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Police academy

        The Oregon Police Division will hold its Citizen Police Academy beginning Monday, March 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will run for 10 weeks. Citizens attending will ;earn about the police’s daily operations, crime prevention, criminal investigations, road patrol tactics, self-defense and many other police related topics.

        The academy is a hands-on, educational training program taught by Oregon police officers, who offer citizens a chance to learn what police officers really do. The academy is offered to people 18 years old and older, who possession a valid Ohio drivers license and pass a background check.

        Preference will be given to applicants who reside or work in Oregon. Class size is limited to 20 participants. The academy will be held on Monday evenings at the Oregon Police Division Training Center, 1500 DuPont Road, Oregon. To register, or for more information, contact Sgt. Tony Castillo at 419-698-7180 or email at

Fee concert

        The Owens Community College Concert Band will offer a free concert at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10. The free “Pops concert” will be in the Center for Fine & Performing Arts Theater on the Owens campus. The program will feature music from Broadway musicals, hits of the 50s and 60s, movie themes, tunes celebrating Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Days, American marches, and more. The soloist will be trumpeter Mark Padley, playing “The man with the horn.” Free refreshments will be served in the lobby shortly after the concert. For more information, call Owens Community College at 567-661-7081.

Seed Swap

       Join 900 fellow gardeners at the Toledo GROWs Seed Swap on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Scott High School, 2400 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo. The event is free and open to the public from noon until 3 p.m. Attendees will receive gardening information including watering tips, planting schedules, composting tips and more.

        Each attendee may choose five free packets of seeds. Participants are encouraged to bring vegetable seeds to trade for additional packets. Anyone bringing seeds to swap should be sure they are in individual envelopes, labeled with the type of seed, and dated 2017 or later. Additionally, extra packets of seeds are available for a donation of just 50 cents each.

        For more information about this and other events, visit or call Toledo GROWs at 419-720-8714.

Cancer support group

        Magruder Hospital’s monthly Cancer Support Group will meet Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 12:30 p.m. in the Conference Center.

        The support group is for anyone who has been impacted by cancer. A complimentary light lunch will be provided. RSVP to 419-301-4317 by Monday, Feb. 25 if possible.                                                

        The support group offers an opportunity for patients, caregivers and family members to connect with others to share information and resources.

        For more information about support groups and other events visit and click on the events calendar.

March for Meals

        Ottawa County Senior Resources will participate in the 17th Annual March for Meals – a monthlong, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and senior neighbors who rely on the vital service to remain healthy and independent at home.

        Ottawa County Senior Resources’ celebration will include various activities throughout the month of March, including Volunteer Training Day on March 1, which will kick off Community Champions Month here in the county.

        “The services we provide are a lifeline for seniors of Ottawa County and the need is rapidly increasing,” said Dianne Martin Mortensen, director of Ottawa County Senior Resources. “Together, we can keep our senior neighbors well-nourished, feeling safer and more connected to our community as they age.”

        The annual March for Meals celebration commemorates the historic day in March of 1972 when President Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 to include a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. Since 2002, community-based Meals on Wheels programs from across the country have joined forces for the annual awareness campaign to celebrate this successful public-private partnership and garner the support needed to fill the gap between the seniors served and those still in need.

        “The month of March is a fitting time to not only celebrate the successful history of Meals on Wheels, but also bring us together to support a solution that will strengthen communities into the future,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “With 12,000 Americans turning 60 each day, now is the time to invest in these vital programs so that we can provide every senior in need with the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that will enable them to live healthier and independent in their own homes.”

        For more information on how to volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors in Ottawa County this March, visit and click on the “Senior Resources” button.

Former Put-in-Bay

mayor pleads guilty

        Former Put-In-Bay mayor Bernard “Mack” McCann has pleaded guilty to two counts of Conflict of Interest in a Public Contract, misdemeanors of the first degree, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said.

        McCann, 82, agreed on Feb. 13 to step down from his position as mayor as part of the plea agreement.

        “We can’t have community leaders who prioritize their own interests above those of the public,” Yost said. “Former Mayor McCann let power get to his head, choosing to use his position for the betterment of his own interests. His poor decisions have cost him his job, as well as the trust of the citizens who elected him to lead.”

        The former mayor used his public position to secure waterline project contracts for a business associate. The waterline project also benefited several members of McCann’s family.

        Two of his children, Melinda McCann Myers, the former president of Put-in-Bay Village Council, and Councilman Bernard Michael McCann also pleaded guilty to two counts each of Conflict of Interest in a Public Contract.

        The charges stem from a joint criminal investigation conducted by the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the Ohio Ethics Commission. The case was prosecuted jointly by the Ottawa County Prosecutor and the Ohio Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Section.

        McCann is scheduled to be sentenced in Ottawa County Municipal Court on Friday, March 29 at 2 p.m.

Wood Co. health

data to be addressed

        Wood County Health Partners will present updates to local health trends, along with what partner agencies will do to help improve them over the next several years, at a public release of Wood County’s Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan.

        The event is scheduled from 9 a.m.- noon on Thursday, March 7 at Wood County Educational Service Center, 1867 Research Drive, Bowling Green.

        The Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio, which helped create Wood County’s Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan, will present information about both documents, which are created every three years. They are funded jointly by Wood County Hospital and Wood County Health Department.

        The Community Health Assessment surveyed residents to gauge the overall health status of people in Wood County in areas like physical health, mental health, drug and alcohol use, nutrition and physical activity.

        Wood County Health Partners, a diverse group of agencies and organizations, used the data as a guide to create community-wide action steps to positively influence some of the trends identified in the assessment. These priorities are represented in the 2019-2021 Community Health Improvement Plan.

        Both documents are available on the Reports and Publications page of Wood County Health Department’s website. They can be accessed at Paper copies will be available at the March 7 event.

        Anyone with questions may contact Alex Aspacher, community outreach coordinator for the health department, at or 419-354-9212.

“A Brit of Magic”

        The ongoing Live! In the House Concert Series at the Pemberville Opera House continues Saturday, March 2 with “A Brit of Magic,” starring Keith Fields and Lady Sarah.

        Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available in advance at Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., Pemberville or by contacting Carol at 419-287-4848 or Tickets are also available at the door.

        Keith Fields and Lady Sarah bring their distractively British sense of humor to the show, which features amazing magic, comedy and a delectable insight into the life of two very un-ordinary people.

        As a British performer who has made his home in the United States, he brings not only his accent but an oblique view of life in America, and still struggles with the language. A magician and comedian who started as a street entertainer, his unique comedy style opened doors into comedy clubs, which led to headline tours in Europe and Asia, appearances on TV and at arts festivals, along with performances for the armed forces overseas.

        Lady Sarah has been performing since she was 5 years old. She describes herself as “an eccentric but mature,” and has an unrequited love for new shoes.

        For more information about the Live! In the House Concert Series, visit

Farmland leases

        The Portage Fire District Board is cash leasing 8.6 acres of farmable land located on the southeast intersection of Railroad Street and Benton Street in Oak Harbor for a term of three years. Agreements may be picked up at the Oak Harbor Police Station before April 1.

Meet Sen. Gavarone

        The Ottawa County commissioners will host a meet-and-greet with State Sen. Theresa Gavarone on March 4 from 5-7 p.m. at the Schedule Arboretum and Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore.

        Sen. Gavarone was recently appointed to the seat held by Randy Gardner.

        Those interested in attending should contact commissioner Mark Coppeler at

Opioid recovery   

        A town hall meeting and community dinner to address the opioid crisis and how families can recover will be held Feb. 27 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 611 Woodville Rd., Toledo.

        The dinner starts at 5 p.m. and the town hall will be held from 6-7:30 p.m.

        Eric Chase, of the Morning Reboot Show on Q105.5, will serve as host.

        Substance abuse professionals and agencies will be attending.

Water quality meeting

        Residents of Sandusky County, water system operators and elected officials are invited to a meeting Feb. 25 from 2-4 p.m. at the Fremont Water Reclamation Center, 1019 Sand Rd., Fremont.

        The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments manages the Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (known as the 208 Plan) for four counties in northwest Ohio and for southern Monroe County, Mich.

        The plan is the region’s agreement to manage sewage treatment through cooperative efforts. The plan is updated frequently to reflect changes in development and investment.

        The agenda at each county meeting will include a brief overview of the 208 Plan and updates to the individual facility planning areas in the county. The topics covered will include new sewers, upgrades to treatment plants, package plants, and other capital improvements needed in the future.  

Drug charges filed

        Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers have filed felony drug charges against a Michigan man and woman after a traffic stop in Wood County.

        Troopers seized more than 9 pounds of marijuana edibles, 26 mason jars of THC Kool-Aid, 92 THC vape cartridges, and 15 grams of hashish wax worth $27,500.

        On February 16, at 7:15 p.m., troopers stopped a 2005 Scion XB with Michigan registration for a speed violation on Interstate 75.

        While interacting with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana and observed marijuana in plain view. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.

        The driver, Natasha L. Graham, 35, of Waterford, Mich., and passenger, Don S. Spillers Jr., 37, of Pontiac, Mich., were incarcerated in the Wood County Justice Center and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies, and possession and trafficking in THC, both fifth-degree felonies.

        If convicted, each could face up to eight years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine.


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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