Beach cleanup set
To celebrate Earth Day and help remove litter from area beaches, the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Camp Perry, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of Magee Marsh, City of Port Clinton, East Harbor State Park, Catawba Island State Park and Ottawa Sandusky Seneca County Joint Solid Waste Management District are joining together to host county-wide beach clean-ups.
All clean-up events will be held April 20 at 9 a.m. except for the Magee Marsh beach clean-up, which will be held April 13 at 10 a.m.
To volunteer or for more information, call to register at the following numbers:
• Camp Perry – MSG Donald Messersmith, 614-336-6269.
• Catawba Island State Park – Mike Monnett, 419-734-4425.
• East Harbor State Park – Mike Monnett, 419-734-4425.
• Magee Marsh – Mary Warren, 419-898-0960, ext. 31.
• Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge – Justin Woldt. 419-898-0014.
No registration is required for the Port Clinton-Lakeview clean-up.
High school seniors are invited to learn about Owens Community College’s many educational opportunities during Registration Rocks, a fun, music-themed event planned for April 8-12 and 15-19.
High school seniors can sign up for any day of Registration Rocks, which runs from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Those planning to attend are required to RSVP prior to the event.
Attendees will be able to tour campus, complete the new student orientation, take the placement test and pick up important information about financial aid, clubs and student activities, local housing and academic program offerings. Students will also be provided with a free lunch during their visit. In addition, a separate program on learning to support children in college will be offered to parents who attend the event.
For more information or to register, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2620 or visit www.owens.edu/regrocks/ and click on the Registration Rocks icon.
All area women are invited to attend the “Bloomful Spring” luncheon and program sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Thursday, April 11 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon lunch buffet and program. Jill Bench from Bench’s Greenhouse in Elmore will share spring planting ideas. In addition, Bonnie Mohon, of Oregon, will provide entertainment and featured speaker Kathleen Sly, of Richland, Mich., will speak on “A Humpty Dumpty Life.”
The cost is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633.
Owens Community College students will spend a night under the stars to raise awareness about homelessness during the eighth annual Sleep Out for the Homeless Tent City Monday, April 8.
Beginning at 4 p.m., Owens students will spend 17 consecutive hours camping out on the college’s courtyard lawn outside the Student Health and Activities Center. In addition to raising awareness about homelessness, the students will be collecting hygiene items to benefit Cherry Street Mission Ministries in Toledo.
The event will conclude at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 9.
Owens students and employees and community members are encouraged to show their support by contributing donations such as toilet paper, deodorant, razors, wash cloths, towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner. Donations may be dropped off on the college’s courtyard lawn outside the Student Health and Activities Center any time during the event.
Additionally, participants will be putting their construction skills to the test as part of a cardboard box-building competition.
For more information about the event, including donation information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2569.
The Toledo-Lucas County Housing Fund and the Lucas County Land Bank have awarded $346,257 in grants to six applicants.
Awardees included the Ability Center of Greater Toledo ($31,530); Friendship New Vision ($100,007); Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity ($72,100); 300 Beds, Inc., dba Harbor House ($16,600); Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority ($100,000) and NeighborWorks Toledo Region ($26,200).
The six projects will leverage more than $10 million for housing in Toledo and Lucas County. The funds will be used as matches for federal and state funds or private sources otherwise not available.
March for Meals
The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) created the March For Meals campaign in 2002 to raise awareness about senior hunger.
“We Are Meals On Wheels, so no senior goes hungry” is the rallying cry of the campaign and MOWAA.
This year, Ottawa County Senior Center site managers encouraged increased awareness of the needs of home-delivered meal recipients of Ottawa County by organizing a gift bag fundraiser. The project was based on an idea from Danbury Senior Center site manager Paula Shenkel. Site managers Tammy Reichert, Mary Jane Happel-Meadows and Candace Pucci joined Shenkel in planning a “March for Meals” event, whereby seniors from each of the county’s six senior centers collect items to fill a reusable grocery bag.
Each bag contained items such as paper towels, hand soap, toothpaste, facial tissues and other basic necessities that homebound seniors are often unable to get without assistance. At the end of the month, the gift bags were delivered to each of the nearly 200 home-delivered meal clients along with their daily hot meal.
Shenkel suggested the idea to encourage members of the senior centers to help their fellow seniors by giving them practical items that they can really use. She and fellow site managers organized their respective sites to collect the items and assemble the gift bags for delivery. Walker Funeral Homes assisted with a monetary donation for the project.
Lincoln Motorsports Welding Night set
Owens Community College’s School of Technology, the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Welding Society and Lincoln Electric Motorsports are inviting area race car and truck enthusiasts to the Toledo-area campus to view an array of competition vehicles and learn more about careers within the welding and automotive industry at the 17th annual Lincoln Motorsports Welding Night Thursday, April 4.
The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. in the Transportation Technologies Center. Admission is free. Vehicles featured at the event will include trucks, stock racing cars, drag racing cars and drag bikes, among others. In addition, an ARCA truck and car as well as a 305 Sprint car will be on display.
Guest speaker Karl Hoes of the Lincoln Electric Co. will speak about various aspects of welding on competition vehicles at 7 p.m. in Transportation Technologies Center Room 168. In addition to his position as an instructor for Lincoln Electric, Hoes is an accomplished Lincoln Motorsports welder, working on NASCAR, Nationwide, ARCA and IRL vehicles. Additionally, he is a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association in Wisconsin and is involved heavily with the IRL and ARCA Truck series.
Representatives from local businesses including Toledo Speedway, Norwalk Raceway Park and Attica Raceway Park will be on hand to offer information. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to experience one of Lincoln Electric’s virtual welders and view welding demonstrations during the event.
For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7729.
Eight people were arrested, including a Toledo woman and Elmore man, in an undercover operation Tuesday at a Portage Township hotel.
The operation was conducted to deter prostitution and related crime, authorities said, and included officers from the sheriffs departments from Ottawa and Wood counties, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Crimes Against Children Task Force, and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Charged with solicitation were:
• Thomas A. Erne, 63, Huron.
• Richard B. Stratton, 66, Norwalk.
• Barry A. Lee, 61, Sandusky.
• George R. Johnson, 55, Sandusky.
• Amanda L. Bigelow-Hogan, 26, Toledo.
• Jason J. Palmer, 40, Elmore.
Daniel A Weiss, 38, Flat Rock, Mich., was arrested for complicity to prostitution and Mark Day, 42, Sandusky, was arrested for attempted soliciting.
According to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, the suspects met at the hotel with undercover police operatives and were arrested after allegedly soliciting the operatives for sexual acts.
Park District meetings
Throughout April and May, the Wood County Park District will be holding a series of town-hall meetings at various locations throughout Wood County.
The purpose of these meetings is to share and discuss a vision for the future of the Park District, and to gather feedback from Wood County citizens in a “focus group” format to help the Park District achieve its goals.
Meetings will be held:
April 3, 6:30 p.m., W.W. Knight Preserve, Friends’ Green Room, 29530 White Rd., Perrysburg.
April 11, 6:30 p.m., Otsego Park, Thompson Stone Hall, 20000 West River Rd., Bowling Green,
May 1, 6:30 p.m., Pemberville Public Library, 375 E. Front St. Pemberville.
May 9, 6:30 p.m., Rossford Public Library, 720 Dixie Highway, Rossford.
May 15, 6:30 p.m.. Park District Headquarters, 18729 Mercer Rd., Bowling Green.
May 23, 6:30 p.m., Lake Township Hall, 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury.
June 6, 6:30 p.m., Wood District Public Library, 251 N. Main Street, Bowling Green.
The Lucas County Auditor’s Office will hold a Board of Revision filing clinic for citizens who require one-on-one assistance as well as for those who need to drop off their forms.
The Board of Revision (BOR) reviews complaints citizens have with their property values. Homeowners who wish to challenge their 2012 property values as listed at the Auditor’s Office must do so before the April 1 deadline. Homeowners must complete and file a BOR application, also known as a Complaint against the Valuation of Real Property, before the deadline.
The clinic is located at Northwest Ohio Building and Trades. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Auditor’s office will be available on the first floor of Government Center from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. to provide assistance. Auditor Anita Lopez, and her staff are available to assist homeowners in researching their property values and in completing the forms. Homeowners may also research property values online via the Auditor’s Real Estate Information System (AREIS). Real estate values may also be obtained by calling the Auditor’s Education & Outreach Help Line at 419-213-4406.
Those submitting forms by mail should note that the auditor’s office must receive completed and notarized forms by the April 1 deadline. Per the Ohio Revised Code, mail must be postmarked by April 1.
New this year, the Lucas County Auditor’s Office has received approval from the State of Ohio, Department of Taxation which will allow Lucas County property owners to submit their value complaints via e-mail. The Board of Revision has typically only been able to accept applications that have been submitted via regular mail or hand-delivered to the Auditor’s Office. Citizens can e-file either a PDF or JPEG version of their complaint to
Prom Dress Extravaganza
On Saturday, April 6, the Owens Community College Raising Awareness Club and the Springfield High School Academic Booster Club will host the Prom Dress Extravaganza from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center.
Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase prom dresses and accessories at prizes ranging from $5 to $20 for dresses and 50 cents to $5 for accessories. Shopping mentors will be on hand to help with the selection process. Additionally, Owens students will provide prom dress alterations free of charge during the event.
All proceeds raised from the prom dress initiative will be used to benefit future community outreach activities for the Raising Awareness Club, which is comprised of Owens students, employees and alumni working together to advocate for the acceptance of cultural differences, global unity, disability awareness and various needs that impact the surrounding communities.
For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2569.
Prison Awareness Week
Toledoans for Prison Awareness is sponsoring “Prison Awareness Week” April 8-13. The event will feature two dozen speakers, films, discussions and a Saturday inside the Toledo Correctional Institution, the state’s medium to maximum security prison.
The group is sponsoring the week of activities to “bring the human and institutional crisis of the prisons out of the shadows and into the foreground of policy, awareness, and ministry,” according to its mission statement.
“Our society likes to pretend that imprisonment only affects ‘bad’ people,” said Dr. Cynthia Ingham, assistant professor of history at the University of Toledo and coordinator of the events, “when in reality we are all affected.”
Each day of Prison Awareness Week will have a specific educational focus, with literature and displays in the UT Student Union and an event on that theme scheduled for the late afternoon or evening. The week will conclude with a day-long conference at Libbey Hall. Faculty and local community leaders involved in prison, justice, and reentry are scheduled to present.
All events are free and open to the public. A complete schedule of events is available at www.toledoprisonawarenessgroup.org.
Centennial celebration kick-off
On Sunday, April 7, the Walbridge Centennial celebration will kick off with a commemoration of the first council meeting held 100 years ago.
The observance will be held at the VFW Banquet Hall, 109 N. Main St., Walbridge. After proclamations from local dignitaries, there will be an historic slideshow of the village at 2:30 p.m., followed by refreshments at 3 p.m. Memorabilia will be on display throughout the afternoon.
The Lake-Walbridge Alumni Photo Book featuring senior classes from 1911-2012 will be available for purchase and memorial bricks and centennial cookbooks will be available for order.
Lost dog sought
A Millbury family is looking for help in finding their family dog, which has been missing since the evening of March 24.
Daisy, a small (15-20-pound), blonde Peek-a-Poo, escaped from the yard of the Hammer family’s Kearsley Street home. “We’re not sure of the exact time,” said Tammy Hammer. “We think our Great Dane Daisy must have unlatched the gate, and Daisy got out.”
The family has been combing the area looking for the dog, with no success.
Daisy belongs to Tammy’s son, Dylan, who has cerebral palsy. “It’s his companion,” she said. “He really misses her.”
Anyone with information about the dog should call 419-836-1878.