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Gas bill assistance
Columbia Gas of Ohio is making nearly $1 million available to income-eligible customers for assistance with paying their natural gas bills this winter heating season.

The fuel funds are in addition to established public energy assistance options such as the federal Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and Ohio's PIPP Plus program.

Available funds include:

• The Auction Fuel Fund, which contains $600,000 for the 2012-13 winter heating season, is a fund of last resort for families who have exhausted all other available emergency assistance programs. It provides up to $250 per heating season. Households at or below 200 percent Federal Poverty Level qualify for the fund.

• The Crisis Fuel Fund, with $312,500 available, is a fund of last resort that provides up to $175 to customers who are disconnected or threatened with disconnection. Households at or below 175 percent Federal Poverty Level qualify for the fund.

• HeatShare, available to homes with income ranges at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, provides emergency assistance to payment-troubled households. HeatShare is supported by donations by customers and matching Columbia Gas contributions, and is administered by the Salvation Army.

Qualified Columbia customers may apply for the fuel funds through their local Community Action Agency. Local agency contact information is available at or by calling Columbia's Customer Contact Center at 1-800-344-4077.

“With all of the energy assistance programs available, there is no reason for any of our customers to go without heat this winter,” said Columbia Gas of Ohio President Jack Partridge. “These additional funds should help those homes still feeling the impact of these difficult economic times.”

Women’s Connection
All area women are invited to attend the “Originality in the New Year” luncheon and program being sponsored by Toledo East Women’s Connection Jan. 10 at Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Nancy Mills, of Oregon, will share her original designs, including scarves, gift baskets and more. Holiday Thomas, of Bowing Green, will provide musical entertainment. Barbara Falls, of Sylvania, will discuss, “How Crisis Provided Answers to Life’s Most Important Questions.”

The cost is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633.

Instant Admission Days
Terra State Community College will hold the last of a series of Instant Admission Days for prospective students Jan. 8 and 9. Spring semester classes a begin Jan. 14.

The admission events are designed to help students become familiar with Terra and the steps necessary to get a course schedule.

Participants should bring official high school or college transcripts. Admissions counselors and financial aid staff will be available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 8 and 9.

For more information, call 419-559-2349 or visit the college’s website at

Crash investigation
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a single-vehicle crash that occurred Dec. 31 at 8:25 a.m. on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 177 in Wood County.

According to Patrol reports, Christopher Harless, 22 of Findlay, was injured when the 1993 Ford F150 he was driving traveled off the right side of the roadway, striking two trees along the right of way fence.

Harless was trapped inside the vehicle, and had to be extricated using the Jaws of Life by Central Joint Fire Department. He was taken to Mercy Saint Vincent Hospital in Toledo with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Interstate 75 was closed down for approximately 45 minutes in the aftermath of the crash.




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