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Severe Weather awareness
The Wood County Emergency Management Agency reminds residents and businesses that Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week will be observed in Ohio March 22 through 28.

A statewide tornado drill will be held March 25 at 9:50 a.m. Outdoor warning sirens in Wood County will be activated for the statewide drill. The National Weather Service will also activate the NOAA Weather Radio Alert System at that time to test weather radios and announce the drill.

Residents and businesses should take this opportunity to establish, review and practice their procedures in seeking safe shelter when severe weather occurs. Everyone should stay alert for rapidly changing weather conditions when a “watch” is issued and be prepared to take immediate safety measures in the event a “warning” is issued or weather conditions warrant taking action.

For more information on severe storms and storm safety, call the Wood County Emergency Management Agency at 419-354-9269 or visit www.nws.noaa.gov or www.weathersafety.ohio.gov.


Superintendent to retire
At the March 11 meeting of the Penta Career Center Board of Education, Superintendent Fred Susor announced his retirement effective July 31, 2009. Susor, who has served as superintendent since 1997, has worked in education for 37 years. “It’s been a very fulfilling experience to have served the past 12 years as superintendent of Penta Career Center,” Susor said. “We’ve reached many goals over the past decade here at Penta. I’m very proud of the fact that we were able to construct a new facility that provides tremendous opportunities in career-technical education for high school students and adults in our community. My goal had always been to see our new facility become a reality and now that our new school is open, it’s time to move on to the next phase of my life.”

The board will release details about a superintendent search in the near future. A special meeting has been scheduled for March 31 at 5 p.m. in the school’s board meeting room.

Susor has worked at Penta since 1978. He worked as a carpentry instructor for two years and also was a supervisor of Penta’s Construction Trades programs. In 1985, he was promoted to director of Penta’s Adult Education division and 10 years later was appointed assistant superintendent. He was hired as superintendent of Penta in 1997.

Susor also previously worked as an industrial arts teacher and an OWA teacher at Northwood High School from 1972 through 1978.


“State Fair”
The Cardinal Stritch High School Drama Club will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “State Fair” April 3 at 7:30 p.m. and April 4 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. in the school gym.

Theater-goers will experience an American tradition full of Midway fun, romance and high hopes for blue ribbons. The production features Rodgers and Hammerstein musical classics, “It Might As Well Be Spring,” and “It’s A Grand Night For Singing.” 

The large-cast musical will be complemented by area elementary students who will be playing the parts of children who come to the fair. Tickets, which are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children, may be purchased from Cardinal Stritch High School in advance or at the door until sold out.


Registration Rocks
High school seniors from throughout the area are invited to learn about the educational opportunities available at Owens Community College during Registration Rocks, a fun, music-themed event planned for March, April and May.

High school seniors can sign up for any day of Registration Rocks, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Toledo-area campus. Attendees are required to RSVP before to the event. Dates are March 18, 20, 26 and 27; April 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30; and May 1, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21.

“Registration Rocks is a great opportunity for prospective students to receive academic advising, as well as to register for summer and fall classes all in one fun-filled day,” said Jennifer Irelan, Owens director of recruitment.

Throughout each day, students will be able to meet with faculty and staff members, take the Owens placement test and pick up important information about financial aid, clubs and student activities, local housing and academic program offerings. In addition, a separate program on learning to support your children in college will be offered to parents who attend.

Students who attend will have the opportunity to win various raffle prizes during each day, including Owens baseball caps, T-shirts, sweatshirts and more. Additionally, attendees will be provided with a free lunch.

For more information or to register, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7253 or visit www.owens.edu and click on the “Registration Rocks” icon.


Temporary closure
Due to recent cuts to state funding, the Ohio Historical Society will furlough its employees and close selected sites, including Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, for the week of March 28 through April 3. Affected sites and the Archives-Library will reopen April 4. Business offices, including the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, will reopen April 6.    

Fort Meigs, one of 58 sites operated by the Ohio Historical Society, is located one mile west of downtown Perrysburg on SR 65. Call 800-283-8916 or visit on-line at www.fortmeigs.org for more information.


Egg hunt planned
The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held April 11 at 1 p.m. at Genoa Veterans Park.  In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Genoa Fire Hall.

Open to all individuals living in the Genoa Area School District, the egg hunt will have various age categories, including toddlers through third grade. Several Easter baskets will be available to children finding specially marked eggs. There will also be a grand prize Easter basket drawing.

The Kiwanis Club is looking for new members to help support its various community projects.  Call Jean Holcombe at 419-855-8381 for details.


“Heartwarming”
Faith United Methodist Church, Faith Church, located at Starr and Coy in Oregon, Oregon will host “Heartwarming,” three evenings of worship, music and Spirit-filled preaching with Jamie and Rachel Havens April 2 through  4 from 7 to 9 p.m. Hospitality and refreshments will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Faith Church is teaming with worship Leader Laura Angel and her worship team from Solid Rock Church, and Rev. Joel Schutte, pastor of Clark Street,  Salem and Unity United Methodist churches, to offer this event.

The Havenses have planted the seeds of faith in Africa, India and Jamaica, as well as in numerous cities and congregations throughout the United States. After receiving their calling, they positioned themselves to enter full-time ministry in 1989.


Rainwater barrels available
Catching and saving rainwater is nothing new. Generations ago, families saved water in barrels, ponds or cisterns for use in watering plants, washing clothes and even drinking.

Northwest Ohio residents have an opportunity to purchase a New Englander Rain Barrel at the low price of $79.95 (normally $119.95). This special offer is being made available through the Rain Garden Initiative.

Orders will be taken until March 27. To order, call 877-977-3135 toll-free or visit www.nerainbarrel.com.

Delivery date will be April 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Erie Street Market, 237 South Erie St., Toledo.


Heating aid deadline near
With two weeks to go in the 2008-09 Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) and numbers for March still unavailable, the amount of requests for assistance is on course to surpass the 2007-08 program year. 

EHEAP, which is operated by WSOS Community Action Commission Inc., will end March 31. Income-eligible residents who think they need help from this program must have their applications in by the deadline. The program, which operates from Nov. 1 to March 31 each year, provides income-eligible residents with one-time assistance to pay their heating bills.

A similar program, the Home Energy Assistance program (HEAP), which provides assistance to families not in an emergency situation, also ends March 31. This program is operated directly by the state’s Office of Community Services (OCS) and applicants must submit these applications on their own. WSOS can provide applications to residents who request them.

EHEAP provides up to $950 for propane, and if more is needed, the participant will have to make a co-payment as part of the application process. If a tank is empty, the propane company may charge for a leak test, which will require a co-payment, and that may delay approval of the application.

Appointments are required for EHEAP applicants. To make an appointment for EHEAP help, in Wood County call 419-353-7407; in Ottawa County, call 419-734-2652; in Seneca County - Tiffin area, call 419-447-0084; or in Sandusky County, call 419-334-5126. 


Amazing Day of Play
The Eastern Community YMCA will host an Amazing Day of Play, a free event for kids ages 3-10, March 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The family-friendly event will include a variety of Physical and creative activities including a jump rope contest, family yoga, Smoke House fire safety course, bike helmet safety demonstrations, water safety classes, story time, animal fun with the Toledo Zoo and disability awareness information. In addition, the first 150 children will receive a free drawstring backpack. The Eastern Y is located at 2960 Pickle Rd., Oregon. For more information, call Heather at 419-720-1708 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The event, presented by the Oregon Community & Family Coalition, the Eastern Community YMCA, is being sponsored by Oregon City Schools, Maumee Bay Turf Center and the National Bank of Oak Harbor.


Free health screenings
The Zenobia Shrine, in conjunction with St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, is sponsoring a free health screening clinic April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Vincent Mercy Pediatric Emergency Center, 2213 Cherry St.

The purpose of the clinic is to evaluate children age birth through age 18 with burn problems, orthopedic disorders or spinal cord injury or damage for treatment eligibility at a Shrine Hospital. Evaluations, which will be conducted by a physician, will take approximately a half hour.

Children who qualify will receive free medical treatment at a Shrine Hospital in Erie, Pa.; Cincinnati or Chicago. The Zenobia Shrine will also provide transportation for patients and their families.

Call Kathy Tuttle at 419-754-4198 to obtain more information or to schedule an appointment.
 

Charges pending
Felony drug charges against at least four suspects are expected in the wake of a seizure of marijuana last week from a Lake Township residence, according to Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshn.

The Wood County Drug Task Force Tuesday seized about 941 pounds of marijuana from a vehicle in the garage after a K-9 unit alerted to several places in the residence and the vehicle.

Sheriff Wasylyshyn estimated the marijuana has a street value of $1.5 million to $2 million, making it one of the largest seizures by the task force.

The investigation is continuing, the sheriff said, and a warrant for an unnamed suspect is pending.

The Wood County Prosecutor is expected to present the case to the grand jury in the near future, the sheriff said.

Sheriff’s detectives and members of the department’s special response team were joined by officers from the Lake Township Police Department when the search warrant was executed.

The K-9 unit was assigned to the task force from the Bloomda

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