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Office cats

        Do you have an office cat? The Press is doing a story about the benefits of cats in an office environment and would like your comments. Please contact The Press at 419-836-2221 Ext. 24.

Business survey

    Businesses in the Navarre Avenue business corridor are urged to fill out a survey by May 24 for the Oregon Economic Development Foundation’s Business Retention and Expansion program.         

        The first phase of the project involves surveying nearly 1,000 businesses on and around the Navarre Avenue business corridor. A task force will examine the results and look for ways to assist businesses in Oregon with operations and potential expansion plans. To fill out the survey, go to For more information, go to:

Genealogy society meeting

        The Lucas County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet April 20 at 2 p.m. at Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek, 2001 Perrysburg-Holland Rd., Holland.

        Due to the temporary closure of the Main Library for remodeling, all meetings until further notice will be held at the Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek. (Turn into entrance at traffic light opposite Pilliod Road and bear left to Forest View building. Once inside the building, turn left to proceed to chapel/meeting room.)

        All are welcome. The program will include a presentation by Sandy McPherson, past board member of Lucas Ohio Genealogy Society and author of a genealogy blog, who will talk briefly about the War of 1812, focusing on the war in our area. She will then discuss the Daughters of 1812 and the Great Black Swamp Chapter, of which she is a charter member.

        For more info, visit

2-1-1 operations transfer

        On July 1, 2019, United Way of Greater Toledo (UWGT) will be transferring its 2-1-1 operations from United Way of Greater Cleveland (UWGC) to “Gryphon Place,” a well-developed and long-established social service resource center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

        United Way 2-1-1 is a free, 24/7, 365-day information and referral service line, available to all residents across Lucas, Wood and Ottawa County.

        In 2016, UWGT relocated its 2-1-1 operations to UWGC, having signed a two-year contract agreement, which has now expired. The predominant factor behind UWGT’s move to Gryphon Place is due to a rise in service costs, increasing from $450,000 (2016 -2019) to $654,000 (2019 and beyond) a year.

        The decision to relocate UWGT’s 2-1-1 services to Gryphon Place was done so after ongoing meetings with local agencies, hospitals, elected officials, city/county representatives, Fire & Safety, Job & Family Services, and mental health and recovery services, who approved of the transfer.

        Gryphon Place will be hiring a full-time 2-1-1 director and coordinated access specialist, who will reside in UWGT’s office, overseeing local 2-1-1 functionalities and 2-1-1 outreach and engagement.

        “Restoring a degree of local presence for 2-1-1 is very critical to its success. This is the feedback we are hearing the most from community members,” said Jill Bunge, director of Community Impact at UWGT.

        Gryphon Place will also be hiring 2-1-1 navigation specialists that will telework and answer calls from their home. These individuals will be from, and located in, Northwest Ohio.

        The contract with Gryphon Place will cost $465,000 a year. UWGT will retain online access to the 2-1-1 database for community members, instant online messaging with 2-1-1 Navigation Specialists and coordinated access for direct homeless shelter referral.

        With the move, UWGT will gain the ability to text message 2-1-1 Navigation Specialists and remote Navigation Specialists in Northwest Ohio will prioritize Northwest Ohio calls. UWGT will also receive daily quality assurance reports that will be shared with staff, donors and community members.

Skywarn webinar

        The annual Skywarn Severe Weather Spotter’s Webinar for Wood County will be held Thursday, April 18 at 1 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, room 206, on the campus of Bowling Green State University. No pre-registration is required. Registration will start at 12:30 p.m.

        Closest parking lots include Lot 7, sections B, C and D, which require payment, and Lots E, F, 3 and 4, which require permits. Visit for information.

        The webinar, presented by the National Weather Service Cleveland office, will give participants an overview of how severe weather develops and what to look for when severe weather occurs. Participants will have the opportunity to become official weather spotters for the National Weather Service.

        The webinar is recommended for all first responders; however, it is also open to the general public. There is no cost to attend the seminar, which is open to all ages.

        Contact the Wood County EMA office at 419-354-9269 or email for details.

Retired teachers to meet

        The next luncheon of the Lucas County Retired Teacher Association will be held Thursday, April 25 at noon at Brandywine Country Club, 6904 Salisbury Rd., Maumee.

        The program, “Manor House-Behind the Scenes,” will feature Deanna Douglas and Sandra Shutt, who serve on the Interior Restoration Committee and have served as docents at the Manor House. The featured charity is the Toledo House, which is requesting paper products (toilet tissue, paper towels, tissues and paper plates, cups and bowls), plastic silverware, cleaning supplies and all baby products.

        Entrée choices include Stuffed Chicken, meatloaf or cavatappi fresco. The cost is $19.50. Reservations are due by April 18. Send your check to LCRTA with lunch choice noted to Jeannine Petcoff, 15139 Todd Rd., Petersburg, MI 49270.

Call for photos

        The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for photos for the latest edition of the Ottawa County Community Guide.

        The publication is a joint venture of the Oak Harbor, Port Clinton, Marblehead and Genoa chambers of commerce. Ten thousand copies of the guide are printed and distributed throughout the area.

        This year’s cover will be an eagle; therefore photos of eagles are being sought, along with photos of area landmarks, events, etc. “We are also in need of photos with people in them, at the Apple Festival, Fireworks, parks, farmer’s markets, Easter Egg Hunt, etc.,” said Valerie Winterfield, executive director, Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce. “All photos must be taken in Ottawa County. Photos may also be used for marketing on our website, Facebook, and other printed materials.”

        Photo credit will be given for photos used, and the submitting photographer will receive a copy of the book. The photos must be submitted in digital form as a jpeg or gif.

        Submit photos to, and include name and contact information. Submitting photos for consideration gives permission to the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce to reproduce the photo on the chamber website and/or in printed materials.

Forum set for 2

judicial candidates

        The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 109 will host a candidates’ forum for the Perrysburg Municipal Court judge position on April 23 at the Lake Township Administration Building, 27975 Cummings Rd. at 7 p.m.

        Incumbent Aram Ohanian and challenger C. Drew Griffith, both of Perrysburg, are vying for the Republican party’s nod for the judgeship, with a term beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

        The winner of the May 7 primary election takes the judicial post unless an independent candidate files for the race by May 6. If that occurs, the independent candidate would then face off with either Griffith or Ohanian in November.

        The forum will be open to the public.

        “Those attending will have an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates,” Mark Hummer, Lake Township administrator, said. “This is a very important election that will place an individual in the local courtroom for several years, so the public needs to know where the candidates stand on issues about which local residents are concerned.”

        Both candidates have extensive legal backgrounds, he said. “Mr. Griffith is currently a magistrate with Northwood Mayor’s Court, and Mr. Ohanian has been the Perrysburg Municipal Court judge since January.”

        For more information regarding the forum call the Fraternal Order of Police, 419-353-9728.

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.



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