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“The Music Man”
Lake High School will present its spring musical, “The Music Man” March 21, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m.

The much-loved musical follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. Hill’s plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by the curtain’s fall.

Tickets will be available at the door, and will cost $5 for students 18 and under and seniors 60 and over, and $7 for all other adults.

To reserve tickets or for more information, call 419-661-3000, ext. 3832 or visit

Red Cross “Oscar Night”
American Red Cross will celebrate its 10th annual Oscar Night fundraiser Sunday, Feb. 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Owens Community College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

Guests to the black-tie event will enjoy star-treatment from the moment they walk the red carpet, where they will be greeted by screaming fans and then be interviewed by Chrys Peterson and Jerry Anderson from Toledo News Now.

Attendees will dine on hors d’oeuvres donated by nearly 30 Toledo restaurants, and enjoy dancing to the sounds of The Homewreckers and Hepcat Revival. Participants can also vie for one of 10 movie-themed “presenter baskets” valued at more than $500,

Proceeds from the event will be used to help provide critical Red Cross services and training.  Tickets are $100 and may be purchased by calling 419-329-2573 or visiting

Hope Gala set
ISOH/IMPACT will host the 2013 Hope Gala Feb. 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons in Perrysburg.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception and a silent auction, followed by the program beginning at 7 p.m. WTVG 13abc news anchor Jeff Smith will emcee the event, which will include music provided by harpist Joy Campbell.

The goal of this year’s gala is to raise the funds to build the International Hope Center on ISOH/IMPACT’s acreage on S. Wilkinson Way in Levis Commons. A matching the grant has been provided by The Diehl Family Foundation.

The new 15,282 sq. foot facility will double the capacity of the organization’s current warehouse in Waterville, and will serve as the only dedicated distribution center for disaster relief aid in this community. A spacious sorting area, a more efficient warehouse space with loading docks, ample parking, medical services, offices and meeting rooms will create a hub where the community can gather, sort and pack supplies, train for upcoming missions, and distribute aid all from one convenient location. The center will serve as a model for similar centers around the world.

Since 2004, ISOH Impact has provided more than $60 million in food, clothing, medical supplies and other assistance to disaster victims and impoverished families locally, nationally, and internationally.

To learn more about ISOH/IMPACT or about the 2013 Hope Gala, or to register for tickets, visit

Fatal crashes increase
The number of fatal crashes in Lucas County rose by 53 percent in Lucas County, according to the Lucas County Traffic Safety Program.

In 2011, there were 23 fatal crashes and 29 fatalities compared to 35 fatal crashes and 36 deaths in 2012. Four of the 36 fatalities were motorcyclists, nine were pedestrians, and two were bicyclists. Of the 36 fatalities, 30 were males and six were females.

According to program statistics, the number-one contributing circumstance in the fatal crashes was improper crossing, followed by drivers traveling left of center, a failure to yield and failure to control. Nine of the fatal crashes occurred on a Tuesday.

Fifty-two percent of the fatal crashes occurring within Lucas County in 2012 involved a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash. Nationally and state-wide, about 32 percent of the fatal crashes involve an impaired driver.

The Traffic Safety Program is funded through grants from the Ohio Department of Public Safety and is administered by the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West.

Lest We Forget
In celebration of African American History Month, Terra State Community College and the Fremont NAACP are partnering to present Troy Lindsey Productions’ “Lest We Forget – Celebrating 100 Years of Art in the African American Experience,” Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall, Building D at Terra, located at 2830 Napoleon Road in Fremont.

Lindsey, Fremont’s own storyteller, will take the audience back in time with music, dance, poetry and drama, in a celebration of the influence and contributions of generations of African Americans in the arts.

Also featured will be Lorna McKinstry as blues legend Billie Holiday, national recording artist Kay Robinson as Patty Labelle and author Christina R. Hutchins as Mahalia Jackson, along with many others.

Admission is free. Freewill donations, which may be made at the door the night of show, will go toward the cost of the program.

For more information, call the Terra State Department of Music at 419-559-2379.

Senior housing discussed
About 54 senior citizens attended a recent meeting at the Perrysburg Senior Center about a proposed senior housing development planned for Harbor Town Place in Perrysburg.

Sixty-nine one- and two-bedroom apartments are being planned to house residents 55 years of age and over. Pete Schwiegeraht of the Miller-Valentine Group and Don Corley of WSOS Community Action Commission discussed the units, which would be handicapped-accessible, with open floor plans. The two-bedroom units will be about 900 square feet while the one-bedroom units will be about 700 square feet.

The development would include on-site management, a fitness center, laundry facility, activity/recreation center, parking and other amenities.

Rents will be about a maximum of $650 per month for a two bedroom and $575 for a one-bedroom. Renters with incomes up to 60 percent of Wood County’s median household income would be eligible for these apartments.

In addition, WSOS will collaborate with the Wood County Commission on Aging and its Perrysburg Senior Center to provide services for the seniors who live in the development. Those services could include curb-to-curb transportation and home-delivered meals.

The seniors asked a number of questions, and then were asked to sign a letter of support that will be submitted with the funding request. Notice of the funding approval will be made in July, and if approved, construction will begin in early 2014.

For more information on the housing development proposal, call Corley at 1-800-775-9767.

Theatre plans auditions
Oregon Community Theatre will hold auditions for its spring show, “Are We There Yet?” Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at Fassett Auditorium, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.

Shows will be staged April 19-21 and April 26-27. For more information, visit

Toledo pair charged
A pair of Toledo residents have been charged with illegally conveying controlled substances into the Lucas County Corrections Center.

Selina Mack and Jeremy Stevenson were charged with two counts of Illegal Conveyance of Prohibited Items into a Detention Facility, a felony of the third degree. Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp said that Stevenson, while in custody at the Lucas County Corrections Center, conspired with Mack to have marijuana sent via U.S. Mail to the Corrections Center.

After an investigation by Det. Joe Gorney, charges were filed and Mack was taken into custody.

K9 unit aids in rescue
On Feb. 8, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office’s K9 Unit aided the Catawba Township Police in locating a 70-year-old woman reported missing from a Catawba Township home.

Ottawa County Deputy Marc Nye, and his K9 partner Nero, responded to the scene tracked the woman from the residence, locating her off Lost Lake Road near West Harbor, approximately a half-mile away. The woman, found sitting at the base of a tree, was awake and talking when she was discovered. Catawba EMS was called in to evaluate her.

Pheasants Forever banquet
The Erie-Ottawa-Sandusky Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its 22nd Annual Fundraising Banquet Saturday March 9 at the Camp Perry Clubhouse.

Events will include live and silent auctions, raffles and door prizes, along with a dinner catered by Mesenburg’s that will include smoked beef brisket, roasted chicken, side dishes and dessert. Beer and soft drinks will be provided, and a cash bar will be available to purchase mixed drinks.

Doors will open at 5 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. and the auction, raffles and door prizes will follow. The event is open to pre-sale ticket purchase holders only. There will be no ticket sales at the door.

Seating is limited to 325 people. For tickets, call Joe Uhinck at the Ottawa County Agricultural Office in Oak Harbor at 419-898-1595. Visit for more information.

Honor Flight scam
Honor Flight Northwest Ohio has issued a warning that someone is calling World War II veterans in

Northwest Ohio, telling them that they have been selected for an Honor Flight, and asking for their credit card information.

Honor Flight Northwest Ohio flights are entirely free of charge to veterans, including World War II veterans, Korean War veterans, and all other veterans.

Futhermore, Honor Flight Northwest Ohio board members (and all other personnel associated with Honor Flight Northwest Ohio would never ask for credit card information over the phone, in an email message, or in person.

Anyone who experiences a solicitation in the name of Honor Flight or Honor Flight Northwest Ohio is urged to contact Honor Flight at 419-410-7729 or at

Green career & job fair
Area residents with career aspirations in green industry-related fields are invited to Owens Community College’s Green Industry Career and Job Fair Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center Rooms 125-127.

Admission to the event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Approximately 20 area employers within such areas as landscape, golf course and small-scale farm operations will be in attendance. Among the employers planning to attend are Envirocare Lawn and Landscape, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, Premier Gardening Services, Toledo Country Club and Smith Road Farm, among others.

In addition, Owens will have information about the variety of academic programs available through the college’s Department of Science, including Landscape and Turfgrass Management, Golf Course/Athletic Field Management and Urban Agriculture and Sustainability.

For more information about the Green Industry Career and Job Fair, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7623.

Driver arrested following chase
An Oregon woman was arrested after a high-speed chase with officers from the Bowling Green Post of Ohio Highway Patrol on Feb. 13.

According to police, troopers attempted to stop a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am at about 12:25 a.m. for multiple traffic violations on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 169, which is just north of North Baltimore in Wood County.

As the Trooper was attempting to stop the suspect’s vehicle, the Bowling Green Dispatch Center received a transferred 911 call concerning the suspect’s erratic driving. The suspect, Meganne L. McGill, age 22, of Oregon, Ohio, failed to stop for the trooper’s emergency lights and siren, and a pursuit ensued.

McGill continued southbound on Interstate 75 into Hancock County at speeds in excess of 100 mph. According to Patrol reports, she nearly struck several commercial vehicles, and troopers deployed stop sticks, which the suspect was able to avoid.

McGill exited onto SR 12 westbound (Exit 157), and continued driving erratically, police said. Due to her extremely hazardous driving, troopers attempted a rolling roadblock. While attempting to bring the vehicle to a stop McGill’s vehicle struck a patrol car, ending the pursuit. She was taken into custody without further incident. The pursuit lasted 12 minutes, covering approximately 16 miles.

McGill was not injured from the incident, and she was transported to the Bowling Green Patrol Post.

McGill, who had a prior OVI conviction in 2012, tested .249 BAC, which is more than three times the legal limit. She was charged with Felony Fleeing and Eluding, OVI, and reckless operation. She was subsequently incarcerated in the Wood County Justice Center pending her arraignment at Bowling Green Municipal Court.

None of the troopers involved were injured as a result of the incident, which remains under investigation.




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