Assistance with paying electric bills during the summer cooling months is available to qualified applicants through the Summer Crisis Program operated by WSOS.
The program, which provides a one-time assistance per season, begins July 1 and runs through Aug. 31 or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. Appointments may be made by calling 1-888-441-4327.
The benefit amount per household this year for applicants with regulated utilities is $175 per household. However, to be eligible for assistance, the applicant must have a household member 60 years of age or older, or documentation of a qualifying medical condition (form a licensed physician stating “due to illness, this client would benefit from continued electric service.” In addition, the clients must pay a portion of their electric bill.
Anyone who fulfills this requirement may get an air conditioner if he/she has not received one in the past three years. Those who have received an air conditioner may get help paying the electric bill once for the summer.
To apply for assistance, applicants must bring the following information:
• Proof of income, for all residents 18 years of age or older, for either three or 12 months;
• A copy of the most recent utility bill;
• Social Security numbers and birth dates for all residents in the home, and
• Medical documentation as specified above.
In addition, Emergency Services program continues to certify residents for enrollment in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) for customers of Columbia Gas, the American Electric Power Company, Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison, and Suburban Gas.
To make an appointment or for more information, contact WSOS Emergency Services at 1-888-441-4327.
Penta Career Center’s Adult Education Division, held its annual Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) Graduation Ceremony May 29 in the Susor Auditorium.
More than 200 ABLE students received their General Educational Development (GED) diplomas this year through Penta. The GED is the Ohio High School Equivalence diploma for adults who did not finish high school. Those who passed the State of Ohio GED exam graduated in caps and gowns and were be honored with a certificate of achievement.
For more information about the ABLE graduation ceremony or information about the ABLE program at Penta, call 419-661-6555.
War-era stories released
The Ohio Departments of Aging and Veterans Services have released the fifth installment of the War Era Story Project (www.aging.ohio.gov/news/storyprojects/), just in time for the 69th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944. The new collection includes 27 stories of Ohioans who participated in or supported the invasion of Normandy and the subsequent march across Europe to defeat Hitler.
The stories join more than 100 others that were posted previously. The agencies received nearly 300 submissions and will continue to release them in small batches until all have been shared.
The War Era Story Project was a follow-up to the Department of Aging’s award-winning 2009 Great Depression Story Project. Since this project was intended to explore Ohio's war-time experience, the department teamed with the Ohio Department of Veterans Services to collect stories from veterans of World War II, as well as the men, women and children who held steady on the home front.
The project garnered submissions from 284 individuals, including 21 who currently reside out of state or who did not provide location information. Ohio residents submitting stories represent 50 different counties. Of the authors who provided an age, the oldest was 100 and the youngest was 25. The average age of the authors was 83.
Basic computer classes
Basic Computer and Internet Classes will be offered June 10 and 11 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in Conference Room C at the Eastern Community YMCA Classes are sponsored by the YMCA/JCC and Connect Ohio.
Participants will learn how to send emails, pay bills, explore websites and to improve communication through email and other social media. Todd Barnes will serve as instructor for the class, which is free and open to the community. Membership to the YMCA/JCC is not required.
Space is limited to 12 people. To register, call 419-691-3523 or visit the member service team at the Eastern YMCA, 2960 Pickle Rd., Oregon.
All area women are invited to attend the “What’s Cookin’?” luncheon and program sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection on Thursday, June 13 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 1759 Seaman St., Oregon. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon luncheon and program.
Dan Neman, food editor of The Blade, will share grilling and summer cooking ideas. Traci Newsome, vocal music teacher, will provide musical entertainment. Letitia Hicks, of Stoutsville, Ohio, will present “Rule #1 – Plan Well, Rule #2 – Have a Back Up Plan, Rule #3 – Be Flexible.”
The price is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633.
Backpack supply drive
As another school year comes to an end, many students are placing their backpacks in storage or are discarding them entirely in anticipation of buying next fall’s latest fashion trend.
Once again, Owens Community College’s Alumni Association is organizing a “Backpack to the Future” collection drive to provide new life for what many students consider their mobile lifeline to learning.
Throughout the summer, gently-used or new backpacks and new school supplies will be accepted, along with crayons, markers, glue bottles and sticks, pencils, pink eraser, school boxes, pocket folders, composition books and tissues as part of the drive. Collected items will be donated to low-income elementary school children throughout Northwest Ohio.
“There are many low-income families that can barely afford to pay their bills, and may not be able to provide their children with new supplies. The Owens Community College Alumni Association’s goal is to ensure that such occurrences do not happen and that all children begin their school year with new educational resources,” said Kaye Koevenig, Owens Community Service Chair of the Alumni Association.
Donations may be dropped off at the Office of Alumni Relations on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.
Since establishing the program in 2004, the Owens Alumni Association has given 2,881 backpacks and 54,243 school supplies to benefit disadvantaged children throughout Northwest Ohio.
The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the 4th Annual Village-wide Garage Sale Days June 7 and 8.
A complete list of sales will be available at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and the Oak Harbor Public Library, and also on www.oakharborohio.net starting Wednesday June 5.
There is a $3 minimum donation. Information must be received by Monday, June 3.
For more information, call Valerie, Winterfield at the chamber office at 419-898-0479.