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Latta honored
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) has been named the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Legislator of the Year for sportsmen and sportswomen’s policies.

Latta accepted the award at the organization’s annual dinner, where he also delivered the keynote address. “We salute Congressman Latta for his outstanding leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives as co-chair of the bi-partisan Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, and are honored to present him with 2013 NSSF’s Legislator of the Year Award,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel.

On Feb. 5, the House of Representatives passed HR 3590, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, bi-partisan legislation that includes various pro-sportsmen and sportswomen’s provisions to help ensure our outdoor traditions are protected and advanced.

Equipment testing
The Ottawa County Board of Elections will conduct a public test of voting equipment Monday, May 5 at 3 p.m. at the board office, 8444 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.


Tree City honors
The village of Genoa was named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

This is the 20th year Genoa has been certified as a Tree City USA award recipient. The 20-year award was presented to Genoa Mayor Mark Williams and Genoa Council.

Tree Commission members include Kim Harsanje, chairman; Betsy Slotnick, vice chairman; Chris Shafer, secretary and members Don Widmer and Liz Bergman. Councilman Ken Harsanje serves as council liaison to the commission.


Civil War Roundtable
The next meeting of the Greater Toledo Civil War Roundtable will be held Thursday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Navarre Park Shelter House, 1001 White St., Toledo.

Historian and author Tom Nanzig, of the Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table, will tell the story of “The Secession of West Virginia.”

The program was originally scheduled for the March meeting, which was cancelled due to winter storms. Prior to Nanzig's presentation, there will be a short business meeting, trivia, a book raffle, and refreshments.

GTCWRT meetings are free and open to the public. Ample lighted parking is available at the shelter house. Learn more about the club by visiting their Facebook page.


Human trafficking program
Terra State Community College’s Life Scholars program will offer a program on “Human Trafficking–Close to Home” May 5 from 9 a.m.-noon.

The program will be presented by Kizzy Williams, of Toledo Area Ministries Second Chance and Toledo Area Ministries Youth Services.

The informative session will provide an overview of human trafficking in the Northwest Ohio area and cover basic definitions of trafficking, strategies traffickers use for grooming and recruitment, the impact of trafficking on the family and the community, and what can be done to end trafficking in our communities.

The cost is $5 for Life Scholar members and $15 for non-members.

To register or for more information, call Amanda Pochatko at 419-559-2205 or Lifelong Learning at 419-559-2255.


Financial health series
Financial coaches from the East Toledo Family Center will present a free five-session “Financial Health” course at the Locke Branch Library, 703 Miami St., Toledo.

Participants will learn to gain control of their money, understand and repair their credit and build assets. Financial coaches will be available to meet one-on-one with attendees as they work to achieve their goals.

Sessions include:
• Money Matters – Wednesday, May 7, 1-2:30 p.m.

• Pay Yourself First – Friday, May 9, 1-2:30 p.m.

• Know Your Net Worth - Wednesday, May 14, 1-2:30 p.m.

• To Your Credit – Friday, May 16, 1-2:30 p.m.

• Financial Recovery – Wednesday, May 21, 1-2:30 p.m.

Lunch will be provided. Registration limited to 15 people Call Locke Branch Library at 419-259-5310 to register.


Fundraiser planned
A Mother’s Day Luncheon, Fashion Show and Fundraiser to benefit the Ottawa County Republican Party will be held Saturday, May 10 at the Catawba Island Club.

The event will include a luncheon, fashions and jewelry from Marcell of Westlake, raffles and a silent auction. The deadline for reservations is Monday, May 5.

To make reservations, call Renee Claycomb at 419-960-7371.


Firemen’s Convention set
The Northwood Fire Department and Northwood Firefighters Association will host the 140th annual Northwest Ohio Volunteer Fireman’s Convention June 20-21.

The two-day event will bring to the area representatives of the 288 member fire departments from around Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. On Friday, the convention will center around Brentwood Park and the fire station on Tracy Road. There will be kids games, vendors, live music entertainment provided by The Bradberries and a beer tent among many other fire department and non-fire department related activities.

On Saturday June 21, at 1:30 p.m. a parade will run from Woodville Road to the entrance of Great Eastern Shopping Center. The parade will feature hundreds of newer and antique pieces of fire apparatus, high school bands, floats and other fun entries. Traffic in the area will be maintained.

The activities are open to the community.

Raffle tickets are currently available for a $10,000 grand prize along with $20,000 in other cash prizes. Tickets are $20 each. Only 3,000 tickets were printed.

Businesses interested in supporting the event through sponsorship or advertisements in the yearbook that will be distributed to members may call 419-690-1647 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Saving Eastwood elementaries
The Committee to Save our Elementaries will meet May 5 at 7 p.m. in the Troy Township administration building in Stony Ridge.

Committee chairperson Crystal Crosby will present information about the Luckey and Pemberville elementary school buildings and why they should be kept intact as part of the Eastwood School District.

The committee opposes a proposal to consolidate the district’s buildings and construct a new elementary on the central campus.

Crosby may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donations to the committee should be sent to Committee to Save Our Elementaries, P.O. Box 255, Pemberville, O. 43450.

Road closures
The closure of two roads in Ottawa County will be in effect through most of this week, according to the county engineer’s office.

Norfolk and Southern closed crossings April 30 for maintenance at Tettau and Atwater roads. Tettau is closed between State Route 163 and State Route 2 and Atwater is closed between Route 163 and Salem-Carroll Road. The are expected to reopen by May 7.

No vehicles are being permitted through the crossing during construction.

Updated closure information is available on the county engineer’s website.

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