Senior luncheon planned
The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will host a Senior Citizen Luncheon Dec. 12 at Oak harbor High School at Oak Harbor High School
All district residents 62 years of age and older are invited to attend the event, which will include lunch and entertainment by the high school choir and band.
Doors will open at 11 a.m. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. with entertainment by the high school music department in the auditorium. Luncheon will be served in the cafeteria at approximately 12:15 a.m.
Those wishing to attend are asked to make a reservation by Nov. 3 by calling the board office at 419-898-6210 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The cost is $2, which is payable at the door.
An Education & Community Resources Fair will be held Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at The Source, Northwest Ohio, 1301 Monroe St., Toledo.
The fair will include education resources for those interested in starting or finishing a degree, or looking to upgrade their skills to make themselves more marketable
Community resources on housing, utilities, health insurance, mental health services and more will also be available.
For more information, call 419-213-JOBS or visit www.thesourcenwo.com.
Veterans Day closure
Owens Community College Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo, will be closed Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day.
There will be no classes and the college offices will be closed for business. Classes will resume and administrative offices will reopen Nov. 13.
Border Battle drive
Fifth Third Bank has teamed up with the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank to hold a Border Battle food drive at 48 banking locations.
Through Nov. 16, customers can vote for their favorite team - Ohio State or the University of Michigan – by donating a non-perishable food item.
“All Fifth Third Bank locations in our region are participating in this food drive because we understand and see daily the impact living with hunger can have on individuals and our community,” says Robert W. LaClair, President and CEO of Fifth Third Bank (Northwestern Ohio). “At this time of year, when many of us are celebrating with food and family, it is important to remember that not everyone will have that opportunity. We know that our customers at Fifth Third are among some of the most generous in our community – they give of their time, talents and resources and we are thankful for the support they continually show for causes important to our region.”
The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank serves eight counties and all of the Fifth Third (Northwestern Ohio) Banking Centers fall within that service area.
Celebrating 50 years
Eisenhower Middle School is celebrating its 50th anniversary during the 2012-13 school year.
The building was officially dedicated Nov. 11, 1962 as Eisenhower Junior High when John F. Kennedy was President and the population of Oregon was 13,000.
The school will host several events throughout this school year to commemorate its history. On Nov. 13, an Open House will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Members of the community are invited to visit the school and look at the archives, old uniforms, hallways decorated for each era and a photo slideshow.
Other events planned include a student essay contest, student t-shirt design contest, student artwork and a time capsule burial. Those who would like to contribute any items to the time capsule that represents the experience and culture of today’s students, may contact the school office at 419-836-8498.
Program aids vets
After his divorce, David, a Navy veteran of the first Gulf War, lost his job and had no home. He was desperate. This father of two did not know what to do. He found himself at a homeless shelter and that’s where he learned that a new program at WSOS may be able to help him.
With his background in manufacturing, the Ohio VETS program, operated by WSOS Community Action Commission, was able to help David find a good job at an auto parts manufacturing plant.
“He’s doing fantastic,” said Ken Sayre, the veteran’s family advocate at WSOS. “He was very motivated, he just needed to be led down the right path. We have set him up to help him succeed. “
David also received assistance with short-term housing, another program operated by WSOS. Through that program, he will receive assistance with the rent until he is financially able to take over the payments.
“Now that David is in a stable environment, he is able to see his kids again,” Sayre explained. “It was so great to see the look on his face when they were reunited.”
There are 60,791 veterans living in poverty in Ohio, and 10 percent of all homeless Ohioans are veterans. Programs like Ohio VETS can help our local heroes live happy, healthy and productive lives, just like it helped David. WSOS is seeking applicants for this program.
The Ohio VETS program at WSOS is one of six being piloted by Community Action Agencies in Ohio. The program, called the Ohio Vocation, Education, Training & Services (VETS) program, offers education and training to assist veterans in finding meaningful employment at a living wage, and providing them and their families with other supportive services to help them gain self-sufficiency.
The program is available to all veterans in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa, and Seneca counties. This assistance is made possible by a pilot program supported by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, and U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, R- Ripley.
Services provided include resume-building, interviewing techniques, computer literacy, vocational training, and WSOS will work with area employers to help them understand the benefits of hiring veterans.
Supportive services include such assistance as rental and mortgage assistance, utilities assistance, transportation, clothing, food, financial literacy training, life skills, parenting skills, school readiness for children, emergency assistance, and mental health services.
For information on participating in the program, veterans should call James Wagner at 419-429-8045.
Dr. Jerome E. Webster will officially become Terra State Community College’s sixth president during an inaugural ceremony Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. at the college.
While this is the first inauguration at Terra State, it is tradition at many higher education institutions and generally takes place during the first year after the president is appointed. Webster took over as president July 1.
The event will begin with the inauguration academic procession. Representatives from the trustees, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, students, emeriti, past presidents, regional colleges and universities, partnering institutions and affiliated professional organizations will process into the Student Activities Center.
Carl Koebel, chair of the Terra State Community College Board of Trustees, will present Webster with the college medallion, which symbolizes the official transfer of power of leadership as the college’s chief executive officer. The medallion is a replica of the official seal of the college and incorporates symbols that represent the areas of study as well as the concept of lifelong learning.
Tree A Rama
The 9th Annual Tree A Rama Charity Auction will be held Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Historic Mon Ami Restaurant & Winery, located at 3854 East Wine Cellar Rd., Port Clinton.
A silent auction will begin at 2 p.m. A live auction will follow at 4 p.m. All proceeds from the auctioned items will go to The Salvation Army’s Holiday Toy Drive for the children of Ottawa County.
The Clay High Limelighters will kick off their 2012-13 season with the play, “P.H.A.T. Girls,” by Debbie Lamedman. Show times are Nov. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 3 p.m.
The show is a fast-paced account of the struggle that many young women and girls experience dealing with weight and body image.
Through a series of vignettes, “P.H.A.T. Girls” explores these issues with humor, poignancy and honesty. Clay will be only the second high school in the nation, and the first in Ohio, to produce the play.
Tickets are available at the door or by calling 419-693-0665, ext. 2006.
Veterans Day display
Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society, 1133 Grasser St. will be open Monday, Veterans Day, from 1 to 4 p.m. so that area veterans can visit the recently refurbished military room located in Brandville School.
In addition to the famous Gilbert Gaul painting "Battery H at the Battle of Cold Harbor, Va.", there are artifacts from every major conflict in which the United States has been involved since the War of 1812.
All military, including veterans and active military and all those with an interest in the U.S. military are invited to take this opportunity to visit the museum. Guided tours will be available.