought after fish for anglers, and Lake Erie sport fishing and associated expenditures generate $1 billion a year.
        Ohio is one of only three states in the U.S. without an official state fish. A Columbus news station, NBC4 WCMH-TV, conducted an online poll for the public to nominate and vote for the fish that they thought best represented the state of Ohio. The walleye ended up winning the poll, tallying 27.5% of the votes cast.  Receiving the second most votes was the yellow perch, with smallmouth bass finishing right behind in third place.
        HB 484 now awaits further hearings in the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee.
Comments being
accepted on county 
storm water plan

         Public comments on a revised draft Storm Water Management Plan in Lucas County will be accepted until March 15.
        An SWMP is designed to reduce water pollution caused by storm water runoff. Since 2003, the U.S. and Ohio Environmental Protection Agencies have required Lucas County, its 11 townships, the City of Waterville, and villages of Whitehouse and Holland to obtain a storm water discharge permit and develop a management plan.
        Lucas County adopted its first plan in 2003 and it was updated in 2010 and 2017.    
        The draft plan can be viewed at
        Comments can be mailed to SWMP Comments, Lucas County Engineer’s Office, 1049 S. McCord Rd., Holland, OH. 43528 or by email to
Hearing set in 
accident case

        A pre-trial hearing in the case of an Elmore resident who is accused of leaving the scene of a vehicular accident that injured two youths has been scheduled for March 4 in Wood County Common Pleas Court.
        Kelly L. DeStazio was indicted last month on four counts of failure to stop after an accident.
        The accident occurred Oct. 15, 2021 in Lake Township.
        Bond was set at $2,500 for DeStazio, who is also being monitored by GPS and subject to random drug testing every other week by the adult probation department.
        The youths, 12 and 16 years old, were injured after being struck by a vehicle on Ayers Road. The two were pushing a motorized bicycle along the eastbound lane of Ayers when the accident occurred.
Chase ends 
in arrests

        An 18-year-old Detroit, Mich. man has been charged with speeding, fleeing and eluding, driving under suspension, and receiving stolen property after a chase Feb. 10 by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.
        Antwan B. Dawson was incarcerated in the county jail and may face additional charges, Sheriff Stephen Levorchick said.
        A sheriff’s deputy patrolling about 11:49 p.m. on State Route 2 clocked the Dawson vehicle traveling at 103 MPH in the eastbound lane.
        Spike strips were deployed and disabled the vehicle on Rt. 2 near State Route 163 where the occupants abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot to a nearby residential area.
        The K-9 unit of the sheriff’s office located Dawson and a female passenger in a pick-up truck and three other female passengers were apprehended nearby.
        Deputies determined Dawson was in possession of an AK-47 type pistol with a magazine capacity of 30 rounds.
        Sheriff Levorchick also said the license plate of the speeding vehicle didn’t correspond with its vehicle identification number. He said authorities are investigating the possibility it was stolen from a holding lot in the Detroit area.
        Key fobs to six vehicles were also recovered.
        Deaisha Gray, 19, was charged with obstructing official business. Three other female juvenile passengers, all 16 years old, were released to their parents with charges pending.


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