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Toledo mayor to speak in E. Toledo

        Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz will speak in East Toledo Thursday, February 21, at the East Toledo Senior Center, located on White Street between Woodville and Navarre. The mayor will address the proposed regional water system as well as other issues important to East Toledoans.

        The mayor will talk at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited.

        Mayor Kapszukiewicz is in his second year as mayor. He had been the Lucas County Treasurer from 2005 to 2018. While treasurer, he worked to change state law in 2010 to allow for the creation of county land banks. He founded the Lucas County Land Bank and served as its chairman since August, 2010. The land bank has played a significant role in eliminating blight in East Toledo. An estimated 200 homes were demolished from June 1 to December 31, 2018.

        According to the City of Toledo website, during Kapszukiewicz’s first year in office, the city passed a balanced budget (the first unanimously passed since 2013), hired 80 new police officers and resurfaced more miles of roads than any year in the past two decades. 

        The mayor’s appearance is sponsored by the East Toledo Club.

Museum presents John Scott

Toledo History Museum presents John Scott in “Collecting a Community’s Black History, Readings and Discussion from John Scott’s Chapbook: Afternoons at the A.O. Café.”

The program will give an overview of Scott’s youth and activities in Toledo’s public housing, night clubs, and local schools. The audience is invited to participate in a discussion about iconic African American men and women of Toledo.

The program will be Friday, February 15 at 7 p.m. in Studio A of the Valentine Theatre. The entrance to Studio A is on Adams Street. Limited seating requires tickets which are free. The parking lot on Superior Street will charge $5 per car at a 50 percent discount to cars showing a ticket. Tickets are available at; provide the name for each ticket requested.

John Scott is a native of Toledo, a prolific playwright, poet, fiction writer and director, and teaches creative writing, theatre and ethnic studies. He received a B.A. from South Carolina State College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). His plays and other works have been produced in universities, regional theatres, off-Broadway (New York) and on Public Television (PBS).

He has held appointments as Professor, Chair of Theatre/Ethnic Cultural Arts and Director of programs and plays at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Benedict (SC), Florida Memorial (Miami), Dillard (New Orleans), and Jackson State (MS). He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Bowling Green State University.

The Toledo History Museum is a nonprofit membership organization that cares for, showcases, and interprets pieces of Toledo history. Its rich offerings of programs and exhibitions are accessible to all. The museum strives to build a sense of excitement for Toledo’s history and stewardship of the area’s legacy for generations to come.

The museum moved to 425 N. St. Clair Street in a storefront in the historic Valentine Building November 2018. The museum is open on Saturday, noon-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission is free and donations are appreciated.

If you have any questions please contact the Toledo History Museum at 419-215-2437 or at

Youth Patch Day

Workshop signups

        Registration is now open for Partners for Clean Streams’ 17th Annual Youth Patch Day Workshop to be held Sunday, March 3 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bayshore Rd., Oregon. Check-in will begin at 1 p.m.

        Patch Day is open to second- through fifth-graders interested in learning about conservation and/or Cub Scouts or Girl Scouts seeking to fulfill merit and environmental badge requirements.

        This year’s workshop theme is “habitats.” Presenters from the City of Oregon, the City of Perrysburg, Wood Soil & Water Conservation District, Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District, UT’s Lake Erie Center, and Black Swamp Bird Observatory will host various hands-on activities.

        The program offers an opportunity for youth and their leaders to learn more about their role in protecting our local environment.

        The registration fee is $5 per participant, which must be paid prior to the event. Space is limited and registration will end Feb. 22. Register online at

        For more info, call 419-874-0727 or visit

Terra Exploration Day

        Terra State Community College will host an Exploration Day for high school students on Monday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

        Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the campus, meet with current students, learn about campus involvement opportunities, gain information on new student housing available and enjoy lunch.

        Registration is required. Sign up online at For more information, email or call 419-559-2349.

Genealogical society

        The Lucas County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek, 2001 Perrysburg-Holland Rd., Holland.

        William J. Priest will present, “Organizing Your Genealogy.”

        Due to the temporary closure of the Main Library for remodeling, all meetings until further notice will be held at Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek, Forest View Building, chapel/meeting room. All are welcome.

        For further information, visit

Sessions canceled

        Ottawa County Family Advocacy announces that the February Grandlove Support sessions scheduled for Feb. 12 and 14 are canceled. We will resume these sessions at the end of the month.

Prime pothole season

        The swing from sub-zero temperatures to highs near 60 degrees in parts of Ohio within a few days, coupled with rain and snow have created perfect conditions for the formation of potholes.

        Potholes are a common nuisance, particularly during the winter season when the freeze/thaw cycle weakens the pavement. This happens when water seeps into cracks in the pavement, then expands as it freezes. When temperatures warm up, and the ice melts, the pavement contracts, allowing even more moisture in to freeze and thaw.

        Add traffic on the road and the pavement will eventually fail, creating a pothole. Roadways with a high volume of traffic are particularly prone to pothole formation.

        Not only should drivers be extra alert for potholes over the next several days, but also for ODOT crews working to fill them.

        “Our crews have been working around the clock to ensure our roads are as safe as possible,” said Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks. “When they aren’t spending 12 hours in a truck plowing snow, they’re working on the roadway patching potholes.”

        Already this winter, ODOT has used 2,574 tons of asphalt to repair potholes. That’s up from 1,892 tons at the same time last year. Crews have spent more than 39,000 hours - equivalent to 70 years - patching potholes this winter.


Winter concerts

        The Friends of Lake Township Parks has scheduled two concerts as part of its Winter’s Music in the Hall program.

        Blades of Bluegrass will perform Feb. 15 and Wolf Creek Risin’ will perform March 15. Both concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the community room of the township administration building, Cummings Road.

        For more information visit the Facebook page of the Friends of Lake Township Parks.

Meeting change

        The Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission is changing its first regular meeting date to Feb. 13 at 4:30 pm. The meeting will be conducted at the Veterans Memorial Building.

        The Ottawa County Veterans Office is located at 8444 W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor and can be reached by phone at 419 898-2089 or

Fishing gear exchange

        Bass Pro Shops in Rossford is celebrating the return of fishing season and inviting customers to trade in used gear to be donated to local charities in exchange for big savings.

        The 2019 Spring Fishing Classic is a free celebration taking place February 15 to March 3 at Bass Pro Shop at the Crossroads Development near the intersections of Interstates 75 and 80/90 and State Rte. 795.

        Customers that donate used rods and reels (in working order) can receive trade-in savings of up to $200 on the purchase of a new rod and reel. The used fishing equipment will be donated to local nonprofit organizations. Bass Pro Shops have donated nearly 340,000 products to youth-focused nonprofit organizations as part of the company’s mission to inspire everyone to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors.

        The Classic also includes free fishing seminars for all skill levels, pro appearances at Bassmaster University (Bassmaster University not available in Canada),activities for women and children and free giveaways. Visitors will also see a variety of special offers to upgrade their gear before they hit the water. 

        “The annual Spring Fishing Classic — a free event that reaches more than seven million people each year — provides great opportunities for families to get ready for fishing season and creating lifelong memories together on the water,” said Bass Pro Shops Communications Manager Katie Mitchell. “We encourage all anglers to participate in our rod and reel trade-in program which allows us to collect and donate products to local organizations that teach young people to enjoy and appreciate the outdoors.”

        The 2019 Spring Fishing Classic again offers opportunities to learn from the pros during the free Bassmaster University fishing seminars hosted by some of the greatest anglers in the sport. For a full list of sessions and special appearances, visit

        Women’s Fishing Workshops are also available with introductory fishing information and helpful tips on Saturday, March 2 at 1:30 p.m. The first 15 seminar attendees of each advertised local pro seminar and the Women’s Fishing Workshop will receive a Bass Pro Shops cooler bag and a pair of fishing scissors.

        Kids’ Weekend offers free activities focused on teaching kids the basics of fishing. Kids activities are available from noon to 5 p.m. on March 2 and noon to 4 p.m. March 3.  Free activities include casting challenges, a fishing workshop, fun craft, and a photo download.

Academy nomination   

        On Jan. 30, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur , a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, announced her nominations for candidates from Ohio’s 9th Congressional District to the nation’s armed service institutions, including the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.

        Among the candidates named for the U.S. Air Force Academy was Jalen Rahter. Jalen’s father, Nathan, graduated from Oak Harbor High School and subsequently joined the U.S. Air Force. He and his wife, Nicole, who is also in the USAF, are currently stationed in Germany.

        Jalen attends Ramstein High School in Pfalz, Germany, where he was recently promoted to commander of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC).

Screening panel

        The Ohio House Republican Caucus has formed a screening panel to review candidates to fill the vacant 3rd district seat.

        Theresa Gavarone, who held the seat, was selected to fill the senate seat held by Randy Gardner, who was appointed in January as Ohio Chancellor of Higher Education by Gov. Mike DeWine.

        Rep. Derek Merrin (R-Sylvania) will serve as the chairman of the selection panel that will include Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima), Rep. John Cross (R-Kenton) and Rep. Tracy Richardson (R-Marysville).

        The panel will meet to interview candidates the week of Feb. 18.

        Interested persons should email a cover letter and resume to by Feb. 15.

        The 3rd district covers Wood County.

Gavarone was sworn in last week to the fill the senate seat for the 2nd district, which includes Erie, Ottawa and Wood counties and parts of Fulton and Lucas counties.




Universal Income

What do you think of presidential candidate Andrew Yang's proposal for a universal basic income of $1,000 per month for every adult?
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