News Briefs Week of 8/30/2021

Staff Writer

Water Quality
Management Plan
meetings set
Elected and appointed officials, engineers, wastewater plant operators and anyone interested in management of public utilities are invited to a series of public meetings on updates to the Areawide Water Quality Management Plan.
This plan, called the 208 Plan from that section of the Clean Water Act, describes how municipalities throughout four counties of Northwest Ohio and part of southeast Michigan coordinate to treat wastewater and manage development of sewer systems.
The 208 Plan is updated each year with changes in environmental law and regulation, and information on the region’s water quality and local infrastructure needs.
Each meeting will include a brief overview of the 208 Plan and the needs of communities in each county. Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) staff will also discuss plans to conduct a comprehensive review and update the 208 Plan over the next two years.
County meeting dates and times include:
• Ottawa County: Sept. 8, 2-3:30 p.m.
• Lucas and Wood counties (combined): Sept. 9, 2-3:30 p.m.
• Sandusky County: Sept. 15, 2-3:30 p.m.
Meetings will be held in person at TMACOG’s office with the option to attend remotely. Advance registration to receive login information for the teleconferences. Register online at or email Matthew Kennedy at Login information will be sent within 24 hours of the meeting time to those who register.
Those who need special accommodations may contact Jennifer Allen at
TMACOG is a non-partisan regional planning partnership comprised of voluntary members in Northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Together, TMACOG members work on transportation, water quality and other economic development endeavors that affect quality of life for the region’s residents. Visit for more details.

Magruder Patient
Advisory Council
Magruder Hospital is looking for community members to serve on its Patient Advisory Council as part of the hospital’s ongoing efforts to enhance the patient experience.
The council will include patients and families, as well as members of the healthcare team, who will provide input on how to improve the overall healthcare experience. Evening meetings will be held quarterly at the hospital.
To volunteer or for more information, contact Michele Mueller at 419-734-3131, ext. 3147 or by Friday, Sept. 17.

Foundation fundraiser
The Bowling Green Community Foundation will host the 23rd Annual Golf Outing fundraiser Sept. 17 at Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green.
The event, which will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., will include a golf scramble, proximity contest and post-round lunch. The title sponsor of the event is Edward Jones and sponsorship opportunities are available. Foursomes can register at
The fundraiser also includes a raffle for a weeklong stay at a Florida vacation home, donated by Todd and Mary Noll. Raffle tickets are being sold for $20 on the BGCF website. The winner will be drawn at random at the conclusion of the golf outing. Entrants do not need to be present to win.
The house, which offers nearby access to Fort Myers Beach, has a screened-in pool and hot tub. The stay includes seven nights, Saturday to Saturday for a max of six people. The available dates are between May 15-Nov. 15, 2022. For details and to enter, visit
The golf outing and vacation raffle are raising funds for the BGCF grant program. Last year, the foundation awarded more than $41,000 in grants to help 17 area organizations make an impact in the community. Read about the 2020 grant recipients at

Photo contest
seeking entries
Visitors to federal public lands are invited to submit their best nature photos in the 2021 Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest.
Eligible entries include photos taken on federal public lands, including national parks, national forests and wildlife refuges like Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Ohio’s only national wildlife refuge complex.
Entries are being accepted on the Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge website through Saturday, Sept. 4. Categories include Birds, Landscapes/Plants, People Enjoying Nature, and Wildlife Other Than Birds.
Entry is free. Photographers may submit one photo per category.
Photos will be judged in early September. All entries will be displayed on the Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife
Refuge’s website. Winners will be included in a 2022 Public Lands Calendar which will be made available for purchase later this year.
Prizes, including a free calendar will be awarded for the winning entries. The Best of Show will be featured in the Friends Annual Report and will include a private bus tour of the refuge for up to 14 people.
Full contest rules and more information can be viewed on the Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge’s website at

Tours available
The Wood County Museum will host guided, behind-the-scenes tours on Wednesday, Sept. 1, starting at 6 p.m. Led by museum staff members Holly Kirkendall and Kelli Kling, tours will take place every 30 minutes and will last about an hour.
Guests will get to explore the museum outbuildings that are not typically open to the public, including the hog barn, log cabin, chicken coop and various other buildings.
This will be a rain or shine event. Attendees should dress for the weather and for walking around outdoors on the museum grounds.
Each tour group will be limited to 15 people to allow for social distancing. Due to county COVID-19 restrictions, masks are required inside the museum buildings at all times
Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Tours must be reserved in advance by calling 419-352-0967 or stopping into the museum to purchase a ticket.
The museum’s normal hours for self-guided tours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends from 1-4 p.m. (closed on government holidays and weekends in January).
All events are detailed at or by following the Wood County Museum on social media.

First St. John to
celebrate 160 years
First St. John Lutheran Church, 2471 Seaman St., Toledo, is celebrating the 160th year of its founding on Sunday, Oct. 24 with a special worship service at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary.
Bishop Daniel Beaudoin of the Northwestern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be the guest preacher.
The service also will feature guest singers and musicians. A catered luncheon will immediately follow the worship service at 11:30 a.m. in the church's fellowship hall.
For more info, call First St. John Pastor Jerald Rayl at 419-691-7222 or Bob Haar, chairman of the First St. John Lutheran 160th anniversary committee, at 419-250-9409.

Lincoln Day Dinner
The Lucas County Republican Party will present the 2021 Lincoln Day Dinner Wednesday, Sept. 22 at the Premier Banquet Complex, 4480 Heatherdowns Boulevard, Toledo.
Guest speaker will be Vivek Ramaswamy, entrepreneur and author of “Woke, Inc.” Ramaswamy, a child of immigrants who grew up in a small Ohio town, trained as a scientist at Harvard and as a lawyer at Yale. In 2014, he founded Roivant Sciences, a biotech company focused on faster development of transformative medicines. A frequent commentator for conservative outlets, he serves on the boards of Philanthropy Roundtable and Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunities.
Individual tickets are $75. VIP tickets, which include a private reception are $200. Reservations are required by Sept. 8 and may be made online at

Clean Your Streams
anniversary cleanup
Each September since 1997, volunteers have participated in a Northwest Ohio environmental tradition of removing marine debris from the Toledo area’s streams, rivers and ditches for Clean Your Streams Day.
Partners for Clean Streams, a 501(c)3 non-profit supporting local and regional water quality improvements in the metro-Toledo area, along with its partnering organizations, is organizing the Silver Anniversary cleanup effort in September at many stream locations across the area.
To date, more than 360,000 pounds have been removed by over 13,000 volunteers.
Individuals or groups may clean up at waterway locations on their own Sept 18-25, using supplies borrowed from Partners for Clean Streams.
An in-person cleanup will be held Sept. 25 at 8 a.m. beginning at seven kick-off locations, including:
• Middlegrounds Metropark
• City of Oregon Municipal Building
• Woodland Park, Perrysburg
• Side Cut Metropark
• University of Toledo, Law School building
• Monroe Street United Methodist Church
• Secor Metropark
Supplies and safety training will be provided to volunteers before they spread out to assigned cleanup locations.
Register online at Registration closes Sept. 17 for the live event and Sept 25 for the remote clean-up option.
Those who can’t attend a cleanup event but would still like to support stream cleanups may donate at

Credit union raising
funds to aid veterans
In remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, Bay Area Credit Union is raising money for Ohio Veterans Outdoors, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by and for combat-wounded, ill and injured veterans of the U.S. armed forces. Brian Luce, of Clarksville, Ohio founded the program in June 2016, in hopes of helping not only himself but other veterans like him get back some peace and sense of healing through outdoor experiences and education
Bay Area Credit Union will be collecting donations from Aug. 30 through Sept. 11. All funds collected will be matched by the credit union and will be used to help veterans get involved in outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, kayaking and hiking. The donations are used to purchase life jackets, fishing licenses, Federal Duck Stamps, lodging and other items to help veterans have safe and positive experiences.

Judge appointed
to hear wrongful
death lawsuit

Janet Burnside, a retired judge of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, has been appointed to hear a wrongful death case in Ottawa County.
Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters has recused himself from the case filed by the estate of Jennings Fleenor, who was a resident of the Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare facility in 2016 when he died after his shower chair tipped over.
A ruling in the common pleas court that granted summary judgment in favor of Riverview was reversed by the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals and remanded back to the trial court.
“We conclude that the trial court erred in granting summary judgment to Riverview because genuine issues of material fact exist concerning where (Ohio Revised Code) provides a defense to immunity,” the appeals court ruled. “Specifically, there are issues of fact concerning whether Riverview’s nursing staff exercised its discretion in a reckless manner and whether such recklessness resulted in Fleenor’s injury and death. Accordingly, we reverse the Sept. 3, 2020 judgment of the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas and remand this matter to the trial court for proceedings consistent with this decision.”
The common pleas court had concluded that no evidence had been presented that Riverview exercised its discretion in the resident’s care after the fall “with malicious purpose, in bad faith, or in a wanton or reckless manner.”

Lucy Hayes’ birthday
Celebrate First Lady Lucy Hayes’ birthday with a weekend of special tours, activities, a flower-arranging class and more Saturday, Aug. 28, and Sunday, Aug 29, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.
Activities include a scavenger hunt, craft projects, Victorian fashion talk and hands-on artifact opportunities.
The first lady would have turned 190 on Saturday, Aug. 28. Activities chosen reflect her interests, from making flower arrangements for friends and White House state dinners to butterflies, birds and other aspects of nature.
The schedule of events and pricing is as follows:
Aug. 28:
9 a.m.-5 p.m. – Complimentary lemonade and birthday treats in the museum lobby.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. – Butterfly scavenger hunt on the grounds. Free.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. – Craft activities in the museum auditorium. Create an origami butterfly. Free.
10:45-11:15 a.m. – Hands-on artifact or manuscript activity in the museum. Included with regular admission.
Noon – Tour of the Hayes Home, with a focus on Lucy Hayes. Included with regular admission.
1:30-1:45 p.m. – Victorian fashion talk in the museum. Included with regular admission.
1:45-2:15 p.m. - Hands-on artifact or manuscript activity in the museum. Included with regular admission.
3 p.m. - Tour of the Hayes Home, with a focus on Lucy Hayes. Included with regular admission.
Aug. 29:
Noon- 5 p.m. – Complimentary lemonade and birthday treats in the museum lobby.
Noon-5 p.m. – Butterfly scavenger hunt on the grounds. Free.
12:15-12:45 p.m. - Hands-on artifact or manuscript activity in the museum. Included with regular admission.
1 p.m. – Flower-arranging class in the museum auditorium led by Mary Snyder of Mary’s Blossom Shoppe in Port Clinton. Tickets are $40 for HPLM members and $45 for non-members. Purchase tickets at
2 p.m. – Tour of the Hayes Home focused on Lucy Hayes. Included with regular admission.
3 p.m. – Tour of the Hayes Home focused on Lucy Hayes. Included with regular admission.
3:45-4:15 p.m. - Hands-on artifact or manuscript activity in the museum. Included with regular admission.
Get tour tickets at
Visit Hayes Presidential located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. Visit, like HPLM on Facebook at @rbhayespres and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @rbhayespres for more details.

Food recall
Skico, Inc., which does business as Miller’s Supervalu, in Lodi, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling its Teriyaki Beef Strips, Tex Mex Beef Strips, and Smokehouse BBQ Jerky due to temperature deviations. The products were sold in a 6 oz. vacuum-sealed package with a packaged date from 6/16/21 through 7/29/21.
Products were available for sale between June 16 and Aug. 16, 2021, at:
Miller’s Supervalu in Lodi, OH
Miller’s in Ashland, OH
Miller’s Supervalu in Clyde, OH
Miller’s Market in Garrett, IN
Miller’s New Market in Genoa, OH
Miller’s Supervalu in Lagrange, IN
Miller’s New Market in Montpelier, OH
Miller’s Markets in New London, OH
Miller Food Market in Norwalk, OH
Miller’s Supervalu in Rome City, IN
The issue was discovered during a routine inspection conducted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. There have been no reports of illness, however, individuals exhibiting any symptoms of foodborne illness should contact a physician immediately.
Customers who have purchased the affected product should dispose of it or return it to Miller’s Supervalu, 711 Wooster Street, Lodi, 44254. Customers with questions regarding the recall can contact Miller’s Supervalu


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