Head Start cuts set
The WSOS Board of directors approved submitting a program modification to the Head Start federal office to cut the program operated by the agency by 55 slots .
The amendment, which would be implemented for the 2013-14 program year, is in response to the 5.27 percent cut the federal Head Start office required WSOS to implement because of sequestration.
In order to meet budgetary guidelines, Bellevue and Bradner centers will be closed, and two others will be combined and moved to a new location. In addition, an Early Head Start class at the WSOS Stricker center in Fremont will be closed as of Aug. 31, and one center in Pemberville will operate a morning session only.
WSOS will continue to provide home-based services for families in the Bellevue and Bradner areas. We are doing all that we can to reduce the effects on families,” said Jacquie Wells, director of Family Development at WSOS.
The board approved two other proposals for new funding before its summer break. An application for $40,000 from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) will be submitted to the Wood County commissioners. The funds will be used to provide utility assistance to 50 Wood County veterans, displaced workers and/or previously incarcerated individuals who are at or below 30 percent of the county’s median income. The focus will be to stabilize the residents so that they prevent future utility crises.
Red, White & Boom
Elmore will celebrate our nation’s independence early with the annual “Red, White & Boom” fireworks show and activities Saturday, June 29.
The event, sponsored by the Elmore Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 5 p.m. with a chicken barbecue at Woodmore High School, 633 Fremont St. The cost for the dinner, which will include chicken, baked beans, baked potato, rolls, dessert and a beverage, is $8. Drive-through service will be available. Proceeds from the barbecue will be used to help fund the fireworks.
Entertainment will begin at 8 p.m. and will be feature local band, “Elmore Fudd” at Well Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. The Woodmore Athletic Boosters will have a beer tent, and will be selling their famous “Friday Night Fries,” as well as brats and burgers. Fireworks will begin at dusk.
Donations to support the fireworks may be sent to the Elmore Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 179, Elmore, OH 43416.
Woodville 4th of July
The 71st Woodville 4th of July Celebration will be held July 3-6 at Trail Marker Park, just off SR 20.
The event, which promises “great big family fun,” will include a car show, bingo, a 5K race, carnival rides and games, games of chance and a big money raffle.
Musical entertainment will be on tap every night on the front stage and in the beer tent. New this year, Friday night will be polka night, featuring the music of the Frank Haller ensemble.
In addition there will be a grand parade at noon July 6. That evening, the celebration will be capped off by a gigantic fireworks display.
For a complete schedule, visit www.Woodville.net/fourth.
Block Watch seeking leader
Block Watch 410-M, which met in the Raymer Elementary School area of East Toledo, held its last meeting June 13 and will disband until a new leader comes forward.
Residents from the area are invited and encouraged to begin meeting with Block Watch 410-N until further notice. Block Watch 410-N is the next nearest Block Watch that meets consistently and meets the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Hefner School, 2075 Kelsey Ave. The next meeting will be June 24.
Anyone interested in becoming the new leader of 410-M, or of any neighborhood is encouraged to call the Community Service Officer for Sector 4, East Toledo area, Officer Verna Guy at 419-936-3850.
Boomfest at the Grove
For those suffering a little post-July 4th letdown, the City of Oregon and BP Husky are co-sponsoring “Boomfest at the Grove” Saturday, July 6.
The daylong celebration, which will run from 2 p.m.-midnight, will be held at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon. Admission and parking are free.
In addition to a spectacular fireworks show at dusk, this year’s Boomfest will feature a performance by recording star John Waite, whose hits include “Missing You,” “Change” and “When I See You Smile.” Waite will take the stage at 8:45 p.m. Other musical entertainment will include a tribute to Motown by The KGB Band at 5:30 p.m., followed by Toledo’s eclectic rock band, “Arctic Clam,” who will perform at 7:30 p.m. and after the fireworks until midnight.
Other Boomfest highlights include assorted food, drinks and plenty of activities for kids and adults. From 2-6 p.m., there will be a “Cruisin’ in the Grove Car Show,” featuring music by DJs, “The Jimmy & Bob Show.” Entry into the show is free. For more information, call Jerry Thompson at 419-349-3343.
Additional sponsors for the event include platinum sponsors the Toledo Refining Company and Oregon Clean Energy LLC, along with Mercy St. Charles Hospital, ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, Toledo Edison, Holiday Inn Express Oregon, AA Boos & Sons, Inc. and The Press Newspapers.