Housing funds granted
Ottawa County has been awarded $400,000 of Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) funds by the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) to provide a variety of housing services to residents.
The county was selected by ODSA as one of the 2013 local grantees under the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP). The program will be administered by WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc., a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Fremont.
This program will allow Ottawa County residents living outside the Port Clinton city limits to access services that include owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, tenant rental assistance and home repairs. To be eligible for the services, residents must meet income and other requirements.
WSOS partnered with Ottawa County Commissioners to make the proposal for the funds and the grant was scored as one of the highest submitted to ODSA. This is the 10th such grant that WSOS and county commissioners have worked on successfully to provide these services to residents. They first collaborated in 1994.
For more information on CHIP, call Don Corley at 419-334-8911.
Terra sessions enrolling
Thanks to flexible-start sessions, there is still time to attend classes this fall at Terra State Community College.
A 12-week session will begin Monday, Sept. 16; an eight-week session will begin Wednesday, Oct. 16. For a complete schedule, visit www.terra.edu.
Registration for spring semester, which begins Jan. 13, will begin Oct. 21.
For more information, call the Admissions Office at 419-559-2349.
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Maintenance Department will be flushing and testing fire hydrants Sept. 9 through Oct. 11.
Testing will be performed on all hydrants in the city of Rossford and all hydrants east of the city of Perrysburg corporation limits to the I-280 expressway in Lake Township.
The affected area will include Ampoint Industrial Park, Owens Community College, the village of Walbridge, Moline and Turnpike Exit 5 interchange, as well as subdivisions such as the Hamlet, Belmont Country Club, Starbright, Lakemont, etc.
Testing will be performed between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Residents may experience rusty water during this period and should run tap water prior to using water for laundry purposes. Those who may experience rust on clothing during the testing period may obtain rust-removing chemicals at the Northwestern Water and Sewer District office, 12560 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green.
For more information, call 877-354-9090.
Call for singers
Suburban Singers are looking for singers to join the chorale.
Rehearsals will be held every Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 10 at Solomon Lutheran Church, Main Street, Woodville.
No auditions are required. For more information, call Claire Lavigne, director, at 419-607-6094 or Kay Barbers, president, at 419-693-7651.
Serenity Farm Equestrian Center, located at 21870 Lemoyne Rd., Luckey, is offering an after-school program for elementary-age students.
The program will be offered Mondays from 4-6 p.m. beginning Sept. 23. Students will enjoy a healthy snack, homework assistance offered by licensed teachers, and an equine-assisted learning activity about bullying prevention.
Class size is limited. Register online at www.serenityfarm.org (look under “workshops”) or call 419-833-1308.
Two Ottawa County residents have been indicted in connection with the death of an 8-week-old infant last year.
Kayla Henderson, 25, and Beau Hutchinson, 26, both of Port Clinton, who are being held in the county detention facility, face felony charges of permitting child abuse and child endangering.
According to the county sheriff’s department, Kalib Henderson was taken to Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton last March with serious injuries.
The infant was transported to Ann Arbor Children’s Hospital and died several days later.
Senior Safari Day
Visitors age 60 and up will enjoy some special seniors-only extras at the Toledo Zoo Tuesday, Sept. 10 as part of Senior Safari Day.
The celebration of seniors will begin with free admission and parking in the Anthony Wayne Trail lot, and continue with free fresh-brewed coffee and a mini-muffin between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the North Star Trading Post. Seniors will also enjoy discounts on zoo merchandise, memberships and more.
From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the zoo and the Area Office of Aging Northwestern Ohio will offer free health screenings and safety and exercise tips for visitors age 60 and up.
Lunch will be available in the zoo’s Nairobi Pavilion. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the Area Office on Aging at 419-382-0624.
Senior Safari Day is part of Senior Discovery Days, which include special events lasting throughout September and October. For more information and a full schedule of activities, visit toledozoo.org/seniors.
Commodore Perry lecture
Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, portrayed by Jeremy Meier, will visit the Hayes Presidential Center during a one-man lecture/performance Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. Admission is free and open to all. The Hayes Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont.
Meier, assistant professor of fine and performing arts at Owens Community College, was commissioned by the Ohio Humanities Council to develop and write a show based on Perry as part of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Titled “Oliver Hazard Perry: Hero of Lake Erie,” the 35-minute performance will relate the history of the Battle of Lake Erie as told by Perry himself. Meier will take questions from the audience following the lecture.
It took Meier nine months to research Perry, the Navy commander who is known for his victory over a British squadron during the Battle of Lake Erie. He then enlisted the help of colleague Nichole Newman, an adjunct professor in fine and performing arts at Owens, to design and create period clothing for his performances. Meier premiered his work during the 2013 Ohio Chautauqua Series.
Visit www.rbhayes.org for more information.