Wood County Common Pleas Court, General Division, including Domestic Relations, Adult Probation and Court Administration offices, and the Wood County Clerk of Courts Legal Office will close Dec. 24, at 3 p.m. will be closed Christmas Day and all day Dec. 26.
The Wood County Clerk of Courts Title Office observe the same hours.
Child development training
Childcare providers, teachers, parents and grandparents are invited to attend a free educational workshop, “Family-Based Prevention: Healthy & Successful Children: Roles for Early Childhood Educators and Families” to be presented by the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and the University of Cincinnati Jan. 5 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ottawa County Agriculture Complex, 240 W. Lake St. Oak Harbor.
The interactive videoconference-based training will be facilitated by Marcia Jess, Ohio State University Extension educator. Professional credit is available.
Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the OSU Extension Office at 419-898-3631 or 1-800-322-4159. The first 30 participants will receive a Family Based Prevention tote bag.
Gift of history
Are you still looking for a unique gift for a special person? Give the gift of local history.
“The People of Ottawa County,” the Ottawa County Historical Society’s oral history series, contains a variety of stories of the people who made and continue to make the area what it is.
Volume II, “Recollections and Voices,” is $12.50; Volume III, “Across the Townships,” is $15; and Volume IV, “Threads in a Tapestry,” is $18. The books are available at various businesses around the county, at the Ottawa County Historical Museum, or by sending the volume price plus $3 per book shipping and handling to: Richard Taylor, 23685 W. Walbridge Rd., Curtice, OH 43412.
A waiting list is being compiled for the sold-out Volume I: “How We Got Here, What We Did, Early Settlers and their Enterprise.” It will be republished when there are sufficient requests.
For the holiday season, Terra Community College will close at 3 p.m. Dec. 24, and will remain closed through Sunday, Jan. 4, with the exception of Building A, which will re-open Jan. 2.
Admissions and Enrollment Services, Cashiers, Financial Aid and Records will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 2. To conserve energy, all other buildings on campus will be closed through Jan. 4. Normal business hours will resume Jan. 5.
Owens Community College will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan.1 for the holiday season. Administrative offices will open again on Jan. 2.
Spring semester classes begin Jan. 8.
Volunteer to be a voice for the powerless. The Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman Program at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) is seeking volunteer ombudsmen to help provide advocacy services to residents living in nursing homes. The next training is scheduled for January 2009. Applicants must complete the application process before attending classes.
In 1978, The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program was mandated by the Older Americans Act to serve as a visible advocate for the elderly. Long-Term Care Ombudsmen advocate for residents’ rights and quality care and provide education to empower long-term care recipients.
Volunteer Ombudsmen are trained before entering a facility. They receive certification by the State of Ohio following this 12-hour initial training and a Bureau of Criminal Investigation Check. The training is designed to assist participants in becoming effective advocates for nursing home residents. Once certified, volunteers are expected to contribute a minimum of four hours each month at an assigned facility.
If you are interested in volunteering for this program, or would like more information, contact the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Volunteer Coordinator at 419-259-2891 or 1-800-542-1874. You can also express your interest through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and currently not employed as a long-term care provider.
A No Limit Texas Hold `Em Benefit for “You Lucky Dog” rescue Jan. 3 at 2 p.m., Black Swamp Society Poker Club in Swanton.
Participants needn’t bee a member to play. In addition to the Texas Hold `Em, there will be chili, potato soup, hot dogs, pop, chips and more. Call Pete at 419-389-2806 for more information.
Heating help in demand
During the first month of the heating season, WSOS staff members who operate the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program served 97 households more than they did for the same period in 2007.
“We’ve been inundated with calls and requests for assistance,” said Tony Lindenberger, basic needs specialist at WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. “We have double-booked applicants to try to help everyone in a timely manner.”
Of the number of requests from Ottawa County, 93 households were approved for assistance. That assistance will cost about $28,454. At the same time, about $64,165 was obligated for 207 Sandusky County households. In Seneca County, 168 households were approved for a total of $$47,018 in assistance while in Wood County, 192 households were approved for $55,317 in assistance.
The total amount of assistance obligated to families in the four-county area for November is 660 households and $194,955. For the same period in 2007, 563 households received assistance for a total of $150,911.
EHEAP provides a one-time assistance per season to income-eligible families to keep their homes heated. EHEAP pays up to $175 to maintain or reconnect gas and electric service, and up to $950 in bulk fuel for one household. It allows for the utility to be reconnected or provides assistance for a minimum of bulk fuel as allowed by the supplier. It will not pay for the tank to be filled completely. Assistance is available from Nov. 1 to March 31, 2009.
Assistance with heating bills comes in two forms – EHEAP and regular HEAP. Regular HEAP also provides a one-time per heating season assistance with paying heating bills. Applicants must file their applications themselves. WSOS has applications available and can assist applicants with the forms. Both EHEAP and HEAP operate until March 31.
Appointments are required for EHEAP applicants. To make an appointment for EHEAP help, in Wood County call 419-353-7407; in Ottawa County, call 419-734-2652; in Seneca County call 419-435-4884 or in Tiffin area, call 419-447-0084; or in Sandusky County, call 419-334-5126.
Northwood City Council will hold a special public meeting on Dec. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers, 6000 Wales Road, to consider legislation authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with the Evergreen Recycling and Disposal facility, located at 2625 East Broadway.