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Peace Officers memorial
The annual Ottawa County Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony will be held May 13 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 204 Main St., Genoa.

This year’s ceremony will be hosted by the Clay Township Police Department. Retired Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Larry Pilzecker will serve as the keynote speaker. A luncheon will be held following the ceremonies in the church gym.

The annual ceremony honors fallen law enforcement officers from Ottawa County and pays respect to officer nationwide who have given their “last full measure of devotion” in keeping their communities safe.

Genoa hydrant flushing
The Village of Genoa Public Works Department will conduct hydrant flushing the week of April 22.

The department advises that some residents may experience rusty water during the flushing. Residents are advised to let their water run for several minutes until water runs clear after flushing is complete. Those who experience discolored wash loads may call the Public Works Department at 419-855-7791 to obtain a whitening product.

Waite Alumni Choir
Plans are under way for a 100th Anniversary Celebration of Morrison R. Waite High School.

As part of the yearlong celebration, an Alumni Choir is being formed to participate in some of the special events planned for the Centennial Year. All past members of the Waite School Choir are invited to attend an initial planning meeting April 22 at 7 p.m. in the newly renovated Waite Choir Room (Room 106).

Alumni choir members are encouraged to park in the Career Center Parking Lot, located at Morrison Drive and Second Street, and then enter the Career Center doors and proceed to the Main Building.

Currently, 170 alumni have expressed an interest in the choir. Alumni choir members will meet with Principal David Yenrick and past choir directors Janet Lyne and Richard Dean to discuss rehearsal times, musical selections and possible performance times.

Those who are interested in participating but are not able to attend should contact Lyne at

Owens students exhibit art
Owens Community College students are showcasing their talents at the ninth annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, on display at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts through May 3.

The exhibition features more than 100 pieces of artwork in the categories of fine art, photography and commercial art. The works of more than 30 students enrolled in Fine and Performing Arts courses will be featured in the show, including Michael Pettengill of Oregon, Candace Robinson of Martin, Kasey Krotzer of Gibsonburg, Adrianna Schwartz of Oregon, Lee Welch of Luckey, Micha Childress of Northwood and Kyle Csortos of Millbury. Local artists and professionals served as the jury for the exhibit.

Admission to the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

For more information about the exhibit call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2721.

Spring Concert Series
Owens Community College’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts is presenting the eighth annual “Melodic Expressions” Spring Concert Series  through April 28.

The Spring Concert Series will showcase the accomplishments of Owens faculty and students in a number of performances ranging from vocal to instrumental. All events will be presented in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. The schedule includes:

• April 17 – Piano Recital by Owens Adjunct Instructor Dr. Lynda Dunn, 6 p.m.

• April 22 – Owens Voices Choir Concert, 2 p.m.

• April 23 – Owens Jazz Ensemble Concert, 3 p.m.

• April 24 – Owens Three Sopranos, One Piano “Arias! Duets! Trios!” performance, 2 p.m.

• April 25 – Owens Pop Ensemble Concert, 2 p.m.

• April 28 – Owens Concert Band Spring Concert, 2:30 p.m.

All the performances are free and open to the public. For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7081.

Faith Under Fire
The second film in the Toledo Faith & Values “Faith Under Fire” documentary series will be presented April 13 at 6 p.m. at Calvary Church, 1360 Conant St., Maumee, (the former Maumee 18 Cineplex).

The film will be “Father of Lights: Who is God?” by filmmaker Darren Wilson, who sought to “peel back the many layers of religious garbage” to find God’s true character.

A brief talk by an expert panel and audience question-and-answer session will follow, hosted by David Yonke, editor of Toledo Faith & Values (, a the non-profit, non-sectarian religion news website.

The series will include two more films, including “Twist of Faith” April 20 and “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” April 27.

The suggested donation is $10 per film. All proceeds benefit,

Crash investigation
The Bowling Green Patrol Post is investigating a two-vehicle crash in which an Oregon man was seriously injured.

The crash occurred April 7 at approximately 3:40 a.m. on northbound I-75 in Perrysburg Township. According to Patrol reports, a 2002 Ford Focus operated by Kyle Napier, 26, of Oregon, struck a 2007 Pontiac G6 operated by Alyssa Trass, 19, of Dayton.

Both vehicles were traveling in the right northbound lane of I-75. Trass’ vehicle, which was traveling at a slow speed due to mechanical difficulties, went off the left side of the road and overturned in the median. Napier’s vehicle went off the right side of the road and came to rest in a ditch.

Trass and her passenger, Finsesse Stevens, 19, of Cleveland were both wearing their seat belts. Trass was not injured. Stevens, who was not seriously injured, was transported by Middleton Township EMS to St. Luke’s Hospital.

Napier, who was also wearing a seat belt, was trapped in the vehicle for an extended period of time. Perrysburg Township EMS transported him to Mercy St. Vincent Hospital with serious non-life-threatening injuries.

Napier was cited for failing to maintain an assured clear distance ahead.

Arbor Day tribute
As part of the 2013 Arbor Day celebration, the City of Toledo Division of Parks, Recreation and Forestry will plant trees in memory city residents who have lost their lives during military conflict at a ceremony on April 29.

Family members of Toledo residents who have been killed in action during military service are invited to participate in the tree-planting ceremony in memory of their loved ones.

Approximately 50 blossoming cherry trees will be planted as a Veterans Memorial Grove in the Parkside Blvd. median between Dorr Street and Mount Vernon during the ceremony. Trees will be planted in a public right of way that is maintained by the Division of Parks, Recreation and Forestry and will serve to replace trees cleared due to recent utility work.

The trees will be provided by the City of Toledo and the service members will be recognized in a proclamation by the Mayor recognizing April 29, 2013 as Arbor Day in Toledo.

Those interested in taking part are asked to complete an application providing brief biographical information about the veteran to be memorialized.

Applications are available online at or by contacting the Division of Parks, Recreation and Forestry at 419-245-3357. Applications must be returned by April 19.

Road closures
In order to permit Underground Utilities, Inc., to rehabilitate a sanitary sewer on Wheeling Street in Oregon, Eastvale Avenue at Wheeling will be closed to all traffic from 8 a.m. Sunday, April 14 through 5 p.m. Thursday, April 18.

The sewer work will also require that the center westbound through lane of Navarre Avenue at the intersection of Wheeling be closed from Sunday, April 14 at 8 a.m. through April 18 at 5 p.m., Right turns from southbound Wheeling onto westbound Navarre and left turns from eastbound Navarre onto northbound Wheeling will also be prohibited.

The entrance drives to homes and businesses near the work zone will remain open throughout the closure period.

Westbound truck traffic to I-280 should take the following detour: Wheeling Street to Munding Drive to Navarre Avenue to I-280.

For more information, call 419-698-7047.

Owens seminar to address crowdfunding
Owens Community College will host a free seminar entitled, “Crowdfunding for your Small Business” Friday, April 19 from 7-9 a.m. in Audio/Visual Classroom Center Room 121.

The event is being presented by the college’s School of Business and the Great Lakes Credit Union Inc.

Attendees will be able to learn about one of the newest small business funding methods and how a collective group of individuals, via networking and resource outreach efforts, can significantly impact an organization’s awareness and growth potential.

Great Lakes Credit Union Inc. President and CEO David Seeger will be the featured speaker. In addition to his lecture presentation on crowdfunding, Seeger will provide an update on the economic status of the region and forecast of the business environment in Northwest Ohio.

For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7280. To register, visit

Earth Day 2013
A number of local events are being planned to commemorate Earth Day 2013.

Every year on April 22, more than one billion people take part in Earth Day observances. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations and governments use the observance to acknowledge the planet we call home and take action to protect it.

The theme for Earth Day 2013 is “The Face of Climate Change.” For more information, visit

Rain barrel workshop
The Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District is inviting area residents to bring a buddy to a rain barrel workshop May 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore.

Participants will build their own 55-gallon rain barrels. No power tools are needed, however, two people are required for assembly. Staff members may be available to assist those who can’t bring a companion to the workshop.

The event will include a presentation by Bench’s Greenhouse, in Elmore.

The cost of the workshop is $70 per rain barrel assembled, which also includes admission to the gardens. Participation is limited to 20 rain barrels. To register, call the Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District at 419-898-1595 by Friday, April 26.

Party for the Planet
In celebration of Earth Day, the Toledo Zoo will hold a Party for the Planet Saturday, April 20.

To help make a positive impact on the planet, the zoo will accept some harder-to-recycle items (a full list of welcomed recyclables is at at a recycling event in the Anthony Wayne Trail parking lot. Zoo admission is not required for the recycling event, which is being made possible by Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful, Lott Industries, Aluminum Cans for Burned Children, EcoErek, Goodwill Industries, Lucas County Solid Waste Management District and TerraCycle.

Hands-on Earth Day activities will be held in Nature’s Neighborhood, and Radio Disney AM 910 will celebrate the day with music, prizes and games in the zoo’s Main Plaza, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Throughout the day, visitors are invited to learn more about zoo animals during feeding and enrichments demonstrations.

For more information, visit

Oregon Earth Day Collection
The City of Oregon will hold a Community Earth Day Collection Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m.-noon at the city Municipal Building, 5330 Seaman Rd.

The collection is open to residents of Oregon and Harbor View. Proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill, vehicle registration, etc.) is required.

Accepted items will include oil-based paint, solvent-based products, paint thinners, gasoline (non-returnable containers only), adhesives, driveway sealers, automotive products, automotive and household batteries, household cleaners, bleach, fluorescent light bulbs and pesticides, fungicides and herbicides.

Additional onsite collections services will be available for computer equipment, light truck or passenger car tires and clothing and shoes (to benefit a local non-profit group).

Onsite document destruction services will also be available.

Among the items that will not be accepted are pharmaceuticals, latex paints, smoke detectors, explosives, infectious medical waste, fireworks, mercury-containing items or compounds, biological waste, TVs or microwaves, radioactive waste, oxidizing materials, propane containers or fire extinguishers.

For more information, call 419-698-7162.

Benton Twp. Collection
The Benton Township Trustees are sponsoring a one-day trash collection for township residents only Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Green containers for metals and household trash will be set up behind the maintenance building at Graytown Park.

Predominantly metal items that will be accepted include appliances, microwaves, air conditioners, engines, bicycles, lamps, empty paint cans and scrap metal. Batteries will also be accepted, but must be kept separate.

Household trash acceptable for drop-off include non-recyclable glass and plastics, rinsed pesticide containers, buckets, light bulbs, cookware, mirrors, ceramics, toys and miscellaneous junk. Liquids, paint, yard waste, building materials, tires and hazardous materials will not be accepted.

Newspapers, magazines, corrugated cardboard, glass jars, plastic bottles and steel and aluminum and steel cans may be dropped off in the green recycling container.

For more information, call Dan Harder at 419-862-3774.

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 hosting 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.

Global Youth Service Day
Youths in the community are invited to participate in the 8th annual Global Youth Service Day/Earth Work Day Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at several park locations.

A variety of work projects are available, including natural area restoration, tree plantings and general park clean up.

A celebration will be held afterward at the Toledo Zoo for all participating youth. Participants should dress for the weather and consider bringing their own reusable drinking bottles. Groups, families and individuals welcome.

For more information, email

Baumann going green
Baumann Ford Collision Center has chosen PPG’s Envirobase® High Performance waterborne basecoat for its collision repair center. The switch to an environmentally friendly paint system puts Baumann Ford on the cutting edge of green technology.

“As a business leader in the community, we understand our responsibilities and have to set a high standard for our practices. We knew this was the right thing to do,” said Jeff Brown, general manager. “Our use of waterborne basecoat for refinishing our customers’ vehicles will significantly reduce the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere. This move will further help us do our part to improve the quality of our air and contribute to an overall healthier work environment.”

VOCs are chemical compounds commonly used in paint coatings and cleaning products. When released into the atmosphere, they help create ozone and smog. When compared to a conventional solvent-borne basecoat, PPG Envirobase® High Performance waterborne basecoat can reduce VOC emissions by up to 80 percent. Waterborne coatings are mandatory in California and Canada. They are not yet required in Ohio, so the collision center’s move places it on the cutting edge of green awareness.

Waterborne basecoat is the latest coatings technology that’s typically used by manufacturers to create the original color on today’s vehicles. According to PPG, the introduction of its waterborne color toners for use in collision centers provides the enhanced ability to match a vehicle’s original finish.

“This is a major technological advancement we’ve invested in,” says Jeff Smalldon, the body shop manager at Baumann Ford. “By using water-based coatings, we’re part of the solution, not part of the problem.”

Kathi Minut, PPG territory manager, says, “The Baumann Auto Group organization’s green commitment is impressive. They didn’t have to switch to water-based paint; they chose to. PPG is happy to provide the products and support for their success.”




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