Owens holiday 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 Dec. 22 to Jan. 1 for the holiday season.
Administrative offices will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Heating help available
Area residents who need help with heating bills may apply for aid through the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP), administered by WSOS.
EHEAP, which started Nov. 1, has assisted 373 households in the WSOS four-county service area with paying their heating bills, with aid totaling $217,849.
“We are working as fast as we can to help residents,” said Brian Taylor, basic needs specialist at WSOS. “The new PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Plan) is helping to keep power connected for area residents so we are working with fewer disconnect notices.”
EHEAP provides one-time assistance to income-eligible residents to help them maintain their heating source by paying some of their heating bills. These households receive up to $175 one time to pay electric and other utilities, and up to $750 for those who use propane and have less than a 10-day supply left in the tank.
To date, the number of people served in each of the WSOS counties is as follows:
• Wood County – 104 households for a total of $52,726;
• Sandusky County – 146 households for a total of $77,725;
• Ottawa County – 54 households for a total of $44,335;
• Seneca County – 69 households for a total of $43,064.18.
Residents who have shut-off notices receive assistance with heating bills through EHEAP, while assistance for those who do not have shut-off notices is available once per heating season through regular HEAP. Regular HEAP requires applicants to file their own applications.
WSOS has applications available and can assist applicants with the forms. Both EHEAP and HEAP operate until March 31, 2013.
WSOS will also assist with re-verifying PIPP plus customers. These customers must re-verify their status with the heating source each year.
Appointments are required to apply for assistance through EHEAP and may be made by calling 1-888-441-4327.
Christmas tree disposal
The City of Toledo Division of Parks, Recreation and Forestry will accept Christmas trees for disposal between Dec. 26 and Jan. 14, 2013.
Trees should be cleared of all decorations, bags or other materials, and may be dropped off at any of six sites throughout the city, including Jermain Park, Schneider Park, Ravine II, Detwiler Park, Bowman Park, Laskey Road entrance and Greenwood Park, Darrell entrance. All sites will be marked with signage indicating drop-off points. Collected trees will be ground into mulch by forestry crews.
The City of Toledo does not provide curbside collection of Christmas trees. For more information, visit www.toledo.oh.gov/Ineedhelpwith/RefuseandRecycling.aspx.
New Year’s Eve Ball
The Johnny Knorr Orchestra will host a Gala New Year’s Eve Ball at the Stranahan Great Hall, Toledo. This will be the 27th year the orchestra will help area residents ring in the New Year.
In addition to music and dancing on the large dance floor of the Stranahan Great Hall, the celebration will include a gourmet dinner prepared by executive chef Michael Armstrong of Michael’s Gourmet Catering, a champagne toast at midnight, mini breakfast pastries, top hats and noisemakers.
Emcees for the evening will be radio personalities Ragtime Rick of the Radio Extravaganza on WCWA 1230 and Dennis Williams of Saturday Morning Live, WSYL.
Tickets for the gala are available by calling 419-694-7612 or visiting JohnnyKnorr.com.
Country singer to perform
Country music artist James Otto will be performing at a free show inside the H Lounge at Hollywood Casino Saturday, Jan. 5, at 9 p.m.
Otto boasts 10 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts including the 2007 number-one hit, “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” from his second album “Sunset Man,” produced by John Rich, of Big & Rich, and Jay Decarcus, of Rascal Flatts.
Convenient valet and free covered self-parking are available at the casino.
After a recent session, the Ottawa County Grand Jury has issued indictments against two men.
Brian L. Humberger, whose last known address is Sandusky, has been indicted on one count of Failure to Appear, a felony of the fourth degree, after he failed to attend a court hearing for an unrelated indictment earlier this month.
Raymond M. Trevino, whose last known address is Keokee, Va., was charged with one count of Gross Sexual Imposition, a felony of the third degree after he reportedly engaged in sexual contact with a minor under the age of 13.
Warrants have been issued for both men.
Model train clinic
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center’s annual Model Train Clinic will be held Saturday, Jan. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Hayes Museum.
Admission to the Clinic is $2 per person, or free with the purchase of a Hayes Museum ticket. Experienced model train collectors will be on hand to assist participants with advice related to model train maintenance and repair, as well as estimating the value of older model trains. Some minor repairs and cleaning can be done on site, with the train owner’s permission.
Model Train Clinic attendees who own G-, O-, or standard-gauge trains are invited to see their models run on the layout during the clinic.
Those attending the clinic also can view the Hayes Train Special, a 12x24-foot operating model train display featuring eight trains running a course through mountain tunnels, around lakes, and near a Victorian village blanketed in snow.
This year’s display is complemented with an exhibition of the snowflake art of Toledo artist Mary Gaynier.
For information, call 800-998-PRES. The Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont.
Two Toledo men and a juvenile from Taylor, Mich. were apprehended Dec. 18 in connection with a burglary of a Graytown residence.
A neighbor alerted the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department to a burglary in progress about 11:30 a.m.
Deputy Kevin Meek stopped a vehicle matching a description provided by the caller near Oak Street and three of the occupants fled the scene on foot and a fourth sped off in the car when the deputy chased the others.
The vehicle was stopped by a Lucas County Sheriff’s Deputy and two suspects were taken into custody after a search of a nearby wooded area.
Evidence of the burglary was found in the vehicle, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.
Arrested were Derek A. Veler, 29, and David Reynolds, 26, both of Toledo, and a 17-year-old juvenile, who fled in the vehicle.
A fourth suspect, Jason Ochoa, 27, Toledo, remained at large as of Wednesday evening.
Police departments from Oak Harbor, Carroll Township, Clay Township, Clay Center, Genoa, and Port Clinton as well as the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Maumee Bay State Park rangers, and the helicopter unit of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in the search.