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Polish dinner,

Put-in-Bay trip

        River View Yacht Club has announced two April events – A Polish Dinner fundraiser and the club’s 30th Annual Trip to Put-in-Bay aboard the Jet Express, leaving from Toledo. Both events are open to the public.

        The Polish Dinner Fundraiser will be held Sunday, April 14 from 2-6 p.m. at River View Yacht Club, 5981 Edgewater Dr., Point Place.

        The menu will include kielbasa, pierogi, golabki (cabbage rolls), kapusta (sweet and sour cabbage), chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, cucumber salad, and dessert. The cost is $15. Only 300 tickets will be available. Tickets must be purchased by April 10. For ticket information, call Sandi Kosinski, chairwoman, at 419-250-0245.

        The 30th Annual Trip to Put-in-Bay will take place Saturday, April 27, with the Jet Express leaving from the Toledo Yacht Club. The first excursion will leave at 10 a.m. and return around 6 p.m. A second trip will leave the yacht club at 1 p.m. and return at 9 p.m. The cost is $60 per person.

        A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Connection and to the Associated Yacht Clubs to assist with funding upcoming activities.

        Those interested in tickets for the trip to Put-in-Bay should call Matt Antoine at 419-349-0353.

        The club also hosts its annual regatta in July. Visit www.riverviewyachtclub.com or the club’s Facebook page for more details.

Shufflemania

        Teams are filling up quickly for the 4th Annual Shufflemania benefiting TNT Mentoring, which will be held April 27 at Erie Social in Marblehead.

        TNT Mentoring provides volunteer one-on-one mentors for more than 300 children in the public school districts in Ottawa County.

        Doors open at 4 p.m., with tournament play beginning at 5 p.m. Teams of two (18 years and older) are $50 and includes dinner. No prior shuffleboard experience necessary.

        Reserved cabana rentals are $200 and are first-come, first-served. Silent auction items, raffles and prizes round out the evening.

        Registration is available by calling 419-301-0225 or visit the TNT Mentoring's Facebook page.

Family center gala

        The East Toledo Family Center’s 22nd Annual Gala will be held Saturday, April 6 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s Hall, 4001 Navarre Ave., Oregon.

        The theme for this year’s gala is “An Evening in Old Havana.”

        Distinguished Citizen and Educator of the Year awardees will be introduced during the evening’s festivities. This year’s Distinguished Citizens are Kim Partin, and Lisa Pavely and the Richard Fisher Educators of the Year are Joseph Boyle, Helen Gilbert and Melissa Lodge.

        Various auctions and special raffles will take place during the event. The center has been holding the gala event under the leadership of co-chairs Dick and Sandy Fisher for 22 years. This will mark the second gala under the leadership of Jodi Gross.

        Tickets are $70 per person and $135 per couple. To purchase tickets, call Tracy at the East Toledo Family Center at 419-691-1429, or visit www.etfc.org for more information.

        This event is the main fundraising event for the East Toledo Family Center All proceeds raised will benefit the services/programs that the center provides to the community.

       

Museum events

        The National Museum of the Great Lakes will be hosting a series of volunteer days to provide those in the community an opportunity to get involved and help the museum prepare for the upcoming busy season.

        A Volunteer Open House will be held Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m. The open house offers an opportunity for anyone interested in volunteering to get an idea of the many opportunities available at the museum. The museum is looking for tour guides, field trip facilitators, museum exhibit attendants, greeters, landscapers, weed pullers, deck swabbers, brass polishers, cobweb chasers, window washers, letter folders, label stickers, litter collectors and more.

        Light refreshments will be available at the open house. RSVP at www.inlandseas.org/events

        A Spring Park Clean-Up will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. NMGL is partnering with the Disney Points of Light program to promote family involvement within the community while preparing the museum grounds for a busy spring season. From planting flowers, to spreading mulch or picking up trash, there are jobs for all ages.

        Those who volunteer a minimum of two hours of their time, will be entered into a raffle to win Disney Hopper Passes. RSVP online at www.inlandseas.org/events.

ODNR plans birding

photography workshop

        Photographers, birders, and outdoor enthusiasts interested in learning to photograph birds in the field are invited to attend a free informational workshop Saturday, April 13, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

        The workshop will be held from 8 a.m.-noon at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, located at 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. The workshop is free; preregistration is required by April 12, as space is limited. To register, call Meredith Gilbert at 419-429-8359.

        Division of Wildlife photographer Tim Daniel and professional photographer Nina Harfmann will cover topics such as camera types and settings, finding your photography target and capturing a clear and interesting photo.               Participants will then have the opportunity to test out their new skills in Magee Marsh’s extensive bird habitat.

        Participants are encouraged to bring camera equipment including a tri or monopod, binoculars, sturdy walking shoes and insect repellent. A large portion of the workshop will be held outdoors, and participants should dress for the weather.

        To learn more about Magee Marsh Wildlife Area or other birding locations, visit wildohio.gov.

Easter Egg Hunt

        The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday April 13, at 2 p.m.

        The celebration will begin in Adolphus Kraemer Park at the Log Cabin with an Easter Egg Hunt, followed by a candy hunt downtown, and then move to the Portage Fire Station on Water Street where children can visit and take photos with the Easter Bunny and have a chance to win a special Golden Egg basket.

        This event is free to the public and open to children ages 12 and younger.

        For more details, call the chamber office at 419-898-0479.

Meeting schedule

        The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties Administrative Committee will meet Monday, April 15.

        The Program Committee will meet Wednesday, April 17, and the board will meet Thursday, April 25. All meetings are held at 4:30 p.m. in the Nancy A. Cochran Conference Room at the board office, 1200 N. SR 53, Tiffin.

International Festival

        Rogene Kohler, chairwoman, Toledo Sister Cities International Festival Planning Committee, announced that a new series of events – International Forums and Presentations – will highlight the 10th Annual International Festival, Saturday, April 13 from 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Toledo SeaGate Centre, 401 Jefferson St.

        The Toledo Sister Cities International Festival holds the distinction of being the first festival of the season in Northwest Ohio. Participating countries include Spain, China, Hungary, Poland, Japan, Tanzania, Germany, Lebanon, Pakistan and India.

        “These forums will in no way replace the various cultural performances and international attractions that make up our festival,” Kohler said. “Part of our goal was to highlight one of the founding visions of Toledo Sister Cities and that was as an economic development arm to help local companies do business overseas. Various groups like the Regional Growth Partnership, the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority, the Great Lakes Consortium, and the World Affairs Council will explain what they do and the local impact of their programs. They will give short presentations about their organizations with time for questions and discussion.”

        In addition to highlighting economic development opportunities, Kohler says that TSCI groups will introduce their member cities and the issues that confront those cities. Also, visiting Fulbright graduate students will introduce their programs and how those programs fit the needs of their home countries and the various issues they confront in adjusting to American life.

        In addition to the forums, there will also be authentic ethnic food available from several participating countries, as well as world beers. Other vendors will be on hand offering crafts and other goods. Merchandise representing many other countries will be available. All Sister City clubs and committees and other local organizations with an international interest will have information and activities. There will also be an opportunity to learn a bit of a different language every half-hour.

        “Northwest Ohio is unique compared to other parts of the United States. Research shows that 80 percent of the people who live in our area can trace their roots here. We are one of the most diverse regions in the United States. The Sister Cities International Festival highlights that diversity with different ethnic entertainment, foods, crafts, souvenirs, and even a language corner,” Kohler said. “This really is our opportunity to share pride in our heritages and learn about other cultures --- To truly show the diversity of not just Toledo, but all of Northwest Ohio.”

        Admission is $5 for tickets purchased in advance. At the door, general admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students with ID. Children 10 and under get in free.

        For more information on the Tenth Annual Toledo Sister Cities International Festival or to become a member of TSCI, visit www.toledosistercities.org. Information on TSCI is also available on Toledo Sister Cities International Facebook page, or email scitoledo@gmail.com.

        Festival organizers continue to look for corporate sponsors and volunteers for the event, which attracts over 2,000 people each year.

        Toledo Sister Cities International is a 501(c)3 organization and has been building international relationships between municipalities since 1931. It is widely believed that the first “sister city” relationship anywhere was established between Toledo, Ohio and Toledo, Spain that year. In 1956, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower continued to foster Sister Cities agreements on a mayor-to-mayor basis.

        Toledo Sister Cities International is celebrating its 25th year of service and has established agreements with Coimbatore (India); Coburg (Germany); Hyderabad (Pakistan); Poznan (Poland); Qinhuangdao & Nanchong (China); Szeged (Hungary); Tanga (Tanzania); Toledo (Spain); and Toyohashi (Japan). A regional agreement is in place with Bekaa Valley (Lebanon).

        The organization also runs the International Youth Academy, which brings youth from all over the world to Toledo for a two-week period during the summer months. Additionally, Toledo Sister Cities assists in the facilitation of area economic development ventures by providing cultural, educational, language and other key services.

        Those interested in volunteering should email Kohler at dkohler376@aol.com. To become a corporate sponsor or make a tax-deductible donation, contact Jim Hartung, president, TSCI Board of Trustees, at jhhartung@aol.com or call 419-270-1060.

Terra Spring Concert

        The Terra State Community College Music Department will present their spring concert, “Music Panorama: A Tribute to the Life of Jane Beckley,” April 14 at 3 p.m. in the Student Activities Center on the Fremont campus.

        The concert will feature the Terra Choral Society, Terra String Ensemble and Orchestra, Terra Brass Choir and Concert Band. The concert is free to the public. Freewill donations will be accepted.

Library Book Sale

        Birchard Public Library, 423 Croghan St., Fremont, will hold a book sale Wednesday April 10 from 5-8 p.m. This night is for members only, however, patrons may join that night for a small fee and participate in the sale.

        The sale is then open to the public Thursday, April 11 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday, April 12 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m.-noon (bag day – fill a bag for $3).

        Call 419-334-7101 for more details.

Tea & Talk Series

        The Wood County Historical Society welcomes Felicia Konrad-Bevard, from the Edsel & Eleanore Ford House as the guest speaker for the first tea in the 2019 Tea & Talk Series on April 11 from 2-4 p.m. at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green.

        The April Tea & Talk Series will take a look at two of the families that ran the Wood County Infirmary, now the Wood County Historical Center & Museum, on a day-to-day basis.

        Konrad-Bevard is the great-great-great granddaughter of Edwin and Charlotte Farmer, former Wood County Infirmary Superintendent and Matron.

        Admission to the tea is $23 for adults and $18 for Wood County Historical Society members. Admission includes tea, light refreshments, and the program. Reservations and payment are required. Call 419-352-0967 or visit woodcountyhistory.org for details.

        A complete list of upcoming teas and other programs can be found at woodcountyhistory.org or follow Wood County Historical Museum on social media.

Camera provision

in bill criticized

        State Representative Paula Hicks Hudson, D – Toledo, has asked Gov. Mike DeWine to veto provisions in House Bill 62, the state’s two-year transportation budget, that would penalize cities using traffic safety cameras.

        “I encourage you to veto this legislative overreach that threatens the safety and security of those who use our roadways and further erodes the long-standing tradition of home rule in the Buckeye State,” said Hicks-Hudson in a letter to the governor.

       She said H.B. 62 requires cities to file all traffic camera citation cases in municipal court. It also mandates cities to report to the state how much they collected in revenue. The state would then deduct that amount from the city’s share of the state’s local government fund.

        The bill passed Tuesday in the legislature.

        The governor’s office said Wednesday he signed it as passed in the Senate and House and did not issue any line-item vetoes.

        Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz also criticized the budget.

        “The budget signed by the governor will have a devastating negative impact on our city. Toledoans will now be forced to pay higher gas taxes, and yet incredibly enough, they will see their budget cut by $6.5 million. Meanwhile, our citizens will be less safe because the State of Ohio has taken away an important tool that our police and law enforcement professionals believe they need to protect us,” he said. “Toledo gets higher taxes, less money, and streets that are more dangerous. This is a slap in the face to our police department, our police chief George Kral, and to every citizen who believes Toledoans should have the right to govern themselves. Short-sighted policies like this have made educated young people Ohio’s number one export. We continue to lose population compared to the rest of the country, but once again, they have doubled down on their attacks on cities like Toledo and have failed to adequately invest in Ohio’s infrastructure. There can no longer be any question what the politicians in Columbus think of us — they hate Toledo, and they have now passed a budget that proves it”.

Crime in East Toledo

        Tracey Britt, community service officer with the Toledo Police Department, will speak to The East Toledo Club about crime in East Toledo. Her talk is open to the public and will begin at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at the East Toledo Senior Center.

        Officer Britt is assigned to East Toledo and lives in Birmingham.

 Village tax help    

        The Walbridge income tax office will offer free assistance to residents with their village income tax filing on April 13 from 8-11 a.m.

        Mayor Ed Kolanko said about 27 residents used the free help when it was offered by the tax office on March 27.

        He said the office has been providing the free assistance to residents for about 10 years. The village income tax rate is 1.5 percent.

        For information call 419-666-1830.

       

 

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