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Valentine deliveries

        Heartland of Oregon, Perrysburg Commons Retirement Center, and Heartland of Perrysburg are offering a complimentary box of cookies with delivery for Valentine’s Day.

        Recipients must be 65 or older and reside in the Oregon ZIP code of 43616 or the Perrysburg ZIP code, 43551. Deliveries will be made the week of Feb. 12.

        If in Oregon, order by Feb. 9 by calling Kelsey Brandeberry at 419-262-6384 or email If in Perrysburg, order by Feb. 9 by calling Perrysburg Commons at 419-874-1931, For Oregon or Perrysburg, provide the recipient’s name, address and phone number, along with your Valentine’s greeting to be delivered with the cookies.

        Heartland of Oregon is located at 3953 Navarre Avenue.

Open houses address

Gypsy moth treatment

        The Ohio Department of Agriculture is planning aerial gypsy moth treatments in areas across the state in early spring to show the spread of the destructive insect.

        Gypsy moths are invasive insects that attack more than 300 different types of trees and shrubs, with oak being the preferred species. In its caterpillar stage, the moth feeds heavily on the leaves of trees and shrubs limiting their ability to photosynthesize. A healthy tree can usually withstand only two years of defoliation before it is permanently damaged or dies.

        Department staff members will host open houses in treatment areas designed to offer attendees the opportunity to speak directly with those who work with the program and view maps of treatment areas.

        Locally, open houses will be held Monday, Feb. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Buckland and Hayes Ave., Fremont; and Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the Seneca County Fairgrounds, Junior Fair Building, Tiffin.

        Currently in Ohio there are 51 counties under gypsy moth quarantine, limiting the movement of regulated articles out of those counties.

        Citizens who cannot attend the open houses and would like to provide official comment about the proposed treatment blocks should send correspondence to the department by Feb. 28. Letters can be sent by email to or by hard copy to the attention of the Gypsy Moth Program, Plant Health Division – Building 23, Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068.

Open house set

        Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School and Academy will hold an open house for parents of pre-K through eighth-grade students Sunday, Feb. 11 from noon-3 p.m. The school campus is located at 3225 Pickle Rd., Oregon.

        Call 419-693-0465 for details.

Youth Patch Day

Workshop March 18

        Area youths are invited to join Partners for Clean Streams for an afternoon of learning and fun at the 16th Annual Partnering for Clean Streams Youth Patch Day Workshop Sunday, March 18 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bay Shore Rd., Oregon.

        The event will include hands-on activities geared specifically toward kids in second through fifth grade. Participants will learn about freshwater resources and how to keep them clean and abundant.

        The program would be beneficial for scouts, youth groups and traditional and home-schooled students seeking to fulfill merit badge, patch or educational requirements pertaining to the environment, water, resource management, etc.

        Pre-registration is required by March 7. For the complete Patch Program curriculum, visit

EMA accepting safe

room applications

        Applications are being accepted for the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program, which provides rebates for the purchase and construction/installation of tornado-safe rooms for Ohio homeowners selected for the program.

        “The entire state of Ohio is at risk of an EF5 tornado, which produces 250-mile-per-hour winds capable of destroying most structures,” said Steve Ferryman, Ohio EMA mitigation branch chief. “A safe room is built to withstand these winds and resulting airborne debris, and provides near-absolute protection for occupants.”

        A safe room is an extreme-wind shelter or space that provides protection to people during a tornado. It can be constructed/installed in one of several places in the home – in the basement, beneath a concrete slab-on-grade foundation or garage floor, or in an interior room on the first floor. A safe room may also be buried in the yard or be a stand-alone structure near your home.

        Residents selected for the program are eligible for a rebate up to 75 percent of the cost to install or construct a safe room – up to a maximum of $4,875.

        The deadline to apply for the rebate program is 5 p.m. March 19. Register online at the Ohio EMA website at

        Applicants will be chosen for the program through a computerized random selection process. Chosen homeowners will be notified by email of their position on the priority list on or after March 22. Ohio EMA anticipates grant funding will become available this year and having a list of participants who meet program requirements will expedite the rebate process.

        Funding for the rebate program is through a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs.

        Call Dan Clevidence at 614-799-3533 for more details.

Civil War Roundtable

        Monthly meetings of the Greater Toledo Civil War Roundtable will resume Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Navarre Park Shelter House, 1001 White St.

        Ample lighted parking is available.

        Guest speaker will be Ken Baumann of the Ann Arbor Civil War Roundtable, who will present a program on Fort Powell, which once stood guard on Mobile Bay.

        Prior to the main program, there will be a short business meeting along with some Civil War trivia and the monthly book raffle.

Opioid forum set

        Eastwood Community Improvement Corp is sponsoring an opioid forum and panel discussion Sunday, Feb. 11 at  2 p.m. at the Pemberville American Legion: Riverbank Banquet Center, 405 E. Front St.

        Keynote speaker will be Dr. Robert Forney, chief toxicologist at the Lucas County Coroner’s Office. Various other speakers will be on hand to discuss the opioid crisis that is affecting Wood County and the rest of the country.

Citizen Police Academy

        The Oregon Police Division will hold its 2018 Police Academy beginning Monday, March 5 from 7-9 p.m. and continuing Monday evenings through May 14 in the City of Oregon Community Room, 5330 Seaman Rd.

        Citizens attending will learn about the police division’s daily operations, crime prevention, criminal investigations, road patrol tactics, self-defense and other related topics. The hands-on educational training program is taught by Oregon Police officers.

        The academy is open to ages 18 and older who have a valid driver’s license and pass a background check. Preference will be given to applicants who live or work in Oregon. Class size is limited to 20 participants.

        To register or for more info, contact Sgt. Tony Castillo at 419-698-7180 or email


Negotiations to start

        The Woodmore school board has designated Cara Brown and Andy Miller as the board’s representatives in upcoming contract negotiations with Local 676 of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, the union representing non-teaching employees of the school district.

        The three-year contract expires June 30 but the board plans to have negotiations completed in May, Sean Rizor, a board member, said.

        The board held a special meeting Wednesday to discuss personnel matters, negotiations and property issues.







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