“Spirit” nominations sought
Nominations for the 2014 Spirit of Wood County Awards are being accepted through July 18.
Commissioners James Carter, Doris Herringshaw, and Joel Kuhlman encourage county residents to nominate current or former residents for one of seven awards that will be presented Sept. 20 in conjunction with the Harvest Festival at the Wood County Historical Center.
Award categories include Agricultural Leadership; Industrial/Economic Development; Education for Civic Responsibility; Liberty through Law/Human Freedom; Religion and Liberty; Self-Government and the Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award.
Nomination forms and category descriptions are available online at www.co.wood.oh.us, by following the “Spirit Awards” link. Forms may also be obtained by calling 419-354-9100 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Free meals for vets
TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, invites active duty military, veterans and reservists with proof of service to enjoy a complimentary meal Friday, July 4.
Proof of service includes U.S. Uniform Services ID Card or Retired ID Card; current Leave and Earnings Statement; Veterans Organization Card; photograph in uniform; DD214 or citation or commendation.
Patrons are also invited to participate in a charity drive for the National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple Program at participating TA and Petro full-service restaurants from June 30-July 1. Donations will be accepted for paper flags that will be displayed in the restaurants. Guests may write their own name on the flag or write in the name of military service personnel they wish to honor with the donation.
The National Military Family Association provides services to families in the different phases of military life including deployment and reintegration.
To help members and non-members have a safe Fourth of July weekend, AAA Northwest Ohio is offering Tipsy Tow service from 6 p.m. Thursday, July 3 through 6 a.m. Sunday, July 6.
While AAA encourages party-goers to designate a driver if they plan to consume alcohol during celebrations, the Tipsy Tow service is available to assist those who find themselves in an impaired situation and need to get themselves and their vehicles home safely.
To take advantage of the service, drivers may call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357), state they need a “Tipsy Tow” and provide their name, home address, phone number and vehicle location.
The service provides a one-way ride for the driver and his or her vehicle at no cost for up to 10 miles. Services will not be provided to motorists requesting a tow to another drinking establishment or to a destination other than their home. A tow to a hotel may be allowed if the motorist is or plans to become a guest.
Tipsy Tow does not include requests for a vehicle start, flat tire change, gas delivery and/or taxi service (except for members). For trips longer than 10 miles, motorists can expect to be charged the towing company’s standard rate.
Williston man indicted
A Williston man has been indicted by the Ottawa County Grand Jury on six counts each of rape and sexual battery, felonies of the first and third degree, respectively.
According to Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office reports, James C. Nierman, 59, whose last known address is 21041 W. Toledo St., engaged in sexual conduct with another person in Lucas and Ottawa counties between 1996 and 2001.
A warrant has been issued for Nierman, prosecuting attorney Mark Mulligan said.
All area women are invited to attend the “Summer Shape Up” luncheon and program being sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection, Thursday, July 10 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon buffet luncheon and program.
The program will include Jen McCullough, of Ottawa Hills sharing exercises appropriate for all ages; Rachel Ackerman, of Oregon, providing vocal music entertainment and Brenda Yoder, of Shipshewana, Ind., speaking on “Life Beyond the Picket Fence.”
The price is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633. Women’s Connection welcomes donations of toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo and conditioner.
Planned Pethood is seeking donations for a Rummage Sale, which will be held Aug. 2 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Aug. 3 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Junior Fair Building at the Lucas County Rec Center in Maumee.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit Humane Ohio’s spay/neuter program.
Donations of books, gently used clothing furniture and other items may be dropped off 5-8 p.m. Fridays July 18 and 25 and from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays July 19, 20, 26 and 27 at the sale site.
Items will also be collected Thursday, July 17 and Friday, July 18 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Humane Ohio Clinic, 3131 Tremainsville Rd, Toledo.
A meeting to consider a zoning variance for property in Clay Township is scheduled for July 10 at 7 p.m. the township administration office, 21774 Holts East Road.
Anatoli Wakulenko has requested the variance for property at 7020 W. Camper Road.
According to the zoning department, a variance is needed because Wakulenko is planning to construct an accessory building on the property before a dwelling is built.
For information contact Robert Louy, assistant zoning inspector, 419 855-2079.
Help Me Grow
Beginning July 1, WSOS will coordinate services in Wood County for the county’s Help Me Grow program. Applicants can find information at WSOS’ Jordan Family Development Center, 112 N. College Ave., Bowling Green. Referrals will be accepted starting June 30.
Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities Woodlane will continue to provide Early Intervention services and supports for eligible children birth to age 3 and their families. Mercy Children’s Hospital will provide home visitation services.
Help Me Grow is a program administered by the Ohio Department of Health through the local Family and Children First Councils. It offers two voluntary programs to prenatal women, children, and families:
• Early intervention provides family-centered services for infants and toddlers to age 3 with a developmental delay, disability, or a medical condition likely to result in a delay or disability.
• Home-visiting provides first-time expectant or new parents the information and support they need to prepare for the birth of their child and provides ongoing education and support for families to maximize their child’s health and development to age 3.
The Wood County Family and Children First Council, administered by Wood County Department of Job and Family Services, has contracted with WSOS to serve eligible at-risk children birth to age 3 and their families.
To learn more, call 419-353-7407 or 1-855-796-0012.
Baking contest set
Area bakers are encouraged to look through their favorite recipes in preparation for the German-American Festival’s Baking Contest, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 23. Entries of “kuchen” (cake) will be due by 2:30 p.m.; judging will be held at 3:30 p.m.