Ronald Miller Honor Flight
Honor Flight Northwest Ohio will begin its 2013 flying season Tuesday, April 30, with a flight designated the “Ronald Miller Memorial Flight,” in memory of the Genoa American Legion Band Announcer who passed away in December 2012.
Seventy-four veterans, each accompanied by a guardian, will take the flight to Washington, D.C. where they will visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Air Force Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Since its initial flight in April 2008, Honor Flight Northwest Ohio has taken 1,381 veterans to Washington, D.C. with a perfect safety record.
The majority of the 74 veterans are World War II veterans. The remaining flights, scheduled for May 22, June 26 and Oct. 2, will include primarily Korean War veterans.
World War II veterans, Korean War veterans, and Vietnam War veterans are still encouraged to apply to be on an Honor Flight. A “Veteran Application” can be found online at www.honorflightnwo.org/veteran.asp.
Each Northwest Ohio Honor Flight departs from and returns to the Grand Aire hangar, one mile west of the main terminal at Toledo Express Airport, 11777 West Airport Service Rd., Swanton.
The public is invited to attend “send-offs” (approximately 7-9 a.m.) and “welcome-homes” (approximately 7:30- 9:30 p.m.).
A current and valid photo ID are required to gain access to the Grand Aire hangar. Children under age 18 do not need an ID if they are accompanied by a parent or another adult.
For more information on Honor Flight Northwest Ohio, visit www.honorflightnwo.org.
Wood Co. Skywarn
The annual Skywarn severe weather spotters training for Wood County will be held Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lake High School Auditorium, 28080 Lemoyne Rd., Millbury.
The training is presented by the National Weather Service, Cleveland office and is sponsored by the Wood County Emergency Management Agency. Participants will learn how to accurately identify and report severe weather occurrences to the National Weather Service and local officials.
The Eastern Community YMCA, in collaboration with OhioOnline, will present free beginners’ computer classes Monday and Tuesday, April 29 and 30 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in Conference Room C at the YMCA, located at 2960 Pickle Rd., Oregon.
The class, which will be instructed by Todd Barnes, is open to adults over 18, and would be perfect for seniors and other adults wanting to get online, to learn how to send emails, pay bills online, extend their circle of friends on Facebook, etc.
Registration is required. Class space is limited to 12 participants. To reserve a spot in the class, call 419-729-8135.
Amazing Race Toledo
The Amazing Race, Toledo Edition, will be held Saturday, May 18.
The event will begin at 1 p.m. at Mathews Ford, 2811 Navarre Ave., Oregon. Registration will begin at noon. The race will take place throughout Toledo and the surrounding areas, offering participants both a physical and mental challenge.
The cost is $100 per four-person team. Post-party tickets are $20 per person.
Proceeds raised will benefit Feed Your Neighbor of NW Ohio, Augsburg Outreach Program and the Giving Store of Glenwood Lutheran.
Meet the candidates
The Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition and the Northern Wood County Republican Club are co-sponsoring a “Meet the Candidates for Perrysburg Municipal Court Judge Night” Monday April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 10621 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg.
“This judicial position is open for the first time in 20 years,” said Jonathan Smith, president of the Northern Wood County Republican Club. The jurisdiction of the Perrysburg Municipal Court covers the geographic area of the cities of Perrysburg, Rossford and Northwood; the townships of Perrysburg, Lake and Troy and the villages of Luckey, Millbury, Stony Ridge and Walbridge.
The three candidates on the May 7 primary ballot, C. Drew Griffith, Molly Mack and Aram Ohanian, will be presenting information and answering questions. Matt Reger, Wood County Republican Party Chair will be the moderator for this event.
The winner of the May 7 primary will represent the Republican Party in the November 2013 general election.
Free computer classes
Area residents interested in enhancing computer and Internet skills are invited to participate in free computer classes being offered by the Owens Community College through the non-profit Connect Ohio in April.
Classes will be held at Wood County JOBsolutions, 1928 E. Gypsy Lane Rd. in Bowling Green and the Owens Learning Center at Arrowhead Park in Maumee.
The educational initiative, titled Every Citizen Online, is led by Connect Ohio as part of a $6.9 million federal grant the organization has received to help expand access to broadband Internet to consumers across the state. Each class will highlight computer basics, an introduction to the Internet and discussion about how broadband can be helpful in daily life.
Connect Ohio is a non-profit public-private partnership, whose mission is to see all Ohioans connected to the benefits of high-speed Internet service. The organization’s federal grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).
The six-hour classes will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 9 and 11 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Saturdays, April 20 and 27 from 9 a.m. noon at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center and Fridays April 19 and 26 from 1-4 p.m. at Wood County JOBsolutions.
For more information, or to register for the free classes, individuals can call (567) 661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7357.
Library mobile app
Birchard Public Library users can now access and manage their library accounts on the go using a free Clevnet app, which can be downloaded to iPhones from the iTunes App Store or to Android devices from Google Play.
The app allows users to search the library collection by browsing bestsellers, new books, movies, eBooks and audiobooks. Patrons can get the details on any title including descriptions, community reviews and current availability. Holds can be placed and eligible items can be renewed.
Library patrons may also visit clevnet.bibliocommons.com on a smartphone to use the fully-functional mobile browser version of the library catalog.
Week of the Young Child
The Early Childhood Education Department and the student organization TAFT (Terra Association of Future Teachers) of Terra State Community College will celebrate the Week of the Young Child April 17 with a professional development opportunity.
Early childhood educators, professionals and parents of children ages birth to third grade are invited to lunch and a presentation by Ann Anzalone, adjunct professor at Wright State University and national in-service speaker April 17 from noon to 3:30 p.m.
Anzalone will present “The Root Skills of Learning – A Window into the Learning Mind.” The interactive presentation will focus on how the root skills of learning form the basis for all academic success.
Participants will discover how balance affects reading, writing and thinking skills; how breath regulates attention and how to improve students’ ability to remember, concentrate and think through exercises designed to create the learning connections for academics, setting students up for success in learning.
As the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) develops its four-year Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), and the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) develops the Northwest Ohio portion of the program, the public is encouraged to attend and participate in one of the local open houses.
The STIP and the regional Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP) provide project funding and scheduling information for ODOT, TMACOG and area transit agencies. TMACOG is responsible for planning in Lucas and Wood counties. Both the statewide and the regional capital improvement programs will be part of the open house public meetings
Meeting dates include April 11, 3-6 p.m., at ODOT District Two offices, 317 E. Poe Rd., Bowling Green, and April 17, 3-6 p.m., at TMACOG offices, 300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Toledo.
The open houses allow the public to review and make comments on future transportation projects. In Lucas and Wood counties, the TIP includes 195 projects with a combined cost of over $1.46 billion.
The public review draft of the 2014-2017 TIP can be reviewed at the TMACOG office, on the web at www.tmacog.org/Transportation/TIP/TIP_Draft.pdf, and at the public meetings.
For additional STIP information, visit www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/STIP/Pages/default.aspx.
Zoo Concert Series
The lineup has been announced for the Toledo Zoo’s popular Summer Concert Series.
The schedule includes Darius Rucker on June 27, Buddy Guy on July 26, Big Time Rush on July 30 and Chicago on Aug. 28.
Tickets went on sale April 5 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available in person at the Zoo’s box office, at Ticketmaster or Live Nation locations, or at 800-745-3000 (charge by phone). Concerts are held rain or shine, and unless otherwise determined by Live Nation, refunds will not be given in the event of rain.
For additional concert information, visit www.livenation.com or toledozoo.org/concerts.
Moving Wall returning
For the second year in a row, the Vietnam Moving Wall will be coming to Northwest Ohio.
A Vietnam Era Veterans Appreciation Weekend is being planned for June 5-9 in Toledo, including a public viewing of the wall at International Park in East Toledo.
Duke Wheeler, who is helping to organize the event, said a welcome home celebration for the veterans is “long overdue.”
“A show of appreciation for what they did or a simple ‘thank you’ for their service is all they need,” he said. “If we can make life better for just one Vietnam Era veteran, we have met our goal.”
Plans are being completed, Wheeler said, but highlights of the weekend include:
• The arrival of the wall at Toledo Express Airport on June 5. A motorcycle escort from the airport to International Park is planned. Anyone interested in participating should visit the website: www.toledoveteransevent.com.
• An opening celebration will be held the evening of June 5 at Savage Hall at the University of Toledo.
• Twenty-four hour public viewing of the wall will begin June 6 at noon and continue until June 9 at noon.
• There will be a motorcycle honor ride past the wall the morning of June 8.
An estimated 6,500 people – some from New York and North Carolina – visited the moving wall last August in the Village of Elmore.
Army Sgt. to be honored
Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Sgt. Gary Beikirch will be honored at a dinner being held by Remembrance Inc. on Nov. 3.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Sgt. Beikirch, medical aidman, Detachment B-24, Company B distinguished himself during the defense of Camp Dak Seang. The allied defenders suffered a number of casualties as a result of an intense, devastating attack launched by the enemy from well-concealed positions surrounding the camp.
Sgt. Beikirch, with complete disregard for his personal safety, moved unhesitatingly through the withering enemy fire to his fallen comrades, applied first aid to their wounds and assisted them to the medical aid station.
When informed that a seriously injured American officer was lying in an exposed position, Sgt. Beikirch ran immediately through the hail of fire. Although he was wounded seriously by fragments from an exploding enemy mortar shell, Sgt. Beikirch carried the officer to a medical aid station. Ignoring his own serious injuries. Sgt. Beikirch left the relative safety of the medical bunker to search for and evacuation other men who had been injured. He was again wounded as he dragged a critically injured Vietnamese soldier to the medical bunker while simultaneously applying mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to sustain his life. Sgt. Beikirch again refused treatment and continued his search for other casualties until he collapsed.
Only then did he permit himself to be treated. Sgt. Beikirch’s complete devotion to the welfare of his comrades at the risk of his own life are in keeping with the highest tradition of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit and the U.S. Army.
Registration is under way for summer and fall terms at Terra State Community College. Returning students have already been encouraged to meet with their advisor before registering. New students are asked to call the Admissions Office at 419-559-2349 for a testing and advising appointment.
Schedules are available online at www.terra.edu.