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Design Review


        Oregon’s Architectural Design Review Committee has scheduled a meeting on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. for review of the architectural requirements requested at 2601 Navarre Avenue. The meeting will be held in Council Conference Chambers located in the City of Oregon Municipal Building, 5330 Seaman Road, Oregon, Ohio.

Ohio EPA Award

        Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler recently presented Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Platinum Level awards at the Agency’s Compliance Assistance Conference in Columbus. Ohio’s E3 Program recognizes businesses, nonprofits and government agencies for going above and beyond compliance with requirements while demonstrating environmental excellence. Platinum Level is the highest level award. Platinum recognizes organizations that have expanded their environmental programs beyond their own facility to make a positive impact on the surrounding community.The E3 program also provides Gold, Silver and Achievement levels of recognition. An organization can work through levels of recognition including Achievement at the base level; Silver Level recognizing outstanding accomplishments in environmental stewardship; and Gold Level recognizing comprehensive environmental stewardship programs. All levels require a commitment to meet or exceed environmental regulatory requirements.

        A Platinum Level award was issued to General Motors Toledo. The General Motors Toledo transmission operation plant manufactures and assembles GM’s six-speed and eight-speed rear-wheel-drive and six-speed front-wheel-drive transmissions. The facility is landfill-free and has a 90 percent recycling rate. GM works to reduce the mass of its transmissions through part casting and transmission design to increase the fuel efficiency of its vehicles. Increased fuel efficiency also produces environmental benefits. Reducing the casting mass increases manufacturing efficiency, requiring less energy to machine and produces less metal waste. Aluminum chips from the facility go to another GM plant to be reintroduced into its foundry, increasing manufacturing efficiency. GM reduced carbon emissions by 33.6 percent in 2017. GM plans to be supplied by 100 percent renewable energy sources by the end of 2018 through its rooftop solar, wind power purchase agreement and use of landfill gas in its boilers. GM Toledo actively manages six acres of its land as a natural habitat and has provided funding to support The Nature Conservancy and metroparks tree planting. GM also holds local educational events to promote household recycling and support pollinators such as the Monarch butterfly.

Thanksgiving dinner

        A free Thanksgiving dinner will be held Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Woodmore High School cafeteria, 633 Fremont St., Elmore.

        Everyone is welcome to the dinner, which will include turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, roll, homemade pumpkin pie and desserts and a beverage.

        Those who are able to are asked to bring a canned food item for donation to a local food pantry, or an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

        To volunteer to help out at the event, contact Robin Hindall at

LCRTA meeting

        The December Luncheon for the Lucas County Retired Teachers Association will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5 at noon, at Inverness Country Club, 4601 Dorr St. The program will feature holiday music by Northview High School.

        Members are asked to bring stuffed animals or toys that will be given to Lucas County Children Services to share with abused and neglected children. Valet parking will be available.

        Menu options include Chicken Katherine, carved pork loin or vegetable strudel. Cost is $19. Reservations are due by Wednesday, Nov. 28.

        Make checks payable to LCRTA and mail to Jeannine Petcoff, 15139 Todd Road, Petersburg MI 49270.

WSOS name change

        WSOS Community Action Commission will now be known as Great Lakes Community Action Partnership.

        The name change was effective Nov. 2 in conjunction with the grand opening of the agency’s new headquarters at

127 S. Front St. in Fremont.

        Founded in 1965, WSOS initially provided services to Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca county residents. While these remain the organization’s core counties, the new name of Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) reflects the organization’s expansion of its service area to other counties, states and even nations over the course of its 50-plus year history.

        GLCAP will continue to offer early childhood education, home repair and weatherization, senior support, community development, homeless assistance, job training and a multitude of other services as it has in the past.

        “The new name better communicates the scope of our work in the Great Lakes region, as well as our view that the success of our work comes from collaborative partnerships among our staff, our communities, and our clients,” GLCAP President/CEO Ruthann House said.

        The name change also includes an updated logo — a combined water drop and brush stroke — as well as a new website,

        The new headquarters brings together 85 employees that had previously worked in three separate locations including two downtown Fremont buildings and a Green Springs facility. Consolidating staff will allow better workflow and communication between departments, House said.

        “We emphasize that although we are undergoing significant change, Great Lakes Community Action Partnership’s staff will continue to offer the same level of service that we have in the past as WSOS,” House added.

        For more information on Great Lakes Community Action Partnership, visit

Annual Senior

Holiday Luncheon

        The Benton-Carrol-Salem Annual Senior Citizen Christmas Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 4 in the Oak Harbor High School auditorium and cafeteria.

        The Oak Harbor High School mixed choir and band will entertain at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon, served by cafeteria staff and students, will follow at approximately 12:15 p.m.

        The cost to attend is $2 per person. Call the board of education at 419-898-6210 for reservations.

Decoy Art

In the Park

        Free demonstrations on how to carve and paint hunting-style decoys, shorebirds, and songbirds, and an opportunity for kids to paint duck head silhouettes are just some of the activities to be offered by the Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association, the Maumee Bay Carvers, and the Wood County Park District on Saturday, Nov. 17.

        The family-friendly event will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Otsego Park Shelter house (Thompson Stone Hall), located at 20000 West River Rd. overlooking the Maumee River, at the intersection of SR 65 at SR 235, just east of Grand Rapids, Ohio.

        People of all ages can learn about the process of carving and painting wildfowl that live in northwest Ohio. Visitors also will find a display of vintage decoys and wildfowl carvings - many that were made by Ohio Carvers. Attendees are also encouraged to bring along their family decoys and to share their stories.

        Information about the Ohio-Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition, flat art competitions, carving contests and learning opportunities also will be available.

Sister Cities

        Fremont, Ohio, and Villa Hayes in Paraguay will become sister cities on Monday, Nov. 12, 140 years after President Rutherford B. Hayes arbitrated a land dispute in Paraguay’s favor and became a national hero there.

        The public is invited to a brief ceremony where officials from the two cities will dedicate a tree in honor of the agreement at 12:15 p.m. on the grounds of Spiegel Grove.

        Then at 1 p.m., they will sign the sister city agreement in the Presidents Gallery of the Hayes Museum. The public is also invited to this ceremony, which will last about a half hour. Joan Eckermann, HPLM special events and volunteer coordinator, will sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” and the Paraguayan national anthem.

        A reception in the rotunda with light refreshments will follow.

        Ambassador German Rojas of Paraguay, Villa Hayes Mayor Esteban Rios Ayala, Fremont Mayor Danny Sanchez, State Rep. Bill Reineke and Hayes Presidential Library & Museums Executive Director Christie Weininger will speak during the event.

        This will be Rojas’ second visit to the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums after he was one of the speakers during the institution’s centennial celebration in 2016.

        “We’ve been working on a sister city relationship ever since the centennial anniversary of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in 2016,” Weininger said. “We’re so excited to formalize the relationship between Fremont and Villa Hayes.”

        Villa Hayes will be Fremont’s first sister city. Sanchez said he was excited to meet the officials from Paraguay.

        “This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Sanchez said. “We hope it helps to broaden the appeal of Fremont and the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums to more than just the Sandusky County area.”

        Villa Hayes, as well as a province, soccer team and museum in the South American country are named for President Hayes. On Nov. 12, 1878, he arbitrated a land dispute between Paraguay and Argentina after the Paraguayan War.

        Hayes awarded the Gran Chaco region - which is about the size of Michigan - to Paraguay, giving the country 60 percent of its land. Hayes’ memory continues to be honored by Paraguayans, who celebrate Nov. 12 as a holiday.

        There is a replica bust of President Hayes at the Rutherford B. Hayes School in Villa Hayes. In a 1956 ceremony, James Keys, the U. S. embassy’s public affairs officer presented the bust to city officials, school administrators and students.

        Visitors to Spiegel Grove can learn more about Hayes’ connection to Paraguay.

        The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

        For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit Like HPLM on Facebook at and follow on Twitter at @rbhayespres and Instagram at rbhayespres.

Holiday closure

        In observance of Veterans Day, The Northwestern Water and Sewer District office will be closed, Monday, Nov. 12. Regular office hours will resume, Tuesday, Nov. 13.

        Call 419-354-9001 for after-hours water or sewer emergencies. Visit for more details.

Holiday Open House

        Petals and Plants, a flower and gift shop operated by high school students in the Floral Design/Greenhouse Production program at Penta Career Center, will host a Holiday Open House on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

        The event will take place inside Petals and Plants located on the Penta campus at 9301 Buck Rd., in Perrysburg Township. Visitors should park near the large greenhouse that can be accessed from the bus parking lot (to the left of the new traffic circle).

        Items available to purchase at the Holiday Open House include poinsettias grown in the Penta greenhouse, decorated trees, ornaments, silk wreaths, garden art by George Carruth, holiday bows and a variety of holiday decorations for the home.

        In addition, holiday (fresh flower) arrangements, Christmas greens (e.g., pine roping, wreaths, grave blankets, and pillows) can be ordered for December pick up

        For more info about the Holiday Open House, contact Teri Swaisgood, from Penta’s Floral Design & Greenhouse Production program, at 419-661-6344.

Grain elevators

tested for moisture

        Moisture tests at grain elevators in Wood County have been completed, Matthew Oestreich, county auditor, said last week.

        He conducted the tests with Brian King, weights and measures inspector, and samples were certified by a U.S. Department of Agriculture lab in Maumee.

        Oestreich said testing of moisture meters helps ensure equitable transactions at the elevators.

        “The accurate moisture content of the grain is a vital component of price per bushel received by the farmer,” he said.

        His office provided training to inspectors from neighboring counties during the testing.      

        In all, 13 elevators and 15 meters were inspected.          

K-9 unit certified

        The K-9 unit of the Walbridge Police Department has been certified through the North American Police Work Dog Association and Lynnwood Kennels, Fremont, O.

        The dog, Echo, was able to locate all 16 drug hides during the certification process, including crack cocaine, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and heroin, which exceeds requirements for state certification that he received in April

        Echo’s handler is officer Terry Glosser.

        Mayor Ed Kolanko said the K-9 program has received continued support from village residents.

Trafficking discussion

        The public is invited to the Nov. 19 meeting of the North Coast Community Emergency Response Team to hear members of the Ohio Human Trafficking Network who will present information about the threats in small communities and tips for prevention.

        The meeting will start at 6 p.m. and be held at the Emergency Operations Center in the basement of the Ottawa County Court House annex, 315 Madison St., Port Clinton.

        Presentations will also be held Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Huron County Emergency Management Agency, 255-B Shady Lane Dr., Norwalk.

        Reservations are not required but are appreciated. Call Ottawa County EMA, 419-734-6900, or Huron County, 419-663-5772.

Property auctioned

        Landscape Design by Jeff Moritz submitted the winning bid of $72,500 for property along Lemoyne Road that was auctioned by Lake Township.

        The township purchased the property nine years ago. Two parcels sit between Lemoyne and I-280 and another is located on the east side of the interstate.

        The purchase included the site of a former Ohio State Highway Patrol post that was closed in 2007 when the patrol opened a new Wood County post near Bowing Green.

        Vicki Schwamberger, township fiscal officer, said there were about 10 registered bidders for the auction. She said the winning bidder also paid a buyer’s premium to the auctioneer, bringing the total price to $79,750.





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