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Library lauded for

financial reporting

        The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Toledo Lucas County Public Library by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the Fiscal Year Ended Dec.31, 2017.

        The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.   The library’s CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

Walmart adds

Pickup Tower

        Following Walmart’s recent announcement that Grocery Delivery was available in the Bowling Green area, the Walmart Supercenter located at 131 W. Gypsy Lane Rd. is the latest store in Ohio to debut the company’s Pickup Tower technology.

        The 16-foot tall structures function like high-tech vending machines and can fulfill a customer’s online order in less than a minute.

        “During this holiday season we are seeing more than ever before how technology is enabling customers to not only save money but to save time,” said Walmart Store Manager Tom Kehres. “Walmart is proud to offer innovations like the Pickup Tower and more services like Grocery Delivery to meet our customers’ needs whether they are shopping in person or ordering thru a smartphone app.”

        To use the Pickup Tower, customers items online at and select the Pickup option at checkout. When the item arrives at the local store, an associate loads it into the Pickup Tower and the customer retrieves by scanning a bar code sent to their smartphone.

        This holiday season, Walmart has also introduced other innovations designed to help customers save time. “Check Out with Me” positions associates in the busiest areas of its stores so customers may bypass regular checkout lines and pay for everything right in the department they are shopping. Walmart is also providing digital store maps on the Walmart app to help customers find everything they need.

        In April, Walmart announced it expects to spend an estimated $94 million over the next year in Ohio through the remodeling of 27 stores as well as the rollout of several in-store and online innovations.

Alzheimer’s forum

        An Alzheimer’s Community Forum will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main St., Bowling Green.

        The town-hall style meeting will invite constituents to ask questions and gain answers about Alzheimer’s, discuss their experiences, learn about local resources and more.

        Event goals include identifying needs, gaps in resources and opportunities; and elevating awareness of the caregiver programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Association.

        Anyone who lives or works in Wood County and has an interest in or experience with Alzheimer’s or other dementias as it impacts our community is invited to share experiences.

        The event is free; registration requested by calling 419-537-1999. For more info about the Alzheimer’s Association, visit or call 800-272-3900.

Swearing-in set

        Ottawa County Commissioner-Elect Donald Douglas will be sworn in Thursday, Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. at in the Ottawa County Common Pleas Courtroom, 315 Madison St., Port Clinton.

        The public is invited.

Gavarone lauded

        State Rep. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) has been named “2018 Legislator or the Year” by the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA).

        “We are pleased to recognize you for your leadership in addressing mental illness and addiction throughout Ohio and your ongoing commitment to ensuring that the constituents you serve, and the citizens of Ohio have access to critical treatment services and recovery supports,” said OACBHA CEO Cheri L. Walter, in a letter addressed to Rep. Gavarone.

        “Working on ways to attack the opioid crisis and improve mental health services is one of the main reasons I sought the office of state representative,” Gavarone said. “I cannot begin to explain how touched I was when Wood County ADAMHS Director Tom Clemons reached out to tell me that I would be recognized as OACBHA’s 2018 Legislator of the Year. This is an amazing honor and I am looking forward to continuing to work with Tom and other experts to find ways to make an even bigger impact.”

        The OACBHA is the statewide organization that represents the interests of Ohio’s county Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) boards at the state level. Through working with the legislature, governor and other governmental bodies, OACBHA works to provide education, develop policies and seek support for initiatives that will expand and enhance mental health and substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery support services throughout Ohio.

        Rep. Gavarone will be presented with the award during OACBHA’s annual awards luncheon Jan. 29 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.

Holiday closure

        The Ottawa County Board of Elections Office will be closed, Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas.

        The office will also be closed Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 for New Year’s Day. Normal business hours will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 8:30 a.m.

        Call 419-898-3071 for details.

Toledo Library

holiday schedule

        In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, all Toledo Lucas County Public Library locations will be closed Dec. 24 and 25.

        Library locations will also close at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 and remain closed Jan. 1, 2019. Learn more at


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