Just Pancakes in Woodville
Solomon Lutheran Church at 305 W. Main St., Woodville, is kicking off its Sunday school year on Sunday, Sept. 8 by hosting “Just Pancakes” – a ministry designed to build awareness and feed the hungry by providing free pancakes to the community.
Free pancakes will be served from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. A freewill offering will be collected to support the “Just Pancakes” ministry. Opportunities to attend worship services are available before and after breakfast at 8 and 10:30 a.m. with Sunday school and fun activities in between.
“Just Pancakes” is a Saturday morning all-you-can-eat breakfast ministry held at the historic Salem Lutheran Church near downtown Toledo. The ministry offers free pancakes with “no strings” attached, with the goal of developing relationships with people living in poverty who are often forgotten or considered outcasts.
The ministry, founded by Knut Huber, emphasizes the value of each person and the importance of respecting each individual regardless of background or perceived status.
“Just Pancakes” includes three programs. First, it offers a sit-down breakfast for anyone who comes through the door. This is a chance for many volunteers to sit with and meet people from the community and have conversation.
Second, the ministry offers carryout breakfasts, which generally include six pancakes and two two¬-ounce containers of syrup. There are no limits on carryouts. A person can pick up three to 40 pancakes in one order, no questions asked. The reason carryout numbers are high is because many of those served take breakfast to people that are not able to come.
Finally, “Just Pancakes” has a concession trailer which takes the ministry into the community. The trailer resembles a cardboard box to serve as a reminder that some people in poverty are reduced to finding shelter in a cardboard box.
Take the next step
Lucas County Children Services is asking families to “Take the Next Step” by learning about becoming a foster parent. LCCS currently needs families willing to foster children of all ages, particularly infants and young children.
“For the first time in recent memory, the agency is having difficulty finding licensed homes for infants and young sibling groups,” said Dean Sparks, LCCS Executive Director. “Families in our community should know that they can make a tremendous impact by fostering babies or toddlers in their formative first years.”
Prospective foster families should plan to attend free information and training classes at LCCS’ offices, 705 Adams St. in downtown Toledo.
A Tuesday/Thursday evening session will be offered Sept. 10-Oct. 17 from 6–9 p.m. and a Saturday session will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12-Nov. 16.
To register for the classes, call 419-213-3336 or visit www.lucaskids.net.
To qualify to become a foster or adoptive parent, applicants:
• Must be at least 18 years of age to adopt; 21 to become a foster parent
• Can be married, single or in a relationship
• Can own or rent a home with at least two bedrooms
• Can work outside the home
• Must have a source of income
• Need a safety inspection for their home
• Agree to a background check
• Receive free training
• Receive financial support, based on your child(ren)’s needs.
All area women are invited to attend the annual evening dinner and program, “Just Ask Jay” sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. Jay Berschback, meteorologist from WTVG Channel 13 will speak on his experiences with weather.
Keith Sholl, of Sylvania, and his wife Dee will provide musical entertainment. Jon Page, of Bargersville, Ind., will share “A Humanist…So What.”
The price is $10.50, all inclusive for the dinner and the program. For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633.
Spaghetti dinner benefit
A spaghetti dinner benefit to help with funeral expenses for Dennis Lance will be held Sunday, Sept. 15 from 1-5 p.m. at the Clyde VFW Hall, 847 W. Maple St.
Lance, of Fremont, passed away in May. Bikers are welcome at the event, which will include a spaghetti dinner, bake sale, silent auction, 50/50 raffles and more. The donation is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 10.
For more information, to make a donation or to inquire about raffle tickets, call Brion or Teresa Combs at 419-547-7378 or 419-547-0116 or Larry Lance at 567-201-8181.
The Village of Elmore and Efficiency Smart are teaming up to help save money and reduce power usage for Elmore Board of Public Affairs electric customers through several energy efficiency initiatives.
One of the initiatives includes a Customer Appreciation Days event being held Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5 from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at 340 Clinton St.
During the event, Efficiency Smart staff will distribute five free compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs), while supplies last, as well as kits with rebate forms, program information and energy efficiency tips.
Replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFL equivalents is a simple way to save money on utility bills. CFLs use 75 percent less energy while lasting up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
Many local business and residents have already taken advantage of the program since it started in Elmore in January 2011, receiving more than $13,000 in rebates for energy-efficient products through the end of June of 2013. This is expected to translate to savings of more than $340,000 over the lifetime of the installed products.
For information about the services and incentives available through Efficiency Smart, visit www.efficiencysmart.org or call 877-889-3777.
Ohio Veterans Bonus
Ohio has a unique way of thanking veterans and those who serve. The Ohio Veterans Bonus is available for Ohio veterans who served during the times of the Persian Gulf War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The bonus is open to veterans of the Persian Gulf War era as well as the eras of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, regardless of where they served. However, the amount available is higher to those who served directly in the war zones. It is also open to the next of kin of those who were killed in action or died of disease as a result of in-theater service. The bonus is not subject to federal or state taxes, and can be used for any purpose.
To be eligible, a veteran must have served more than 90 days of active duty in the Armed Forces during the periods of the Persian Gulf War and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. For the Persian Gulf, the eligible period is from Aug. 2, 1990 through March 3, 1991; for Afghanistan, from Oct. 7, 2001 through a date to be determined by the President, and for Iraq, from March 19, 2003 through Dec. 31, 2011. Eligible veterans must have been Ohio residents at the time of their entry into the service, and must be Ohio residents currently.
The bonus pays $100 a month to veterans who served in the Persian Gulf theater, or in the countries of Afghanistan or Iraq, up to a maximum of $1,000. For veterans who served elsewhere, the payment is $50 a month up to a $500 maximum. Veterans medically discharged due to injuries sustained in combat can receive $1,000, plus up to $500 for months of service elsewhere. Family members of those killed in action or who died from disease as a result of their in-theater service can receive a bonus of $5,000 plus whatever the service member was eligible for, up to a total of $6,500.
The deadline for Persian Gulf War-era veterans to apply is Dec. 31, 2013. Veterans of the Iraq War era have until Dec. 31, 2014 to apply. No deadline has been announced for veterans of the Afghanistan War era.
Veterans needing more information or who want to apply can call the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office at 419-898-2089 or toll-free at 800-610-8872, or visit the office at 8444 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
Owens Community College Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo, will be closed Saturday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 2 for the Labor Day holiday.
There will be no classes and the college offices will be closed. Classes will resume and college offices will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Labors of Love
This Labor Day weekend, Planned Pethood and Toledo Area Humane Society are teaming up to showcase their Labors of Love.
Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, Planned Pethood and TAHS will be offering $25 adoption fees on all their adoptable cats and kittens and 50 percent off the adoption fees of their long-stay and senior dogs.
Planned Pethood will be holding their adoption events at the following locations: Cats and kittens will available for adoption at PetSmart on Airport Highway Saturday from 12-4 p.m. and Sunday from 12-3 p.m.
Dogs and puppies will be up for adoption at the Petco on Monroe Street Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
TAHS, located at 1920 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee, is open Tuesday through Friday from 11a.m. -7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
All animals from both groups are spay/neutered and up to date on all age appropriate vaccines.
Two men have been charged with aggravated burglary after allegedly entering an occupied residence Aug. 25 in the 6600 block of S. Lakeshore Drive in Lake Township.
Police said Jacob T. Cook, 19, Toledo, and Brett Dilucia, 19, Rossford, were charged after a group of 10-15 males entered the residence and threw items around and threatened occupants.
Alcohol-related offenses have also been filed against the two, who were lodged in the Wood County Justice Center on bonds of $21,500 each.
The incident occurred around 3:14 a.m.