News Briefs Week Of 6/13/2022

Staff Writer

Meet the Coast
Guard Auxiliary
Families are invited to learn more about the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and how they keep waterways safe on Friday, June 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Walbridge Library, 108 N. Main St.
Join the library for this fun and informative program to learn more about boat, water, and life preserver safety with members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Registration is required. To register, call 419-352-8253, email, or register online at

Father’s Day
helicopter rides
Liberty Air Museum, Port Clinton, is offering a unique and thrilling experience for Father’s Day.
On Sunday, June 18 beginning at 10 a.m. rides on “Greyhound,” an historic Huey Helicopter owned by Yankee Air Museum, will be offered for $99 per person.
Advance tickets are available (and highly recommended) at or by calling 734-252-6457. Arrive early, as all rides are first-come, first-served and are very limited.
More than 6,990 Huey Helicopters were utilized in the Vietnam War. Nearly half of them did not come home.
For more information, contact Jim Priebe at Liberty Aviation Museum at 419-732-0234.

Historical Society
plans rummage sale
Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society will hold its annual rummage sale June 22-24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Brandville School Museum, 1133 Grasser St., Oregon.
On Monday and Tuesday, June 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. - noon, OJHS volunteers will be collecting gently used household items and preparing them for resale. Clothing will not be accepted. Receipts will be available for tax purposes.
In addition to donated items, the sale will include some antiques and farm implements that are duplicates or triplicates from the society’s collection. Whatever doesn't sell on Wednesday and Thursday will be offered at half price on Friday.

“SpongeBob Musical”
Perrysburg Musical Theatre will present “The SpongeBob Musical” June 23-25 at 7 p.m. and June 26 at 2 p.m. at the Owens Community Center for Fine and Performing Arts.
The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage.
“The SpongeBob Musical” features original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., as well as songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley.
Visit for more details.

spots available
The Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Center has spots available for Camp NEOSA, which will be held June 20-24. The camp program is provided free of charge for children ages 6-12 who complete the online application and turn in their $25 registration fee. Transportation is provided.
Camp NEOSA is located on a 200-acre peninsula on 1,000-acre Leeville Lake in Carrolton, Ohio. The nature surroundings contribute to campers’ spiritual, educational, social, and recreational needs and camp days are filled with hiking, swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, sports, and drama activities.
Camp NEOSA is one of the many programs offered by the Port Clinton Service Center. This program is made possible by funding from the Ottawa County Community Foundation, Stensen Grant, Portage Resale Grant, Greater Toledo Community Foundation and Walmart Community Grant. Due to this generous funding, there are 31 spaces available at Camp NEOSA this year.
Applications are available online at For more information, contact Maureen Saponari at The Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Center at 419-732-ARMY (2769) or

Museum programs set
The National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL) will offer the first of three summer Hard Hat Tours on Saturday, June 18.
Participants will explore spaces typically off limits to visitors during an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, the Museum Tug Ohio and the St. Marys Challenger Pilothouse – the newest artifact to join the museum grounds and still undergoing restoration efforts.
“During this two-hour experience, guests will have the opportunity to take a deeper dive into the ships’ inner workings and visit ‘hard-hat’ only locations like the Museum Ships’ Owners Galley, the lowest points of the boat, as well as a look in the vessels stern from Cargo Hold #1,” said Christ Gillcrist, the museum’s executive director.
“From glimpses into our newest artifact’s restoration, to the Colonel's original boiler bricks – you’ll see it all from an insider’s view,” he said.
Tours are $35 for NMGL members and $50 for non-members. Each small-group, behind-the-scenes experience will last approximately two hours with tours beginning at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Space is limited to eight individuals per small group, so advance registration is encouraged.
Due to the limited capacity, additional Hard Hat Tours are also scheduled on Saturdays, July 16 and Aug. 20. For
additional information visit or call 419-214-5000.
Music and Movement Class
On Monday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. the NMGL will introduce “Capt. Scupper’s Songfest: Maritime Music” and Movement. The new, small group activity presented by Sing into Reading was developed especially with children ages 0-6 in mind.
During the class, little ones will spend 30 minutes exploring maritime themes through music and movement with a parent or caregiver, followed by open play in the museum’s “Port of Play” and exploration of the museum.
“This fun activity targets our youngest maritime enthusiasts to give them a chance to build a love of reading through music incorporating a Great Lakes twist,” said Ellen Kennedy, who oversees the museum’s youth education initiatives.
Risa Beth Cohen, founder and creative director of Sing into Reading, will instruct the class. She has been teaching Music and Movement to children since 1994 and holds a M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Bank Street College.
Each Capt. Scupper’s Songfest class is limited to 20 kids and their grownups and is designed for ages 0-6. Additional classes will be offered the third Monday of each month, on July 18, Aug. 22, and Sept. 19.
Registration is $5 per class for NMGL member children and $15 per class for non-member children (non-member price includes museum-only admission for one adult and child). Space is limited, so advance registration is encouraged.
For more info, visit or call 419-214-5000.

Donation presented
Don Habegger and his wife, Molly O’Neill, of Catawba Island, presented a $27,000 donation to the Hopfinger Zimmerman Memorial Park in Port Clinton, which will be used for a 24’ x 60’ gazebo.
The gazebo will be built in 2023 next to the pickleball courts at the park, which is located at 4804 W. Oak Harbor Rd.

Retirement party
for administrator
An open house to observe the retirement of Andrew Kalmar, Wood County administrator, will be held June 30 from 2-5 p.m. at the county commissioners’ hearing room in the county office building, Bowling Green.
A presentation will be held at 3:30 p.m.
Kalmar’s last day as administrator will be July 1.
He started as county administrator in January 2000, following the retirement of Richard Edwards. Prior to his service with the commissioners, he served as director of the Wood County Park District.

Walbridge East
Road project
starts Monday
Ottawa County has contracted with Kokosing for a pavement improvement project on Walbridge East Road, between Fostoria and Genoa-Clay Center roads.
Work is scheduled to start June 13 and continue through June 24.
Crews will be on site Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Traffic will be restricted to one lane during construction.

Lake Erie film
screening June 12
Plastic Oceans International, Great Lakes Outreach Media, and Lake Erie Waterkeeper will present a public screening and discussion of “The Erie Situation” at Maumee Indoor Theatre on June 12.
Filmmakers and local experts and officials will be on hand for a meet and greet at 4:30 p.m. and an in-depth panel discussion following the film, which is “about the toxic mix of big agriculture, politics and water security rights" following the 2014 water shutdown in northwest Ohio.
“The Erie Situation” explores the confluence of science, public sentiment, politics, and the farming lobby as Ohio wrestles with how to address the drivers of toxic algae in one of the Great Lakes.
For more information about the film, go to
The screening begins at 5:30 p.m. and reservations are required for limited seating. A $10 donation is requested but not required. The theater is located at 601 Conant St,


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