Safety seminar set
The Wood County Sheriff’s Office will host an upcoming training, “Protecting Our Places of Worship” Nov. 16 at Dayspring Church, 17360 N. Dixie Highway, Bowling Green.
The free training, sponsored by Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn and the Bowling Green Ministerial Association, will consist of two sessions. The first session, set for 8 a.m.-noon, is intended for those in a ministry leadership and decision-making positions, including those who are most responsible for leading a ministry safety team. Lunch will be provided for this session. Attendees are encouraged to also attend the afternoon session, which will run from noon-2 p.m.
The afternoon session is intended for individuals within the ministry who routinely carry out the day-to-day responsibilities of protecting a place of worship. This may include members of an existing safety team or head ushers/greeters. This session will include response options to active shooter events.
Seating is limited. To register, contact Scott Frank, captain, Wood County Sheriff's Office at 419-354-9384.
The Village of Woodville Water Department will be flushing hydrants beginning Monday, Oct 7 and continuing until all hydrants have been flushed.
During flushing, residents may experience temporary low pressure and/or discoloration of water. The department encourages residents to allow tap water to run for several minutes until it clears.
If persistent problems regarding water pressure or discoloration occur, call 419-849-3031.
One person was arrested Sept. 28 for impaired driving during a sobriety checkpoint held at the Bay Township Fire Station.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and Clay Township Police Department conducted the checkpoint in which 237 vehicles were stopped and 31 diverted for further investigation.
Several of the drivers stopped said they were designated drivers and were found to be sober.
Living With Epilepsy
The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio will host a free “Living With Epilepsy” seminar Oct. 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the center’s new location at 1710 Holland Rd., Maumee.
The seminar, entitled “Epilepsy 101” will be presented by Dr. Michael Nagel, a neurologist from The Toledo Clinic. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Light refreshments will be provided.
Reserve a spot by Oct. 14 by calling 419-867-5950. The Epilepsy Center’s mission is to provide the community with information that can be used to improve the lives of people affected by epilepsy and those with developmental disabilities.
New dog shelter hours
Effective Monday, Oct. 7, new hours will go into effect at the Wood County Dog Shelter.
New hours will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-noon and 3:30-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
The new hours are being instituted in order to better serve the public and the dogs housed at the shelter, according to Chief Dog Warden Andrew Snyder.
Genoa Halloween Contest
The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club will sponsor Genoa’s Annual Halloween Costume Contest Monday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Genoa.
The event is open to Genoa Area School residents. Children are encouraged to arrive at the Genoa Banking parking lot at 6:30 p.m.
Categories of judging will include Ugliest, Prettiest, Huggable, Storybook, Nursery Rhyme, Television and Creative Original.
Age categories include Preschool Ages 1 & 2, Preschool Age 3 & 4, Kindergarten & Age 5, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth & Sixth Grade and Band. First-, second- and third-place medallions will be presented in each category.
Cider and donuts will be served at the gazebo following the judging. In case of rain, the event will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1213 Washington St.
The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club is looking for new members to help support its community projects. Call Larry Dean, Kiwanis president at 419-855-0096 for details.
Program seeking volunteers
Wood County Probate Court is seeking applicants for its Volunteer Guardian Program.
Established in 2011 by Judge David Woessner, the program benefits a wide range of individuals in need of assistance through guardianship proceedings in the probate court. Volunteers will not deal with guardianships involving control or access to finances or other assets.
Training is provided with the assistance of local professionals and ongoing guidance and assistance is available to the volunteer guardians throughout their service.
Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older. Background checks will be conducted on all applicants. Applications are available online at probate-court.co.wood.oh.us. Interested individuals may contact Jennifer Robeson, Wood County Probate Court Manager, at 419-354-9230.
Bids to be accepted
Lake Township will begin accepting bids for its refuse collection and recycling program contract this week, Ron Sims, a township trustee, said.
Bids will be opened Nov. 19 and the trustees anticipate awarding a contract Dec. 3.
The current contract with Waste Management expires at the end of the year. The company and township agreed to a different recycling program in which the township was split into two sections for every other week collection. Larger wheeled carts replaced smaller bins for the program.
When the City of Oregon switched to a recycling collection system with carts the participation rate among residents increased from 65 percent to 95 percent before settling around 87 percent, a Waste Management told the trustees last year.
Coats for Families
The Salvation Army in Ottawa County’s “Coats for Families” program is now under way and will continue through January 2014. The program is accepting new and gently used coats, which will be cleaned by Executive Cleaners, at no charge and redistributed, cost free, to local families in need of a winter coat.
Last year, The Salvation Army collected and distributed over 1,000 coats to local families in Ottawa County.
This is the 18th year this program has been providing coats to the local residents. Executive Cleaners is offering a 10 percent cleaning discount to anyone who brings in a coat for the program. They are providing cleaning of all coats, at no cost, and offered to be a satellite collection and distribution site for The Salvation Army.
Anyone needing a warm winter coat can stop by The Salvation Army at The Sutton Center in Port Clinton and pick one out.
For more information about how to donate a coat to the program, call Salvation Army Director Maureen Saponari at 419-732-2769.