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Levy forum
The East Toledo Club will host a levy forum on Oct. 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the East Toledo Family Center. Press Newspapers General Manager John Szozda will moderate.

Levies to be addressed at the forum include—

*Toledo City Public Schools - 4.9 Mills (was 6.0); additional 10 years - Superintendent, Jerome Pecko.

*Metropolitan Park District of Toledo Area - 0.9 Mills; additional 10 years - Scott Carpenter, Communications and Dave Zenk, Park Superintendent

*Toledo Lucas County Public Library - 2.9 Mills; renewal, increase 5 years - Margaret Danziger, Deputy Director and Mary Kinkus and Julie McCann, East Toledo Branches' Managers

*Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services - 1 Mill; additional 10 years - Robert Kasprzak, Manager of Prevention and Special Projects

*Lucas County Children Services - 1.85 Mills; renewal/increase 5 years - Dean Sparks, Executive Director

*Imagination Station - 0.17 Mills; renewal for 5 years - Stephanie Brinkman, Marketing Coordinator

* City of Toledo, Recreation Levy - 1 Mill; additional 10 years - Steven Steele, City Councilman at Large

Big Band Dance
Early reservations are recommended for the Port Clinton Seniors’ 9th Annual Fall Big Band Dance, “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” which will be held Nov. 4 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Moose Lodge 1610, 1105 W. Lakeshore Dr., Port Clinton.

The evening will include an hors d’oeuvres buffet, door prizes and 50/50 raffles and entertainment by the 17-piece Big Band “Night Session.”

Sponsored by Moose Lodge 1610 and Otterbein Retirement Living Community, the event is open to the public 21 years of age and older. Tickets may be purchased at the Port Clinton Senior Center, 320 E. Third St., or by calling Juanita Mills-Persely at 419-341-1080.

Ash tree help
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Forestry, reminds area residents that the deadline for applying for assistance with removing ash trees is Nov. 30.

The Western Lake Erie Basin Residential Ash Tree Removal Program will pay up to 40 percent of the cost of removing two trees per private property owner. Homeowners must provide three estimates of tree-removal costs from companies that employ ISA certified arborists. A list of arborists is provided with the application form. There is no income requirement. Past recipients who have had only one tree removed may apply for a second tree to be removed.

The program is open to residents in Wood, Lucas, Sandusky and Ottawa counties, along with Erie, Huron and Lorain counties.

Applications are available at public libraries; all township, village and city offices; county offices of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts; and the Ohio State University Extension offices. They are also online at the WSOS website at

Funded by ODNR, Division of Forestry, and operated by WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc., the program was developed through the efforts of U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo.

For more information, call Cindy Brookes at 419-334-5016.

Fall Plant Sale
The Owens Community College Landscape and Turfgrass Crew Club’s Annual Fall Plant Sale will be held Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next to the greenhouse, located near the entrance to the Math/Science Center on the Toledo-area Campus.

The sale will feature a wide selection of shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses, and rare and unusual trees, among other items. A complete listing of the available plants with their prices is available online at

Proceeds from sale will help in supporting the organization’s participation in the PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) Student Career Days, a national horticultural and landscape competition involving colleges and universities across the country.

For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7623.

Benefit planned  
The Friends of the Harris-Elmore Fire Department, along with the Harris-Elmore Fire and EMS Association will hold a cancer benefit for one of their own – Fire Chief Mike Murray, a lifelong resident of Elmore who has served his community for over 35 years, serving on both the fire department and EMS.

Chief Murray has been recently diagnosed with advanced Stage “A” prostate cancer. Grading on a Gleason scale of 1 to 10 as a fast-moving and aggressive cancer, Murray has been diagnosed as a grade 9. He has already depleted his vacation time to seek medical care. He will be off a minimum six to eight weeks after his surgery, which is scheduled for late September.

The benefit will be held at the Harris-Elmore Fire Station, 321 Rice St., on  Oct. 13 starting at 1 p.m. The benefit will include a steak or chicken dinner, served from 4 to 7:30 p.m., a live and silent auction and raffles, with proceeds going to help Murray cover his mounting medical bills.

Tickets for the dinner are available for $10 and are available for advance purchase by calling 419-466-4412. A limited number of dinner tickets will be sold at the door.

Anyone wishing to donate new merchandise that can be used for either the live or silent auction may contact Fire Captain Jim Wilburn at 419-466-4412. Arrangements may be made for donated items to be picked up.

Monetary donations may be sent to the Harris-Elmore Firefighter Association, P.O. Box 252, Elmore, Ohio 43416. Checks should be made payable to the Harris-Elmore Firefighters Association, with a notation as a donation to the Chief Murray Cancer Fundraiser.

For more information or to purchase advance dinner tickets, call 419-466-4412, 419-466-4785 or 419-862-2825.

White Cane Walk
The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio will hold its 5th Annual White Cane Walk Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon on the Flower Hospital campus, 5200 Harroun Road, Sylvania.

The event will provide resources to help deliver services to people of all ages in the community who are blind or visually impaired. It is also intended to increase awareness about the Ohio White Cane Law. Despite efforts to educate drivers, many do not realize that they must yield the right-of-way to blind pedestrians on any public thoroughfare.

Participants will learn the basics of how to use a white cane and how to serve as a sighted guide to someone who is blind or visually impaired. Additional hands-on activities, games, raffles items and demonstrations will be available.

New for 2012 is a one-mile walk beginning at 10 a.m. There will also be a Bar 145 Celebrity Eating Challenge, designed to create awareness of the challenges those who are blind and visually impaired face when eating and during other day-to-day activities.  

Registration for the event is $15 per person or $30 for a family of four. Participants can sign up at or in person at the event.

Call The Sight Center at 419-720-3937 for more information.

Fire Prevention display
During October, the Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society, located at 1133 Grasser St., will have a special exhibit in observance of Fire Prevention Month.

The display will center on the Oregon Fire Department and include photos of the department's early years, as well as badges, uniforms and other memorabilia. Richard Isbell's private collection of memorabilia from his 36 years as an Oregon Fire Department member and his many years as a captain of the Sun Oil Co. Fire Brigade will be featured, as well. Isbell, currently a trustee, is a longtime member of OJHS.

The public is encouraged to view the exhibit Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

After a recent session, the Ottawa County Grand Jury returned indictments against Mark L. Phillips Jr., whose last known address is 509 Locust St., Oak Harbor, and Steven M. Phillips, 32, N. Luetz Rd. #32, Oak Harbor.

Each was indicted on one count of Burglary, a felony of the third degree, after they reportedly entered a Port Clinton residence last month. Phillips is facing an additional misdemeanor charge for Violating a Protection Order.

Also indicted were:
• Mark M. Lilis, 41, of 242 Behlman Rd., Oak Harbor, was indicted on two counts of Gross Sexual Imposition, both felonies of the third degree, after he allegedly engaged in sexual contact with two minors under the age of 13 between 2006 and 2007.

• Matthew W. Williams, 24, is currently being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, indicted on multiple counts, including Burglary, Breaking and Entering, Possession of Criminal Tools, Theft and Safecracking. According to the Ottawa County Sherriff’s Office, Williams entered several businesses and residences over an eight-month period this year.

Summonses have been issued for Phillips and Kilis, who are scheduled to make their initial appearances in the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas on Oct. 4. Warrants were issued for other defendants.

Library logo contest
Area residents are invited to submit entries for a logo contest being conducted by the Harris-Elmore Public Library and the Genoa Branch Library.

Designs may be submitted from Oct. 1 through Nov. 10. Entry forms are available at both libraries. Library administration and staff will choose five entries, which will be on display for voting by library patrons. The winner, which will be determined by popular vote, will receive a $100 gift card to Books-a-Million.

For more information, call 419-862-2482.

Food Drive set
Oak Harbor Area Girl Scout Troops are participating in a regional Pack-A-Pickup food drive.

The Scouts are collecting canned and boxed goods to be donated to the B-C-S Food Bank at St. Paul’s Church in Oak Harbor.

Donations may be dropped off at Community Markets or Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union in Oak Harbor, and at the Oct. 5 homecoming game.

For more information, or to make a monetary donation, call Nicole Nissen at 567-201-7788.

Cars for Critters
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is hosting the fifth annual benefit car show, Cars for Critters,
Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is excited to bring together two things that seem like they wouldn’t necessarily go together – cars and wildlife conservation. Cars for Critters is an opportunity for car lovers to support conservation efforts in Northwest Ohio while having fun with their friends and family,” said Eddy Pausch, assistant refuge manager.

The car show will include wildlife-themed car classes, such as best mammal (Impala, Mustang), best bird (Skylark, Thunderbird), best reptile (Cobra, Viper) and more. Car registration is $12 and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Judging is people’s choice from noon to 2 p.m.

In addition to classic cars, Back to the Wild, a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center, will have bald eagles, hawks, owls, flying squirrels and other native wildlife on display. There will also be tethered hot air balloon rides (weather permitting), hayride tours through the refuge, music by DJ Cruisin Zeake, refreshments available for purchase and a visit by “Puddles” the Blue Goose, the National Wildlife Refuge System’s mascot. The Auto Tour will be open.

Admission is free. Proceeds raised from Cars for Critters will benefit wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education.

For more information, call 419-898-0014, visit the refuge's website, or connect on Facebook at

The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is located at 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor.

Venom wanted 
With summer drawing to a close, Russell Lamp is changing his quarry.

An entomologist, Lamp is looking for nests of the German Yellow Jacket (Vespula Germanica) for their venom, which he supplies to pharmaceutical companies for the manufacture of vaccines.

“We’ll be collecting until mid-October or so,” he said. “A very active nest will have 100 or so yellow jackets fling in or out every minute.”

Lamp said nests can be as large as beach balls and are frequently found in barns or sheds and occasionally in the ground.

He’s offering to collect active nests for free if they’ve not been disturbed or sprayed.

To contact him call 419 836-3710.

Lamp is concluding his search for active nests of Bald-faced hornets.

He saw fewer nests this year but those he did locate were much larger than in years past.

“We saw some of the largest nests we’ve seen in years,” he said.

Theft triggers pursuit
Two Toledoans are facing multiple charges following a police pursuit that began in Lake Township and ended in Erie, Michigan.

According to township police, employees of the Fuel Mart service station on Libby Road Sept. 18 reported a drive-off fuel theft and were able to give police a plate number and vehicle description.

Walbridge police spotted the vehicle on I-280, Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer said, and  a pursuit ensued.

Paul Gresky, 45, and Amy Keith, 47, face theft charges but chief Hummer said Wednesday there was a warrant outstanding for Gresky and additional charges will be filed.

Their vehicle was finally stopped in a soybean field in Erie, Michigan by pursuing units from the township and Michigan State Police, he said.

A township cruiser sustained damage but there were no injuries.



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