Board office closed
The Ottawa County Board of Elections will be closed Jan. 19 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Normal office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 419-898-3071.
The winter’s continued onslaught of freezing temperatures, ice, sleet and snow has made it more difficult for local residents to stay warm, as is evidenced by the increased number of people seeking assistance from the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP), administered by WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc.
In December 2008, 646 households in the WSOS four-county service area were approved for assistance to keep the heat on in their homes, up from the 501 households who received help in December 2007. Assistance was provided in the amount of $163,744.
Between the bad economy, rising heating bills and a bad winter so far, we find that people’s budgets are stretched very thin,” said WSOS Basic Needs Specialist Tony Lindenberger. “We are doing all we can to assist those who come to us.”
EHEAP provides income-eligible families who are in danger of losing their heat with one-time assistance with heating bills to resolve the energy crisis.
Boating course offered
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft is offering a one-day Ohio Boating Education Course Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gander Mountain, 1320 Holland-Sylvania Rd., Holland.
The course covers state and federal laws, navigational “rules of the road” and basic boating safety practices. The course meets Ohio’s boating education requirement, which requires anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1982 to successfully complete an approved boating course or a proficiency exam before operating a boat greater than 10 horsepower. Successfully completing the course also may qualify boaters for a discount on boat owner’s insurance.
A $5 fee covers the cost of materials. For more information or to RSVP, call 419-836-6003.
Board members sought
The Lucas County Commissioners are seeking applicants to serve on the newly formed Lucas County Dog Warden Advisory Committee, an 11-member committee charged with providing insight and recommendations to the board on issues relating to the dog warden.
Two of the 11 members are to be members of the community at large. The remainder is to be comprised of members recommended by Lucas County animal welfare agencies, the Toledo Police Department, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department and the Toledo Veterinary Medical Association.
Members must reside in Lucas County and not have received a first-degree misdemeanor citation from the Dog Warden Department.
Those interested must fill out an “Application for Public Volunteer” form and provide a detailed resume. Applications are available at the Board of Lucas County Commissioners office at One Government Center, Suite 800, Toledo, by calling 419-213-4500 or online at www.co.lucas.oh.us. Applications will be accepted through the end of the business day Jan. 30.
Case still open
February 28 will be the three-year anniversary of the death of Kelly Norman, Jr., who was found by a passerby in a field on Sterns Road in Wood County just north of the city of Fostoria.
Det. Sgt. Terry James of the Wood County Sheriff’s office heads the case, which is considered open and active. “We believe that Kelly was struck by a vehicle headed westbound on Stearns Road in Wood County, just north of Fostoria,” Det. Sgt. James said. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Det. Sgt. James at 419-373-6529 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors will hold their regular scheduled meetings the second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at the Agricultural Complex Building, 240 W. Lake St., Unit B., Oak Harbor.
Owens Community College will be closed Jan. 19 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There will be no classes and the college offices will be closed for business.
Classes will resume and administrative offices will re-open Jan. 20.
FDS project meeting
On Jan. 21, FDS Coke Plant, LLC (FDS), will host a meeting for Harbor View residents to learn more about the coke plant project and a proposed Community Improvement Program (CIP) for the village. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the City of Oregon’s Municipal Office Complex at 5330 Seaman Rd.
FDS representatives will provide information and receive feedback from residents on the environmental aspects of the project, results of the Ohio EPA approved ambient air quality analysis for the village and an overview of a proposed Community Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP would be financially supported by FDS to directly benefit village residents. Refreshments will be served at the meeting