Wild egg hunt
The Toledo Zoo will hold an Egg Hunt with a wild twist Friday, March 29.
Throughout the zoo, zoo animals will be tracking down papier-mâché eggs, hard-boiled eggs and other treats hidden in their habitats.
The celebration will include story times and fun spring activities, too. In addition, visitors will have the chance to win authentic (hollow) ostrich eggs. Visitors can look for free drawings on zoo grounds to win an egg laid by one of the zoo’s own ostriches and hand-decorated by the zoo’s graphic designers. Three eggs will be given away.
For more information, visit www.toledozoo.org.
Road project starting
The I-75 Bates Road Bridge Repair project will begin Monday, March 25, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District Two announced.
Beginning March 25 and continuing through April, Bates Road at I-75 will be closed for bridge repair. The detour includes Buck Road to Lime City to Mandell Road.
Lane and shoulder restrictions are possible on I-75 between the Ohio Turnpike and Buck Road for bridge repair.
The project is expected to be completed in May.
Facts and Snacks
Home Instead Senior Care and Heartland Home Health and Hospice are planning a “Facts and Snacks” series of programs for the Ottawa County community. The programs will offer community education about various topics surrounding aging.
Sessions will meet the first Tuesday of the month in the Multipurpose Room side A at Riverview Healthcare Campus, 8180 West SR 163, Oak Harbor. Participants may attend at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m.
The first session will be held April 2. Topics will include “Aging 101: Understanding the Terms of Aging and Hospice 101,” which will address the questions of what hospice is, when hospice is appropriate for a loved one, who pays for hospice services and more.
Sessions are offered free of charge, however registration is requested. RSVP to 419-734-5050 by April 1 for the April 2 program.
Easter services set
“The Cry of the Congregation” will be featured at both the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday services at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4155 Pickle Rd., Oregon. Special music and dramatic presentation of the Passion story will be included in the service.
Maundy Thursday service will begin at 7 p.m. with Holy Communion. “The Passion” movie will be shown continuously Good Friday between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. “The Service of Darkness” will begin at 7 p.m., with the “Seven Last Words of Jesus.”
Easter Sunday services will be held at 6:30, 8 and 10:30 a.m. All three services will include Holy Communion. The 10:30 a.m. service will feature the Praise Band.
For more information, visit princeofpeace.com or call the church office at 419-691-9407.
Stein Hospice is seeking volunteers to help with fundraising activities held throughout the year, including golf outings, 5K races and a pet expo.
Volunteer responsibilities include registering participants, baking, selling raffle tickets and other duties. Shift times vary.
Volunteers must attend a one-hour orientation, where they will be fingerprinted. Men and women 18 and older are welcome.
The next orientation will be held March 27 at 5:30 p.m. on the third floor of Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus, 1912 Hayes Ave., Sandusky. To sign up for the March session or a future orientation, contact Angie Esposito at 800-625-5269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boating safety courses
Ohio Boating Education Courses will be offered in both Bowling Green and Perrysburg in early April.
The course will be offered in two sessions April 1 and April 3 from 5-9 p.m. at the Wood County Park District, 18729 Mercer Rd., Bowling Green.
The course will also be offered April 6 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Perrysburg Boat Club, 111 Water St., Perrysburg.
Ohio law requires any person born on or after Jan. 1, 1982 to be able to show proof of successful completion of an approved boating safety course if they operate any watercraft powered by a motor greater than 10 horsepower. The course covers a variety of boating topics, such as navigation rules, personal safety equipment, Ohio boating laws and more.
The fee for the course is $5, which covers the cost of course materials. Pre-registration is required due to class size limitations.
To RSVP or for more information, contact the Maumee Bay Watercraft Office at 419-836-6003 or visit the agency’s website at www.ohiodnr.com.
Heating help winding down
Throughout the WSOS four-county service area, 271 households were approved in February to receive assistance to pay their heating bills through the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP). A total of $71,892 was approved to assist these residents.
To date, 1,313 people have been approved for assistance to pay their heating bills since the program started Nov. 1.
February’s assistance totals included 78 households receiving $26,699 in Wood County; 92 households receiving $18,620 in Sandusky County; 44 households receiving $14,129 in Ottawa County and 57 households receiving $12,444 in Seneca County.
The last day to apply for this assistance is Friday, March 29. The income limits to receive assistance through this program remains at 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, which is $22,340 for households with one person and $46,100 for four-person households.
EHEAP provides one-time assistance to income-eligible residents to help them maintain heating source by paying some of their heating bills. These households receive up to $175 one time to pay regulated electric and other utilities, up to $450 one time to pay non-regulated utilities and up to $750 for those who use propane and have less than a 10-day supply left in the tank.
Residents who have shut off notices receive assistance with heating bills through EHEAP while assistance for those who do not have shut off notices is available through regular HEAP.
Regular HEAP, which also take applications up to March 29, provides a one-time per heating season assistance with paying some heating bills. However, regular HEAP requires applicants to file their own applications. WSOS has applications available and can assist applicants with the forms.
WSOS is also still assisting with 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.
Two graduate from Benchmark program
Magistrate Louis P. Wargo III presided over a special session of the Ottawa County Municipal Court March 5, where he recognized two graduates of the court’s Benchmark Alcohol/Drug and Mental Health Intervention Court Program.
Started in July 2008, the program, administered with the assistance of the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office and other community agencies, provides a supervised rehabilitation program for chemically dependent individuals as well as individuals with serious mental health problems charged with misdemeanor offenses.
The two graduates were the 20th and 21st to complete the program. A reception was held following the court session to honor the graduates for their successful completion of the approximately two-year court program.
“Since its inception in July 2008, the Benchmark Program has served the families and citizens of Ottawa County by addressing the county’s mental health and substance abuse issues,” said Judge Frederick C. Hany II. “That these are the court’s 20th and 21st graduates, speaks volumes in and of itself as to the court’s long-term commitment to the families and citizens of this county.”
Magistrate Wargo, who regularly presides over the weekly court sessions, commended the graduates, stressing the fact that each of them has made great strides turning their personal lives around for not only their individual betterment but also for the betterment of their families, friends, and the community as well.
Ottawa County officials have identified the body found along railroad tracks in Salem Township as that of Roger Luna, whose last known address was in Toledo.
Relatives of Luna in Texas have been notified, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.
His body was discovered by a crew in a passing train although investigators, as of last week, were unsure if he fell off a train or was hit.