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Eastwood After Prom seeking donations
The 2013 Eastwood After Prom Committee is working on this year’s Drug- and Alcohol-Free After Prom.

The committee, comprised of parent volunteers, is working with a goal of promoting a safe and enjoyable activity for students to attend after the prom dinner/dance on Saturday, April 27.

Because the After Prom is not a school-sponsored event, the committee is seeking cash contributions as well as donations in the form of gift certificates, gift cards and other items to be used as prizes.

Donations may be sent to Eastwood High School, 4900 Sugar Ridge Rd., Pemberville, OH, 43450, attn: After Prom. Checks should be made payable to Eastwood After Prom.

Distinguished Alumni Award
Genoa Area Schools is introducing a new Distinguished Alumni Award, designed to recognize Genoa High School graduates who have distinguished themselves and have excelled in their careers.

All nominees should be in good community standing and possess qualities and achievements worthy of inspiring current high school students to be successful.

Nomination forms are available in the Genoa High School office. For more information, call Kevin Katafias, high school principal, at 419-855-7741, ext. 21101 or the high school office at 419-855-7741, ext. 21203.

Calendar Artists Woodmore High School seniors Sarah
Walter and Stephanie Emerine had their artwork selected to
appear in a calendar sponsored by the Ottawa-Sandusky-
Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management and Recycling Center.
(Photo courtesy of Window to Woodmore, Woodmore's High
School student newspaper)

R.C. Waters Elementary honored
On Jan. 14, the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education held its annual organizational meeting, along with its regular January business meeting.

At the meeting board members honored the staff and students of R.C. Waters Elementary School, which earned the distinction of being in the top two percent of high-achieving school buildings in the state of Ohio.

R.C. Waters Principal Karen Gruber and Superintendent Guy Parmigian praised the hard work and dedication of teachers, support staff, students, parents and volunteers for contributing to the school’s success.

Board members encouraged the school staff, many of whom were present at the meeting, to continue their good work.

Owens Charity Week
Area residents are invited to help make a difference in lives of others by participating in a series of community outreach events as part of Owens Community College’s Spring Charity Week, Jan. 29-31.

Coordinated by the College’s Student Activities Office, the various activities will occur daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

Each day, participants will have the opportunity to engage in a number of hands-on activities, including constructing and decorating Valentine’s Day cards for area senior citizens. Charity Week volunteers can also help in assembling “smile bags” filled with such items as coloring books, crayons, a photo frame magnet craft kit, notepads and stuffed animals for children involved with the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio. The final Charity Week project will include creating fleece rope dog toys for local animal shelters.

All completed projects from Charity Week will be delivered to the appropriate community groups and organizations throughout the Spring Semester.

For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2569.

“Incognito” performances address diversity
Area residents interested in gaining insight into such issues as race, identity, diversity and stereotypes are invited to Owens Community College as nationally-recognized writer/actor Michael Fosberg presents the theatrical performance “Incognito” Jan. 30.

Fosberg’s performance is being presented in conjunction with the college’s celebration of Black History Month.

The theatrical presentation and open discussion will begin at 2 p.m. in the college’s Audio/Visual Classroom Center Rooms 125-128. Admission to both events is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

During the performance, Fosberg will inhabit over a dozen characters as he masterfully tells the true story of finding his biological father. Raised in a working-class white family, Fosberg discovers at age 32 that his father is actually African-American. Fosberg’s performance is intended to challenge audiences to carefully examine their own assumptions about others. Each performance will be followed by an open discussion led by Fosberg.

While studying acting, directing and writing at the University of Minnesota, Fosberg founded the Small Change Original Theater, producing, writing, directing and conducting workshops for children.

A move to Los Angeles in the late 1980s had him appearing in television and film, while continuing his work with young students in various endeavors. Since 2000, Fosberg has been touring his autobiographical solo-show “Incognito.” His one-person theatrical production has made appearances at colleges and universities, high schools, performing arts centers, festivals and theaters across the country.

For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7583 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 3029.

Alumnus of the Year Award
Northwood High School is seeking nominations for its Nineteenth Annual “Alumnus of the Year” award.

Nominees must have graduated from Northwood High School in or prior to spring of 2012. Letters of nomination should include the nominee’s name, current address, year of graduation, and a description of his/her accomplishments since graduation. These can include, but are not limited to, post-high school education, honors or awards received, employment history, and any other relevant information to support the nomination.

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 15. Letters of nomination, which must include the name and address of the person making the nomination, should be sent to Michelle Reid, School Counselor, Northwood High School, 700 Lemoyne Rd., Northwood, OH 43619.

The Alumnus of the Year will be recognized at the Academic Awards Banquet in May.

BGSU student musicians to perform
Student musicians from Bowling Green State University will perform a series of seven concerts in the Manor House at Wildwood Preserve Metropark.

All performances will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The schedule includes:
Jan. 29 - Oboe students of Jackie Leclair
Feb. 5 - Viola students of Matthew Daline
Feb. 12 - Cello students of Alan Smith
Feb. 19 - Violin students of Penny Thompson
Feb. 26 - Piano students of Robert Satterlee
Mar. 19 - Chamber music competition winners
Mar. 26 - Voice students of Sean Cooper

Children’s Nutrition Bill
State Sen. Edna Brown (D-Toledo) has re-introduced a bill that will require schools to be available as summer feeding sites in areas where 50 percent or more of the local children qualify for summer meal programs.

The legislation is a part of the legislative priorities for the 130th General Assembly that the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus recently announced.

“This is a simple bill which addresses childhood hunger in our state. That is why it has been elevated as a priority for our Caucus and why it has received bipartisan support. I look forward to working with my fellow legislators from both sides of the aisle to move this bill forward,” Sen. Brown said.

Due to financial constraints, many schools have been forced to end their summer food programs. “Hunger does not take a break in the summer,” Sen. Brown said. “Many children are unable to obtain a nutritious, well-rounded meal once the school year ends due to a lack of accessible sites. Schools are often the center of neighborhoods and are already convenient locations for children to access. By taking advantage of this, we can open up new opportunities for food programs to meet the needs of the children who depend on them during the summer months.”

Under the proposed law, schools could provide the meals themselves or explore partnerships with local governments, faith-based providers or nonprofits to aid in the delivery of nutritious meals to children in the summer months.

The bill includes a revision to current Ohio law, which prevents children from eating while on a school bus. This revision would permit school districts to use a stationary school bus as a place where children can consume their meals. Once one group of children has finished their meals and exited the bus, it could be moved to another location, creating a mobile feeding site to help meet the unique nutritional needs in each neighborhood.

The proposed law would also create a new food license for family childcare providers which would allow them to offer fresh produce. Currently, in order to serve fresh produce family childcare providers are required to secure the same commercial food license needed by supermarkets and restaurants which is prohibitive.

Owens scholarships
The Owens Community College Foundation is making available thousands of dollars in scholarship opportunities as part of the academic institution’s 2013-14 Scholarship Program.

Through the generosity of businesses and individuals within the surrounding communities, the Owens Foundation will offer current and future students the opportunity to apply for more than 60 scholarships for the upcoming  academic year.

Scholarship applicants must complete and return the application to the Oserve Office at any one of the college’s four locations by Feb. 15. Scholarship award notification will begin in May and will continue until all awards have been made.

For scholarships based on financial need, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application for the 2013-14 academic year must be on file in the College’s Oserve Office by Feb. 28. FAFSA and Foundation Scholarship Program forms are available in the College’s Oserve Office or can be downloaded at

In addition, Owens currently participates in several need-based federal and state funded grant programs, work study opportunities, and loans, which all require applicants to file a FAFSA form to determine financial need.

Aid programs accessible to students include the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, the Owens Community College Grant, the Federal Direct Stafford Loan, the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan and Federal Work Study, among others.

This past academic year, Owens provided more than $96 million in grants, scholarships, loans and federal work study to students. For more information on Owens Foundation scholarship opportunities, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7603.

Legislative Scholarship Program
State Rep. Tim W. Brown offers students a reminder about the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools Legislative Scholarship Program.

The program offers more than 400 scholarship opportunities worth more than $1.6 million to graduating high school seniors in Ohio. The primary objective of these scholarships is to provide students with the education and training necessary to obtain a job in an Ohio business or industry.

Available scholarships may cover full or one-half tuition, or specific amounts that would assist the recipient in obtaining a certificate, diploma, an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree. The costs of the scholarships are borne by the 52 participating member schools and colleges, no state funds are involved.

The application deadline is April 15 and application forms, and additional information are available at

Penta board organizes
During its Jan. 9 organizational meeting, the Penta Career Center Board of Education re-elected Robert Righi, of the Maumee City Schools Board of Education, as president of the board.

Righi has been a member of the Penta Board since 2004. In addition, William Green, who represents the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center, was re-elected vice president of the board.

Paul Walker, from the Bowling Green City School District, was newly appointed to the board. He replaces Stephen Cernkovich, whose term expired Dec. 31, 2012. Walker’s term of office expires Dec. 31, 2014.

Other board members serving through 2014 include Mark Schoenlein, who represents the Perrysburg Exempted Village School District; Kathy Limes, who represents the Wood County Educational Service Center; and William Green.

Board members serving terms that expire Dec. 31, 2013 include Ken Sutter, who represents the Rossford Exempted Village School District; Joseph Rutherford, who represents the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West; Judith Sander, who represents the North Point Educational Service Center; Judith Paredes, who represents the Wood County Educational Service Center; and Righi.

Also during the Board’s organizational meeting, members voted to keep the 5:15 p.m. meeting time on the second Wednesday of each month. The meetings are held in the Board of Education meeting room on the Penta campus.

Lake to take on 13abc All-Stars
Members of the community are invited to come and cheer the Lake Flyer faculty and staff as they take on the 13abc All-Stars Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at Lake High School.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. No passes will be accepted. All proceeds will benefit Lake After Prom.

Small Business Basics
The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, two-hour “Small Business Basics” seminars designed to answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.

The seminars cover the basics of: name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.

The February schedule includes:
Feb. 6 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (conference room), 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.

Feb. 27 – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Terra State Community College (Building B, Room 101), 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.

To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra, toll-free at 800-826-2431 or email

Success in the Workplace
The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College offers a variety of non-credit classes and seminars for individuals and businesses.

“Success in the Workplace” seminars include:
•Time Management for Beginners –Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $59

•Stress Management – March 5 from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost: $59

•Worksite Wellness: What is the Real Cost of Neglecting Your Employees’ Wellness? – March 14 from 9 to 10 a.m. Free.

•Positive Leadership Series: A Leader’s Guide to Positive Organizational Success – March 20 and 27 and April 3. Cost: $249

•Leadership Essentials, Part 1 – April 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $49

•Leadership Essentials, Part 2 – April 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $49

•Time Management-In Depth – May 15 and 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $99

To register or for more information, call Marsha at 419-559-2255.




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