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Skywarn rescheduled
Due to a winter storm, the National Weather Service Cleveland office and the Wood County Emergency Management Agency canceled the Wood County Skywarn Severe Weather Spotter’s class scheduled for Feb. 26 at Lake High School.

The class has been rescheduled for April 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lake auditorium.


Statewide siren test
In observance of Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week March 3 to 9, a statewide tornado drill will be held Wednesday, March 6 at 9:50 a.m.

Outdoor warning sirens will be activated for the drill. The National Weather Service will also activate the NOAA Weather Radio Alert System at that time to test weather radios and announce the drill.

Ottawa County Emergency Management will test the Wireless Emergency Notification System, which activates cell phones, mobile devices and email in the event of an emergency. To sign up for the alerts, visit www.co.ottawa.oh.us/ottawacoema/index.html.

Wood County EMA encourages residents and businesses to take the opportunity to establish, review, and practice their procedures in seeking safe shelter when severe weather occurs.

Residents should stay alert for rapidly changing weather conditions when a “watch” is issued and be prepared to take immediate safety measures in the event a “warning” is issued or weather conditions warrant taking action.

For more information on severe storms and storm safety, contact the Wood County Emergency Management Agency at 419-354-9269 or visit the National Weather Service website at www.nws.noaa.gov or the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness website at www.weathersafety.ohio.gov.


Two Villages forum
“Sometimes I don’t know what I need to know in order to make the best decisions for my children.” This comment, often shared among parents, is at the root of the work underway by Two Villages.

Formed in 2009 by residents in the Elmore and Woodville communities, Two Villages provides community awareness programs designed to keep adults current on information regarding the core issues surrounding high risk behaviors in teens.

The 2013 Community Forum will be held Sunday, March 10 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 19225 Witty Rd, Elmore. This year's program includes two speakers followed by discussion time.

The first presentation will be “Teen Health and Safety: A Review of Ottawa and Sandusky County Community Health Assessments” facilitated by Kathy Silvestri, Director of Health Planning of the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio. Silvestri will discuss the results of the 2011 and 2012 health survey that local teens participated in and compare the data with state and national findings.

The second presentation will be on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), a condition that is often misdiagnosed as ADD/ADHD and places children at risk for school failure. FASD is a term for a range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. Sister Mary Sartor, FASD Specialist, Double ARC, will facilitate the discussion.

The Sisters of Notre Dame founded Double ARC in 1992 to work collaboratively with parents and professionals in education, health and social services, to meet the needs of children with FASD.

The forum is free and open to the community.

Sponsors which make these community events possible include Brush Wellman, Inc., Crosser Funeral Home, Elmore Family Dentistry, Elmore Kiwanis Club, Elmore Lions Club, Fremont Federal Credit Union, Genoa Medical Center, Grace Lutheran Church, Harris-Elmore Public Library, Ottawa County Juvenile Court, St. John United Church of Christ, The Press, Trinity Lutheran Church, Woodmore Elementary Student Council, Woodmore Key Club, Woodmore Local Schools, Woodville United Methodist Church, and several individual donors.

For more information, contact Jayne Klett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


B-C-S kindergarten signups
Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will hold kindergarten registration and screening March 19, 20 and 21 at R.C. Waters Elementary.

To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old by Sept. 30. All kindergarten students should be screened and registered to begin the school year. Parents and guardians should call the elementary school at 419-898-6219 to schedule an appointment.

Appointment times are 8:15 -10:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 1:15-3:15 p.m. each day. Items to be brought to the appointment include the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, the child’s Social Security card, and custody papers, if applicable. Children should dress in comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.

A parent/guardian must be present with the child during the entire screening appointment. All parent information and registration forms will be completed at the screening session.


“Healthy Steps” classes
The Wood County Senior Center will host a series of “Healthy Steps” therapeutic fitness classes in the Lebed Method, Wednesdays March 6 through April 24 at 10:30 a.m., 305 North Main St,, Bowling Green.

Classes will be taught by Jim Berger from Heartland Rehabilitation Services, a certified instructor in the Lebed Method, which utilizes slow, smooth movement with resistance that can be done either sitting or standing.

The Lebed Method is designed to benefit cancer survivors, as well as those with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, depression or other chronic illnesses, though those who wants to take steps to care for their mind, body and spirit while having fun are also welcome to participate.

“The program uses dance moves and music and aids to increase flexibility, strength, range of motion, and regain balance both physically and emotionally. It also helps to decrease and manage lymphedema and so much more,” Berger said.

The class fee is $20 for eight weeks. Advance registration is encouraged. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and supportive shoes.

To learn more about the Lebed Method, visit the national website at www.lebedmethod.com. To learn more about the class, call the Wood County Committee on Aging at 1-800-367-4935 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Feinstein Food Drive
The Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio will host a food drive March 1 to April 30, in conjunction with the Feinstein Foundation.

The Salvation Army is asking for non-perishable foods that can be distributed through their food pantry at their downtown offices, as well as monetary donations.

Each year since 1996, the Feinstein Foundation, started by Alan Shawn Feinstein, encourages non-profits and churches across the country to host food drives in an attempt to end hunger in the United States. Each non-profit and church reports the total of food and monetary donations, then will receive a portion of the million dollars. The more food and monetary donations each group brings in will increase the amount of the donation money from the Feinstein Foundation.

Food will be collected at various sites across the Toledo area, but The Salvation Army is looking for more groups or organizations that would like collection boxes at their sites. To schedule a collection box to be set up at your site, call The Salvation Army at 419-241-1138.

Currently, food items can be dropped off at The Salvation Army, 620 N. Erie St. Toledo, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. 4p.m.


Massage therapy classes
Massage therapy and health care professionals interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills specific to alternative healing modalities are invited to participate in a series of new massage therapy classes at Owens Community College’s Arrowhead Park Learning Center, located on Indian Wood Circle in Maumee.

“The need for highly skilled massage therapists continues to grow as more and more individuals are utilizing massage therapy to maintain and enhance healthy living,” said Michelle Aman, Owens Chair of Massage Therapy. “Massage therapy can help with a wide range of health issues and these new classes are designed to expand a professional’s educational knowledge and skills through innovative experiential learning opportunities.”

The series of six separate classes will take place from March through April. The one-day and/or seminar format classes will highlight a variety of massage treatments and techniques, including aromatherapy, bamboo massage, energy modalities, pregnancy massage, and hot and cold stone therapy.

The first class, titled “Reiki for Everyone,” will be offered Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Among the featured topics are history of alternative healing, the body as an energy system, the three levels of Reiki, balancing the energy system and how a person’s outlook in life affects neurology.

Additional classes include “Pregnancy Massage” offered from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 23; “Introduction to Aromatherapy” offered 7:30-9 p.m. April 10; “Aromatherapy in the Salon, Spa and Clinical Setting” offered 7:30-9 p.m. April 17; “Hot Stone Massage” offered 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Apr. 20 and “Bamboo Massage” offered 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 27 and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 28.

For more information, or to register for a massage therapy class, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7357 or visit www.owensworks.com.


Developmental screenings
The Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities is hosting a free developmental screening for children 0-3 on March 12 from 4 – 7 p.m. at their office in Oak Harbor.

Residents who live in Ottawa County, have a child ages 0-3 and suspect that child has delays, including but not limited to speech, social, motor or cognitive, should call 567-262-3141 to set up an appointment to have their child screened.

After the screening, families are invited to attend the Board’s open house to learn about it services along with partnering agencies. There will also be face painting and a make-it-take-it activity for children, featured artist, live music, refreshments and giveaways.


Quarter Mania benefit
On March 5, Oak Harbor DECA members will host a Quarter Mania Benefit at Oak Harbor High School to raise funds for Amy Ottney-Wolff, a 2004 graduate who is fighting breast cancer.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the event, which will include fun, food and bargains.

Admission is $5 and includes a bidding paddle. Attendees will have a chance to bid on items from numerous local direct marketing vendors who will be present at the event. A number of local businesses have also donated items.

Proceeds from the event will help Ottney-Wolff with medical expenses. Attendees are asked to wear pink to show support for Amy and for breast cancer awareness.  

The fundraiser is part of a community service project titled “Keep Calm & Fight On” that was organized by Oak Harbor DECA members to not only help Ottney-Wolff, but also to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society.

For information, contact project leaders Aisha Hamdallah, Taylor Blatt or Whitney Rutledge at 419-898-6216, ext. 351.


Women’s Connection
All area women are invited to attend the “Scents of Spring” luncheon and program sponsored by Toledo East Women’s Connection Thursday, March 14 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon luncheon and buffet.

Kristen Slater, from Sandusky, will offer a display of her flameless Scentsy candles. Holliday Thomas, of Bowling Green, will entertain with vocal music, and Mary Haddad, of Adrian, Mich., will discuss, “Survival and Success in Search for Significance.”

For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633.


Indictments returned
After a recent session of the Ottawa County Grand Jury, indictments have been returned against the following individuals, according to Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan:

Derek A. Thayer, 34, who is being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, has been charged with one count each of Breaking and Entering, Vandalism and Attempted Theft after he reportedly entered the premises of a business earlier this month and attempted to take over $1,000 worth of property.

Seth D. Damron, 22, 221 W. Main St., Oak Harbor, was charged with one count of Robbery, a felony of the third degree, after he allegedly tried to take money from an Oak Harbor business in November.

Shay F. Fleenor, 20, 52 N. Margaret Dr., Marblehead, has been indicted on one felony and one misdemeanor count of Possession of Drugs after being stopped by officers of the Oak Harbor Police Department last month.

Summonses have been issued for Damron and Fleenor to make their initial appearances in the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas March 13. Warrants were issued for all other defendants.


Terra Job Fair
Terra State Community College will hold its annual Spring Job Fair March 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Activities Center.

More than 70 companies are scheduled to attend to discuss full- and part-time, as well as seasonal jobs. For more information, call Joan Gamble, coordinator of Career Services at 419-559-2256.


College Preview Night
More than 100 public and private colleges and universities from Ohio and the multi-state area will visit the Toledo area as Owens Community College hosts Northwest Ohio’s largest College Preview Night Wednesday, March 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center.

Sponsored by the counseling staffs of 20 local high schools and Owens, the event will also include presentations in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. Admission is free and open to the community.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to visit with various college and university representatives and pick up information about admission requirements, financial aid, student activities, academic program offerings, athletic eligibility and accommodations for students with special needs.

In addition, representatives from local financial institutions will be present to provide information on student loans, and high school counselors will be available to answer general college questions. Representatives of the various military branches will also be on hand to discuss admission to military academies, the ROTC and other scholarship-related programs.

For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7777.


East Toledo meetings set 
As a result of a community forum held in January, East Toledo residents interested building a healthy and sustainable community came together to create two committees to address concerns and issues.

A Safety Committee will meet March 5 at 6 p.m. and a Housing/Economic Development Committee will meet March 7 at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave.

Jodi Gross, ETFC community builder, says the mission is “to involve as many interested East Toledo residents and stakeholders through advocating, working and collaborating to build a healthy and sustainable community with one voice” and “to continue open communication with all interested stakeholders that include neighborhood groups, block watch groups, residents, churches, organizations, agencies, schools, and businesses that will be part of the decision making process.”

For information, call Gross at 419-351-4971.


Machine program class
Penta Career Center’s Adult & Continuing Education division will offer a new program for area adults interested in affordable, short-term training in the area of CNC Machine Programming.

The training will take place at Penta Career Center, 9301 Buck Rd. in Perrysburg. 

“We decided to begin this program because many employers in our region are hiring CNC technicians and machinists that need training,” said Kevin Whitltach, director of Penta’s Adult & Continuing Education division. “We are anticipating that many people are retiring from this industry and the need for adequately trained machine programmers and operators to replace these retirees will increase.”

The CNC Machine Programmer Training is a 120-hour course that will start March 18 and continue through June 26. Classes will meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on the Penta Career Center campus. Potential students must pass a pre-admission test to be eligible for the program.

For more information, call Brad Luebcke, Penta Adult Education Program Coordinator, at 419-661-6555. 

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