Benefit planned for Genoa native
A benefit will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 for Genoa native Jonathan Everett, who has been diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia.
Everett was diagnosed Aug. 28, 2013 – his 30th birthday. He was in the Cleveland Clinic for four weeks, where he underwent high-dose chemotherapy and multiple blood transfusions. Currently, he is home and is about to start 12 weeks of outpatient chemotherapy, which will be followed by oral chemotherapy for a year.
Everett and his wife Lindsay have been married for seven years. They have a daughter, Lacey, who is currently in kindergarten.
Everett has been the general manager of the Maumee Red Lobster since October 2011, and has worked for Darden Restaurants since 2008.
The benefit will be held from 1-7 p.m. at the Sylvania Moose Lodge, 6072 N. Main St., Sylvania. Food will be provided by Darden Restaurants. The event will also include a bake sale, silent auction and 50/50 raffle. All funds raised will help the family with medical costs.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Advance tickets are available by calling Dawn at 419-865-5925 or Lindsay at 419-344-9971. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Guiding Pathways, a creative arts day program that promotes community connectedness and cognitive activity, meets the third Friday of every month at First Christian Church, 875 Haskins Rd., Bowling Green.
The program is a collaborate effort among Bowling Green Manor, Wood Lane, First Christian Church and the Wood County Committee on Aging.
Participants experience social interaction and stimulating activities including movement and music, theatre, art and small group activities in a relaxing and engaging environment.
Guiding Pathways also offers caregivers the benefit of having some time for themselves, however caregivers are welcome to attend with their loved ones.
The theme for the next program, set for Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., is “Thankfulness.” There is a $5 program fee to attend.
Walk-in flu clinics
The Sandusky County Health Department is currently offering walk-in flu clinics daily at the Sandusky County Health Department, 2000 Countyside Dr., Fremont.
Clinic times are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The clinic is open to all individuals 6 months and older with no restrictions.
The cost of the vaccine is $25. Medicare and Medicaid will be accepted. Cards should be brought to the clinic. Individuals attending the clinic should dress in layers, with short sleeves available for ease of vaccination; there will be no privacy.
Those who have current driver’s licenses or photo IDs are encouraged to bring them to the clinic.
Relay for Life meeting
A kick-off meeting for the 2013-14 Ottawa County Relay for Life will be held Nov. 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Our Guest Inn, 220 E. Perry St., Port Clinton.
Those attending will learn more about forming a team for the relay and making a positive difference. Teams can also sign up at the open house. There will also be games, door prizes, light refreshments and raffles every 10 minutes. More information is available by calling Brian Gibson, 1-888-227-6446, ext 5205.
Facing the holidays after loss
Hospice of Northwest Ohio will facilitate a two-hour workshop – “Facing the Holidays After the Loss of Loved One,” Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1-3 p.m. at the Toledo Hospice Center, 800 S. Detroit Ave., just north of Arlington.
Intended for families or individuals dealing with the death of a loved one, the program will include adult, children and teen groups so participants can share, learn and support each other through the grieving experience.
Kids and Teens – Special activities will encourage participants to share their personal stories of loss and teach them new ways to cope. In the company of others their age, they will explore their thoughts and feelings regarding the holidays and learn helpful, creative ways to explore their grief.
Adults – Counselors will suggest practical ways for participants to cope with the stress of the holidays, remember their loved ones and rekindle the holiday spirit.
Anyone in the community is welcome to attend, whether or not they have had a previous experience with Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Though the workshop is free, space is limited and registration is required by Dec. 1. To register, call the Hospice of Northwest Ohio Bereavement Department at 419-661-4001 or 734-568-6801.
For more information about grief and loss or Hospice of Northwest Ohio visit www.hospicenwo.org.
Grief program set
For those who are grieving, the holiday season can bring painful memories, undue stress, and feelings of disappointment. Traditions that were once familiar and comforting can stir up feelings of sadness, anger, and confusion.
ProMedica Hospice bereavement coordinator Chaplain Robb Beisser will present a 40-minute DVD program titled “Facing the Holiday After Loss: A Ray Of Hope,” Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Michigan/Superior Conference Room at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital in Oregon.
The DVD features interviews with bereaved parents and grief support professionals who offer insight into facing the holidays, anniversaries and special dates.
Following the presentation, Chaplain Robb will take questions.
Better Breathers Club
Heartland of Oregon has teamed with the American Lung Association to provide The Better Breathers Club, designed to provide answers about COPD, asthma, medications and pulmonary rehabilitation.
Upcoming meeting dates include Nov. 21 and Dec 19. Meeting time is noon to 1 p.m. A complimentary lunch is provided.
Heartland of Oregon is located at 3953 Navarre Ave., Oregon. For more information, call 419-698-4521.
The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., will offer cholesterol screenings Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Northeast Senior Center in Walbridge.
Screenings will also be offered Thursday, Nov. 21 from 9-11 a.m. at the Bowling Green Senior Center.
Screenings are available to Wood County residents age 25 and older. The cost is $20 for those 60 and older and $25 for those 25-59. Appointments are required and pre-test instructions must be followed.
Screening panel includes Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides, Total Cholesterol/HDL ration and a blood glucose level. Results will be immediately available and discussed with clients by a registered nurse.
To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-367-4935 and ask for the Social Services Department.
Merit awards presented
Since 1983, the Ottawa County Board of Health has presented Awards of Merit to licensed operations in Ottawa County which have maintained a high degree of sanitation and safety.
The annual award signifies a high level of concern by the operators, not just for meeting the rules and regulations, but also for providing an operation that exceeds the minimum requirements.
The awards program, unique to the state, has developed into “healthy” competition among the operators and has proven to be beneficial not only to the health department, but to the residents and visitors to Ottawa County.
At the Oct. 8 Ottawa County Board of Health Meeting, Ken Sharkey, Director of Environmental Health/Deputy Health Commissioner and Pete Spieldenner, Ottawa County Board of Health President, presented an Award of Merit to the following operations:
• Food Service Operation-Full Menu – Otterbein North Shore Retirement Community, Marblehead;
• Food Service Operation-Limited Menu – Chippewa Golf Course, Curtice;
• Large Campground – East Harbor State Park, Marblehead;
• Small Campground – Dani-Donn’s Bayside Resort, Inc., Marblehead.