Raining Cats & Dogs
A “Raining Cats & Dogs” Shower to benefit the Ottawa County Humane Society will be held Aug. 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Community Markets, 147 Maple St., Port Clinton.
There will be a “Puttin’ on the Dog” Contest at 11:30 a.m. Entry fee is two cans of cat or dog food. The winner will get a $25 gift certificate. In addition, the event will include treats for kids, a K-9 unit demonstration, 50/50 raffle and more. Donations of pet supplies and cash will benefit the Humane Society of Ottawa County.
The event is beings hosted by Port Clinton Seniors and Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home.For more information, call Juanita at 419-341-1090.
Master Gardener meeting
An informational meeting about the Wood County Master Gardener Volunteer program will be held Monday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg.
Attendees will learn about the program and the commitment necessary to become a certified Master Gardener Volunteer through The Ohio State University Extension. Applications for the program will be available at the meeting, which is free and open to the public. Classes will be offered one Saturday and Monday evenings in February, March and April.
Reservations are not required but would be appreciated. For more information, call the Wood County Extension office at 419-354-9050 or email Lisa Cook at email@example.com.
St. Ignatius Catholic Church will host a DivorceCare divorce recovery support group beginning in September.
The group will meet Mondays Sept. 9 through Dec. 2 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the church’s Family Life Center, 212 N. Stadium Rd., Oregon.
Among the topics to be discussed are, “Facing my Anger,” “KidCare,” “Forgiveness,” Financial Survival” and “New Relationships.”
For more information, call the parish office at 419-693-1150 or Marilyn at 419-698-4745.
The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking applicants for the 2013 Apple Festival Royalty Court.
Members of the court will reign for a period of one year. They will have the opportunity to travel, learn about other communities in Ohio and gain experience speaking in public as they share with others information about the Oak Harbor Apple Festival.
The court consists of an Apple Queen (grades 9-11), Apple Princess (grades 6-8), Johnny Appleseed and Apple Blossom (both grades K-1st). All court members must be residents of the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District.
Past Royalty members who have previously held a title (excluding runners-up) may not compete for that particular title again. They may however compete for a different title.
All contestants must complete an application. Those questions will be reviewed by the judges and used as an aide during the private interview at the preliminary contest. The application, along with a signed policy and procedure slip must be turned in to the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce by Friday, Aug. 30 no later than 4 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.
The Preliminary Contest will be held Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Community Markets VFW Memorial Hall, 251 W. Main St. Oak Harbor. The contest will determine the new Johnny Appleseed and Apple Blossom as well as Queen and Princess finalists to compete at the Apple Festival.
Contestants should dress in nice, age-appropriate clothing for the preliminary contest. No formals, jeans or tennis shoes are permitted. The Preliminary Contest will be judged on a scale of 1-5 in the following categories: Introduction, Speaking, Personality, Appearance and Stage Presence.
Applications are available at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the Oak Harbor Public Library or the three Benton-Carroll-Salem School offices. Forms are also available online at oakharborohio.net under “Apple Festival Royalty.” For more information, email Royalty Director Amy Lutman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jazz Orchestra to perform
The Toledo Jazz Orchestra will make its debut appearance at the 2013 Detroit International Jazz Festival Saturday, Aug. 31 at 3:15 p.m., with a special tribute to the music of Stan Kenton, featuring the vocals of Indiana’s Four Freshmen.
The performance will be held on the JP Morgan Chase Main Stage. A complete festival schedule is available at www.detroitjazzfest.com.
Tickets for the 2012-2013 Toledo Jazz Orchestra season are on sale now, and include four exceptional concerts in the 116-year old Valentine Theatre. Audiences enjoy unique and creative arrangements often written by members of the band, so the experience of a Toledo Jazz Orchestra concert is always one of a kind – big band precision forged in Toledo!
The Rossford Business Association (RBA) and the Rossford Recreation Department will host the second annual Rossford Riverfest Saturday, Aug. 24 from 4-11 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park/Rossford Marina.
The event will include fireworks, a kids’ zone with carnival games and inflatables, and outdoor tournaments hosted by the Rossford Community Recreation Center.
Live music will be provided by Wilson Lake & The Rock Bass from 4-6:30 p.m. and The Connor Rose Band, starting at 7 p.m. There will also be a 21-and-over beer garden, 50/50 raffles, and food by Bialecki's Old Fashioned Ice Cream, Country Lane BBQ, Frank’s Fries, Java Sensations, Jeanie’s Weenies and Marco’s Pizza. Proceeds from the $1 admission fee for the Beer Garden will go toward the annual RBA scholarships awarded to local high school students.
Parking is available at Eagle Point Elementary School, with overflow parking at Rossford High School if needed. A shuttle service will be provided. For more information, call 419-662-2905 or visit www.rossfordba.com or www.rossfordrecreation.com.
After a recent session, the Ottawa County Grand Jury has returned indictments against the following individuals, according to Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan:
• Dustin Henning, who is currently being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, was charged with multiple counts of Theft and Forgery, all felonies of the fifth degree after he stole blank checks and forged them earlier this year.
• Michael E. Hurst, 33, who is also being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, has been indicted on one count of Illegal Conveyance of Drugs into a Detention Facility, after he was allegedly found in possession of prescription drugs while he was incarcerated.
• Sean D. Case, 21, whose last known address is SR 163, Oak Harbor, has been indicted on one count each of Passing Bad Checks and Theft, both felonies of the fifth degree, after he reportedly passed more than $1,000 worth of bad checks to an Oak Harbor business in November 2012.
• Dustin B. Kruse, 28, of 8927 W. Camp Perry Western Rd., Oak Harbor, was charged with one count of Obstructing Justice, a felony of the fifth degree, after he allegedly provided assistance to a person charged with a felony to help the person elude law enforcement officers last month.
• Ronald G. Marsho, 25, who is currently being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, was charged with three counts of Burglary, felonies of the second and third degree, after he allegedly entered homes in Bay and Erie townships over the past several weeks.
A summons has been issued for Kruse to make his initial appearance in the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas on Sept. 12. Warrants were issued for other defendants.
An indictment does not indicate guilt, merely that the defendant has been formally charged in the Common Pleas Court, Mulligan noted.
Man arrested for break-ins
A rash of break-ins to vehicles parked at a truckstop in Lake Township may have been solved with the arrest of a Monroe, Mich. man.
Undercover township police set up surveillance at the Petro Truckstop after reports of the break-ins began to climb, Police Chief Mark Hummer reported Tuesday to the township trustees.
On Aug. 15 police arrested Glen D. Hughes, 48, and charged him with five counts of theft and criminal damage.
Police said a female would drop him off at a nearby motel where he watched drivers leave their vehicles.
Electronic items such as CB radios and GPS units were reported stolen, the chief said.
Hughes was lodged in the Wood County jail on a $66,000 bond.
According to police, he admitted to five break-ins.
AAA offering Tipsy Tow
To help members and non-members celebrate safely, AAA Northwest Ohio is offering Tipsy Tow service for Labor Day weekend.
The service will be offered Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights from 6 p.m. through 6 a.m. While AAA encourages partygoers to designate a driver if they plan to consume alcohol at Labor Day celebrations, the Tipsy Tow service is available to assist those who find themselves in an impaired situation and need to get them and their vehicles home safely.
To take advantage of Tipsy Tow, drivers should call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357), state that they need a “Tipsy Tow” and provide their name, home address, phone number and vehicle location.
Tipsy Tow provides a one-way ride for the driver and his or her vehicle at no cost for up to 10 miles. Services will not be provided to motorists requesting a tow to another drinking establishment or to a destination other than their home. A tow to a hotel may be allowed if the motorist is, or plans to become, a guest.
Other services that will not be provided as part of the Tipsy Tow program include requests for a vehicle start, flat tire change, gas delivery and/or taxi service. For trips longer than 10 miles, motorists can expect to be charged the towing company’s standard rate.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one alcohol-impaired death occurs every 45 minutes across the country, with alcohol impaired drivers contributing to one out of every three traffic deaths.
Financial Peace University
St. John’s United Church of Christ in Genoa will present Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University program Tuesday nights Sept. 10 to Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
A preview of the program will be held Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is available upon request.
Register for the sessions at www.stjohnsgenoa.org or www.daveramsey.com/fpu/locations/org/40436/class/233497. St. John’s is located at 1213 Washington St.
Financial Peace University teaches participants how to communicate with their spouses about money, how to put together a spending plan that works, how to completely eliminate debt and more.
Participants pay for their kits when they register online for the classes. The cost for one kit is $93. Kits include all class materials, lifetime access to additional online resources/classes/worksheets/etc, and a lifetime membership that permits attendance at Financial Peace University classes in the future at any location where they are held. One membership fee covers one household.
Citizens’ Partnership Academy
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office will present the Third Annual Citizens Partnership Academy this fall.
The free, 10-week program will offer information on Patrol operations, victims’ rights, sex crimes and more. Classes will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 18 and will run through Nov. 13 in the Emergency Operations Center in the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. Dates may be adjusted due to holidays and/or emergencies.
Participants must be 21 years of age, complete an application, pass a criminal background check, have no felony or misdemeanor convictions and possess a valid driver’s license.
Applications are available between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Sherriff’s Administrative Lobby or by emailing Capt. Brad York at email@example.com.
Applications will be reviewed and applicants who are accepted will be notified two weeks prior to the start of the Academy.
“All in for Duchenne,” a dinner and reverse raffle to benefit Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, will be held Saturday, Sept. 7 from 6-11 p.m. at the Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter.
Tickets are $100 per couple, which includes dinner and drinks, music and a chance to win $4,000, $1,000 and $500 in a reverse raffle.
For more information, call 419-260-2687. The event is being sponsored by Matt Szollosi, ACT Ohio.
Pets in Poverty
The Church of St. Andrew United Methodist, 3260 Heatherdowns near Byrne, is holding a “Pets in Poverty” fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. to benefit the Humane Ohio pet food bank. Pets are welcome. The event will include a blessing of the pets, a pet food drive, pet related vendor booths, a bounce house for the kids, food, music, and “Pets in Poverty” t-shirt sales, the proceeds of which will be used to buy food for the Humane Ohio pet food bank. Local animal groups will be on hand with animals for adoption, and youth from the non-profit organization Sheltered Reality will be performing at 2 p.m. Humane Ohio is a non-profit group that operates a low cost spay/neuter clinic that serves pets in Ohio or Michigan, free-roaming cat caretakers, animal shelters and rescue groups. Its pet food bank serves pet owners and free roaming cat caretakers in Lucas and Wood counties in Ohio, and Monroe County in Michigan.
The Ottawa County Board of Elections will hold a special meeting Aug. 28 at 4 p.m. to review a candidate’s petition and other business.
The board will meet in the conference room at its office at 8444 W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor, in the Veterans Memorial Building.