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Collegiate Employ-Net to host regional job fair April 5 
Collegiate Employ-Net, a consortium of 19 colleges and universities in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, will host its annual Career Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 5 in the Owens Community College gymnasium. 

Job seekers holding a certificate or degree from any accredited college or university are invited to attend this free event. Professional attire is required.

Employers offering internships, full- and part-time employment may register for the event at www.cenconnects.net. Quicken Loans, Cedar Point and Cummins Bridgeway are among the participating employers. 

Collegiate Employ-net sponsors a networking event and career fair annually for students and graduates of participating schools. 

For more information on Collegiate Employ-Net or the job fair, please contact Lisa Dewey at 419-559-2258 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Employers needing more information on the job fair should contact Lynn Hoehn at 567-661-7715 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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 entrepreneurs’ questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.

Participants will learn the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.

Seminars will be offered April 3 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (conference room), 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor, and April 24 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Terra State Community College, (Building B, Room 101), 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont

To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter at 800-826-2431 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Benefit Square Dance set

The Woodmore Athletic Boosters will host a square dance to benefit their scholarship fund Friday, March 29 from 7-11:30 p.m. at Old Zim’s Wagon Shed. 1387 SR 590, Gibsonburg.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person, which includes a purchased admission to the dance, snacks, soft drinks (BYOB if desired), and an entry into a raffle for a flat screen television.

The dance will feature music by the Legacy II Band, raffles for prizes including a Kindle Fire, a portable GPS and a Blu-ray player, Big Six Wheel and poker tables and more.

“Last year high school and college students had as much fun, or maybe more fun, than their parents,” said Kelley Baumgartner. For questions or to purchase tickets, call Baumgartner at 419-849-2098. Tickets may also be purchased at Ole Zim’s.


Fellowship opportunities
The Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program.

The commission, which works closely with the legislative caucuses of the Ohio General Assembly, will hire 20-plus fellows to work with members and staff at the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate during 2014.

Legislative fellow duties include assisting General Assembly members with constituent work and communications, doing legislative research, attending meetings, and performing administrative duties. Telecommunications fellows assist in televising House and Senate proceedings and preparing educational video productions about the General Assembly and the legislative process.

“This fellowship will provide graduates with incredible on-the-job training experience in research, legislative policy development and analysis,” said State Rep. Tim Brown (R-Bowling Green).

The program is open to graduates of all major fields of study who have a genuine interest in learning about state government. No political experience is required. Applicants must have graduated from a four-year college degree program by the December start date. Those holding graduate or professional degrees are also encouraged to apply.

The fellowships are full-time, paid positions with eligibility for benefits applicable to other state employees. Application materials must be postmarked by April 1. The application deadline for the two telecommunications positions is May 31.

For more information or for an application and instructions, call the fellowship coordinator at the Ohio Legislative Service Commission at 614-466-3615 or visit www.lsc.state.oh.us/fellowship.


Prom Dress Extravaganza
Owens Community College Raising Awareness Club is conducting a prom dress collection and sale event to help ensure area high school students have a special prom experience.

Through March 29, Owens students are accepting gently used prom dresses, shoes, purses, gloves and jewelry, along with other accessories.

On Saturday, April 6, the Raising Awareness Club and the Springfield High School Academic Booster Club will host the Prom Dress Extravaganza from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center.

Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase prom dresses and accessories for minimal cost ranging from $5 to $20 for dresses and 50 cents to $5 for accessories. Shopping mentors will be on hand to help in making selections. Additionally, Owens students will provide prom dress alterations free of charge during the event.

Donations can be dropped off in the Office of Student Activities Room 165 at the Owens Student Health and Activities Center or at Salon Onyx in Toledo.

All proceeds raised from the prom dress initiative will be used to benefit future community outreach activities for the Raising Awareness Club, which is comprised of Owens students, employees and alumni working together to advocate for the acceptance of cultural differences, global unity, disability awareness and various needs that impact the surrounding communities.

For more information, or to make a donation, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2569.


Summer Camp schedule
B-C-S Community Education has announced the schedule for its 2013 Summer Camps, open to children in kindergarten through seventh grade.

Pre-registration for camps will continue through April 15. Weekly camps will begin Monday, June 3 at R. C. Waters Elementary School. The registration fee is $25 per child.

There will be 11 weeks of themed camps beginning with an Animal Week . The camps following in succession will be Fitness, Weather, Gardening, Patriotic, Mystery Solving, Winter in July, Healthy Choices and Beach Week. Week 10 and 11 are Creepy Critters and End of Summer Celebration that will be held at Oak Harbor Middle School.

B-C-S Community Education offers a variety of enrollment options. Families may register for all camps offered or select individual weekly camps. Before- and after-camp care is available.

To register or for information about camp fees, call 419-898-6216 ext. 353.


Spring Fling
St. Boniface Catholic School in Oak Harbor will hold its annual Spring Fling April 27.

The event will include dinner, music, auctions, raffles and more. Reserved tickets are $25 per person. To reserve a spot, call Sandy at 419-732-1728 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Congressional Art Competition
Entries are being accepted through April 3 for the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, an opportunity designed to encourage and recognize the creative talents of high school students from Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District. 

Applicants may drop off an application and artwork the district office of Congressman Bob Latta at 1045 N. Main Street, Suite 6, Bowling Green. District staff members are also available to pick up artwork from students. To arrange a pick up time, call 419-782-1996.

Winners will be announced at the University of Findlay, Mazza Museum Saturday, April 20. The overall winner’s artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol alongside the artwork from other nationwide contestants.

Artwork categories include:
• Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.

• Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers

• Collage: must be two dimensional

• Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints

• Mixed media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, etc.

• Computer-generated art

• Photography


Community Service Auction
The Oak Harbor High School Choir will hold a Community Service Auction Saturday, April 6.

The event will begin with a lasagna dinner and silent auction at 6 p.m. The grand auction featuring a wide variety of prizes will be held at 7 p.m.

Tickets, which are available by pre-sale only by calling 419-898-6216, ext. 334.


GED test version expiring
The current version of the GED test – known as the 2002 Series GED – will expire at the end of 2013. It will be replaced with the new 2014 GED test beginning Jan. 2, 2014.

Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new test in order to receive high school credential. The deadline to register to complete testing is Aug. 9.

“The GED test opens doors to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential,” said Josie Windau, GED Chief Examiner of Vanguard-Sentinel. “So we want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires.”

Interested GED test-takers can find more information by contacting the Vanguard-Sentinel’s learning center in

Fremont at 419-334-6901 ext. 4701 or Oak Harbor at 419-898-3688 ext. 270.

The last day to take the current version of the GED® test is Dec. 10 and 11. Learn more about the test at GEDtestingservice.com.


History Day 2013
Student competitors will gather Saturday, March 23 at Terra State Community College to demonstrate their knowledge of history and its consequences during the annual District 2 Ohio History Day,, an event sponsored by the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center.

The public can view student projects, including exhibits, performances, and websites from 12:30-1:30 p.m. National History Day is an educational program that strives to make history come alive for students in grades 6-12. History Day events are held at regional, state, and national levels.  Each year, a different theme is selected for History Day participants to research in their projects. This year’s theme is Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.

Winners of the District History Day competition advance to the state contest. State winners then advance to the national level.


PACT Scholarship Awards Competition
The Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) is seeking essays and applications from high school and college students as part of its third annual scholarship awards competition.

Over the past two years, PACT has awarded two $500 scholarships to either high school or college students. Students were asked to submit an essay on “What Having a Polish-American Heritage Means to Me.”

In addition to the essays, entrants must complete an application. A complete listing of the rules and the application can be downloaded from PACT's web site: www.polishcommunity.org . The deadline for submissions is May 20. Scholarships will be awarded based on an evaluation of applications received by the deadline. At least two awards of $500 will be made payable by check to the educational institution where the recipient is registered to attend.

For more information, contact Rozanne Nitschke at 419-944-5312 or e-mail PACT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


DECA Entrepreneurship Awards
Oak Harbor DECA members presented awards to three local entrepreneurs at their annual Entrepreneurship Awards Banquet held at the Beekeeper Inn.

The banquet, held in conjunction with the Oak Harbor Rotary, honors local business owners for their contributions to the Oak Harbor community.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards were presented to Kendra German of Riverview Healthcare Campus; Ann Kersten of The Giving Tree and Kersten’s Corner, and Paul Druckenmiller of Druckenmiller Agency, Ltd. Award criteria included creativity, innovation, outstanding customer service and commitment to the local community.

The event is the result of a partnership formed with DECA and the Oak Harbor Rotary Club. As future leaders and entrepreneurs, students have the opportunity to network with local business leaders and gain valuable insight into the business world.

The event was one of many activities held to celebrate Entrepreneurship Month and was part of the Oak Harbor DECA Entrepreneurship Promotion Project Campaign, themed, “Find Your Passion!” Campaign managers included Makayla Carpenter, Hunter Gresh and Samantha Wilkins.


Lake kindergarten screening
Lake Local Schools will conduct kindergarten screening April 11 and 12. To be eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall, a child must reside in the district and be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1.

The screening  process will take about 90 minutes and a parent/guardian must be present during the registration and screening.

To schedule an appointment, visit www.lakeschools.org and click on “Buildings,” then “Lake Elementary,” then “LES Kindergarten Screening” and answer the scheduling questions. All children must be pre-registered.

A confirmation letter will be sent advising of the date and time of the scheduled session. Those without Internet access may call Mrs. Alemino at 419-661-6682 to request a registration form.

Parents/guardians should bring the child’s birth certificate, current proof of residency (current gas or electric bill), the child’s Social Security card and custody papers, if applicable.


Genoa kindergarten signups
Genoa Area Local Schools will hold kindergarten registration and screening April 17, 18 and 19 at Genoa Elementary School. All parent information and registration forms will be distributed at the screening session.

To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old by Sept. 30. All kindergarten students must be screened and registered to begin the school year.

Parents/guardians should call the elementary school at 419-855-7741 to set an appointment. Items to be brought to the appointments include the child’s birth certificate, immunization records and Social Security card and custody papers, if applicable. Children should dress in comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.

A parent/guardian must be present with the child during the entire registration and screening appointment.


Woodmore kindergarten registration
Registration and screening for kindergarten students for the 2013-14 school year will be held June 10 and 11 at the Woodmore Elementary School, 708 W. Main St., Woodville.

A child who is 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 is eligible to enter kindergarten this coming school year.

Parents are asked to make an appointment by May 17 by calling the school office at 419-862-1070, ext. 203 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Registration and screening will be done by appointment only. The process will take 60-90 minutes.


Purple & Gold Celebration
Morrison R. Waite High School is celebrating its 99th year as an educational institution this year and as part of the celebration, six Waite graduates will be honored as Distinguished Waite Alumni at the 49th Annual Purple and Gold Celebration in April.
The inductees include:
• Bernard A. Frick, `57, Education and Community Service;

• Phillip L. Kajca, `81, Business and Community Service;

• Philip L. Kuebbeler, `56, Medicine and Community Service;

• Alan R. Miller, `73, Business and Community Service;

• Harry N. Mills, `45, Engineering and Community Service;

• Emilio V. Ramirez, `91, Education and Community Service.

The Purple and Gold Celebration Dinner will be held April 27 at St. Michael Centre, 4001 Navarre Ave., Oregon. A social hour and silent auction will begin the evening’s festivities at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the induction ceremonies and music and fellowship.

Tickets are $45 per person. For reservations more information, call Principal Dave Yenrick at 419-671-7000.

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