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Office cats

        The Press would like to hear about your experiences with office cats and how they benefit the workplace. Please contact Kelly J. Kaczala at 419-836-2221 or email

Local organizations benefit from #GivingTuesday

        Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

        Friends of Ottawa NWR joined the movement three years ago. The 501(c)3 non-profit is celebrating its 20th year supporting Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. This year, FONWR’s goal is to raise $25,000 during their #GivingTuesday campaign to fund projects that will be an asset to refuge visitors.

        Projects will include adding an ADA-accessible fishing access point to the pond by the Visitor Center, creating a bank fishing access point at the Helle Unit along the Toussaint Creek, and adding a kayak/canoe access point at the Turtle Creek Unit along the Turtle Creek.

        Occurring this year on Nov. 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

        To support Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge’s #GivingTuesday initiative, visit

        For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit; the Facebook page at or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.


        The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is seeking to raise money for its Gateway to the Future annual appeal during #GivingTuesdayNWO on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

        The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums will be eligible for up to $500 in matching funds for every dollar raised that day through #GivingTuesdayNWO, thanks to the Toledo Community Foundation and Toledo Blade.

        The goal is to raise $115,000 by June 30 for Gateway to the Future, which pays for specific projects and daily operations.

        Projects at HPLM that would be funded through the appeal include offering more hands-on kids’ programs, becoming an official arboretum and putting UV windows in the library, home and museum.

        Donations may be made on HPLM’s website at or through its Facebook page at

        The Toledo Community Foundation and Toledo Blade partnered to support non-profit organizations Northwest Ohio through #GivingTuesdayNWO, a local version of #GivingTuesday, that offers the matching grant money.

        Non-profits, including HPLM, registered in the effort are automatically eligible for up to $500 in matching funds. Additionally, the non-profits involved in the #GivingTuesdayNWO effort are automatically entered into a drawing for an additional $5,000 for their cause.

        For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit


        Buy Packo’s gift cards and support The Salvation Army’s local programs. On Nov. 28, Giving Tuesday, Packo’s will match the amount of any gift card purchases at a Packo’s location or on their website and donate the proceeds to The Salvation Army Northwest Ohio Area Services.

        Packo’s is partnering with The Salvation Army and Giving Tuesday is the first in a series of opportunities to give back with a Packo’s purchase.

        The Salvation Army Northwest Ohio Area Services provides assistance for those in need in Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Fulton and Henry counties. Services vary from school supplies, holiday assistance, and emergency disaster services, to providing food, utility, rent, and clothing assistance. Also in Toledo there is a program called RISE that offers case management services for those involved in or at risk for human trafficking. In 2016 The Salvation Army served over 31,000 people in the area by providing assistance through their programs.


NAMI sets classes

        NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Wood County is offering a special two-day version of its WRAP class – normally an eight-week process – Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from 1-3 p.m. at the NAMI office, 541 West Wooster, Bowling Green.

        There is no charge for the class.

        According to its creator, Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, WRAP is “a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well, and make their life the way they want it to be.”   The program is a system for knowing one’s self and developing habits that will help you live a happier, more stable life.

        Class participants design their own plans to help them decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors, increase personal empowerment, improve their quality of life, and achieve their own life goals. Anyone can benefit from WRAP training, but those living with mental illness find it particularly helpful for moving forward in recovery.

        NAMI Wood County has offered WRAP for more than 10 years. For more info on WRAP and other NAMI Wood County programs, call 419-352-0626 or visit


Donations sought

for Cookie Walk

        The Humane Society of Ottawa County is seeking help for their annual Cookie Walk to be held Saturday, Dec. 9.

        Volunteers are needed to bake cookies, cookie bars, candies and other confections. Any type or amount of baked goods is welcome.

        To help, drop off baked goods at Peace Lutheran Church, 900 Jefferson St., Port Clinton, by 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 or at the Humane Society, 2424 Sand Rd., Port Clinton Dec. 5-Dec. 8 between noon and 5 p.m.

        For info, call the Humane Society at 419-734-5191.

Extra trout stocked

at White Star Quarry

        White Star Quarry in Sandusky County is one of several locations to receive surplus trout from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

        The ODNR Division of Wildlife said it has a surplus at its fish hatcheries and would release hundreds of rainbow trout at select locations around the state, including  White Star, Antrim Lake in Franklin County; Punderson Lake in Geauga County, Rush Run Lake in Preble County, and Westlake Recreation Center Lake in Cuyahoga County.

        Each location is receiving at least 300 catchable fish that are in the 9 to 15-inch range. Anglers are reminded that in these areas there is a daily bag limit of five fish and no minimum size limit.

        Rainbow and brown trout were released recently at Malabar Farm, Lucas, O., as part of a pilot project to evaluate both species’ suitability for future stockings in the area, according to the ODNR.

        The Inn Pond near the Malabar Farm Restaurant received 300 rainbow trout and Switzer Creek on the Malabar Farm State Park property received 400 brown trout.

        Both water bodies are spring fed and biologists think the water may be cool enough to support year-round fishing.

        The stocking will continue if the trout adapt to the waters.

        Rainbow trout are also stocked every spring in public lakes and ponds across Ohio as long as areas are ice-free and accessible to anglers.

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

        The Live! in the House Concert Series continues with the “It’s a Wonderful Life” Live Radio Play, Dec. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. at the historic Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St.

        The “Lux Theatre” radio version of the popular Christmas movie features the Vintage Radio Players, complete with a soundman and his “on the air” and applause” signs. A few vintage commercials will round out the evening.

        Tickets are $12 and are available at the door or in advance at Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., Pemberville or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848 or emailing

        Visit for details about the Live! in the House Concert Series.




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