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Board vacancy

 The Board of Lucas County Commissioners is seeking applicants who have experience as prior foster care parents, child mental health and medical professionals, and business professionals, among other relevant skill sets, to fill two vacancies on the Children Services Board of Lucas County.  

The board’s mission is to lead the community in the protection of children at risk of abuse and neglect. This is accomplished by working with families, service providers, and community members to assess risk and coordinate community-based services resulting in safe, stable, and permanent families for children.

 The board seeks to appoint volunteer boards and commissions that reflect the diversity of the community. To be considered for a board vacancy, complete the “Application for Public Volunteer” form. A detailed resume must be enclosed with the completed application form.  Applications are available from the Board of Lucas County Commissioners office at One Government Center, Suite 800, Toledo, Ohio, or by calling 419-213-4500. A printable application is also available online at  Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 31. The completed applications and resumes must be forwarded to the attention of Lucas County Project Manager Brittany Ford at or the address listed above.

Lead maps available

 Maps identifying lead service lines across the state have been released by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.  Ohio has 1,878 Ohio public drinking water systems that were required to submit the maps as part of recent drinking water reforms championed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich.  Ohio EPA is making all the maps it received available online at  Public water systems that are required to comply with this new requirement are listed alphabetically, and maps received by Ohio EPA can be accessed by clicking the link on the public water system name. If citizens have questions about the service lines in their area, they should call the public water system contact listed on the website.

Ten free trees

 The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees.  Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March and receive 10 free white pine trees or 10 white flowering dogwood trees.

 “White pine trees or white flowering dogwoods will add beauty to your home throughout the year,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Dogwoods are known for their showy spring flowers and red berries that attract songbirds during winter. White pine trees are fast-growing landscape trees that will break heavy winds, making them an ideal addition to any yard.”

 The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.  With planting instructions included, the trees will be shipped at the right time for planting. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

 Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a subscription to the bi-monthly publication “Arbor Day,” and “The Tree Book,” which contains information about tree planting and care.  To join the Foundation, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free White Pine or Ten Free Dogwood Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by March 31 or join online at


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