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Woodmore Kindergarten Round-Up

Parents who have children who are or will be 5 as of Aug. 1, are invited to attend a meeting at Woodmore Elementary School, 708 W. Main St., Woodville, Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium to explain what is needed for Kindergarten Screening and to sign up for screening, which will be held in June.

For more information, call 419-862-1070.


Small Business Basics

The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, two-hour seminars, “Small Business Basics,” intended to answer 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.

The April schedule includes

  • Wednesday, April 2 – 9:30-11:30 a.m., Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (conference room), 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor;
  • Wednesday, April 23 – 4:30-6:30 p.m., Terra State Community College (Building A, Room 314), 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 800-826-2431 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Registration Rocks

Area high school seniors are invited to learn about Owens Community College’s academic program offerings and educational opportunities during a fun, music-themed at “Registration Rocks,” which will be held April 1-3 and 8-10, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and May 13 and 14 on the Toledo-area campus, College Hall 130.

Students will be able to complete their placement test, attend New Student Orientation, register for their first semester of classes, and receive their student IDs.

A separate information session on financial aid and supporting your child in college will be offered to parents who attend the event.

For more information or to register, visit www.owens.edu and click on the “Registration Rocks!” link or call the Office of Admissions at 567-661-2620 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7632.


Clay alums plan reunion

Members of the Clay High School class of 1969 will hold a class reunion Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Dunberger Post in Oregon.

Alumni are encouraged to contact Mike Searle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Kindergarten screening

Rossford Exempted Village School District will hold kindergarten registration and screenings May 12 and 13 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Rossford Bulldog Center, 719 Dixie Highway.

Children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1 are eligible to start kindergarten in the fall. Parents/guardians much bring the following materials to the meeting:

  • Child’s original birth certificate;
  • Proof of residency (two of the following items: valid driver’s license or state ID; utility bill dated within last 30 days; purchase or lease agreement with local address;
  • Custody papers, if applicable;
  • Child’s immunization records completed by a physician.

Call Nancy at 419-662-3051 to schedule a registration appointment. Walk-ins will not be accepted.


Zoo preschool signups

The Toledo Zoo is accepting registrations for its preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds.

The preschool center, licensed by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, offers a nature- and animal-based curriculum that blends traditional readiness learning with activities. The curriculum includes nature observation, animal discoveries, story time, and fine and gross motor skill development, along with all the early learning content standards for the state of Ohio. Teachers are certified; small classes offer children one-on-one attention.

The preschool year runs from September through mid-May. Three-year-olds meet two days each week, while four-year-olds meet three days each week. Morning or afternoon times are available for both age groups.

Space is limited. Learn more at toledozoo.org/preschool, call 419-385-5721, ext. 2004, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Washington trip raffle

The Terra Choral Society and Jazz Ambassadors are selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a free trip to Washington, D.C., accompanying the Choral Society and Jazz Ambassadors on their tour to participate in the National Memorial Day festivities May 22-26.

The Choral Society sang in the National Memorial Day Choral Festival at the Kennedy Center two years ago, and will be returning to participate again this May. This year, the Jazz Ambassadors will also be traveling with the Choral Society and presenting several concerts in D.C. The chorus and band will also share a public concert.

Raffle tickets are $20 and are on sale until Thursday, April 10 when the winner will be announced at the college’s jazz concert. To purchase a raffle ticket, call the Terra State Box Office at 419-559-2379.


Motorcycle Ohio Rider classes

Registration for the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Motorcycle Ohio Rider Education Program is under way. Classes will begin at Terra State Community College, 2820 Napoleon Rd., Fremont, on Friday, April 11.

Those wanting to learn how to ride a motorcycle or refresh their motorcycle safety skills may register at www.motorcycle.ohio.gov for one of the $50 courses.

Classes available through Terra include:

  • The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is designed to teach new riders how to safely ride. The three-day class is 16 hours long, held over one weekend. After successful completion of the skills test, participants will leave the class with a motorcycle endorsement.
  • The Returning Riders Course (BRC-RR) is for those who have had more than one motorcycle permit, but have never obtained a license. The one-day course will be held May 10 from noon – 8 p.m.

Motorcycles and helmets are provided for both the Basic Riders and Returning Riders Courses. A valid motorcycle permit is required.

  • The Experienced Riders Course (BRC-ERC2) is for those who already have a motorcycle endorsement and need a MSF card for military purposes or to lower the cost of motorcycle insurance.

Motorcycle Ohio is run by ODPS’ Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS), which serves as the lead justice planning and assistance agency for the state. Through research, technology and grants, OCJS serves a wide variety of agencies committed to reducing and preventing crime across Ohio.

For more information or assistance with registering, call Edie Dirnberg at 419-559-2110 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Libbey Lunch Bunch

The Libbey High School Lunch Bunch is returning to their South Toledo neighborhood.

As of March 27, the alumni will meet at The Believe Center inside the Aurora Gonzalez Community Center, 1 Aurora Gonzalez Dr., Toledo.

All alumni and former students are invited to join the Lunch Bunch for fellowship and various programs on the fourth Thursday of the month January through October and the third Wednesday of the month in November and December. Doors open at 11 a.m.; lunch is served at noon. Reservations are required for lunch and are due by noon the Monday before the meeting.

For info or to make a reservation, call Jean Murphy at 419-891-9474 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Drama club reunion

The Rossford High School Drama Club will host a Drama Club Alumni Reunion Saturday April 12 after the 7:30 p.m. performance of “Xanadu.” Tickets to "Xanadu" are $10.

Join alumni for an `80s costume contest, live DJ, photo booth, light food and beverages and more. All Drama alumni are invited to send their current contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. c/o Alumni Reunion.


Calling young chefs

First Lady Michelle Obama is teaming up with Epicurious, the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture to host the third-annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge recipe contest.

Kids ages 8-12, with the help of their parents, can take part in the challenge by sending in original lunch recipes that are healthy, affordable, and tasty.

Participating young chefs can use USDA's MyPlate (http://choosemyplate.gov/) as a resource to make sure that their recipes meet healthy standards. Each lunch recipe should represent all of the food groups, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy foods, with fruits and veggies making up about half of the plate or recipe.

The creators of the best recipes will be invited to D.C. this summer, where they will have the opportunity to attend a Kids’ “State Dinner,” hosted by Mrs. Obama at the White House, where a selection of the winning healthy recipes will be served.

The deadline to submit recipes is April 5. Learn more about the challenge at www.letsmove.gov or visit recipechallenge.epicurious.com.


Whitmer 25th reunion

The Whitmer High School class of 1989 will hold a 25-year reunion Saturday, July 19 from 6-10 p.m. at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg.

The cost is $50 per person, which includes a buffet dinner, coffee, tea, soft drinks and dessert. A cash bar will be available. Music will be provided by a DJ.

For more information, call Kelly at 419-494-8186 or Heather at 419-277-0397 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Real estate career workshop

Terra State Community College will offer a workshop on real estate careers presented by Joyce Willson, Director of the Ohio Institute for Real Estate Studies, Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. at the Neeley Conference and Hospitality Center at Terra State Community College located at 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.

The workshop will provide comprehensive information on licensing, earning potential and financing information for individuals interested in possible careers in real estate

The event is free and open to the public. Those interested must register for the workshop by calling 800-870-0344.


Host families needed

EF Foundation for Foreign Study, a non-profit organization and local International Exchange Coordinator (IEC) Kathy Varga are looking to interview prospective host families for high school-age exchange students that will arrive in 2014.

Students are ages 15-18, are fully insured, have their own spending money and are fluent in English. Students attend local high schools, either for a semester or for the entire school year. Host families are asked to provide room and board and a loving family experience.

Host families may choose the student they wish to host, matching interests and a “good fit” for their family dynamic. Host families qualify for a tax deduction.

To learn more, call Varga at 419-277-0813.


Oak Harbor teacher lauded

Kristen Meyer, a speech/language therapist at Oak Harbor Middle School, was chosen to receive the Northwestern Ohio Education Association (NWOEA) Local Service Award.

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Kristin Meyer (left) with NWOEA President Jennifer Long.

The award was presented to Meyer, a member of the Oak Harbor Education Association, at the district’s Annual Awards Banquet, held at the Findlay Country Club March 4.

According to her nominator and co-president of her local, Meyer’s “biggest impact” has been her work as the association treasurer for the last four years. She has exceeded the expectations of an association treasurer and has always been willing to go the extra mile. Meyer has attended all the Treasurer’s Workshops offered each summer and has used what she learned to change some of the ways her local now conducts business.

Meyer is very active at her church, making a baptismal banner for every child baptized and organizing vacation bible school. She is involved with her garden club having received numerous awards and serving several times as chairperson for the Pemberville Flower Show. Kristen is also involved with her children in 4-H.

Kristen Meyer (left) with NWOEA President Jennifer Long.

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