Memorial Day program
Veterans and citizens of the Oregon and Jerusalem Township communities are invited to attend a Memorial Day Observance Ceremony Monday, May 26, at 11 a.m. at Clay High’s Memorial Stadium.
Seven young men from Clay High School died in the Vietnam War. Several were decorated for their valorous actions in war. An eighth man who also died graduated from Genoa High School, then married an young woman who had attended Clay High School. They made their home in Oregon at the time he entered the Army and went to Vietnam.
As classmates of the fallen soldiers will soon be celebrating their 50th class reunions, this year's Memorial Day Ceremony will remember the eight Oregon and Jerusalem Township casualties of the Vietnam War.
Jerry Eversman, the Ohio State Representative of the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, will again serve as the master of ceremonies for the event.
Eversman extended a special invitation to all veterans and area citizens to attend the memorial service. “We especially need to reach out to our revered World War II and Korean War veterans to join us as we honor their comrades who made the ultimate sacrifice,” he said, adding WWII and Korean Veterans who would like to help in placing the wreaths at the war memorials, may call him at 419-266-7776.
The Rev. John King, a veteran of the Vietnam War and chaplain of the Greater Toledo Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America will officiate at the ceremony, which is expected to last approximately 45 minutes. The chapter's color guard is scheduled to participate as well.
In case of rain, the ceremony will move indoors in the building directly across from the Memorial Stadium.
Gypsy moth spraying
The Ohio Department of Agriculture is beginning aerial treatments designed to control the gypsy moth population in Ohio.
Treatments on 778 acres in Lucas, Marion and Wyandot counties will begin in mid-May, as larva and leaf development reaches the optimal threshold for treatment.
Treatments are administered using a low-flying aircraft that flies just above treetops. High humidity, low temperature and minimal wind are crucial for a successful application. Treatment will most likely take place during early morning hours.
The department will use Foray (Btk), a naturally occurring bacterium found in the soil that interferes with the caterpillars’ feeding cycles and Gypchek (NPV), a virus that affects only the gypsy moth caterpillars and has no effect on beneficial insects. These treatments are not toxic to humans, pets, birds or fish.
Maps of treatment blocks may be viewed online at www.agri.ohio.gov. Daily updates on treatment progress across the state are available by calling 1-800-282-1955, ext. 37, any time after 5 p.m.
Humane Society reports
Wood County Humane Society (WCHS) Humane Agent, D’Ann Gregory, who investigates reports of neglect, cruelty and abuse from concerned citizens, social services, health departments, and other law enforcement agencies, handled 30 cases in April.
Gregory resolved 24 of the cases; six are still pending further investigation. Of the 24 closed cases, three were filed with “reason for concern,” three were determined “unfounded,” one was filed “unable to locate,” 10 resulted in the administering of additional education, five resulted in referrals to other agencies, one resulted in owner surrender of an animal and one resulted in prosecution.
Gregory also conducted 41 follow-ups to ongoing and/or closed cases during the month of April.
During the same month, the WCHS took a total of 23 cats and 16 dogs into the shelter. According to Shelter Manager Erin McKibben, 10 of the cats were strays, seven were surrenders, two were abandonments and four were returns.
Of the dogs, 11 were surrenders, two resulted from cruelty cases, and three were transfers from other shelters. The WCHS also adopted out 23 cats and 11 dogs during the month of April.
The Wood County Humane Society, located in Bowling Green, is a full-service, no-kill shelter providing care for homeless and abused pets and investigating cruelty complaints in Wood County. In addition, the organization assists Wood County residents with its Safe Haven and food assistance programs, spay/neuter transport, and educational presentations.
For information on adopting and/or volunteering, visit www.woodcountyhumanesociety.org.
Feral cat committee
Members of the Wood County Humane Society (WCHS), along with volunteers from the local community, recently convened the first meeting of a committee aiming to explore ways to address the feral cat population in Wood County.
According to committee member Kathy Dean, the first phase of committee work involves intensive education about the nature and scope of the problem in the local area. The committee, which is chaired by Kay Chapman, held its first meeting April 24 at Grounds for Thought coffee shop in Bowling Green. Fifteen volunteers from the local community attended.
Rental units available
WSOS Community Action Commission, which assumed management responsibilities in 2013 for Casa Nueva, a 64-unit housing development located at 1606 Dickinson St., Fremont, is working to repair and rehabilitate units so they can be available for renters.
Twania Allen and her four children have lived in a four-bedroom apartment at Casa Nueva since 2009. She admits that there was a time when there was no one around to take care of the maintenance of the complex, but she said since the new management agent has taken over, “They have more than made up for it.”
First on the priority list for WSOS were the three- and four-bedroom units that needed the most repairs to bring them up to rental standards. The three- and four-bedroom units include washer and dryer hook-ups. Renters in smaller units have access to washers and dryers located in the complex community room.
“It’s exciting to see what the rental complex can become,” said Kim Walls, the resident manager since 2009. “It has so much potential and I believe it’s going in the right direction.”
Some of the plans Walls has for the complex include starting a small after-school program for the children who live in the complex. She also hopes to organize activities for the children as well as for adults.
Casa Nueva units are available to income-eligible applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, familial or disability status.
They are financed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development, with Section 8 subsidy provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In fact, if applicants have zero income, they may qualify for a $50 security deposit and $25 per month for the rent.
For more information, call Walls at 419-334-3448. Office hours are Mondays from 12:30-3:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to noon and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m.-noon.
Help for the hungry
Case managers from Toledo Area Ministries encourage area residents who are having trouble feeding themselves or their families to call 419-654-4744 to schedule an appointment to learn more about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. The Food and Nutrition Service works with state agencies, nutrition educators and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits.
Open house set
Throughout the school year, high school students at Penta Career Center have been constructing a 2,200 square foot house as part of their career training.
The house, which is being constructed for the Britten family at 10700 Roachton Rd., Perrysburg Township (near the intersection of SR 199), will be open to the public Sunday, May 18, from 1-3 p.m.
“Each year, our students construct a house as part of their senior class project,” said Kevin McCann, supervisor of the construction trades programs at Penta Career Center. “Students in our construction trades programs build houses to gain valuable hands-on experience in residential home construction.”
Students in Penta’s Construction Carpentry, Masonry, Electricity, Construction Trades and HVACR/Piping Systems Technology programs worked on some aspect of the home construction project, under the guidance of instructors Rob Weaver, Pat Luther, Rob Haas, Mike Hardenbrook, Jason Vida and Mike Knitz.
For more information about applying for a Penta-built home, contact McCann at 419-666-1120, ext. 6358. Potential home building projects must be located within a 10- to 15-minute driving distance of the Penta campus. In addition, a potential project must be located within one of Penta’s member school districts.
Boating course offered
An Ohio Boating Education Course will be offered in two sessions Monday, June 16 and Tuesday, June 17 in the Nature Center at Maumee Bay State Park, 1400 State Park Rd., Oregon.
The fee for the course is $5, which covers the cost of materials. Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited.
The course covers a variety of boating topics, including navigation rules, boating and personal safety equipment, Ohio boating laws and more.
For more information or to RSVP, call 419-836-6003 or visit http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov.
Meeting time changed
The Lake Schools May 21 regular school board meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. – one hour later than the normal start time – due to various school activities that evening.
Woodmore students seeking to raise funds
A contingent of Woodmore Schools students are raising funds to help them attend a competition for Destination Imagination (DI), a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.
In April, 14 students from Woodmore High School and Woodmore Middle School participated in the state-level DI creative-thinking teamwork competition.
Both groups took second place for their solutions/performance. Both also earned a spot to advance and compete in the upcoming Global DI competition in Knoxville, Tennessee. This is the first high school team in the history of the Woodmore DI program to qualify for Global Competition. Competitors will come from 50 states, seven Canadian provinces, and 13 other countries.
Students are undertaking the challenge of raising the $8,000 necessary for fees and travel. Thus far, they have gone door-to-door in the community to garner support and donations, and have set up a gofundme.com account (http://www.gofundme.com/8tm8o4). Woodmore parents are garnering support for the students through both personal resources and social media (i.e. Facebook).
Anyone interested in supporting the Woodmore teams may donate at their gofundme.com page or call 419-559-1584 for more information.
5 “Kay,” retirement celebration set
In celebration of the upcoming retirement of longtime kindergarten teacher Kay Nickelsen after 37 years of service, Solomon Lutheran School in Woodville is presenting a pair of special events set for Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25.
Runners and walkers are invited to participate in the Solomon 5 “Kay” Race/Walk Saturday. The event will include a One Mike Kid’s Fun Run at 8 a.m. and 5 “Kay” run which begins at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers are also welcome to help out or line the race route with smiling faces.
The event, which will embody the values Nickelsen has shared with her students, including living a healthy lifestyle and protecting the environment, will feature snacks very recognizable to Solomon alumni, including “bow-knots” and “ants on a log.”
Race registration forms are available on the school website or at www.runsignup.com Funds raised will benefit the 2014 Solomon Lutheran School Annual Fund Drive.
For more information, call Cori Jacobson at 419-849-3998.
On Sunday, a retirement celebration will be held for Nickelsen, beginning with a worship service at 10 a.m., followed by a reception and chicken BBQ luncheon. Luncheon tickets are $9 and must be purchased in advance by May 18. Call the school office at 419-849-3600 for more information.