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Memorial “Baby Shower” under way
A “Baby Shower” is being planned in memory of Sherry Sprouse, executive director of Heartbeat of Fremont Pregnancy Support Center, who lost her brave battle against cancer on Sunday, Dec. 13.

In honor of Sprouse’s dedication and hard work, the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County will host the shower, with all items donated to be given to Heartbeat.

Heartbeat most urgent needs include baby wipes; diapers sizes N, 3, 4, 5; sleepers; digital thermometers; nursing pads; and baby laundry detergent. The organization always gratefully accepts diapers of any size, baby clothing, Onesies, crib sheets, receiving blankets, bottle brushes, pacifiers, baby socks, formula and baby food.

Donations may be brought to the chamber office, located at 101 S. Front St., Fremont,  through the end of the year. Gifts will be delivered to Heartbeat the first week of the New Year. For more information, call 419-332-1591.


Sharing the love
Wood County Committee on Aging (WCCOA) has been awarded an additional $1,000 grant from Subaru of America, Inc. and Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) as part of Subaru’s “Share the Love” campaign.

The additional grant was used to supplement the cost of a traditional New Year’s Day meal for both congregate and home delivered meal clients.

The “Share the Love” campaign will run through Jan. 4, 2010. For more information about the Wood County Committee on Aging’s home delivered and congregate meal programs please call 419-353-5661 or 1-800-367-4935. 

Holiday fun at the zoo
Presumably, the presents will be wrapped and the house will be all decorated (unless, of course, you’re a serious procrastinator), so why not enjoy a Christmas Eve visit to the Toledo Zoo? And if you’re a Lucas County resident, admission will be free. ID showing proof of residency is required. Christmas Eve hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

As the holiday season wraps up, The Toledo Zoo is just getting warmed up. Lights Before Christmas will be Santa’s headquarters through Wednesday, Dec. 23. Then be sure and ring in 2010 at Noon Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the zoo’s Main Plaza. Noon Year’s Eve is a family-friendly celebration featuring a traditional Ball Drop, plus crafts, activities and more.

The zoo also invites folks to come dig the cool during the season known as Frozentoesen, going on throughout January and February. For hours and a complete schedule of Toledo Zoo events, visit

H1N1 vaccine clinic
Sandusky County Health Department officials have announced that none of the recalled H1N1 vaccines for children was administered in the county.

The recall involved about 800,000 pre-filled syringes intended for young children ages 6 months to nearly 3 years. The shots, made by Sanofi Pasteur, were distributed across the country last month according to the Centers for Disease Control. They were recalled because tests indicated the vaccine doses lost some strength.

“All vaccines are identified by a specific lot number. Once the recall was announced, our nursing staff checked the lot numbers of H1N1 vaccine that had been given here in Sandusky County, and none of the recalled vaccine was administered,” said Dave Pollick, Sandusky County Health Commissioner. “We do have about 300 doses of the recalled vaccine on hand, and we are awaiting direction from the Ohio Department of Health on how to return it.”

According to the CDC, there is no need to have your child revaccinated if you received a dose from these lot numbers from another county.

On Monday, Dec. 21, an H1N1 vaccination clinic will be held at the Sandusky County Health Department, 2000 Countryside Dr., Fremont from 4-7 p.m. The clinic is open to anyone who would like to receive the vaccine.

Those children age 6 months through age 9 who received their first dose of H1N1 vaccine on or before Nov. 19 can receive their second dose at this clinic.

The doors of the clinics will not open until the scheduled clinic start time. Individuals attending the clinics should dress in layers, with short sleeves available for ease of vaccination; there will be no privacy. There will be no cost for the vaccine.

For more information, call the health department at 419-334-6377 or visit

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