The public is invited to attend the dedication of a Living Memorial Tree in memory of Betty Carstensen to be held in the front yard of Coy Elementary School on Pickle Road in Oregon, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m.
The event is being jointly sponsored by the City of Oregon and the Oregon-Jerusalem Schools, with Mayor Marge Brown and Superintendent Dr. Mike Zalar conducting the ceremony. An engraved marker plaque will be unveiled during the dedication.
Carstensen served on the Board of Education from 1993 until her death last month. She was also an avid volunteer in the community since 1950. Some of these activities included assisting youngsters with their reading, distributing tree seedlings to thousands of first-graders over a period of 30 years, being a highly active member of her church, participating in Arbor Day and other tree plantings, and serving as a longtime trustee of the Lucas County Soil and Water Conservation District.
College Days 2009 at the library
The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library will present the final installment of “College Days 2009” Oct. 24 at Main Library, 325 Michigan St.
Financial Aid Basics – FAFSA and Beyond will be presented from 1-3 p.m. in the McMaster Center. The library’s Teen Specialist Mary Plews will share tips on the resources available to students and families and how to keep on track for finding money.
For more details, please call 419.259.5207
A Vendor Extravaganza fundraiser will be held Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northwood Middle School, located on the corner of Lemoyne and Woodville roads.
A number of vendors will be on hand including Silpada Jewelry, Tastefully Simple, Signature Homestyles, Discovery Toys, Baby Crazy, Scentsy, Cuttables and Traceables, Longaberger Baskets, Lia Sophia Jewelry, Mary Kay, Initials Inc., Diva Girl Purses, Simply Fun & Games, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, 31 Gifts, Aromalight Candles, Usborne Books, Avacore, Creative Memories and more.
The event will also include food concessions, raffles and baby-sitting (some restrictions apply).
For more information, please contact the Northwood Middle School at 419-691-4621.
Fields of Green scholarship
ProMedica Health System (PHS) is offering the opportunity for area high school students to win a $5,000 college scholarship in the Fields of Green scholarship competition.
The competition is open to students in grades 10 through 12 in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Students will be challenged to form teams of two to four students and design a health and fitness program for elementary school children, including nutritious snack options. This is PHS’ second high school scholarship program designed to address childhood obesity. Last year, PHS awarded $42,000 to area students and schools through a program called Lunch 101: Food for Thought, which challenged area high school students to create an affordable and nutritionally-balanced elementary school lunch program.
For this year’s scholarship program, each member of the winning team will receive a $5,000 college scholarship, and the school where the students attend will receive a $1,000 cash award. Additionally, the winning entry will be a pilot program in several local elementary schools. The deadline to submit a program entry is Dec. 1, 2009. Program guidelines and entry forms can be found at www.promedica.org.
The Fields of Green scholarship program is part of a larger, comprehensive PHS initiative encompassing a variety of health and nutrition programs designed to combat the local obesity epidemic. Also this fall, PHS will introduce a new program called the Healthy Kids Conversation Map® Program which will be led by PHS employees trained to teach a series of 30-minute interactive sessions in various community settings. The sessions will focus on establishing healthy nutrition and exercise habits in children and adults.
For more information about Fields of Green, visit www.promedica.org.
Student birders plan conference
Student members of a statewide nature organization, the Ohio Young Birders Club (OYBC), will host their annual conference Nov. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor.
Founded by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, the OYBC is a ground-breaking club that puts youths in charge. In addition to the annual conference, student members of the club plan and attend monthly field trips all over the state of Ohio.
Elliot Miller, 14, of Oak Harbor, will serve as the master of ceremonies and will assist bird expert and world-renowned author (and fellow Oak Harbor resident) Kenn Kaufman with his Bird Identification Quiz.
In addition to various presentations, there will be an afternoon field trip around the refuge. Breakfast and a hot lunch are included. The, event which is open to the public, is $10 for students ages 19 and under, and $20 for adults over 19. For more information and to register, visit www.bsbobird.org or call 419-898-4070. Seating is limited.
Spring Police Academy enrolling
Applications will be accepted through Nov. 13 for Owens Community College’s Basic Peace Officer Academy.
During the seven-month program, police academy students will take courses in patrol operations, firearms, defensive tactics, criminal investigation, constitutional law and physical conditioning using high-tech police equipment.
Local police officers, sheriff’s deputies and corrections officers, as well as state and federal agents serve as instructors for the courses. In addition, coursework earned by police academy graduates will apply toward an associate degree at Owens in law enforcement.
Graduates of the program receive a certificate from Owens. All requirements of the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission must be met for certification. Applications for academy classes should be completed and returned to the College by Nov. 13. Police Academy Program classes begin in January.
For more information or to obtain an application packet, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7439.
Northwood alums plan 30th reunion
Alumni of Northwood High School class of 1979 will hold a 30-year reunion Nov. 28 from 6 p.m. till the last dance at Bar Louie in Levis Commons at Perrysburg.
For more information, call James Grigson at 419-535-6285 or 419-698-3895, Julia Miller at 419-341-3492 or Mari Vencina at 419-705-5788.