News Briefs Week Of 10/18/2021

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Courthouse tours
The Wood County Bicentennial Committee and the Wood County Commissioners invite the public to explore the historic Wood County Courthouse during guided tours that will take place from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.
The tours are part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of Wood County in 2020, and the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Wood County Courthouse on Sept. 29.
Tours will take place every 30 minutes. Wood County Common Pleas Court Judge Matthew Reger, Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn and former Auditor Michael Sibbersen will lead the tours, which will explore areas of the courthouse that are not typically open to the public.
Each tour group will be limited to 13 people, and everyone must wear a mask while inside the courthouse.
Tours must be reserved in advance by emailing Aaron Krukowski at or by calling Judge Reger’s office at 419-354-9210.

Lecture series
The Catawba Island Historical Society resumes its Cultural Lecture Series Wednesday, Oct. 20, with a 6:30 p.m. presentation about Rutherford B. Hayes and his connection to Lake Erie’s Mouse Island, which is part of Catawba Island Township.
Dan Baker, historical lecturer at Terra State Community College and part-time employee at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, will be the guest speaker at the event, which will be held at the Township Hall, 3307 NW Catawba Rd. Baker, who resides in Gibsonburg, is a lifelong student of history.
The presentation will immediately follow the society’s annual membership business meeting, which begins at 5 p.m. For more info, contact the Historical Society at Catawba Museum at Union Chapel by calling 419-967-5363 or email

Safety recognition
Genoa Municipal Utilities was honored for its achievements throughout the past year during the 2021 American Municipal Power (AMP) Annual Conference.
Genoa Municipal Utilities received an AMP Safety Award in the Transmission and Distribution category in recognition of no time lost due to reportable accidents or injuries.
“Safety is a priority at AMP, and we commend the efforts of our members and wish congratulations to all those awarded,” said Michelle Palmer, AMP vice president of technical services and compliance.
The AMP Annual Conference took place Sept. 20–22 in Columbus and offered a virtual option for remote attendees. The organization’s premier event featured presentations and panel discussions by industry experts and speakers from AMP partner organizations.

H2Ohio meeting
Area farmers interested in the H2Ohio Phosphorus Reduction Program will have an opportunity to learn more about the program.
The Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District will host a meeting along with staff from the Ohio
Department of Agriculture to provide information and answer questions about the H2Ohio program.
Presenters will discuss the eligible cost-share practices, the specifications for voluntary nutrient management plans, and other program requirements.
This meeting will be held Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. in the 4-H Room of the Lucas County Recreation Center (Behind Rec Hall 1).
The event is free, but space is limited and the registration deadline is Nov. 8.
To learn more or register for the event visit or contact Matt Browne at or calling 419 377-0901.
Enrollment for H2Ohio is currently open now through Jan. 15, 2022. Enrollees are required to have a valid voluntary nutrient management plan at the time of application.

Cholesterol screening
The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. is scheduling cholesterol screening clinics for November. You must be a resident of Wood County and 25 years of age or older. The cost is $20 for those age 60 and over and $25 for those age 25-59. These screenings require an appointment and pretest instructions.
The screening panel includes: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), Triglycerides, Total Cholesterol/HDL ratio and a blood glucose level. Results will be immediately available and discussed with clients by a registered nurse.
Wood County Senior Center (Bowling Green): 9-11:00 a.m. on Nov. 14.12 and 23. Perrysburg Area Senior Center, 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Nov. 16.
To schedule an appointment call 800-367-4935 or 419-353-5661 and ask for the social services department.


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