• Allen Township’s Memorial Day services at the Williston Cemetery will be held Monday May 26 at 11 a.m.
Immediately following the service, members of the cemetery memorial committee will be present with design plans, paver samples and an artist’s rendition of the planned veterans/firefighters memorial, which will be constructed in the new cemetery expansion that will start this summer.
• A Memorial Day Service will be held May 26 at 10 a.m. at Restlawn Memorial Park, 3665 Genoa Rd., Perrysburg.
A military honors ceremony will be presented by VFW Post 2984, Northwood, with the assistance of Boy Scout troop 20, of Toledo and troop 1666, of Oregon. There will also be a 21-gun salute, a bi-plane flyover, a flower/wreath ceremony, flag retirement and Taps. For more information, call 419-837-6792.
• Genoa American Legion Post #324 will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony May 26 at 9 a.m. at the Clay Township Cemetery.
Guest speaker will be Capt. Dennis M. Bash, retired of the US Navy Medical Corps. Along with the Legion, other units participating will be the Legion Auxiliary, the Legion Band, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the Genoa High School Band and the Boy Scouts.
Members of the community are invited to bring your lawn chairs come out to honor veterans. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Genoa High School auditorium.
• A Memorial Day service dedicated to all veterans of any war or conflict will be held May 26 at 8 a.m. at the Lake Township Cemetery.
The program will begin with a flyover by Jerry Deaton and Bill Hirzel. Guest speaker will be Technical Sgt. Jeff Cobb, Ohio Air National Guard. The Lake High School band will present the hymn, “ America , ” and there will be color guard presentation by VFW Post #9963, and a release of balloons by the VFW’s auxiliary.
Blood donors needed
On any given day, there is a tremendous demand for blood, but May, June, July and August bring a critical need due to the increase in motor vehicle crashes and traumatic injuries, the American Red Cross says.
No season is more dangerous on Ohio’s highways than summer, and the three key holidays – Memorial Day, the 4 th of July and Labor Day – are particularly hazardous due to a dramatic increase in traffic. Traumatic injuries occur not only as a result of auto and motorcycle crashes, but also due to activities such as boating and mowing the lawn.
“ We encourage people to make a regular commitment to donating blood, ” said Kathy Smith, director of donor services, “ and to give at least once during the trauma season. The entire blood-donation process, which includes a mini-physical, only takes about one hour, with each donation potentially saving three lives. ”
To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and provide a valid photo ID upon donation.
For information on blood drives, call the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.givebloodtoday.org.
The Toledo Harbor Light Preservation Society is holding a photography contest in advance of the July 12-13 Lighthouse Waterfront Festival.
Photographs of lighthouses from any place and any season are welcome. All amateur photographers and one whose income is not more than one half of their annual earnings are invited to participate.
Categories include traditional (any lighthouse); a lighthouse in stormy weather; a lighthouse in a fall or winter scene. Photos may be digital or film, black and white or colored. Only minimal photo editing that does not change the concept of the photo is permitted.
Photos will be displayed in the lobby of the Maumee Bay State Park lodge two weeks before the festival (between June 28 and July 13). Judging will be performed by local artists and/or photography professionals before the festival.
To enter, submit an 8 x 10-inch matted photo June 28 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Maumee Bay State Park lodge main entrance. A table will be set up across from the reservation desk. Entrants may submit as many photos as they like.
There is a $5 entry fee per photo payable with submissions.
Ribbons and certificates will be awarded to winners. Prizes will be awarded to first-place winners, best of show and the People’s Choice winner. For entry forms and rules, visit www.toledoharborlighthouse.org, click on “ festival ” and then “ photo contest. ”
Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board will sponsor an all-day suicide prevention training June 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wood County Library in Bowling Green.
Quarry season opens
The Genoa Quarry will open for its 2008 season May 26. Daily hours of operation are Monday through Friday 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Weekend hours are noon to 8 p.m. Full-time hours will begin June 5. The quarry will be open daily June 5 through Labor Day.
The daily rate for adults 12 and older is $4. Admission is $3 for children age 3-11. Passes for residents of the village of Genoa are $40 for families and $30 for individuals. Non-resident passes are $55 for families and $45 for individuals.
Rental of the park shelter houses is available by calling the park office. The rental fee is $50 for the large shelter and $40 for the small.
A therapeutic horseback riding program located outside of Gibsonburg is in need of volunteers to assist as horse leaders and sidewalkers during lessons.
Training will be provided May 28 and June 5. Those interested may call Rebekah at 419-307-0222 for additional information.
The Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education will meet May 27 at the Oak Harbor High School Media Center. There will be a small reception to recognize staff that will be retiring at the end of this school year. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the regular board meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be an executive session to prepare for negotiations with employees concerning their compensation or other terms and conditions of their employment.