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Haz mat tech course
The Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency and The University of Findlay are sponsoring a hazardous materials technician course the last week of March.

The course will be held at Sandusky Fire headquarters March 25 to 28 from 6-10 p.m. and Saturday, March 30 at the University of Findlay Training Grounds in Findlay.

The 40-hour course is taught under Public Utilities Commission of Ohio funding for Hazardous Materials training, and is offered at no cost to participants. Certificates of completion will be issued from the University of Findlay and Ottawa County EMA.

The training is open to firefighters and EMS personnel who have completed the operations-level training.

Hazardous materials spills are common in Ohio with the state’s abundance of highways, interstate highways and rail lines. Ethanol, gasoline, other petroleum derivatives and farm chemicals including herbicides and pesticides are commonly transported on roadways and rails in the area. Other chemicals moving from one side of the country to the other on interstate and state highways can include highly toxic and dangerous substances.

When vehicle accidents or derailments involving hazardous materials occur, fire departments are among the primary responders, special training is required to assist with identification of the substances, isolation and/or containment of the spilled material, and protection of the people in the affected zones.

To register for this class, contact the Ottawa County EMA at 419-734-6900 no later than March 20. For more information, call 419-602-0758 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Fellowship program
State Rep. Tim Brown (R-Bowling Green) has announced that the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program.

The commission, which works closely with the legislative caucuses of the Ohio General Assembly, will hire 20-plus fellows to work with members and staff at the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate during 2014.

“This Fellowship will provide graduates with incredible on-the-job-training experience in research, legislative policy development and analysis. I highly recommend it to graduates with an interest in learning more about our state government.” Rep. Brown said.

Legislative fellow duties include assisting General Assembly members with constituent work and communications, doing legislative research, attending meetings, and performing administrative duties. Telecommunications fellows assist in televising House and Senate proceedings and preparing educational video productions about the General Assembly and the legislative process.

The program is open to graduates of all major fields of study who have a genuine interest in learning about state government. No political experience is required. All applicants must have graduated from a four-year college degree program by the December start date. Those holding graduate or professional degrees are also encouraged to apply.

The fellowships are full-time, paid positions with eligibility for benefits applicable to other state employees. Application materials must be postmarked by April 1, to be considered for the program. The application deadline for the two telecommunications positions is May 31.

For more information or for an application and instructions, contact the fellowship coordinator at the Ohio Legislative Service Commission by calling 614-466-3615 or visit www.lsc.state.oh.us/fellowship.


Transportation Summit
Rick Hodges, executive director of the Ohio Turnpike Commission, will present the luncheon keynote address at the 19th Transportation Summit for Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan hosted by Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) March 22 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg. Hodges will discuss the details of the recently announced Ohio Jobs and Transportation Plan affecting the future of the Ohio Turnpike.

The summit offers an opportunity for area transportation stakeholders – including planners, engineers, construction professionals, economic developers, elected and appointed officials, and service providers – to learn about transportation plans in the region.

The event is open to the public; registration is required. To register or for more information, visit www.tmacog.org/summit.htm


Heating aid ending
The last day to apply for assistance from Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) at WSOS is Friday, March 29.

Typically, the program operates from Nov. 1 to March 31 each year. Because March 31 falls on a Sunday this year, the last business day to apply would be on March 29.

The Crisis Summer Cooling Program is expected to begin July 1. Changes have been made to the way residents will be asked to apply for assistance.

Beginning April 1, there will be an automated telephone line available for residents to schedule an appointment for assistance. The telephone line will allow residents to schedule appointments 24 hours per day, seven days per week for EHEAP, HEAP, and PIPP. When residents call in, they will also get reminders about what to bring to the appointments, about rescheduling appointments, and more.

Callers may be able to get assistance through a customer service representative at some times. All appointments will have a confirmation number. To schedule an appointment, callers will need their account and Social Security numbers.

Until the end of March, WSOS is still assisting with EHEAP applications and 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. To make an appointment, call 1-888-441-4327.


Motorcycle safety classes
Terra State Community College is accepting registration for motorcycle safety classes, including Basic Rider, Returning Rider and Experienced Rider courses.

Classes, offered through Motorcycle Ohio in Columbus, start in April and run through October. The course fee is $50. Motorcycles and helmets are provided; participants need a valid motorcycle permit.

The Basic Rider Course is designed to teach new riders how to ride safely. The class is three days long totaling 16 hours.

Terra will offer one Basic Riders Course during the week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. All other classes are offered on the weekend with day and evenings classes available.

The Returning Riders Course is for those who have had more than one motorcycle permit, but have never obtained a license. The class will be offered three times this summer, only on Saturdays. Motorcycles and helmets are provided; all you need is a valid motorcycle permit.

The Experienced Riders Course will be offered two times this summer.

To register or for more information, call Edie Dirnberg at 419-559-2110 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Call for artists
The Arts Commission of Toledo is seeking designs for phase two of the Toledo Digital Billboards Art Project.

The project will utilize two local digital billboards, which are owned by Toledo Detroit Outdoor Media, to exhibit a series of artworks with the sole intent of beautifying the City of Toledo for 8 seconds at a time. Selected artworks will be displayed temporarily on the digital billboards located at the corner of Monroe and Secor and the corner of Central and Secor as part of the regular rotation of ads.

Any local artist or team of artists working in any medium or discipline may submit up to three works for consideration for the project. All submissions must follow the submission guidelines, available at www.TheArtsCommission.org.

Interested artists should email their submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Include the full name, address and phone number in the body of the email. All submission should be postmarked to or received at 1838 Parkwood Ave., Suite 120 by Monday, March 25, 2013.

For more information, visit www.TheArtsCommission.org or call 419-254-2787 ext. 11.


 
Ten free trees
The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easier for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring through planting trees. Those who join the Arbor Day Foundation in March will receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees.

“White flowering dogwoods will add beauty to your home throughout the year,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Dogwoods are known for their showy spring flowers, scarlet autumn foliage and red berries that attract songbirds during winter.”

The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s “Trees for America” campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between now and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a subscription to “Arbor Day,” the Foundation's bimonthly publication, and “The Tree Book,” which contains information about tree planting and care.

To become a member of the Foundation send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Dogwood Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410 by March 30, or join online at arborday.org/march.


Family Center Gala set
The East Toledo Family Center’s annual gala will be held April 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Glass City Boardwalk, 27820 E Broadway St., Walbridge.

Honorary chairman for the event, which will be themed “Hawaiian Luau,” will be Timm Morrison, from 93.5 WRQN.

Distinguished Citizen and Educator of the Year awards will be introduced. This year’s Distinguished Citizens include Tim Martin and Deb McLaren. Educators of the Year are David Pitensbarger, Gretchen Paskiet and Carolyn Yenrick. The event will also include various auctions.

Tickets are $55 for individuals and $100 per couple. Proceeds raised will benefit the Senior Program. For tickets or more information, call Tracy at 419-691-1429 or visitwww.ETFC.org.

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