The City of Toledo will hold a public meeting on the Five-Year Strategic Plan for the city and the One-Year Action Plan for the community Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave.
City leaders are seeking feedback from residents, students, churches, non-profit organizations and businesses.
Wood Co. dog licenses
Wood County dog owners can apply for 2013 dog licenses beginning Dec. 3, Auditor Michael Sibbersen said.
According to Ohio law, all dogs 3 months of age or older must be registered in the county where they are kept. Information necessary for registration includes age, sex, color, length of hair, whether spayed or neutered, breed and name, address and phone number of the owner. The registration fee is $14 per dog.
Kennel owners are also required to register annually with the county auditor. The application fee is $70.
Those acquiring dogs after Jan. 31 have 30 days after the date of acquisition or the date the dog reaches 3 months of age to register.
Dog registrations may be filed by mail, in person or on the Internet at http://dogtags.co.wood.oh.us ($2 processing fee applies). For more information, call 419-354-9150.
Black Swamp Conservancy has been awarded two grants by Toledo Community Foundation.
A $15,000 grant from the foundation’s Stranahan Supporting Organization will be used for the Conservancy’s general operating costs. A $3,000 grant from the Reed Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation will help finance the Conservancy’s youth land conservation workshops in 2013.
Black Swamp Conservancy is a land trust focused on protecting Northwest Ohio’s agricultural and natural areas through perpetual land conservation easements. The Conservancy has protected more than 11,400 acres of the region’s most productive farm ground and most significant natural areas since its founding in 1993. The Conservancy owns property or holds conservation easements in 12 Northwest Ohio counties, including the Lake Erie islands.
Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. is a public charitable organization created by citizens to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 545 funds with assets of approximately $166.5 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs.
For more information about the Black Swamp Conservancy, visit www.blackswamp.org or follow the Conservancy on Facebook.
Water operator class
Area residents 18 years and older who may be interested in working in a water treatment facility can join a 16-week water operator’s course beginning in January.
Participants in the course will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible to take the state test in May. The classes will be conducted by the Operator Training Committee of Ohio Inc. (OTCO). Internships are a required part of the course and will be conducted at area water treatment facilities.
Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Ottawa County Resource Center on SR 163, Oak Harbor.
The ideal participant for the program would be someone who has a strong interest in hands-on applications, who has a desire to learn, has an interest in technology, and who has a strong work ethic. Previous participants have documented about a 46 percent pass rate.
The training is made possible by a partnership of WSOS Community Action Commission Inc., the Operator Training Committee of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
To register or for more information, call Roger at WSOS at 1-800-775-9767 or e-mail
Book fair set
A new student organization at Terra State Community College is hosting a book fair to help local schools.
Officers of the Terra Association of Future Teachers (TAFT) wanted to organize a fundraiser that focused on education and also served as a community outreach event. TAFT’s Scholastic Book Fair will be held Dec. 3 through 6 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Building A, room 103 at Terra.
Shoppers will find a wide variety and selection of books for children, youth and adults in addition to pens and other accessories, all in time for the holidays.
Proceeds from the sales will help fill wish lists created by local elementary classrooms and preschools.
On Family Fun Night, Dec. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m., children can listen to stories and share cookies with Clifford.
Those who don’t have time to shop in person may visit scholastic.com/fair from through Dec. 5. Online orders may be picked up the following week in Building A, room 103. Download the app storia and get five free electronic books.
For more information, call at 419-559-2216.
Free computer class
Owens Community College, in conjunction with the non-profit Connect Ohio, will offer free continuing education computer classes throughout December.
The six-hour classes will be offered at JOBsolutions of Wood County, 1928 E. Gypsy Lane Rd., Bowling Green; the Owens Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo, and the Owens Learning Center at Arrowhead Park in Maumee.
The educational initiative, titled “Every Citizen Online,” is led by Connect Ohio as part of a $6.9 million federal grant the organization has received to help expand access to broadband Internet to consumers across the state. Each class will highlight computer basics, an introduction to the Internet and discussion about how broadband can be helpful in daily life.
The classes will take place Saturdays, Dec. 1 and 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at the College’s Arrowhead Park Learning Center; Thursdays, Dec. 6 and 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Owens Learning Center at The Source and at JOBsolutions of Wood County Fridays, Dec. 7 and 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.
For more information, or to register for the free classes, individuals can contact the College’s Workforce and Community Services at (567) 661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7357.
Owens Community College’s Office of Veterans Services is collaborating with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to host a Toy Drive.
Through Dec. 12, Veterans Services, in collaboration with the Office of Human Resources, will accept new and unwrapped toys, which will then be delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for distribution to needy children in surrounding communities.
Donations may be dropped off in College Hall Room 130 B. For more information about the toy drive, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 8387.
All area women are invited to attend the “Aura of Christmas” luncheon and program being sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Dec. 13 at noon at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Bonnie Williams from Big Apple Blossom Florist will share Christmas decorating ideas; Liz Walbom will provide musical entertainment, and Lucille Van Aken, from Hillsdale, Mich., will speak on “From Bondage to Freedom.”
The cost is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633.
“Feeding Our Neighbors”
The Lake Township Women’s Auxiliary, Firebelles – Station One, are preparing for their 31st annual food drive, dubbed “Operation: Feeding Our Neighbors.”
Donations are being accepted to provide holiday baskets filled with food, clothing and some toys for Lake Township families in need.
For more information on how to help, call Elsa Caudill, Firebelles president, at 419-666-3415 or send donations to Caudill at P.O. Box 431, Walbridge, OH 43465. Make checks payable to Elsa Caudill and note “Feeding Our Neighbors” in the memo line. The deadline for donations is Dec. 10.
The Firebelles will be assembling the baskets Dec. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at Station #1, 4505 Walbridge Rd., Walbridge.
“Team Rachel” benefit
A spaghetti dinner to benefit Rachel Volschow, a Genoa-area woman who is battling cancer, will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 from 4 to 10 p.m. at St. Johns UCC, 1213 Washington St., Genoa.
In 2009, at the age of 34, Volschow was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Her treatment included intense chemotherapy, a bilateral mastectomy, and radiation. In December 2010, she learned the cancer had spread to her spine. In July 2011, the cancer spread to her brain, requiring radiation followed by chemo, which made her very sick. Volschow is currently participating in a study, which requires her to travel to Indiana University.
Tickets for the fundraiser are available at GenoaBank and Ernesto’s. Monetary donations may be made at any GenoaBank in the name of Rachel Sanchez Volschow.
For more information, contact Maggie Truman at 419-297-5499 or Kim Zunk at 419-836-1119.