News Briefs Week of 5/24/2021

Staff Writer

Ottawa Co. buildings
resume normal
operating procedures
In accordance with the guidelines of the Ohio Department of Health’s Public Health Advisory System, Ottawa County reduced to the Orange Level 2 Advisory on May 13.
With the change, county buildings resumed normal operating procedures, effective May 17. County buildings are not requiring appointments in general, however, there may be some departments that prefer to maintain appointments for their offices and can do so at their discretion.
Other county agencies may be required to follow other mandates (Riverview Healthcare Campus and Senior Resources, for example) and will abide by those guidelines for their operating procedures.
Visitors are no longer required to have their temperature taken upon entering the courthouse.
The public is encouraged to utilize online services as available. Those who are not feeling well are asked to refrain from visiting county offices until their symptoms have passed.
Visitors must continue to wear facial coverings when visiting county facilities until the state mandate is lifted or modified, which will occur on June 2.
A county office directory is available at or call 419-734-6700.

Antique car
Sauder Village will celebrate the automobiles of days gone by on Saturday, May 22 with a special gathering of antique cars in the Historic Village.
Guests can experience Ohio’s rich history while viewing automobiles, enjoying special music, visiting animals in the barnyard, watching working craftsmen, and hearing stories shared along the “Walk Through Time” from 1803 through the turn of the century.
“Sauder Village offers a unique backdrop for collectors to share their vintage cars with others,” said Kim Krieger, Media Relations Manager. “Again, this year, guests will enjoy viewing a variety of production cars from Ford, Chevrolet, REO, Willys, Hudson, Buick, DeSoto and Dodge on our 1920s Main Street and the Village Green.”
Autos on display are required to be older than 1942, with some dating back to the early 1900s. Some cars already pre-registered for the gathering include a 1918 Model T Touring, 1924 Overland Roadster Truck, 1930 Ford Tudor Sedan, and a 1941 Hudson Super Six.
Late in the afternoon guests can watch a traditional parade of cars down the new 1920s Main Street. In addition, a band will perform in the Gazebo at the 1920s Main Street starting at 10:30 a.m.
Sauder Village is located at 22611 SR 2 in Archbold. For hours, admission rates and more info, call 800-590-9755, visit or follow Sauder village on social media.

Volunteer recruitment
The aging of the U.S. population means an unprecedented and growing number of people require dementia care and support. More than 6 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, and by 2050, this number is expected to nearly triple.
The Association is recruiting community members to serve as volunteers to conduct outreach and provide key programs, including support groups, education programs and early-stage social engagement programs — all of which have helped thousands of Americans face the many challenges of dementia with confidence and live their best lives.
A virtual training will be held Wednesday, June 2 from 12-1:15 p.m. (register on or before May 25 and receive a $10 gift card), or Thursday, June 10 from 5-6:15 p.m. (register on or before June 4 and receive a $10 gift card).
During the event, participants will hear from existing volunteers, receive dementia education, and hear about volunteer positions available. There will also be time for to ask questions. Volunteer training is online and flexible. Volunteer recruitment events are free and open to anyone 21 years and older. Registration is required. To register, call 800-272-3900. An email confirmation will be sent containing meeting login information upon registration.
Visit for more details about the Alzheimer’s Association.

Cemetery walking tour
The Toledo History Museum will present a Calvary Cemetery Walking Tour Saturday, May 29 at noon.
The cemetery, which began in 1886, is the largest Catholic Cemetery in the area with more than 106,000 interments.
Calvary, which occupies 140 acres of land at Parkside Boulevard and Dorr Street, features a beautiful rotunda mausoleum. The cost of the tour is $5. Those interested should meet in front of the mausoleum, which will be open for browsing prior to the walk.
In observance of the Memorial Day weekend, the cemetery will be filled with thousands of flags on the graves of those who served our nation in uniform.
For more info, call Lou Hebert at 419-290-7088.

Memorial Day
observance set
The Genoa American Legion and Auxiliary will sponsor a Memorial Day Observance Ceremony Monday, May 31 at 9 a.m. at the Clay Township Cemetery.
State Sen. Theresa Gavarone will be the guest speaker. The ceremony will also feature the Genoa American and Genoa High School bands, a cannon salute by Taylor’s Battery and a dove release.
Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited. Current Ohio/CDC COVID-19 protocols will be in place.
Following the ceremony, the Genoa American Legion will host a meet-and-greet with Sen. Gavarone at the Legion Hall, 302 West St.
Legion members also remind the community to support Poppy Day, which will be held in Genoa on Friday, May 28.

Memorial service
The Oregon Firemen’s Auxiliary Memorial Service for Oregon firefighters, city officials, city employees and police officers will be held Sunday, May 23 at 1 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 5330 Seaman Rd.
Mayor Michael Seferian, Fire Chief Dennis Hartman and Police Chief Brandon H. Begin invite the community to attend the event.

Memorial Day events
set in Oak Harbor
Oak Harbor Memorial Day observances will kick off with religious services Sunday, May 30 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 165 N. Toussaint St.
On Monday, May 31, all veterans and their families are invited to breakfast from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 114, 221 W. Park St. Breakfast will also be served to Benton-Carroll-Salem High School Band members before the parade.
That morning, the American Legion Post will hold memorial services at Limestone Cemetery at 9 a.m. and Elliston Cemetery at 9:30 a.m.
VFW Post 8732 will hold memorial services at French Town Cemetery at 8:45 a.m.; Locust Point Cemetery at 9:05 a.m.; Rushau Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. and Roose Cemetery at 9:55 a.m.
All units will then join other organizations for the annual Memorial Day Parade at 11 a.m. in front of Oak Harbor Junior High School. A brief ceremony will be held at Flat Iron Park and at the Bayou Bridge, where the veterans lost at sea will be honored as the parade makes its way to the Veterans Memorial Circle in Union Cemetery for the final service of the day with a guest speaker.

Raffle for Wreaths
A raffle to benefit Wreaths across America – Ottawa County is under way. Funds raised will be used to purchase wreaths that will be laid on veterans’ graves in December.
First prize is a Yeti cooler filled with spirits, valued at more than $800. Second prize is an Adirondack chair and side table, valued at over $300. Third prize is a Put-in-Bay package valued at over $200.
Tickets are $10 each or three for $25 and can be purchased at Portage Inn in Elmore, Rayz Café in Genoa, Howie’s House of Brews in Oak Harbor, Port Clinton VFW and the Happy Hooker Bait Shop in Carroll Township, or from committee members Nathan Holman, Port Clinton; Kayleen Daup, Carroll Township; Shelley Schutte, Graytown; John Heminger, Genoa or Sara Toris in Oak Harbor.
Winning tickets will be drawn on or about July 1.
Call Sara Toris at 419-307-1042 or Shelley Schutte at 419-260-7685 for more information.

Hydrant flushing
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) recently kicked off its annual hydrant flushing program.
Hydrant flushing consists of opening approximately 3,980 hydrants throughout the District’s five-county service area for maintenance. The project generally takes seven to eight months to complete, and is expected to wrap in November.
Flushing not only tests hydrants to ensure they work properly and have ample flow for first responders, but also improves water quality by removing fine sediment in the distribution system. Annual flushing is required by the Ohio EPA.
Water is safe to drink during the hydrant flushing process. There may be a temporary drop in water pressure during testing periods. Occasionally, water becomes discolored after hydrant flushing. If this happens, run the cold water tap for a few minutes until the water clears. If it does not clear the first time, wait a few minutes and run the water again. Avoid washing clothes until the water clears.
For more info, call 419-354-9090, ext. 170.
District crews flush hydrants weekdays 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Crews will start working in and near Custar, Milton Center, and Weston through May.
The District uses technology to record data and track the progress of its hydrant-flushing program. Visit for an updated hydrant flushing progress map.

Memorial Day
observance set
The Greater Toledo Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America will present a Memorial Day observance ceremony Monday, May 31 at 11 a.m. at Clay High School’s Memorial Stadium, site of the city’s war memorials.
The wreath-laying program will take place rain or shine, with indoor accommodations available, if necessary.
Thelma Brown, age 100, who served as an Army nurse in World War II, will place a wreath at the base of the World War II Memorial. Brown resides in Oregon.
Veterans will be called upon to place other wreaths, as well. V.V.A. associate member Jerry Eversman is asking the Oregon and Jerusalem Township community to help him identify a Korean War Veteran residing in the local area who would be willing to place a wreath at the city’s Korean War Memorial. Call 419-266-7776 with information.
The Greater Toledo Chapter #35 of the Vietnam Veterans of America will present the colors and conduct the playing of taps.
Bonnie Skirvin, program chairwoman, invites area residents to come and pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Veterans are encouraged to wear their caps showing the branch of service and/or time period of their service, during the hour-long observance.
According to Robert Stewart, president of the local V.V.A. chapter, Oregon City Schools has provided for the Memorial Garden at Clay High School and maintains the grounds throughout the year. The community war memorials have been a joint partnership between the schools, alumni association, area businesses, and the local veterans’ associations.

Seeking WWII
vets for parade
American Legion Post 114, Oak Harbor, will be honoring veterans of WWII this Memorial Day. They are looking to have WWII veterans participate in the Oak Harbor Memorial Day parade by riding on the American Legion trailer.
If you are or know a WWII veteran who would be interested, call Chuck Beaver at 419-265-1000.

Soil transfer
On May 17, contractors began transporting approximately 100 dump truck loads per day of soil from Perrysburg, to the former Brush Beryllium site near Luckey.
The Army Corps of Engineers has been conducting a clean-up of the site.
This soil transfer is for the next three weeks. The clean material will be used to complete restoration of the Phase 2 excavation area where approximately 18,760 cubic yards of soil contaminated with beryllium, radium-226, thorium-230, uranium-234, uranium-238, and lead were removed and transported off-site for disposal.
The route authorized by the Wood County Engineers Office will have the trucks travelling northwest on Fremont Pike Road, south on Lime City Road, west on Roachton Road, southeast on
McCutcheonville Road and east on Middleton Pike Road before entering the site.
The portion of Luckey Road that leads to the site will be sprayed with water regularly to prevent the spread of dust. The material will be staged in the southeastern portion of the site near Gilbert Road.


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