Once again, NAMI SSW is offering a series of classes help family members understand more about mental illness, treatment and recovery.
The Hand to Hand course, open to parents, caregivers or providers, will be held at the NAMI office, 219 S. Front St, Fremont, on nine consecutive Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. starting Sept. 8.
This classes are intended to help parents and caregivers understand the clinical treatment of brain disorders that present in childhood and offer information about how to cope more effectively. Class topics include childhood mental disorders, medications, education law, juvenile justice, advocacy and more.
Dining with Diabetes
Ohio State University Extension, Ottawa County and Magruder Hospital are collaborating to offer “Dining with Diabetes,” a three-part series that runs Sept. 28, 29, and 30 from 6:30-9 p.m. in the hospital’s Conference Center.
The class is open to those with diabetes, their family members or caretakers.
Participants will learn how to prepare recipes that are healthy, easy to prepare and taste good. During each class, three to four recipes will be demonstrated and participants will have the opportunity to taste the items. Up-to-date information on nutrition, meal planning and the importance of exercise will also be shared. A variety of helpful handouts and supplemental information will be provided as part of the class.
The cost of the series is $25 per individual or $30 per couple. Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required by Sept. 21 by calling OSU Extension at 419-898-3631. Payment may be made at the first class.
The ladies of the Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society will present the third in a series of “First Lady Teas” Sept. 22.
The upcoming tea will honor the First Lady of the Wild West, Annie Oakley, who will be portrayed by Nelgene Randell, a member of the AAUW.
Lunch will include salad, soup, a choice of sandwiches and a sweet. The cost is $16. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Reservations may be made by calling Bonnie Olson at 419-696-0280 before Sept. 15.
Childcare and preschool services are available now for the new school year at any WSOS Child Development Center.
Currently, the WSOS Head Start/Early Childhood Development Program is enrolling income-eligible children birth to 5 years old.
In Ottawa County, centers are located in Genoa and Port Clinton. Other children are served through the home-based program, where a teacher visits the child in the home.
WSOS is a comprehensive early childhood and family program that provides children with age-appropriate educational services in addition to health and nutrition services. Social services for the entire family are also provided.
Options include full- and half-day classes for the child and/or home visitation services. Eligible families are those whose total annual income does not exceed 100 percent of the federal poverty guidelines ($22,050 for a family of four) for Early Head Start/Head Start and 200 percent for Public School Preschool. Children with special needs are also eligible for services.
Call WSOS at 1-800-775-9767 or visit www.wsos.org for more information.
Genoa man indicted
The Ottawa County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a Genoa man who allegedly broke into a Genoa church last month.
Eric G. Ramirez, of Genoa, has been charged with one count each of breaking and entering, theft, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney said. A warrant has been issued and he is scheduled to make his initial appearance in the Ottawa County Court of Common Please on Sept. 25.
Mulligan noted that an indictment is merely a formal charge in the Common Pleas Court and does not denote guilt or innocence.
Zoo Educators sought
The Toledo Zoo is recruiting adult volunteers for its next class of Zoo Educators.
Classes, which begin in mid-October, will include a weekday as well as a weekend training series. The program includes orientation, followed by a series of eight classes that cover educational techniques and various exhibits throughout the zoo.
Zoo Educators provide educational programs on and off the zoo grounds, including structured classroom programs and natural feed and enrichment interpretive talks. In addition, the volunteer educators may handle small live animals and animal biofacts to demonstrate the importance of conservation through spontaneous interactions with zoo visitors.
A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) training will be offered Sept. 8-10 at Owens Community College. The training will be offered as part of Emergency Preparedness Safety Week.
The training, available to public safety, business and school officials, as well as first responders, will include hands-on learning related to a protective response to a violent attack on a large number of people. It will be offered free of charge from 10 a.m. to noon, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center rooms 125-128.
During the two-hour class, public safety staff will highlight various strategies and techniques that enhance the traditional “lockdown” protocol for individuals in a hostile intruder scenario. Call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2100 for more information or to register for a training session.
All area women and men are invited to the “Annual Guest Night” dinner and program being given by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Sept. 10 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. for the dinner and program, which begin at 6 p.m. Dr. Matthew Kutz, assistant professor at Bowling Green State University, will discuss his travels abroad to Brazil and South Korea with America’s Olympic teams. In addition, Linda Lieto and Marilyn Schneck will provide instrumental music and Joe Abraham, from Cleveland, will tell how “Getting What You Don’t Deserve Can Be a Good Thing.”
The cost is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Caryl at 419-476-2604.
Drug arrests up
Ohio Highway Patrol troopers averaged more than 15 drug arrests each day through July of this year.
The total drug arrests made by troopers were up three percent over the same period last year. Through July of this year, troopers made 3,379 drug arrests and in the process seized more than 280,000 grams with a street value of more than $11 million.
Of these drug arrests, 185 were in Franklin County and 167 were in Stark County. Rounding out the top five counties were Summit (143 arrests), Ross (136 arrests) and Scioto (109 arrests). These five counties accounted for one out of every five drug arrests made by state troopers this year.
“ Last year, troopers made 5,226 drug arrests, some of which led local drug task forces to apprehensions in larger drug and other criminal cases, all right out of traffic stops,” said Col. Richard H. Collins, Patrol superintendent.
In 2008, the Patrol seized more than 5.2 million grams of illegal narcotics worth an estimated $47 million.
Arena meetings set
The new Lucas County Arena will open its doors this October. In anticipation of opening the arena, partners will hold a series of public meetings in September for residents to learn more about accessing the new Lucas County Arena.
Locally, a meeting will be held Sept. 9, from 6:30-8 p.m. in Oregon City Council Chambers, 5330 Seaman Rd., Oregon. A meeting will also be held Sept. 16 from 6:30-8 p.m. at SeaGate Center in downtown Toledo.
The presentation from Gateway Consulting, SMG and the Toledo Walleye & Bullfrogs will include an overview about parking with the Downtown Toledo Parking Authority, TARTA Park and Ride options, amenities in and around the arena and ticket opportunities for the Walleye, Bullfrogs, concerts, and family shows.
The arena will seat between 7,500 and 9,000 people, based on what type of event it is set up for. Public grand opening events have been scheduled for the weekend of October 3 and 4.
The Village of Woodville Water Department will be flushing fire hydrants Sept. 8-11, weather permitting. During flushing, residents may experience temporary low pressure and/or discoloration of water. Tap water should be run for several minutes and it will clear. Residents who continue to have persistent problems with water pressure or discoloration you may contact the Utilities Department at 419-849-3031.
The Toledo Area Humane Society is offering a pet-sitting class for youths ages 11-15 Sept. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
The two and a half hour program will teach participants what they need to know to provide quality pet-sitting services. The class covers first aid for animals, personal safety, animal safety, business tips and success-on-the-job pointers from a certified, professional pet sitter.
Class size is limited. For more details, visit www.toledoareahumanesociety.org or call Julie Hearons, educational coordinator at 419-482-7106.
Woman was strangled
An East Toledo woman whose body was found in a marina had been strangled, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department said.
The department had delayed releasing the cause of death after an autopsy had been conducted until her identity was confirmed.
Jennifer L. Snively, 26, 1132 Earl Street, was identified after family members recognized tattoos on the body aired on local news broadcasts.
The body was found Aug. 25 at Lamberjack’s Marina in Carroll Township by two people who were riding personal watercraft.
The autopsy confirmed what investigators had suspected; that the victim was dead before being placed in the water and may have been in the water less than two weeks.
Divers from the sheriff’s underwater response team recovered the body, which was found in three or four feet of water and weighed down with two cement blocks.
The victim’s arms were bound behind her and her feet were tied together.