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Boater education class
Toledo Sail & Power Squadron will offer an “America’s Boating Course” five Mondays from Jan. 28 to Feb. 25 at Mercy St. Charles Hospital, 2600 Navarre Ave., Oregon.

The classes will meet 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $45 per person, and $25 for an additional person sharing a book. Certificates will be awarded to participants who successfully pass the exam.

To register or to learn about advanced classes offered, contact Larry Cole at 734-755-7252 or email

Seger to perform
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band will kick off the first leg of their “Rock And Roll Never Forgets 2013 Tour” Feb. 27 at the Huntington Center in Toledo.

The tour will include stops in Seattle, Portland, Denver, Green Bay, and Grand Rapids, as well as a series of dates in Canada including Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 19. Bob Seger Fan Club members will have early access to tickets. Visit for more info.

Library hours expanding
Last week, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library kicked off its restored Sunday hours at four Library locations, and continued Sunday hours at Sanger Branch. As part of Phase 2 of the library’s “Promises Made, Promises Kept” campaign, beginning Feb. 4, more library locations will have restored weekly and Saturday hours.

The affected branch locations include Birmingham and Locke, among others. Restored hours include Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at both the Birmingham and Locke branches.

More locations are scheduled to add hours in March in a Phase 3 roll-out that will include Main Library and remaining branch locations.

In 2009, the library reduced hours in the wake of a $7.4 million shortfall resulting from a reduction in state library funding, coupled with a drop in property tax valuations.

Dog licenses
Wood County Auditor Michael Sibbersen reminds dog owners that applications for 2013 dog licenses are now being accepted.

Ohio law requires that before Jan. 31 of each year, all dogs 3 months of age or older must be registered in the county in which the dog is kept. Information required for registration includes age, sex, color, length of hair, whether spayed or neutered, breed of the dog and the name, address and phone number of the owner.

A registration fee of $14 must be paid with the application for each dog registered. The kennel application fee is $70.

Dog registrations may be filed by mail, in person, or on the Internet. Mailed applications should include the license fee, dog information (as stated above) and a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of the license. In addition, the Wood County District Board of Health has adopted a regulation requiring all dogs be immunized against rabies; rabies information should be included in the application process.

Licenses may be purchased in person at the Wood County Auditor’s office, located on the second floor of the county office building between 8:30 and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or at the Wood County Dog Shelter.

Internet applications may be made at An additional $2 convenience fee per license will be charged. For more information, call 419-354-9163.

Mail applications to Michael Sibbersen, Wood County Auditor, One Courthouse Square, PO Box 368, Bowling Green, OH, 43402.

Disaster training
American Red Cross of NW Ohio, Lucas County, will present free “Disaster College” classes in February at their offices, located at 3100 W. Central Ave., Toledo.

The classes include:
• “Disaster Services: An Overview,” presented Feb. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m., is a basic level course that provides information about ways participants can help their community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergency disasters.

• Shelter Operations will be offered Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. The course is designed to give participants an overview of the Red Cross policies and procedures for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster. The Disaster Services class is a prerequisite for the course.

• Shelter Simulation, Feb. 2, offered 1-4 p.m., builds on the information presented in the Shelter Operations course.

• Disaster Assessment Basics, Feb. 3, 1-4 p.m., encompasses the tasks and responsibilities of the Disaster Assessment activity on a disaster relief operation.

• Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance, Feb. 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., trains caseworkers how to conduct effective client interviews and provide appropriate assistance to help meet a client’s needs.

Call 419-329-2166 to sign up.

Owens holiday closure
Owens Community College Toledo and Findlay campuses, along with the Arrowhead Park Learning center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo, will be closed Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

There will be no classes and college offices will be closed for business.

Classes will resume and administrative offices will open again Jan. 22.

Healthcare courses set
The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College is offering several non-credit healthcare courses. Classes include:

• Pharmacy Technician Training – The course is designed to give students the knowledge and skills needed to pass the CPhT exam. Meets 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays from Jan. 20 through May 5. Cost: $899.

• STNA Training – After completing this 75-hour course, students will be prepared to take the state written and competency exam for State-Tested Nursing Aide. Sessions begin in February, April and June. Cost: $539.

• American Heart Association CPR and BLS Certification – The course is for healthcare professionals who need to know how to perform CPR, as well as other lifesaving skills. Renewal – 9 a.m. to noon, Feb. 1. Cost: $35. New certification – 8 a.m. to noon, April 5. Cost: $45.

To register or for more information, call Marsha at 419-559-2255.

10 free trees
Through Jan. 31, residents of Ohio can receive 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation.

By becoming a part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, new members will receive two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two American redbuds and two golden rain trees. The free trees are part of the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Feb. 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The six- to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. 

Members will also receive a subscription to the Foundation’s bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care.

To become a member of the Foundation, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Flowering Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, Neb. 68410, or join online at

Grant to fund study
The State of Ohio Department of Development, through its Local Government Innovation Fund, has awarded the Lucas County Clerk of Courts and the Wood County Clerk of Courts a grant in the amount of $90,000 to fund a feasibility study to design and evaluate an all-encompassing document imaging system between Lucas and Wood counties that could eventually integrate 20 additional counties in Northwest Ohio.

The primary goal is to provide a regional approach to providing services among neighboring counties, and to provide a greater level of efficiency and access to public documents for taxpayers.

“This grant will allow us to show the efficiency and cost-savings attained through a regional approach to providing services to our communities,” said Lucas County Clerk of Courts J. Bernie Quilter. “This grant will allow both Lucas and Wood counties to investigate how to share resources with other government agencies to perform duties that are directed to be done by our elected positions.”

“Retention of public records is something that all public agencies are concerned with and fortunately for us, we have been actively doing so,” said Wood County Clerk of Courts Cindy Hofer.

Musical auditions
Genoa Civic Theatre will hold auditions for its spring musical, “Godspell” Feb. 10 and 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the theatre, located at 509 Main St., Genoa.

Cast hopefuls are asked to bring a prepared song. For more information, contact Marcia Busdeker, director, at

Kaptur ranking member
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) has secured the ranking member position on the Energy and Water Subcommittee of House Appropriations. 

Appropriations Committee Democrats voted unanimously to recommend the subcommittee ranking members, including Kaptur for Energy and Water, to the Steering and Policy Committee.

Kaptur, who lost to New York’s Nita Lowey last month in a contest for ranking member (leading Democrat) on the full committee, said the Energy and Water subcommittee offered the best opportunity to serve the new Ninth Congressional District, which stretches along the Lake Erie coast from Cleveland to Toledo.

“Energy and Water was the subcommittee best suited for advancing the economic interests of the Ninth District,” Kaptur said.  “I think it’s a good fit for Northern Ohio.”

Among other areas, the subcommittee has jurisdiction over renewable energy initiatives nationally, dredging activities at the nation’s ports, including Lake Erie and university research through the Department of Energy 

Kaptur retains her spot on the powerful Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and also landed a spot on the Financial Services subcommittee.

She will not serve on the Budget Committee during this Congress.



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