News Briefs Week of 9/23/19

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Candidate forum
Oregon Republican Club will host a forum for all candidates running for Oregon City Council. The forum, which will include a question-and-answer period, will be held Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Oregon Community Room, 5330 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
The event is open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Toledo City Councilmember Tom Wasniewski will serve as moderator. For more info, contact Lynn Gibbs, Oregon Republican Club President at or 419-481-2442.

“Fall in Love” Benefit
Aimee Arent, executive director, Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, has announced that supporters of ONWR will host the “Fall in Love” Dinner Friday, Oct. 11 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Sunrise Park and Banquet Center, Millbury.
The event will showcase the refuge’s success stories and volunteer accomplishments, and raise money for the internship program as well as other events and projects.
Themed “An evening in Tuscany,” the evening will include Italian food and Frank & Dean crooning the Rat Pack-era music of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.
Dinner, provided by Carolyn's Catering, feature a choice of eggplant parmesan or chicken carbonara with green beans, salad, roll and dessert. There will be a cash bar as well as silent and live auctions.
Tickets are $45 per person. To make reservations, visit
“Previously, this event was held in January or February,” said Dr. Jenni Biegala, president, Friends of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. “By moving the event to October, it gives us a better opportunity to promote fall events like the Howl-O-Ween Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 26; the Holiday Open House on Sunday, Dec. 8; and the 2019-2020 Christmas Bird Count held the first week of January.
“In addition to promoting our Fall events as part of the benefit, we hope to be able to get a jump start on Bird Week which will be held in May 2020,” she said.
“Supporting our college intern program is extremely important,” Arent said. “These students are our next generation of naturalists and environmental specialists. By supporting this program, people are supporting our refuge’s future. Part of the evening will include hearing from one of our past interns who is now employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as an Invasive Strike Team member at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.”
Organizers are also in the process of securing corporate sponsorships for the “Fall in Love” benefit, as well as other events and projects at the refuge.
To become a corporate sponsor, contact Arent at 419-898-0014 or email:

“Trumphobia” among
Films set for festival
A documentary about the role of President Donald Trump and his supporters and opponents in the U.S. political divide will be shown at the American Presidents Film & Literary Festival set for Oct. 4-6 at various locations in Fremont.
“Trumphobia,” directed by Carolina Sosa, analyzes the reasons for America’s current political division, stands in the middle of the road between his supporters and opponents and proposes empathy and compassion for all as a possible solution to the turmoil. Sosa is planning to attend the film and literary festival.
A schedule of show times and tickets will be available at
This film and others selected for the American Presidents Film & Literary Festival have some connection to the American presidency and touch in some way, directly or loosely, on the themes of people, places, politics and power. The festival will take place at The Strand Concert Theater, Fremont Middle School, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Birchard Public Library and Live Edge Center.
Awards will be given for the best feature-length film, best short film, best production and people’s choice. Attendees can vote for their favorite film through the people’s choice contest. Ballot boxes will be located at each theater.
In addition to films, the festival includes a cooking class with a former White House chef, talks by authors and historians, an escape room geared toward teens, lantern tours of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ grounds with living history presenters, a red carpet event with a keynote talk about Adrian Miller, author of “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet” and more.
For info, visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter at @ampresfilmlit.

Falls Prevention
Awareness Day
Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day.
The Ohio Department of Aging is marking the day with its fifth-annual “10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls.” The campaign, sponsored by the department’s STEADY U Ohio falls prevention initiative, recruits community partners to organize and host walking groups and events. Participants will contribute toward a statewide goal of having at least 4,000 people walk a mile each in the name of falls prevention.
“Your participation in ‘10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls’ can make a big difference in the lives of older adults in your community,” said Ursel J. McElroy, director of the department. “You can help us raise awareness that falls are not inevitable as we age. Healthy habits, like regular physical activity, coupled with changes to your home and conversations with your health care providers, can significantly reduce your risk.”
Visit for a complete list of walking events and groups throughout the month. Locally, a River Walk is planned at Riverview Health Care Campus, 8180 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor, on Sept. 23. Hosted by Ottawa County Senior Resources and Riverview Health Care Campus, the event will begin at 10 a.m.
Call 419-898-6459 for more details.

Museum Day
The Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green, will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday Sept. 21, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based museums.
Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Museum Day tickets are available to download at Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on Sept. 21. One ticket is permitted per email address.
A list of participating museums, which will be updated as more museums continue to register, may be found at
For more info, visit

Children Services
breakfast fundraiser
The Lucas County Committee for Children will present the third annual “100 Women (and a Few Good Men) for Lucas County Children” breakfast fundraiser Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Inverness Club, 4601 Dorr St., Toledo.
Proceeds from the event will support the Committee for Children’s efforts to ensure that Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) has sufficient community support to renew the countywide property tax levies that represent more than half of the agency’s operating funds. The agency expects to be on the ballot no later than November 2021 to seek renewal of a five-year levy that expires Dec. 31 of that year.
This is the third year for the “100 Women (and a Few Good Men)” event, which began as a small gathering in a downtown Toledo café, and has grown to become a hallmark event for Toledo-area residents who are concerned about protecting children from abuse and neglect.
This year’s keynote speaker is Ashley A. Futrell, attorney and community advocate. A native of Toledo, Futrell served as one of the youngest legislative directors in the United States House of Representatives, in the office of Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX). She remains active in the Toledo area, serving on the boards of directors for the Toledo Bar Association, Leadership Toledo, and the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts.
Futrell earned a B.A. and certificate of leadership studies from American University, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and her Juris Doctor from the Howard University School of Law.
Tickets for the “100 Women (and a Few Good Men)” breakfast are $30 and may be ordered online through Eventbrite at the following link: or by contacting Deborah Barnett at 419-297-4232.

Ales for Tales
Humane Ohio will host its second annual “Ales for Tales” fundraiser Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Black Cloister, located at 619 Monroe St., downtown Toledo.
The event will raise funds local non-profit spay/neuter clinic.
Tickets are $13 in advance at or $15 at the door.
“Why not have a great night while supporting your local affordable spay/neuter clinic at the same time?” asked Aaron Lockhart, fundraising coordinator at Humane Ohio. “Come enjoy a locally brewed beer and some great music while helping us move closer to our goal: a community with no homeless dogs or cats.”
For more info, visit or contact Lockhart at 419-266-5607, ext. 108.

Gun locks
Gun locks are available at no charge to Lake Township residents, according to Mark Hummer, Lake Township Police Chief.
The locks are being provided by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
“This organization is very involved in firearm safety issues,” Chief Hummer said. “The locks are part of their Project Child Safe program, and they have made them available to us for distribution to our township’s residents.”
The locks may be picked up during regular business hours at the police department, located at 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury.

Construction extended
The Ottawa County engineer’s office has extended the anticipated completion date for relocating a portion of Elmore Eastern Road to Oct. 11.
Work is being done on the section of the road between Hessville Road and State Rt. 590.
No vehicles are permitted through the construction zone.
For information visit the engineer’s website or call 419 734-6777.

Hearing for mayor
A plea hearing for Elmore mayor Matt Damschroder is scheduled for Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. in Ottawa County Municipal Court.
Damschroder faces a misdemeanor assault charge.
He is accused of assaulting John Kaylor, a village resident, on April 28.

Applications sought
Habitat for Humanity of Wood County is accepting applications for a Habitat home in Northwood.
Call 419-353-5430 or visit for more info or to apply.

Community Fun Day
Ottawa County Conservation League will present a Community Fun Day Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 20998 W. Moline-Martin Rd., Martin.
The conservation league offers info about basic gun safety, along with trap and annual hunter education training, set for Sept. 21 and 22.
Attendees may bring their shotguns and ammo or try out members’ guns. Refreshments will be provided. For more info, email

Street Play Saturday
Downtown Fremont Inc. will host the Croghan Colonial Bank Farmers Market and the Sandusky County Health Department and Sandusky County Park District Street Play Saturday events on Front Street on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is free.
Free and inclusive activities promoting health, recreation and fitness will be offered in the Brady parking lot during the market, including a bounce house, an obstacle course, bike helmet fittings, fruit and veggie tasting and Jazzercise from 11-12. Kids’ yoga will be offered from 9-10 a.m. in the grass lot across by the Arch Street parking lot.
Pepper the Unicorn Pony will be in the vendor line up for pictures. Street Play Saturday Bingo will be happening throughout the market. Sandusky County Park District will have live animals for visitors to see and pet.
Front Street will be closed 6 a.m.-2 p.m. from Croghan Street to Birchard Avenue for the event.
For more info, call 419-332-8696 or visit

Water, septic system clinic
The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a well water and septic system presentation Sept. 25 at the SWCD office, 1616 E. Wooster St. Suite 32, Bowling Green.
The program will be from 6–8 p.m. Jennifer Campos, registered sanitarian from the Wood County Health Department, will discuss the care for well water and pond water systems, drinking water testing, and septic systems. This event is free and open to the community. RSVP to the district office to ensure proper number of materials. Register online at, by email at, or call the office at 419-354-5517 ext.4.

Waterkeepers to meet
Joy Mulinex, Gov. Mike DeWine's chief advisor for Lake Erie, will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at a meeting of the Lake Erie Waterkeepers at the Toledo Yacht Club.
Her topic will be plans for the $85 million included in the governor's H2Ohio initiative this year to be spent on cleaning and protecting Ohio waters.
Mulinex is executive director of the Lake Erie Commission, which includes leaders of six state agencies and private citizens, and makes recommendations about the lake.
The public is invited to hear Mulinex speak and answer questions from 7 to 8 p.m. at the yacht club, 3900 N. Summit St.
Her talk will be followed by the Waterkeeper's roundtable discussion about the health of Lake Erie.
More information at


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